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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