Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, today we are taking a look at one of the last, if not the last, part of the Fantasyland Expansion to open.  Today we are sharing the details on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with you!

Attraction Name: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Attraction Type: Thrill Ride, Small Drops
Height Requirements: 38″ or Taller
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

Without a doubt, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the best part of the Fantasyland Expansion for me.  This coaster is a great attraction, and the Imagineers have gone all out in their attention to detail and theming to be found throughout the attraction.  With FastPass+ service available, this is one of those “must do” attractions that, if you don’t ride, you will probably regret having not done so.

Have you been able to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction yet?  If so, what did you think of it?  Among my favorite parts is singing along with the Dwarfs as they go off to work, and also making the car swing as much as possible through the curves!  Thanks for stopping by, tell me what you think of the attraction in the comments, and have a great day!

Magic Bands

What is your Magic Band Report Card?

Magic Bands

Image courtesy and ©MouseChat.net and Pixie Vacations.

Walt Disney World has been using Magic Bands for a while now, and I felt it was time to start a discussion on how well you, the reader, park Guest, and Disney officianado, like (or dislike) the whole My Magic+ system.  Please take a few moments and answer some of these questions for me:

  1. What do you think of the My Magic+ system in general?
  2. Do you use the My Disney Experience section of the Disney website or the App, or neither?
  3. What do you think of the Magic Bands — like them, leave them, or something in between?
  4. Lastly, what do you think of the FastPass+ system?

Please take a moment and answer these questions via our survey — I’d love to see your answers, and also would like to hear your feedback, so feel free to leave comments, too!

Thank you for taking time to answer our poll questions!  Remember, I love to hear what you think of things, so please, feel free to leave comments to expand on the questions we have in our survey!  Thanks again, and go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Fife and Drum

Epcot to remove Fife and Drum Corps, others

Fife and Drum

Have you seen the Fife & Drum Corps perform?

I was surprised when I learned yesterday that Walt Disney World has announced plans to remove the popular shows Mo’Rockin’, Off Kilter, the World Showcase Players, and my favorite, Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps effective the end of September.  From a personal opinion, I can see the closing of some of these performance groups, but the ones that I truly feel like should not have been closed are Off Kilter and the Fife & Drum Corps.  Part of me worries that they are doing this not so much for a specific reason, but rather because they feel like they need to do so in order that those people that only visit Disney once or twice will see something shiny and new instead of something that has been around for a while.

For me, and others like me that really enjoy Disney and go multiple times, the biggest draw for me is the chance to take my wife and child to the Disney I know and love from my childhood.  It’s not so much about riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — despite how incredibly cool that attraction is.  For me, it’s about walking with Cindy and Sophie, seeing a show or enjoy a ride, and remembering something from a prior visit that the attraction, show, parade, etc. triggered.  The best part of the Disney Magic for me is how we can be transported back in time to when we saw something for the first time.

Fife and Drum

The Fife & Drum Corps performing inside the Liberty Inn restaurant!

When I read the news about the Fife & Drum Corps, immediately I remembered this story from the time we took Stephanie to Walt Disney World with us:

I remember that we were at World Showcase, and all of a sudden it started raining.  Since it was nearly lunchtime, and we were near the American Adventure Pavilion, we decided to eat lunch at the Liberty Inn counter service restaurant.  This restaurant is great because it serves good food and has a lot of seating to get in out of the elements.  Anyway, we were inside, eating our lunch, when all of a sudden the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps marched in, took up their positions, and started playing for us.  It was a moment where we just happened to be there, nothing was listed on the Times Guide, and Walt Disney World turned the Disney Magic up for us because of the rain (or so it seemed)!

Hearing about the end of the Fife & Drum Corps immediately took me back to that memory, and made me a little sad that I won’t experience it again…

I’ve got other stories for the other World Showcase Entertainments that are closing, but to me, the one that bites deep is the closing of the Spirit of  America Fife & Drum Corps.

What do you think about this news?  Please let me know in the comments, or on our Google+ page, or our Facebook page, or shoot me a tweet — I’d love to know your thoughts!  Thanks for stopping by, and everyone, go out and make it a great Disney Day!


Disney Music Monday

Disney Music Monday – Whistle While You Work

Disney Music Monday

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post! I’m joined today by my friend Tim from Dad for Disney.  Since today is the first day of school for my daughter and many other children across the country, I hope this post will cheer them up as they start their “work” at school! For you teachers, too, I hope this helps kick off a great week of school!

I thought a while about what sort of back to school video I could share that was Disney related, but in the end, I thought that “Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a great way to show how much can be accomplished if we all team up and work together!  For Sophie and all the rest of the students, if you remember this, you’ll find that the year will go by much faster and you’ll do better also!

Now, enjoy Snow White singing “Whistle While You Work” and have a great day!

Another option I have for you to enjoy your first days of school comes from Finding Nemo — the song sung by Mr. Ray!  Have a look, and enjoy!

Now, check out the rest of the entries, and if you have a blog, add your post into our list as well!  Thanks everyone, have a great day!

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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!