One of the biggest things to happen to Walt Disney World in 2014 was the Grand Opening of the “Seven Dwarf Mine Train”. News, Updates and Rumors had been circulating for months leading up to the final day when everyday peeps could test the ride for themselves. The best part to me was the “recycling” of some of the original props from the scary Snow White ride that once resided in Fantasyland; I couldn’t wait to discover their new homes.
This new coaster was labeled a “Family Coaster” so I figured I could handle it and if not it’s only like 45 seconds long…so for 45 seconds I thought I could deal with whatever was headed my way. For the record I have a HUGE issue with Motion Sickness…something I have been battling with since a child and something that seems to have gotten worse since having babies…but I thought…what the heck…I’m gonna try this thing…and even better…I’m gonna bribe my 5 year old to join me, lol. It also should be noted that I refuse to go on anything too crazy…no upside down things for me.
So in preparation for this ride…as you should all do if you’re slightly hesitant or have coaster “first timers”, aka kids – I purposely fastpassed on our LAST Magic Kingdom Day and I purposely selected a time hours after our meal. And like I said…I bribed my kid to join me…we walked past this ride several times before going and she felt that she could totally do this thing…plus the idea of getting a prized souvenir helped.
For those doing the stand-by line…there is an awesome interactive queue to enjoy and experience, but I needed quick and painless…the thought of getting further anxious while in a long line wasn’t happening. For fastpassers…you walk right in and practically on. I had done a little research before this day and concluded that riding in the front had less “rocking” motion as each individual car rocks back and forth like a real mine car. So front row we got. To see a Video…go to my FB page and click videos – www.facebook.com/wordofmouse
As you can see…we were terrified…turned green and were lucky to not lose our breakfast. I couldn’t walk for hours after and kept needing to “sit” down and rest. My equilibrium was totally off and sitting was the only way for the floor to stop moving. DD was ok and wasn’t as affected as me, but to this day talks about the “worst” ride ever. I slowly recovered and was able to continue on with our magical day…but I will never go on that ride again, lol. So should you give it a try? Sure, why not, lol. If you look at the people behind us…they were all having a blast and screaming happy screams. I will say that my favorite part, other than getting out, was the fun animatronics you see mid-ride and the finale – At the very end of the ride…you witness Snow White singing and dancing with the 7 Dwarfs. Just watch out for the front door 😉
So for those that are going to give this a go…good for you. I found the ride to have fun theming and loved the decor and surrounding atmosphere. I just wish I could keep my head up long enough to really see the magical efforts of Disney Imagineers, sorry guys. In the end I am glad I did it, because now I can say I did…but I do wish I could get those few sick hours back…Disney you owe me, lol. A Mickey Pretzel and a bottle of water calmed my nerves and after enjoying Country Bear Jamboree for a spell…I was back on my feet and ready for more Magic. And for those that are wondering…it is a lot like “Thunder Mountain”…just shorter and slight calmer (I think)…and Yes I have ridden Thunder Mountain (at both WDW and DL) many, many times…sometimes with success and a few times…not good.
For those that would love the help of someone with motion sickness – I’m your gal. I know all the tricks and what rides to avoid and which ones to cling too and ride over & over again. Heck sometimes the mini hill on Pirates gives me that not so good feeling, but I just close my eyes, hold my stomach and wait for the mini splash, lol. I have also heard of people taking Dramamine in preparation for such situations, but I have never done that outside of rides in the car.
Enjoy and Make sure to “Whistle While you Work”…I know I do or would if I could whistle.