As part of Disney’s Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion, the park has announced that it will build a Snow White-themed roller coaster tentatively named Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster. The LA Times Funland Blog reports that Disney recently shifted their plans for the new area from a girl-centric focus to one less focused on the princesses. And ScreamScape has more on Fantasyland’s planned 2012 roller coaster:

According to the description the mine train will, “take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.”


Unfortunately, a mainstay of the park, the Snow White’s Scary Adventures dark ride will be removed to make way for the ride. Should Disney brace for a backlash from long-time fans who’ll miss the ride or will they welcome the new state-of-the-art family coaster? This isn’t a rhetorical question. I have no idea as I’m not a Disney fan and I didn’t ride the Scary Adventures on my one and only visit to the park when I was 8. I’d love to hear what people think though.

Coaster geeks are trying to decode Disney’s announcement and figure out exactly what the ride will be like. It sounds a bit like a suspended coaster, but they’re claiming it’ll be first-of-its-kind. Suspended coasters are on the endangered Powered_Coaster_Suspended - Mack - Snow White Coaster?coasters list at this point, but maybe the new Snow White coaster will be the next generation suspended coaster. Lance from ScreamScape mentioned that Mack and Premier have prototype coasters that might fit the bill. The image to the right is of Mack’s Powered Suspended Coaster. It appears to only be a concept for now as there were no pictures in their gallery of existing coasters. This is how Mack describes it:

Get a great ride as our suspended powered coaster comes as a long, non swinging train which you can even make spin. This allows you to get a great system for a dark ride coaster hybrid. Great for flying through turns!

We may just have to speculate for now. But, don’t worry we’ll be looking at construction photos of the project with ‘Whistle While You Work’ subtitles before you know it.

What’s Your Take?
How do you think the new Snow White coaster sounds? Will you miss Snow White’s Scary Adventures? Leave a comment below.

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18 Responses

  1. Frog

    This looks really cool! Reminds me a lot of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad though, and its really sad that they are going to take away Snow White's Scary Adventures. I think people will be upset about that more than excited about the new coaster, but I'm fine with it. This coaster better be amazing!

  2. Prof.BAM

    The image from the park says that the train will be above the track, not below. I'm heading out that way in 2014, so here's hoping it's open at the time.

    • Prof.BAM

      The latest artwork I've seen looks like it will be Premier, knowing how they did the fabulous Mummy Coasters

  3. Quil

    SASW was never a very exiting ride, it was to scary for many todlers, and boring for most older kids and adults. I think this new ride will be a HUGE improvment, especialy if it's a next generation suspended coaster.

  4. Kevin

    SWSA wasn't bad, but I can certainly see how it would be scary for young kids. But, the story goes that the witch tries to kill her step-daughter, who has to run away to live with strangers. How exactly do you make that kid friendly? Make those strangers dwarfs… Based on the position of the current ride, they are going to have rebuild a lot of that Fantasyland section, unless the coaster will be so small to fit inside the space of a house. If it is something like Big Thunder Mountain, then it should be cool. Was just there and they've been doing quite a bit of work at the back of Fantasyland, but nothing around SWSA (like the plans on moving Dumbo and adding a 2nd one, etc). Heading back in probably October, so I'll give you an update on any visible progress with this coaster.

  5. Jill

    Good riddance; I never really liked the old ride anyway. I welcome the new coaster and I think people will be excited.

    If they were getting rid of Pirates or Space Mountain or one of the other older classic rides, I think they would have some pretty upset folks out there. I don't think too many people are going to miss the old Snow White ride though.

    • Quil

      Seeing that this new ride will be located at disney world, yes, it will probably be inside.

  6. Mike M.

    Now if only they would replace Peter Pan with a FLYING coaster! Yeah, keep dreaming.

  7. bella4eva

    i disagree w/ the people who found it scary, yes for *toddlers* it was, but when i like it the most was when i was 5-7. i'm only a teen now, but it was a fun ride. i do agree it will be an improvment, but as it's a mine ride, wouldn't it make more sense for it to be a WOODEN coaster?

    • Prof.BAM

      it would've made sense if big thunder mountain was wood too. it's steel.

  8. disneyfan

    i think the new coaster will be great for disney but i do think the meet and greet is kinda dumb their are characters all over the park


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