Seven Dwarfs

10 Days: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs

In perhaps one of my top five things I can’t wait for, Cindy and I will be riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

May 28, 2014:  The date that the New Fantasyland expansion was officially completed with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.  The timing could not be any better for us as we get to Walt Disney World in just ten short days, and on June 17, 2014, Cindy and I will be riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train while the girls and Randy and Sheila are over at one of the water parks!

I don’t know about you, but for me, when I learned that Mickey’s Toontown Fair would be closing as part of the expansion, I’ll admit that I wondered how good the new Fantasyland would really be.  Well, after seeing it last July, and experiencing how cool Dumbo now is, and riding Journey of the Little Mermaid — which, while the ride is identical to what you can experience at Disney’s California Adventure, the queue is completely different, and just walking around and seeing all of the neat new areas to explore, I now believe that it was worth the cost of Toontown Fair.  Add in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and I think it is the icing on the cake!

Have you been able to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet? If so, what did you think?  Love it, worth the wait, too short, incredible, or skip it?  Or, if you haven’t ridden it yet, when will you get your chance?  Let me know in the comments and thanks for stopping by!

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Magical Blogorail Red – Friendship Boats

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Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Thank you to my friends on the Magical Blogorail Red team for including me in their loop this month!  I’m excited to talk to you about the Friendship Boats — specifically the ones that you can ride from the top of World Showcase to the entrance closest to where it connects with Future World.

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The Friendship Boats are a great way to enjoy a relaxing ride around different parts of Walt Disney World!

In the picture above, this Friendship Boat is actually one that makes a journey from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the Boardwalk area and from there on to the International Gateway of Epcot.  While this isn’t the boat that is used in World Showcase Lagoon, it is very similar, and the boat you ride in the Lagoon will have a similar structure.

I think that the Friendship Boats are a totally under appreciated mode of transportation around World Showcase.  When you’ve walked all the way around the 1.2 mile pathways of World Showcase a few times, it’s really nice to just kick back, relax, and let your Friendship Boat Captain take you around to the other side of World Showcase!  Trust me, on day 5 of your 7 day vacation your feet will be thanking you!

Of course, it’s not just the respite from walking that makes the Friendship Boats so welcoming — it also supplies some truly unique views of World Showcase that you don’t see very easily from the land!  For photography fans, taking a ride is a great way to get some new photos of your favorite pavilions!  Here are a couple of my favorites from the time we last rode the boats!

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I like this photo because the sun is really doing a great job of putting a golden glow on the China pavilion!

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This shot was taken from the Friendship Boats on their journey past the African Outpost.

There are actually two routes that the boats take.  One takes you from the Canada pavilion up to Morocco and back, and the other takes you from the Germany pavilion over towards the Mexico pavilion and back.

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World Showcase Lagoon with the Friendship Boat docks listed.

It should be noted that taking the Friendship Boats is not the fastest way around World Showcase — and it should also be noted that the Friendship Boats are closed down early to prepare for Illuminations.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Home is Where the Mouse Is.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ The Disney Point
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is