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Disney just announced that earlier today, Ride Engineers at Walt Disney Imagineering marked a milestone in the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Last week, the team completed the car’s first push/pull test, and today marked the first time the train ran under its own gravity and completed its first drop out of the station. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut sometime in 2014. Any issues or problems resulting from this initial test were not disclosed.

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  1. DbM Editorial Staff

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    Will Keightley Christian Katie
    Like · Reply · 2 hours ago via mobile

    Jeff Shultz And this is not Big Thunder… how?
    Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago

    Ryan Sickles Shhhh…. it’s got the Dwarfs… therefore it’s ‘unique’.

    If Disney sees no issue with putting Seven Dwarfs exactly 1,200ft from Big Thunder Mountain, then they should see no issues with giving WDWR a Mystic Manor.
    Like · 2 hours ago

    Peggy Hickey Er…we won’t have to wear hard hats to ride, will we?
    Like · Reply · 57 minutes ago · Edited

    Gordon J Smith i would be the first to ride it and find any problems
    Like · Reply · about an hour ago

    Nick Andrews Please be open in March, please be open in March!
    Like · Reply · about an hour ago

    Terry Elizabeth Barry I “DIG” it
    Like · Reply · about an hour ago via mobile

    Chad Norman cant wait to ride this one!
    Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

  2. Shaunnon

    What exactly is a ‘drop’ test? Does this mean from the station to the 1st lift hill? I’ve heard of circuit tests, where the coaster completes a full circuit, from station back to station, but I’ve never heard of a drop test.

  3. DbM Editorial Staff

    All ride testing programs have different elements that require specific tests. Some tests can be performed without a completed circuit. This drop test was deemed critical to the start of the testing program and, as such, was an important milestone. It validates the design criteria.

  4. Mommyofthree

    Looks like Disney is moving into the same mentality as Universal Studios… Tiny uncomfortable seats! I know several people who wont be able to enjoy this ride. The reason some love Disney is the fact they can enjoy the rides.

  5. Mommyofthree

    Seriously, look at the man sitting next to the mine car.. he barely looks like HE will fit in it.

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