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Is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Scary?: A Complete Guide

Greetings fellow adventurers! Are you wondering if the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster is worth the hype?

This family-friendly roller coaster takes you on a journey through a gemstone mine where the seven dwarfs work, all while experiencing twists, turns, and drops.

Perhaps you’re worried about the level of fear you may experience while aboard the ride or whether it’s worth the wait or lightning lane price tag.

Fear not! As a seasoned roller coaster enthusiast and Disney parks fanatic, I’ll share my insights on everything you need to know about this thrilling attraction.

In this post, I’ll answer questions like Is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train scary?, When is the best time to ride?, and other common inquiries.

Is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train scary?

Photo of a big drop into a curve on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at Magic Kingdom.
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Let’s start with the big question up top – is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train scary? The answer is no, not really.

While there are some drops and turns, the ride is meant to be family-friendly and doesn’t contain any extreme thrills or inversions.

According to RCDB, the biggest drop is about 41 feet, but since the coaster runs very smoothly, the ride is pleasant – especially compared to older coasters at Magic Kingdom, such as Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.

In addition, the ride cars can tilt, but they will only tilt if you use your own force to do so. So if you’re a bit hesitant, you can control how thrilling your ride is!

Overall, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a great ride for those wanting to experience a roller coaster without too much of a scare factor.

How fast is Seven Dwarfs Mine train?

According to RCDB, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train runs at approximately 34 MPH.

It’s not the fastest ride at Disney World, by a lot, which in my opinion translates to a nice, smooth ride.

How long is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train?

The ride lasts nearly 3 minutes, per the RCDB, and covers a distance of just over 2,000 feet.

Basically, it packs a punch in its short ride time!

Is rider switch available?

Photo of Doc weighing a ruby inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

Yes, rider switch is available for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

If you have a child that’s too small to ride or is scared of roller coasters, one adult can wait with them while the other rides.

Afterward, the waiting adult can then skip the standby queue to experience the ride themselves.

Is there a single rider line?

At Magic Kingdom, there is no single rider line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

However, over at Shanghai Disneyland, there is a single rider line for this roller coaster.

Accessibility accommodations

Guests in wheelchairs or electric conveyance vehicles must transfer to the ride on their own or with the assistance of their friends or family.

Health and safety restrictions

Photo of Sleepy asleep in a box full of gems with a can napping on top of him.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

There are some health and safety restrictions for this attraction.

Guests must be 38 inches or taller to ride and those under age 7 must ride with someone age 14 or older.

Lastly, for safety reasons, loose articles such as bags and hats must be stowed away before the ride begins.

Is there a ride photo?

Yes, there is a ride photo on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, as well as video! This applies to both locations.

The camera is located on the left side as you go down the first hill. Be sure to put on a big smile!

Can I use Genie+ or Lightning Lane?

Photo of Sneezy carrying a stack of 3 buckets full of gems.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

At Magic Kingdom, you can purchase an individual lightning lane for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. However, it is not included as part of Genie+.

According to Thrill Data, wait times for this ride often top 2 hours, making the lightning lane pass is a very popular purchase with guests.

Basically, if you want to buy a lightning lane pass, you’ll want to do it right away at 7 AM or risk it selling out before you can get your act together.

Over at Shanghai Disneyland, they still use the Fastpass system and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is included as an option.

Best time to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Photo of Dopey sitting in a cart full of gems with 2 diamonds in each eye.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

As with any popular attraction, the wait time for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can vary.

During peak seasons and times, the wait time can be upwards of 2 hours or more at both locations.

If you want to bypass the crowds, try visiting early in the morning, during parade times, or using the Lightning Lane option at Magic Kingdom or Fastpass at Shanghai Disneyland.

Where to find Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Photo of a walkway that crosses over the track of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom in Disney World.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened on May 28, 2014 at Magic Kingdom. It replaced Pooh’s Playful Spot, which was a play area for toddlers and pre-k kiddos.

Since its opening, the ride has gained popularity among guests of all ages, with the wait time frequently reaching two hours or more (source).

After the ride’s huge success with guests, it was duplicated at Shanghai Disneyland, where it opened on June 16, 2016.

At both Disney parks, it is located in the Fantasyland section.

Are you ready to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train?

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a must-ride attraction at Magic Kingdom in Disney World, as well as Shanghai Disneyland.

While not the scariest roller coaster, it offers a fun, family-friendly experience that’s perfect for all ages.

So come join the Seven Dwarfs and take a ride through their gemstone mine, you won’t be disappointed!

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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published June 27, 2023. It was last updated October 14, 2023.