One of the most interesting design challenges for Walt Disney Imagineering with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is undoubtedly its location in the center of New Fantasyland. Logistically it has meant having to plan when to move equipment and materials onto the construction site so as to reduce interference with guest flow at the Magic Kingdom. But from an aesthetic point of view the challenge is all the greater as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction has to adapt to and absorb some of the thematic elements of the various surrounding attractions. Just to drill the point home, take a visual journey with me for a moment and imagine the different themes for Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the castle courtyard walls, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Be Our Guest restaurant, Gaston’s Tavern, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and of course Storybook Circus. Fitting in, while standing out will be one of the grand achievements of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train when it opens early next year.
Fitting in, while standing out will be one of the grand achievements of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The recently opened snack food cart across from Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is a prime example of just how the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction exterior must visually match up in these varying thematic worlds. The snack food stand is themed to a seaside trading post with many thematic elements that are actually an extension of the Journey of the Little Mermaid’s attraction theming. Everything from the lamps, to the “wood” and sails belongs in the oceanfront story of Prince Eric’s castle and in this particular case, the rocky hillsides of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train provide a simply beautiful backdrop for this palette of decor. And whilst we know you will find the theming side of things interesting, the real important thing I want to emphasize here is the snacks from the food cart itself.
Healthy food choices are becoming evermore present…
The world of Disney cuisine ranges from amazing culinary extravaganzas with scallops topped with parmesan foam to quick service fast food filled with a land of burger meat and pizzas. For the typical guest visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks, the latter is what they are most likely to experience. And in that setting, it is great to see the alternatives becoming evermore present, beautifully exhibited and accessible. Sure it may not seem like a revolution and surely Disney has ways to go but I know it is incredibly powerful that we are now given the choice of whether we’d like to consume meals on the healthier side of the spectrum or just enjoy our calories however they come. So in the midst of construction for a mine train roller coaster we are treated to an opening of another section of New Fantasyland integrated into the overall land and beckoning our return soon for even more as the new attraction emerges from behind the construction walls that have stood for far too long in the precious heart of the Magic Kingdom.
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