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