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Accessible Attractions | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

June 22, 2016

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of my favorite attractions. It’s not the fastest, it’s not the longest, but it is one of the easier coasters for me to ride. The process is a little different from other roller coasters at the park, and I was really nervous the first time, but the Cast Members have always been great and it was so much easier than I thought it was going to be.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


The Basics

Location: Fantasyland
Height Requirement: Guests must be 38in (97cm) or taller
Accessibility: Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
FastPass+: Available
Who Should Ride: Great for all ages. It’s not too fast and there are only a few small drops.


Queue

Both the standard and FastPass+ queues are wheelchair accessible. The standard queue is of course pretty long with lots of switchbacks. It was easy to navigate though and was wide enough to make getting through all of the turns easily. The standard queue also has a few interactive elements that were accessible as well.

Accessible Disney Attractions | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The FastPass queue is much shorter (yay!) so if you have trouble navigating a long queue I would make sure you schedule a FastPass+ reservation as soon as you can. There aren’t any interactive elements but you get a great view of the dwarf’s cottage.

Accessible Disney Attractions | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The boarding process for wheelchair users is different than the other coasters at the Disney Parks. When you line up to board everyone in your party lines up behind the number of the row they will be boarding except the wheelchair user. There is a much wider door next to row 10 (the last row) for wheelchair users to enter. The doors will then open for your party to enter and board the train. On our visits my gate didn’t open until everyone else was seated with their lap bar in place. This made me really nervous the first time we rode.


Ride Vehicle

Accessible Disney Attractions | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The side of the ride vehicle opens up to make things easier. The train was just a little lower than my wheelchair so that part of transferring was easy. A Cast Member also helped hold my chair in place. This was great since I am used to Drew being there to help me and like I mentioned above he was already seated. The ride vehicle itself is pretty small so the hardest part was getting my legs in through the opening. I found it easiest to put my left leg in first and then slide in.

Accessible Disney Attractions | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The ride itself is very smooth. The train takes off pretty quickly, it’s not too fast, but be prepared to hold on immediately if you need to use your arms to steady yourself. The train cars move from side to side but it’s not enough to knock you around. The seat is deep and the lap bar helps hold you in place.

Accessible Disney Attractions | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The unloading area is in a different spot (just behind where you board) so the Cast Members will bring your wheelchair to you. Again they held it in place while I got out. This part is a little harder since you have to go up from the seat, to the side of the ride vehicle, and then into your wheelchair. Luckily the height difference between each one isn’t much. I have good upper body strength so the transfer procedure wasn’t too hard on me. The hardest part was getting my legs to cooperate. 🙂 And since the ride was over Drew could help me if I needed him to.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Accessible Ride Vehicle


Overall

The biggest piece of advice I have is to make sure to communicate your needs to the Cast Members. The Cast Members at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train were all very nice and made sure I knew I could take my time and I never felt rushed. If you need more help than I did make sure they know. I don’t know what will happen, you may need to have someone in your party sit in front of you instead of beside you. I would love to hear about your experiences too!

Accessible Disney Attractions - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Kelly
    July 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Hey, my daughter is temporary in a wheelchair since she broke her leg. Her cast is above the knee but not straight out. Do you know or think she would be able to fit in the car? She is 6 and about 4 ft tall.

    • Melissa
      July 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      The car is pretty deep so I don’t think it would be a problem. I would just talk to a Cast Member beforehand to make sure. I hope you have a great trip!

  • Kawolfe
    July 12, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Thanks so much for posting this I’m in a wheelchair too and we’re going in November now I’m even more excited since I know ican try 7 dmt.

  • disneyonwheels
    June 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    kungaloosh1117 Thank you so much! I always hope that these posts will be helpful and hearing that they are makes me happy.

  • disneyonwheels
    June 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    HeidiPortzlineStrawser I think the second time was easier just because we knew what we were doing. 🙂 I’m anxious to give it another try though.

  • HeidiPortzlineStrawser
    June 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I was anxious to read this post to see if your second experience was better than your first.  Sounds like they were both about the same, huh?

  • kungaloosh1117
    June 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I want to say thank you. Your posts are so helpful in so many ways. As a wheelchair user, I find the pictures you include to be invaluable in determining whether or not I might be able to transfer onto attractions. Thanks so much for the great information!