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I Survived the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney's Magic Kingdom

July 6, 2020

My whole life I have hated roller coasters. I especially hate the big drops, the feeling of your stomach suddenly moving into your throat, the panic of trying to push your body back into your seat so you don't fall out. Just me?

Mine Train Anticipation
Before I got on, I watched the roller coaster from outside. My face says it all.

Several years ago (as an adult), I decided to overcome my childhood fears and try Expedition Everest. I did survive. However, I hated it and had no desire to do anything like that ever again. So at my last trip to Disney, I decided to try something a little more my speed.

Wicked Witch
Evil forces plotting to make me fearful enough to turn around. Or maybe just offer me an apple.

The friend I traveled with to Disney was a thrill-seeker, and I could tell she was getting bored with rides like It's a Small World and the Prince Charming Carousel. So I reluctantly agreed to try a roller coaster with her.

I had already tried Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and it was jerky and made me motion sick. So I was very nervous about another roller coaster, no matter how small it might be. The ride we settled on was the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The roller coaster is located in Fantasyland, behind the Cinderella Castle and directly across from the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. There was a long wait time (I think it was around a 150-minute wait), but we managed to get a Fast Pass and skip the long lines. As we waited in the (much shorter) line, I tried to silence my fears by looking at the tiny children who were ahead of me. (The height requirement for this ride is only 38 inches). I told myself that if THEY could do it, I could do it!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Screaming
My face during the first "drop." It was not as bad as my face makes it appear. I swear.

Ready to Die

We made it to the front of the line, then a cast member strapped us in... and I prepared to die. Riders board the Mine Train cars indoors. As you take off, you can see the tracks turning ahead of you towards the outdoors, but you can't see where they're going. The Mine Train's fear factor is mostly because of this inability to see what's coming. In several instances, there appears to be a big drop ahead, but it's only a small one.

Coming out of the mines
The first thing you'll see as the ride begins is the appearance of the tracks dropping off suddenly, similar to this view. In actuality, there's just a small drop ahead.

I am happy to report that my fears were unfounded and I did survive. There was nothing too terrifying on this ride. And halfway through, there was a nice change of pace as we casually rode through the "mine" ogling at piles of shining gemstones. The largest drop (at 39 feet) comes after you exit the mine from the top of the mountain, but it's not a steep drop, and it curves, so it doesn't feel like a "big drop" at all.

Dwarfs at work
The ride gives a nice break in the middle, where we can ride through the mines at a leisurely pace and watch the dwarfs as they collect colorful gemstones.
Mine Train Drop
Surviving the biggest drop of the ride, right after exiting the mines.

The tracks on this roller coaster were very smooth, which helped me avoid motion sickness. It wasn't jerky, and my stomach didn't end up in my throat. The ride only reaches a top speed of 34 MPH, so it's pretty tame. As for my fear of heights, the tracks were never far removed from the ground; as the tracks went higher, there was still actual earth right underneath the tracks.

Ground underneath
Although there are some small drops, the ground is right below the tracks the whole time, making this ride more palatable for those of us who are afraid of heights.

But I Didn't. (Die)

At the end of it, Snow White and the Dwarfs threw me a celebration for making it to the end. (I heard they do that for everyone, but I doubt that's true.) In the end, instead of dying, I was finally able to experience a little bit of what I assume that other people enjoy about roller coasters: the (slight) thrill, adrenaline, wind in my hair.

Laughing on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
By this point, I've realized the ride is not too terrifying, but I'm still unsure whether to laugh or cry.
Guys Behind Us on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The guys sitting behind us clearly found it quite funny that I was scream-crying on a child's roller coaster. I did not care. I scream-cried anyway.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Celebration
Snow White and her Dwarfs threw me a celebration upon my return. They were so happy that they were dancing!

Maybe one day I'll manage to try the other roller coasters at Walt Disney World, like Space Mountain and Slinky Dog Dash (but I'll be honest, probably not the Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith). I also look forward to returning to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I'm sure that the next time around, I'll be able to enjoy it, minus the fear I had the first time. If you're also a motion-sick, roller-coaster-fearing adult like myself, I recommend that you try this one. I think it's a great place for our kind to start.

Mine Train High Five
Success is sweet. Always celebrate with high fives.

If you're still feeling uncertain, here's a video of my full ride experience, along with some of my commentary right afterwards.

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