When Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds opened in 1959 it was the first ever tubular steel coaster and a real innovation in theme park attractions. Over the years it has been updated to look more like a complete mountain, it acquired a monster – the Abominable Snowman,… Read More »Imagineering shares Matterhorn Bobsleds enhancements
SeaWorld Orlando has just announced a new roller coaster that will be Taller, Faster, and Longer than any coaster in Orlando. It will rise to 200-ft and, go faster than any coasters currently in the park and is rumored to be over 4,400 feet in… Read More »SeaWorld Orlando Announces Tallest, Fastest, and Longest Coaster in Orlando
It was 35 years ago today that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad brought new adventure to the wild Frontierland of Disneyland. Since then the roller coaster has hosted over 225 million guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness. The beautiful nature inspired mountain owes its… Read More »Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Turns 35
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opened on May 28th. At the opening ceremony were Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, plus “Littles” and “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida. Then once the park opened seven families chosen to be the… Read More »Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens with a Whistle and a Song
The buzz that started at last year’s IAAPA convention has solidified into solid evidence that the first Polercoaster, a 570 tower with a coaster built into it, will be coming to Central Florida soon. Here’s a video with concept art from an earlier version of… Read More »World’s Tallest Roller Coaster coming to Orlando?
Some of the very first people to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland were paid actors filming a commercial spot. I think it’s safe to say we were all a bit jealous. The commercial is now online to see just a few days… Read More »Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Commercial
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was previewed for the press and travel agents earlier in May. The official opening was announced for May 28, but additional opportunities to preview the roller coaster are expected between now and then. If you won’t have a chance to ride or just want a bit more insight into what to expect, I’ve written my take on this journey into the story of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, sharing moments from the movie that have never been possible before today.
No matter which direction you approach Snow White’s Mountain from, you are greeted by a Fairytale Forest. As you approach, you notice a small mountain rising out of the forest. It appears to be the home to a gem mine, and if listen close, faint sounds of happy work emanate from within. Near one end of the forest you spot the work of talented craftsmen and a sign inviting you in to tour the mine.
Moving down the wide trail, you can just see a small carefully cared for cottage through through the woods. Ahead of you are small wooden shelters that appear to be part of the mining operation. Inside the largest of the two shelters is a slough used to wash and sort gems from the mine. You can even stop and help for a while if you like. There is also a gem washing station that plays a musical tune as you help clean the gems. It’s quite clever and you scratch your head wondering how it’s done.
Walt Disney Parks Chair Tom Staggs, Snow White, and all seven of Walt Disney’s famous dwarfs gathered on Friday to officially dedicate the newest attraction at the Magic Kingdom and the crown jewel of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train… Read More »Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Official Dedication Ceremony