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Andrew Dougherty

What if the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train sucks?

Published: March 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

What does this mean for Disney if the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train becomes the Antarctica of Disney? The hype only winds up letting us down during the real ride experience. Will this be bad for Disney? If it tanks could we see another ride be fast tracked? A Frozen ride or a different dark ride?

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Rob Pastor

Published: March 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It will probably be greatly appreciated by it's intended audience, namely young children & their parents. It's a beautiful setting, but very short with only one major scene, so it's not going to be much of a re ride draw for other demographics. But since it's in Fantasyland, it will probably be considered a success and I'm sure the lines will be very long. It is what it is, a small family coaster very well themed, but not in the class of the other Disney mountains. Sea World really over hyped their attraction, which was probably a large reason for disappointment, since it was clearly not as advertised.
TH Creative

Published: March 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM. Edited: March 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I agree with Mr. Pastor. This attraction will be a hit with the audience it was intended to attract. Well done, Disney!
Tyler Harris

Published: March 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM. Edited: March 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The main purpose of theme parks can be summed up in one simple word from "Spaceballs". "Merchandising!" And that is why Sea World overhyped Antrtica.
Sorry if the quote didn't make any sense.
Anthony Murphy

Published: March 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I think it will do fine. I think it actually looks pretty interesting.
J Baksy

Published: March 18, 2014 at 8:17 AM

The Theming looks fantastic. So they got that at the very least. I want to see it be similar the Thunder Mountain Railroad, thats a timeless ride, if the experience is shorter than that as some have said, well that would be extremely disappointing, but the very least this attraction may pull people away from other rides.

Disney needs to get off their ass and starting building new attractions. Thrilling attractions.

Phil B.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

No way this ride tanks. It's a highly themed roller coaster with dark ride elements and a unique, free swinging ride vehicle right in the middle of fantasy land. A section of the park, not counting the off-the-rack Barnstormer and maybe the Mad Tea Party, where thrills are known to be scarce, and gentle dark rides and princess meet and greets reign supreme. In the very least, the young boys, now more than ever have a reason to be excited to come to this section of the park, and I think including this attraction, even as a last minute addition was a great call on the part of Mr. Staggs to bring some much needed balance to this very pastel and frilly area of MK. Sure it's not an E-Ticket, nor was it ever intended to be, at best it's a D. What it is though, is a ride that will help to round out the offerings in a land that already features the most attractions, provide a thrill the whole family can enjoy and add some much needed kinetic energy to the expansion that pulls you into the Forest from behind the castle walls.
Matt Babiak

Published: March 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I agree with those above that it will be a hit, but that's not really addressing the original question.

If it is a bust, and I only give a 5% chance that it will happen, I think that the 1% of theme park goers will officially write off Disney as a source of good new attractions. AP people will probably be really annoyed that New Fantasyland's only real contribution was a restaurant and consider it a waste of time. Universal bites into a chunk of former Disney guests, but Disney will still own the top 3 most visited theme parks in the USA


Published: April 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Love the title of this thread...

From the looks of it, Disney did a great job with this attraction. I noticed all the hills (from the CGI video) are actual mounds of earth and the track keeps its "railroad" look the entire way. Kids and adults will love it, I'm sure.

The MK needs more rides to alleviate the crowds as it is the most visited them park in the world. Any additions to the Disney parks are welcome and this ride is based on a classic.

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