September 19, 2013

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Shanghai Disneyland

Update 9/19:

Disney has released a photo via Twitter, showing the testing of the mine car at Magic Kindom.

To my great surprise, the station appears to have panels covering the actual track, making the cars resemble those slot cars in Radiator Spring Racers and Test Track. It is a nice touch as they look much more like mine cars instead of baskets installed on a coaster. It could also be because of  safety issues, as the carts can swing left and right. Covering the tracks may help to ensure guests don't fall into the dangerous areas when boarding.




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Screamscape has just obtained the highly accurate track layout of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train being built at Magic Kingdom.


The reason why I am excited is that in the leaked park layout of Shanghai Disneyland, the coaster at the right side of Fantasyland has almost identical layout as this.



I see this as a double verification. This increases the possibility of accuracy for the track layout, and more importantly, for the leaked Shanghai Disneyland Map.

As we wait for Shanghai Disneyland to open at the end of 2015, we can first take a glimpse of this new attraction taking shape at Magic Kingdom.

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23 comments:

  1. Certainly exciting that they're adding this roller coaster. There's not going to be a Space Mountain at SHDL, right?

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    1. It appears so.
      The rumors all point out that a TRON coaster would be built instead.
      And I am very excited about that since I am not a fan of Space Mountain...

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    2. Ah, why don't you like Space Mountain? Which versions have you been on?

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    3. I have only tried the HKDL version. The TDL version was under maintainance during my visit...
      I feel that it is just an indoor roller coaster with a space theme which is not really well done...
      Perhaps I should try the original space mountains in the US?

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  2. You're right, the layout does look exactly the same. Could it be themed to something different though? And the TRON coaster is rumored to be a motorbike coaster, no?

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    1. Well, I don't think the theming would be different.
      Firstly, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is one of the most beloved tales in China!
      Secondly, a different theming would increase the design cost.

      TRON coaster is indeed rumored to be a motorbike coaster and I find it quite convincing.

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  3. This is an excellent providence. It really makes a good point out of it.
    Thanks,

    Universal Studios

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  4. I have not heard anything about the Autopia ride, which is a popular and favorite attraction at other Disneyland parks and the Magic Kingdom at WDW. The attraction has various incarnations around the world. In Anaheim they resembled the Corvette "Stingray" model for years. They were redesigned in 2000. The track at WDW is a "Grand Prix" raceway, which pits multiple drivers into a race around the track. In Hong Kong the attraction even features electric engines sponsored by Honda. Recently, Cars Land opened at DCA. What do you think the theme and track will look like in Shanghai? Who will sponsor this attraction? What kind of cars will be available to drive at this track? What kind of engines will they feature? Will they have a "Princess"(pink & gold)) theme car or CARS film characters, or any of the new MARVEL comic character's designed cars? Its such an exciting ride for kids and always a popular favorite among adult guests too. I see a track in the FantasyLand section, but have not heard anything about it yet.

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    1. Hi Friend!

      Well so far I have not obtained any information about an Autopia ride. I could not tell from the map if it would actually exist ,either.

      If it does exist, I would like the cars to resemble the current ones , but the starting platform and the track scenarios totally redesigned.
      I would love to see more interaction with the land it is built on.

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    2. The Autopia was installed at Hong Kong Disneyland following its grand opening. This maybe the case with Shanghai Disneyland too. Each park has its own version of an Autopia ride, so the track, cars, and story-theme would most likely be unique to Shanghai Disneyland.

      When I visited Beijing and Hong Kong I saw many, many different types of cars from all over the world and China too. I am sure if they do decide to build an Autopia ride it will be very classic and memorable for its guests.

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    3. Well you make a valid point here.

      Indeed the attraction may be added to the park after its opening.
      But from my perspective, while the ride is certainly fun for children, it may not appeal to Chinese youths and adults. Many have asked me why Autopia is not a go-kart but instead it has to follow a track.

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    4. I imagine that it involves safety concerns for the younger guests and technological issues too. Having an Autopia in Fantasyland for children and another Autopia in Tomorrowland for teenager/adults might be an option. With newer technologies, driving has many features not available in the past. Yet, some of us enjoy a traditional slow drive just for the scenery. It might be fun to explore different car and track themes in different areas of the park. I think its a great way to talk about science & engineering, as well as traditions, and car cultures too.

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    5. Autopia has always been about cars, not go-karts, which are much, much smaller overall.

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    7. I think a Star Wars Land Speeder ride would be cool too. They already use magnetic levitation for trains. Why couldn't they adapt a smaller track for Land Speeders such as Luke Skywalker's in Star Wars: Episode IV? Or for that matter, Flying Carpets seen in Disney's Aladdin? The possibilities really are only limited by your imagination.

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    8. Speaking of fast cars, similar to go-karts, the Singapore Grans Prix is coming up on September 20-23. Are you going to go or watch it?

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    9. I am very happy the "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" ride will be included. It looks like a lot of fun and a fresh new take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", an absolute film classic of Disney animation. I am sure kids and adults alike will enjoy this new ride.

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    10. Hi Friends!!!

      So F1 is indeed happening in Singapore but I am not going to watch it.

      Being a huge fan of mine trains, I am so happy to see "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" in Shanghai!

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    11. I noticed there is no train around the perimeter of the park? All the other parks have a Railroad of their own. Why is that?

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    12. Well actually not every park has a railroad. But it's true that all the Magic Kingdoms do have one. So I would say they are taking a different approach here with Shanghai Disneyland.

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  5. That's very exciting. Every since they announced the "Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride", I have been eager and excited to know more about it and go on it. The Dwarfs are one of my favorites and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is a beautiful gem and classic of Disney Animation. I am really happy that Shanghai Disneyland will have this attraction when it opens. It will make it extra special.

    P.S. Did you notice in the picture there are seven men in the photo?

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    1. Hi Friend!
      My interest in this ride is that it's a mine train and I love all mine trains!

      And I did the seven men.

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