During a live chat with Imagineer Dave Minichiello on the Disney Parks Blog, a sneak preview of the inside of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride was revealed through a newly released video ride-through.
The video shows a side-by-side comparison between a rendering of the ride-through along with real footage of almost the entire ride, still under construction, with many effects yet to be installed – such as the Dwarfs themselves.
Video: Early Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride-through
Minichiello described the video: “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.”
Minichiello is the creative director on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, working on the new ride for around two years. He shared a few photos of the track, including what it looks like to stand on the bridge crossing ride’s path.
The ride vehicles themselves are emphasized as the star of the attraction, featuring the ability to rock left and ride while navigating turns. “It’s a completely new experience – not only having the sensation of pivoting back and forth and it varies throughout the attraction,” wrote Minichiello. “You feel differences in the various terrain around the mountain.”
Little else was added about the upcoming ride, though it was noted that progress is moving along inside the attraction, as props are being added to the Dwarfs’ cottage, paint on the rock work, and a forest is appearing throughout the ride’s exterior.
The ride’s interactive queue will offer guests a chance to sort and wash the Dwarfs’ jewels and venture into their vault for the first time. The queue will include a song that was originally written for the “Snow White” film called “Music In Your Soup,” in a new instrumental version as if it was played by the Seven Dwarfs.
The height requirement to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be 38″.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open in Spring 2014, with no specific opening date offered yet.