It was a big week at Walt Disney World! Let’s take a look at the 24 hour “Rock Your Disney Side” day as well as the now open Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom.

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom

This past Friday was the 24 hour day at the Magic Kingdom. I was up super early to photograph the sunrise, which is a pretty special thing to see. No matter how many times I’ve been the to the park, seeing it at this hour is totally different, and I think the photos will speak for themselves.

And lastly, as a segue, here is a shot of the Mine Train at sunrise.

The ride is now officially open to guests after about a week of soft openings.

Here are some shots from the queue, and its interactive elements.

This is the loading area.

Now time for some on ride photos.

Into the mine we go! Scroll down if you don’t want to be spoiled.

A great view of Be Our Guest from the top of the ride.

The last brake run has a scene of Snow White’s cottage, which I’m told uses some of the old figures from Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

When you exit, you get a nice view of the other side of the cottage.

I got to ride the ride twice during soft openings, once for enjoyment, and once for photos. For all the whining myself and many others have done about how long this ride has taken to get finished, I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The coaster portions are very smooth and quiet, but not terribly thrilling. The dark ride portion is top notch, and the ride really slows down once you get in there. The ride vehicles swing a little bit, but not as much as the marketing leads on to. The vehicles are also a very tight fit, so a locker may be in order for some folks. All that said, the queue is very charming, and I couldn’t help but think that it has a very Disneyland Fantasyland feel to it. If you look at the ride as not an E-Ticket, but somewhere between a C-Ticket and D-Ticket attraction, I think you’ll be pretty happy with it.

That’s it for this week! With the Mine Train open now, who knows what we’ll have to discuss for the next three years! What did you think of those Magic Kingdom sunrise photos? Leave us a note in the comments and share your thoughts!

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  • Imagineer45

    Great photos! Now nothing is going on until Avatar in 2017, and it won’t be visible from the current walkway.

  • QPerth

    Cory Cory Cory, I was anticipating some great shots from the unusual times that the extended party day provided, and you certainly did not disappoint! Those Dawn shots around the Kingdom are just stunning. The Dawn Light is unique and really adds something very different to these familiar sights. How on earth did you get so many great shots of so many different places around the Park!?! You must be super fast at getting from one place to another, and we thank you for that!
    And great shots of the new 7DMtrain. A 3 year build certainly sounds excessive still, but it sure is pretty. Watching a few of the on-ride videos, it reminds me a LOT of Grizzly Gulch coaster in HKDL, except minus the ‘thrills’ (which weren’t that thrilling really) of the backwards drop and explosion acceleration. Great AA’s and themeing, smooth track, banks/turns, drops. I think the landscaping of the ‘mountain’ and surrounds will truly change the whole area for the better. It looks wonderful – inside and out.

    Thanks again for these (and every weeks!) great shots, I really appreciate them from Australia.
    -Q

  • LoveStallion

    Gorgeous photos. Not many people made it all the way through the night, eh? Or was this at the 6 am start of the day?

    Either way, that’s some of the most beautiful footage I’ve ever seen taken of a Disney park. It’s easy to get sunset and nighttime shots, but crisp, misty mornings are a whole other thing. Thanks for that.

  • rstar

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kenny B

    Word on the street is,,,, if you talk to the other folks in your ride car, and lean in on the turns, you can get the mine car to sway substantially more — giving a far more enjoyable ride I’ve heard. Try it out, post the results!!!

  • Rick Wright

    Incredible photos Cory. Thanks!

  • Ravjay12

    Great update and photos! I really used to enjoy those sunrises when I used to work at Disneyland.
    The mine train looks great and blends right in to its surroundings like it has been there the whole time.

  • Klutch

    Funny, there’s not a single kid on the 7 Dwarfs Mine ride. It’s all “big kids”.

    • grrandram

      It’s better that way. ; )

  • Klutch

    And I really like that Cuckoo Clock.

  • michael darling

    Most excellent shots! And, I’m glad you can get close to the cottage like that. It would be so cool if you could look in the FRONT windows and see a completely different scene from the film, like the dinner scene.

    This is a huge improvement to the Fantasyland that’s needed upgrades for years.

    I hope improvements/new innovations come to Peter Pan and the other dark……wait. they’re all gone. Nevermind. Well, maybe they could do the same tweaks to Mermaid that California did.

    • BlahBlahson

      Agreed on the Mermaid tweaks. Since my first ride on that attraction I’ve thought that it was really bizarre that they let the ceilings throughout scenes in the ride be so obvious. You can really see the modern lighting in the under the sea scene, and then in the next room the ride invites you to look up at Flotsam and Jetsom and directly behind them is a big bare concrete wall and empty building look. The queue line and most of the ride is high quality, and then random glaring flaws like that in places.

      Peter Pan is 40+ years old and honestly looks like a blacklight mini golf course, so I take that one for what it is haha.

      Fantasyland is really impressive now. Like 10 attractions, three major meet and greets, both CRT and BOG restaurants, brand new technology everywhere, just really great stuff done there from Disney. I wish DHS or Epcot had anything on the table to compliment it.

  • Mondo Mouse

    Amazing photos!!

  • victoriaskitten

    Beautiful photos. They make me want to return to DW. It looks like the well crafted Mine train and cottage are fantastic. I really like the look of the cottage. Thanks for sharing.

  • tofubeast

    Photos are insanely beautiful!!! You never disappoint us! Thanks!

  • PatMcDuck

    Hi! We rode 7DMT 3X in the last week. A few comments. It feels different after dark, like many other rides, so try it both night and day. You missed a photo of the old Hag, at the end of the ride, waiting outside the door of the dancing scene. And those queue spinning jewel barrels can be great fun, IF you have a fun group of guests online with you…… Spin ALL 7 (?) at the same time, at top speed, and not only do the Dwarfs show up on the ceiling, but Snow White appears too! We had a group of guys spinning them like crazy during the 24 hour day event (at around 5 am Saturday). (Some guys did 2 barrels each). A huge cheer went up each time they succeeded in Snow White popping up. It is tricky though, requires cooperation of 2 parts of the line queue.

  • Skimbob

    Great update as always. I will finally see the mine train in January. I can hardly wait.

  • ayalexander

    I can’t wait until the character animatronics here in Anaheim look like those, when Disneyland re-does their Fantasyland rides.

  • AaroniusPolonius

    I’ve gotta say, the ride looks really beautiful.

    The Beast Castle isn’t done any favors from the top of the ride, however. They should really replace that with a more minutely detailed variant, as it really doesn’t read in proper fixed perspective.

    I also love how detailed and pretty the Rapunzel bathroom tower is. “And then I flush and flush and flush my poo!”

  • imagineer97

    This ride really looks spectacular! I love the hidden history with the old figures from the original ride! I cannot wait to experience it firsthand!

  • vortex

    Any chance you could share larger versions of your morning pictures for desktop versions? It would be much appreciated. They are great!