Vote of the week: Journey of the Little Mermaid vs. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Which of the two headlining rides planned for Walt Disney World's new Fantasyland
at the Magic Kingdom interests you more? That's our vote of the week.
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train stand one next to the other in that concept art for the New Fantasyland - the Little Mermaid dark ride at the top and the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at the bottom.
This week, Disney released a behind-the-scenes look at the California Adventure version of the Little Mermaid ride, which will debut in Anaheim this spring:
We've also got two pieces of concept art for the Snow White-themed roller coaster, which will be unique to the Florida park and feature mine cars that sway around the turns on the twisted track.
The ride's also said to feature a musical soundtrack and animatronic characters throughout, making it a blend of traditional Disney dark ride and family roller coaster experience.
So, after taking a look at all this, let's put it to a vote:
Let's continue the discussion in the comments about these two rides, and whether they're enough to convince more families to book a trip to Orlando.
I'm voting for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train purely for the fact that it's nice that the Magic Kingdom is finally getting an ORIGINAL attraction, not a clone of a ride from Disneyland. Different is better!
I think both attractions as part of Fantasyland could bring guests to Orlando if marketed correctly, but not so much just one.
Same reason. The mine ride will be unique to WDW, while I might experience Mermaid at Disneyland first.
Definitely the Mine Train for me. I think it's because of my age and that " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" has such memories for me. Younger audiences might go more for the characters that were prevalent in their childhood.
I hope Mermaid has some dazzling special effects because, let's face it, those animatronics don't seem to be any more impressive than the decades-old models you see in Splash Mountain. That's not to say I don't love the Splash Mountain animatronics, I just thought that the new models would be significantly more fluid.
^ Have you seen The American Adventure and The Hall of Presidents. Those animatronics are FAR more advanced than splash mountain. And beside, must of the animatronics in splash mountain are based of of the ones in the DL version which are reused ones from a scrapped show that took the place of The Mickey Mouse Revue over 30 years ago.
I was going to vote for the Little Mermaid as the ride looks just like the version you got to see on the DVD years ago. However now I read that the Snow White train ride will have animatronic figures in it I vote for both!! All we need now is a Beauty and the Beast ride!
I went with Little Mermaid. Im hoping it has WOW factor not seen in other attrations. And Seven Dwarffs Mine Coaster I find it odd that the Malbummer is being taken down and now we have got a spin coaster comming to Magic Kingdom. Im thinking it will be a recycled ride with diffrent cars. And indoors and themed to Snow White. ANd correct me if Im wrong but there are spin cars available for it. Think TOm Hanks Big Spin. ANd the manufacter does say they can them the cars to the customers specifcations.
I really just interested in the Fantasyland rehab as a whole because I was at MK last weekend and the Whole time I was in Fantasyland, it felt really dated, kinda like the park was 20 years ago. And all of the outdoor stations really enhance this feeling.
Disney is the creator of some of the greatest dark rides ever made so I am excited to see whats next since Dark Rides seem to have gone by the wayside.
Can someone explain this "dark" ride term to me? I'm new around here. :-)
I can't imagine the Mine ride being as fully enveloping experience like The Little Mermaid. If it were a major attraction, there would be so may more details about it. Due to the lack of information, I'm fairly certain it will turn out to be a kid's roller coaster with a few static Snow White props thrown in, and certainly not a fully fledged E or D ticket some people seem to be expecting. I think a lot of people will be disappointed when it opens.
A dark ride is any type of track or water flume ride inside a building, usually traveling through various show scenes. Think Disney's Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean. The inside of the building is kept dark, save for the show lighting on the various scenes, giving this type of ride that name.
People actually voted for the neither interest me much category!? Disney certainly isn't their cup of tea. Both of these rides look to be pure Disney brilliance. Rides in which the entire family can enjoy based on classic Disney movies.
The mine train is a wonderful idea. The mermaid ride looks like the Nemo ride at Epcot. My vote goes to the dwarfs.
I completely agree with Daniel. the Little Mermaid Ride reminds me of the Finding Nemo Ride at Epcot. It's going to be slow moving, just going through various scenes. Even the clam seats are exactly the same. Unless Disney World is planning on going a different route than Disneyland with the Little Mermaid Ride, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train seems to be the better, more unique ride. However, I do hope Disney doesn't make the rollercoaster too kiddie-ish, or else I can't even see myself enjoying that ride either.
To the Anon. poster, a dark ride is an attraction that, well, takes place in the dark, and takes you though a storyline in an attraction. It is not a roller coaster, show, or a water flume attraction either. They also usually have animatronics
I believe they said in the video that the Animatronics for the Little Mermaid ride were not in yet...only the props had been placed in the ride so... there's still hope! I find it odd that Disney would create so much hype to go along with what seems to be a pretty standard dark ride. Hoping for a big surprise but as of right now the mine coaster (if done properly) definitely seems to be the cooler one!
I am a huge fan of both roller coasters and omnimover style darkrides. While I am excited for both attractions, I gotta give Mermaid a slight edge just because new omnimover darkrides are so rare these days.
Both rides will be good addictions but more than any ride, what would really make a good impact is a very good redesign of the external area of Fantasyland.
Frankly I was torn--I love most Disney dark rides, and dark rides in general, and the "Little Mermaid" version looks terrific in its detail and fun concept, judging from the backstage video--I'm guessing it will be very re-rideable and a relaxing, colorful, cool escape from the park hubbub outside. But I voted for the Mine Train because the combination concept sounds like loads of fun, especially the "swaying" coaster cars. So I'm looking forward to both, but the Mine Train a little bit more than the Mermaid dark ride!
I voted for the Mine Coaster because it's the one I am most interested in, but I am very excited about both. I think both will have family appeal. I do see what people say about the Little Mermaid seeming somewhat simalar to the Nemo ride at Epcot, but hopefully they plan to make the rides somewhat different..... and they will be located in different parks.
Is the new Little Mermaid ride going to be any different than Nemo ride at Epcot? Seems very similar to me.
First off, I have been away for a while due to health issues. Thankfully I am on my way back to normal and am trying to catch up on news so please forgive me if this has already been discussed in previous posts. Many of TPI readers know I am a die-hard Disney Fan. They also know that I usually back up and think that most of Disney's ideas are swell, but...
I had hoped for a return of working submersibles, ala 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but I should have known better. Oh, well.
I think it would have been better for the Mouse House to pick something new. Mine ride-already have that with BTMRR, and Little Mermaid looks like a rip off of Nemo @ Epcot.
Joe, I agree. The Snow White Ride looks like a toned down version of Thunder Mountain. I'm not saying it doesn't look interesting; I just thought it would be something more along the lines of a Disney/Pixar film. As for the Mermaid attraction that one looks very interesting. Can't wait.
Both rides should be solid. But my vote will be cast after I have ridden both see if any budget cuts happen. Why get rid of Snow White dark ride to add a mine train with a height requirement that will be at least minimum 32-36 in. Keep both unless you need the Props and animatronics for the new mine train. Move the meet and greet to the old skycart ride next to small world.
I really like the revised Fantasyland plans. I think they are an improvement over what they had. I personally like the idea of the Snow White Mine Train, and I think the Little Mermaid ride sounds fun.
You can't form a negative opinion of Little Mermaid just based on that video. To me it looks promising, but in any case, you can't judge a ride until you've experienced it yourself. It's impossible to tell, from that video, the range of movement of the AAs, or how they, the scenes and the effects will appear in show lighting. Let's not forget that this is a $100 million E-ticket.
I agree, the video is missing a lot of AA's and effects. Plus the Nemo comparison isn't fair... the clam shells are pretty much Doom Buggies "reskinned" if you're gonna go that route. One is an AA heavy attraction, the other is a conveyer belt with projections and real aquariums leading to exhibits.
You're right. You can't form a warranted negative opinion of something based on a short preview. You can, however, remain skeptical, which is where I sit. On paper, the concepts look great; so do most movie posters. Until something a little more substantial is released, I can't say I'm looking forward to either one.
Mr. Niles writes: "A dark ride is any type of track or water flume ride inside a building, usually traveling through various show scenes."
I am eagerly looking foward to both new rides, but I think they should finish what they're starting by upgrading the
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