Walt Disney World's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train set for May 28 grand opening

Family-style roller coaster is final piece of Fantasyland expansion

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Dubbed the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will officially open to guests on May 28.

Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, made the much-anticipated announcement during a dedication ceremony Friday morning.

The family-style coaster completes the New Fantasyland area of the park, the largest expansion in the Magic Kingdom's 43-year history.

"Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special," Staggs said. "The attraction appeals to everyone in the family and provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill while keeping with the charm of this special land."

Video: Ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The attraction, inspired by Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" animated film classic, will immerse riders in the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey, all of whom joined Staggs for the announcement.

The attraction, Disney officials said, also features an innovative new ride system that allows the mine train's cars to pivot back and forth during the ride's twists, turns, hills and drops.

Other attractions in New Fantasyland include Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid; Enchanted Tales with Belle; Dumbo the Flying Elephant; and the Beast's Castle, featuring the Be Our Guest restaurant.

Images: Disney dedicates Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

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