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Will the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Be Cancelled?

I like fun Disney gossip, but this certainly isn’t welcomed news. There’s a rumor going around right now that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride that was scheduled to be part of the new Fantasyland expansion might be scrapped.  Disney fans have been hearing grumblings for weeks now that the engineering behind the ride just wasn’t working, which in turn meant that they couldn’t design the track or even the building itself.  Now we’re hearing that the entire ride is being cancelled.

You might remember the announcement that came out of Disney last year that elements of the Fantasyland project were being tinkered (sorry) with. The elaborate Pixie Hollow was out, as were several princess meet and greets.  Why? Well anyone who looked at the original plans could see that the area was too centered around little girls. And while Disney recognized that the whole princess trend is huge, and very profitable, focusing on a very small segment of the guest population to that extent just didn’t make sense.  Besides, how many meet and greets do you need? 

One solution that fans readily welcomed was the addition a dark ride right in the middle of the expansion.  While the characters were taken from a fairytale, this wasn’t another princess ride. Instead, by using the Seven Dwarfs, Disney added characters into the expansion which have widespread appeal, both for the casual fan and those who recognize the role of  the movie Snow White is Disney history.  From a ride perspective, the ride was to be a bridge between Goofy’s Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, sort of an opportunity for younger guests to try out a “big kid ride” before going on Thunder Mountain.  And the concept seemed appealing, even for adults.

As much as I find the collective hand-wringing and concern among Disney fans interesting, it’s highly unlikely that the Mine Train ride is going to be cancelled in favor of going back to the original plan for meet and greets.  Disney doesn’t want that kind of gaffe out there.  They’ve promised a ride. It wasn’t just a rumor.  Therefore, a ride is coming.  I think what we’ll see is a re-design of the original idea if these reported problems are true.  We always knew that the ride was going to be one of the last completed in the expansion and you have to expect little bumps along the way. No one wants  repeat of the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey debacle over at Universal, where the seats had to be re-designed. Better to fix those problems now than later.

4 Comments

  1. I would be very surprised if they couldn’t find a way to work out the technological issues with the Mine Train design. But if the ride was indeed cancelled and they still went forward with the closure of the Scary Adventures attraction, there would be some seriously upset fans, myself included.

  2. hey im only 13 but ive gone to disney world every year of my life but the year i was born n in 2002….otherwis i ALL ways go to disney! i was sad to hear thatthe monorail diver died in 2009! cuz that was his dream job and that was MY dream job. But now i dont really want to be a monorail driver any more! i know this has NOTHING to do w/ the snow white ride but still. I hope they can work that out…i would LOVE to go on it! do u know anything about goofys barn storm ride? cuz when i was littler that was my fav. ride n i would HATE to see it go! haha well BYE BYE!

  3. It will be very interesting to see what the final product will be! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I hope this rumor is false. The Mine Train was the attraction I was looking forward to most out of the whole FL expansion.

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