Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Have you had a chance to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet? It’s one of our favorite new rides in Disney World. This article will discuss Mine Train and give you some tips on how to ride it without waiting in line for hours.
Mine Train Ride
Finally a roller coaster for children! With a 38″ height restriction, the Mine Train is a roller coaster that your small children can enjoy, and that you’ll find fun as well.
From a thrill perspective, its not quite as scary as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. But the level of detail in this ride is amazing. The queue is filled with interactive games and activities. There is an activity in which you put your hand under sensors and water comes out in different colors. Sound accompanies the water, which is a pretty neat experience.
Then you’ll head into the vault, where you’ll find 7 barrels. Spin all 7 barrels at once and Snow White will appear in the middle!
The coaster itself is smooth and modern. It rocks side to side a bit, which gives it a bit of a different feel. I’ve always been extremely impressed with how smooth the ride is. It’s not jarring like Thunder Mountain but it does seem to end far too fast.
There are two sections of the ride that showcase the world of Snow White. In the first you’ll meet with the Seven Dwarfs heading off to work. The familiar Hi-Ho song will play in the background. As you come around the final turn, you’ll approach the Seven Dwarfs cottage where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are dancing and having a great time.
Don’t forget to look for a surprise visitor just outside the far end of the house!
Mine Train Tips
Mine Train is extremely popular and is the first ride people head to when the Magic Kingdom opens in the morning. So the most obvious advice is to use a fastpass reservation.
That’s easier said than done, though. If you aren’t booking 60 days out, you may find that all the reservations are sold out.
For this ride, I recommend splitting the party. If you have 8 people and you’ve been trying to get a FP for weeks, try to split your party up. If you decide to make a last minute trip to the Magic Kingdom, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get this fastpass.
What to do if you don’t have a Fastpass
Option 1: If you can’t get a fastpass, then you’ve got to do the next best thing. Get there early. Arrive at Rope Drop and go to Mine Train immediately.
If you arrive 30 to 45 minutes before the ride opens, you should be able to ride the Mine Train with a minimal wait. Now when I say minimal, take this with a grain of salt. It’s difficult to get on this ride without a wait of any kind, unless you happen to be at the very front of the line in the morning.
Option 2: Try to ride Mine Train during the fireworks show or at the end of the night. If you are staying onsite at a resort, the late-night extra magic hours can be a good time to ride, especially if it’s after midnight.
If neither of those options will work for you, than you may just have to wait. It’s not ideal, but this ride is extremely popular and sometimes there aren’t any other choices!
Next, let’s look at your Magic Kingdom fastpass strategy to make sure you’re setting that up properly!
Park - Magic Kingdom
Park Section - Fantasyland
Height Requirement - 38 inches
Ride Type - Roller Coaster
FP+ - Fastpass Eligible