How to Ride The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (without a two hour wait!)

The newest major ride at the Magic Kingdom is The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  It’s a really wonderful roller coaster that is family friendly and has beautiful scenery along the way.  The only down side to the new ride is that it is so popular that it can be hard to get a shot at riding it without waits ranging between one and two hours.

FiveTipsMineTrainLike many of the new queues at Walt Disney World Resort, there are some really fun interactive features (barrels to spin that project images on the ceiling and a water feature with lights and music) but still, no one really wants to spend that long in a line for a ride.

We’ve been lucky enough to ride it at least ten times so far and I thought I’d share my tips on how we got to do that without long waits.

  1. Make a FastPass+ reservation as early as possible.  If you’re staying on site and you have purchased your tickets you can select your FastPass+ reservations at midnight sixty days before the start of your trip.  If you have tickets but are not staying on site, you can select your FastPass+ reservations at midnight thirty days in advance.  If you select sixty days out, you can almost always get FP+ for the Mine Train.
  2. Keep trying.  If for whatever reason you can’t get a FP+ (we often travel last minute), keep trying.  Sometimes locals will book up some FP+ and then release them closer to the date if they decide not to go.  I just got FP+ for our party of three in the morning on a Saturday for the Mine Train just 27 days in advance.  Another trick is to search for just one member of your party at a time (I’ve found that this is easier to accomplish on the mobile app than on the website).  You can sometimes get overlapping times for each individual.  This doesn’t always work, but we’ve been lucky enough to get them a couple of days in advance that way and still get to ride together.  For example, I may have one from 3:00-4:00 and Eli may have one from 3:35-4:35.  In that example, we could still ride together from 3:35-4:00.  It’s not a guarantee, but if you have a FP+ for certain other rides and they break down, you can get a special FP+ (it will show up on your app) that lets you pick a ride to replace it and sometimes the Mine Train is included.  We’ve gotten that pixie dust once!
  3. Go straight there at opening (especially with early extra magic hours).  If you are at the Magic Kingdom at rope drop and go directly to the ride without any stops for locker rentals, popcorn purchases or potty breaks, the line should be manageable.  You probably won’t walk onto the ride but you also shouldn’t be waiting for two hours!
  4. Be the last people in line at closing.  If the park closes at 9pm, get in line right before then.  I’ve heard rumors of people getting to ride more than once if they’re on the last train of the night, but I can’t confirm that!  I can confirm that the lines look much much shorter at closing time than they do even 20 minutes earlier.
  5. Get in line right before Wishes.  We’ve had a ton of success with this technique (in fact I’m kind of kicking myself for even sharing it!).  If you’ve seen Wishes before, don’t like fireworks or will have the opportunity to see it more than once on your trip, this is a great way to breeze through the line.  We got in line right as Wishes started and while the sign said it was a 30 minute wait, it actually took eleven minutes from getting in line to getting on the train.  I’ve waited longer than that with a FP+!  And if you time it right, you can even see some of Wishes while you’re on the ride.

IMG_9477These techniques will equally apply to any ride that tends to have long lines and hard to get FP+, so don’t give up if you can’t stand waiting for hours.  With some planning, some prioritizing and a little luck you can enjoy the ride without the long wait!

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How to Ride The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (without a two hour wait!) — 10 Comments

  1. Great tips! I have used the overlapping time tip before. I have a little one that can’t ride it yet so I will make a FP for just one in our party, and then use rider swap to get the rest of us on.
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    • I was so excited when Eli was both tall enough and brave enough to give it a try! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. We just rode this last week. We could not get FPs so we waited early one morning for about an hour. We played Heads Up! in line and the time flew by. This was the ONLY ride we waited that long for during our visit, so no complaints.
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    • You can definitely get your FP+ right when you get in the park, but some of the rides might not have any FP+ left. Mainly just the Mine Train, maybe Peter Pan’s Flight and probably the parades and Wishes viewing areas. But, you might still luck out on those!

  3. Great tips. Thanks for sharing. Yeah, just like dining reservations, FP+ is always good to keep trying for any drops. Not a guarantee, but better chance than no chance.

    The firework trick is always great for getting on rides. Even when you want to see it, you watch it one night and any other night your back is great. The night time parades also usually have good success for rides.

    I haven’t gotten to ride this yet. Cant wait!
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    • I just scored a great dining reservation for this Saturday night at The Garden Grill! I’ve never eaten there and just kept checking the ADRs online and was so excited to see that one pop up!

  4. I already have the Fastpass+ reservations booked for our next trip! Thanks for the other tips though. I always ride Splash Mountain during Wishes because I enjoy seeing the fireworks so I will have to try the Mine Train now too!

    • One of my favorite Wishes memories is when we just happened to be able to watch them while riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! So magical!!