Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid will be closing for a month long refurbishment in early 2015.
The New Fantasyland dark ride is scheduled to be close February 2nd through March 6th, and scheduled to re-open to guests on March 7, 2015. It is is rumored that the ride may receive a number of lighting upgrades that have already been installed at the ride’s counterpart in Disney California Adventure.
Demand for the Be Our Guest Restaurant shows no sign of wavering, and Disney has implemented a new standby line policy during lunch.
Guests without a FastPass+ reservation for lunch will now be given a timed ticket, similar to the old FASTPASS system, and asked to return to the restaurant at that time. Once all the return times have been given out, a sign is posted that no more standby guests will be admitted.
The FastPass+ reservations for lunch at Be Our Guest are only available to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests, so this new policy means that non-resort guests must arrive early to obtain a ticket, or dine elsewhere.
Dinner will continue to be table service with reservations, and is not affected by the new policy. No word on if the change will be permanent – Be Our Guest has implemented a number of systems since opening, so is subject to change at any time.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a playful and musical family-style coaster that immerses guests in the timeless story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, officially opened at Magic Kingdom today in time to greet summer guests to Walt Disney World Resort.
Joined by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, Magic Kingdom vice president Phil Holmes welcomed park guests as the first riders to experience the newest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort.
As the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland – the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom – the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a rocking, rollicking coaster that immerses guests in the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey. Inspired by the classic Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the attraction sends riders on a playful musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”
Featuring an innovative, first-of-its-kind ride system, guests boarding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train pivot back and forth during twists, turns, hills and drops. Guests are transported through magical mountain scenery and a glowing mine with scenes of the Dwarfs and frolicking forest creatures.
Music from the film classic accompanies the journey. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features spectacular Audio-Animatronics – with cars slowing down so guests can spot favorite characters making an appearance in different scenes.
At ride’s end, the cottage of the Dwarfs, replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers, comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window.
Guests can reserve access to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FastPass+ in advance of their visit to Walt Disney World Resort usingMyDisneyExperience.com a component of MyMagic+.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom has recently soft opened to guests.
A limited number of guests in the Fantasyland area have been able to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster during intermittent soft openings. There have been reports from guests who rode with varying wait times from walk-on to 20 minutes.
The ride will officially open on May 28th, although soft openings between now and then are increasingly likely. There has been unconfirmed speculation that the Mine Train will open for the Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour event taking place on Friday May 23.
As always with soft openings, the ride may open and close at any moment, and you may not be able to ride.
At a special dedication ceremony today at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced that the “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will officially open on May 28.
During this morning’s ceremony, Tom was joined by Disney Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as he invited everyone to celebrate the addition of the final component to New Fantasyland.
“Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special,” Tom said. “The attraction appeals to everyone in the family and provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill while keeping with the charm of this special land.”
The family-style coaster features an innovative new ride system that allows cars to swing back and forth as they travel down the track. The cars are even designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped by an axe, and used to haul rocks and jewels.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train also uses the latest in technology featuring some of the most advanced and charming Audio-Animatronics figures we’ve ever created. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by music from the film classic and scenes filled with Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.
From the Orlando Business Journal –
Hi, ho, it’s off to work we go — literally.
The press has been invited to get a look April 30-May 2 at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster at Walt Disney World’sNew Fantasyland, set to open this spring.
It’s hard work covering theme parks, we know.
But, seriously: New attractions like the mine train are important to Orlando’s growing economy, as they help bring more visitors to local theme parks, who will spend at Central Florida businesses — including hotels, restaurants and more — helping fuel Orlando’s $50 billion tourism industry.
The ride is the last attraction of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland expansion — the largest expansion since the park’s opening in 1971.
There’s no official opening date for the ride just yet.