The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is scheduled to be completed soon, will be the culmination of years of work spent building New Fantasyland. Other attractions and buildings in the area, including the Be Our Guest Restaurant, have opened in phases, to give visitors a peek at the largest addition to Magic Kingdom in the park’s 40+ year history. Although the mine train attraction is still under construction, you can still take a closer look at its development. After the break, find nine new images spotlighting the small details of the ride that Imagineers have been implementing!
The Snow White-themed attraction is not just some coaster. The ride integrates breakthrough technology that will provide the ride vehicle greater flexibility. Normally, on coasters, the cars are bolted firmly to the moving mechanism, which allows for a smoother ride. However, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will sway the cars in addition to the movement already provided by the progression along the track, making for a more authentic-feeling experience. After all, riding a mine train is expected to be at least a bit bumpy.
Authenticity is what the Imagineers are shooting for with the design of the track and elements in the ride environment as well. Animators often speak about the difficulty of making an old object actually appear dated. When an object is created through computer animation, the software generally spits out something that is lacking imperfections. The animators then have to go in and meticulously add and subtract elements to provide that character which adds to its story. Similarly, a mine with brand new-looking wood and steel would feel horribly out of place in the Seven Dwarfs attraction. Following the initial building process, Imagineers do an incredible amount of work to “age up” the specific pieces to ensure they fit cohesively into the story that the attraction is telling.
The Disney Parks Blog posted a collection of photos from the construction that give us a much closer look at the painstaking process of creating an attraction. When we board the ride for the first time, we will likely not have the opportunity to enjoy these elements as we will zoom by and will be engrossed in the story. However, these details are put there so that if you happen to catch a look, or simply have more chances to admire the view and experience during repeat visits, you are rewarded.
Click on the images above and below and zoom into all the small details that have been added during the construction. Even this close, they are quite a sight!
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to debut at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park this spring!