I was lucky enough to be at Disney World within the first week of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening. It opened May 28th and I arrived June 1st. I was unable to secure my family a Fastpass, because the announcement of the opening of the Fastpass for the ride did not coincide with my availability to be online when it first opened. When I went to book them for our trip the Fastpasses were gone! I knew at that moment that it would take a large amount of strategy on my part to get on this ride without waiting.
Why without waiting you may ask? The first reason is I have two small children ages 2 and 5. The concept of waiting has not yet developed. The second reason is I live in Missouri and my husband is a teacher, which means we are able to get to Disney once a year as a family. I do not want to waste my day in line when we could be having fun and building those precious memories with our children. Waiting in line? Not an option for this girl.
I followed these four easy steps and I was 12th in line for the hottest ticket in town that day. With no waiting and no Fastpass.
- Stay on property: Disney loves all their guests, but they especially love their onsite guests. Disney provides onsite guests with extended theme park hours – Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours give guests access to the park before the designated park is scheduled to open or after the park is scheduled to close.
- Be there on time: Be at the Magic Kingdom gates one hour before Extra Magic Hours opening.
- Know the right path: Many people think the shortest way to The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is through Cinderella’s Castle. However, this is incorrect. Right before the castle there is a bridge to your right that appears to lead into Tomorrowland. This pathway takes you by Cosmic Rays Starlight Café and the Cheshire Café. After the bridge, take the first path to the left. Head up the hill past the Mad Tea Party. If you kept walking straight you would run right into the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Watch the Cast Members: Cast Members will be standing at the opening of this bridge making it appear as though you may not enter. Just approach them with a smile and they will fall back and allow the crowd to enter. Follow their lead, they are making sure there are no stampedes and everyone behaves. They always appreciate a smile and friendly conversation.
In regards to the ride, it was everything I hoped it to be. The biggest surprise was how smooth it was. My family did the “Rider Switch” option and I took my 5-year-old daughter on with me. She found the ride to be a little too intense for her. It wasn’t the “drops” but the speed of the ride is incredible for its size. The carts also swing to almost make you feel like you are going to tip over. When we got off she had the option to get back on with my husband with the “Rider Switch” and even though she enjoyed it she did not want to get back on it a second time. Her exact words were, “I think once is good enough for me.” My husband also loved it and came off the ride smiling ear-to-ear. Reflecting back on our trip, my husband and I both agreed this ride is our new favorite in the Magic Kingdom.
The strategy above could be used for any hot ticket item during your trip. To discover the fastest way to your destination, ask a Cast Member. Remember they always appreciate a smile and friendly conversation. Good luck, have fun and most of all be safe!