Walt Disney Imagineer Dave Minichiello hosted a live chat on the Disney Parks Blog today to discuss the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. In the chat he shared several photos as well as an onride video of the attraction in it's current state. There is still work to be done, but it was the first peak inside the indoor portion of the attraction.
The quotes below were from Imagineer Dave Michiello regarding various components of the attraction and the progress being made:
"The top of the mountain is being planted with trees, the final rockwork is being completed as well as thematic painting of the rockwork. Ride testing continues daily. Now what’s really nice is the propping the attraction both inside and outside."
Question: It has been described as a combination of a family coaster and a dark ride. How does that work?
Dave Minichiello: What’s special about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the journey. You travel through the forest and explore the mine where the dwarfs are working, but we’re seeing the mine in a grander scale in a way we’ve never told the story before.
Question: We have a pretty good video to share today, too. Can you set up what we’re about to see?Dave Minichiello: What’s interesting about the video is that there’s a CGI model, which was the first concept model that we developed for this show. What’s amazing is seeing how accurate it was to our initial concept and vision. What’s amazing is how accurate the sight lines are, the staging, the scaling, the variable speeds. We’re fortunate to use innovative technologies during the development of our attraction.
Question: The train seems to slow when it hits that “dark ride” point – anything specific we should look for in there?
Dave Minichiello: The reason the train slows is to allow the guests to enjoy the details of the scene. We wanted to let our guests discover their favorite dwarf. All seven are hard at work in the mine scene – and we do have some hidden stuff in there.
Question: What will the music in and surrounding the ride be like?
Dave Minichiello: The queue has a surprise song in it that was originally written for the film called ‘Music In Your Soup,’ which we’ve recorded in instrumental version and added to our queue area. All of the music in the queue area is all instrumental, and we wanted to give it a feel that it was played by the Seven Dwarfs.
Question: Will there be an interactive queue? if so are there any details you can share?
Dave Minichiello: Yes, we do have some interactive elements in the queue. Part of the “scene one” in the queue area helps us start to tell the story. We have an area where guests can sort and wash jewels, and for the first time, we’re taking guests into the vault as seen in the classic film ‘Snow White.'
Question: We’ve received a lot of questions about opening date.
Dave Minichiello: We’re on schedule for spring.