Last night a small portion of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction caught fire on when embers from fireworks at Magic Kingdom landed on the exterior of the attraction.
The nightly fireworks had just ended when embers landed on the building outside the attraction about 10:30 p.m., igniting the fire, a Disney spokeswoman said.
The fire was first reported on social media around 10:20 p.m.
Reedy Creek Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire within minutes, according to eyewitnesses. An aerial ladder was used to put out the fire.
The fire was quickly put out, and no one was hurt, a Disney spokeswoman said. As of 11 p.m., multiple eyewitnesses said the fire was out.
Reedy Creek fire officials said fire likely started when fallout fireworks landed on top of the attraction and ignited decorative materials on the outside of the structure.
“We believe fireworks fell from the Magic Kingdom fireworks show and the ash landed at the top of the attraction, catching the fake grass on fire,” Bo Jones, spokesman for the Reedy Creek Fire Department, said in a statement. “The fire was contained to just the grass and did not get into the building or structure.”
The fire occurred during regular park hours and was difficult to access due to its location.
Video of Fire
Passengers on the ride were able to get off safely. No injuries or major structure damage was reported.
The family-friendly roller coaster was closed for two hours before reopening around midnight. The ride is expected to be open to guests on Sunday.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom now offers both video and photos of riders.
This feature is similar to the recent Tower of Terror onboard video. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train feature will create a series of video clips, including point-of-view footage, and scenes of the riders on the drops.
MyMagic+ MagicBands are used to automatically associate the photos and videos to the rider’s My Disney Experience account, making the whole process a seamless experience.
The service is currently available to guests who have purchased the Memory Maker package, and are wearing a MagicBand at the time of riding. The video is available online only at the My Disney Experience website, and cannot be viewed in the park. Photos are available online, and at the camera centers at the front of each park.
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.