There is no doubt that New Fantasyland is helping to redefine the principal land at the Magic Kingdom. Think back to what Fantasyland was like without the New Fantasyland expansion and related Fantasyland improvement projects. Needless to say it was a stagnant area in the park that was beginning to really show its age. It isn’t the only area that needs improving at the Magic Kingdom (hello Tomorrowland) and certainly not the only area needing some love at the Walt Disney World Resort but what it provides is a template of sorts that Disney must replicate soon and often around its Orlando property. Disney can maintain its theme park reign for quite some time even if they were to rest on their laurels but that wouldn’t be great and in the end greatness is why so many of us are attracted to the Walt Disney Company. It isn’t smart to dismiss the potential of current projects like My Disney Experience but it also would behoove the Walt Disney Company not to dismiss the gripes and concerns of those who can see beyond the pixie dust if for a second to see that their beloved world needs some sprinkling of greatness in the form of attractions and experiences rather soon. Ok, but what about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, won’t that be great? Indeed, it might be and that’s just it.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a major inflection point for Walt Disney World. When it opens it will be the only major attraction added to Walt Disney World theme parks, that hasn’t been cloned from other Disney Parks, since the opening of Expedition Everest in 2006. That pace simply won’t be enough in a world that has more and more vying for our attention than ever before and smarter and more scrutinizing consumers to boot. Disney continually raises their prices and we will continue to equally raise our voices and demand excellence. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, an attraction that was as close as you can get to never seeing the light of day now steadily approaches its beautiful opening moment in Fantasyland. Today’s construction update is an impressive one showing off what very well might be an incredible attraction in the making. But the question remains, does Disney realize the importance of this inflection point, are they going to “dig dig dig dig dig dig dig” and release their potential and perhaps let us finally see the light of a million shining diamonds?
When it opens, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be the only major attraction added to Walt Disney World theme parks, that hasn’t been cloned from other Disney Parks, since the opening of Expedition Everest in 2006.