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Old 11-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Mine Train Opening Update

So let's talk some more FP+! Just kidding...

Anyways, over the last couple weeks, I've been doing some research, looking at photos (I'm in construction/development), and asking around and I've gathered some info regarding the 7DMT (in and out of the co.).

Construction is, believe it or not, getting there. Most scaffolding and paint is done on the mountain(s?) with the track entirely laid and "electrically active". I'm sure many of you saw the video of the power testing. Construction-wise, all that's left is a tiny bit more scaffolding and some paint. Beyond that, trees are going to be planted (in fact they've already seeded some of the areas) and some more testing needs to be done. With this particular ride though, they are thoroughly testing the vehicles and track while they are finishing construction. Meanwhile, most interior work is near completion w/ the structure of Triton's Treasures ready for opening (but there's been some small problems with merchandise) for some time now.

So what's this all mean? Well, an official opening in 2013 will not happen. Disney seems to be hoping to officially open it by the end January 2014. That said, Disney's really pushing for a late December soft opening in time for the NYE crowds. They're pretty optimistic that it will happen, so while it's not guarenteed, there's a strong likelihood.
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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Thanks for the update
It looks like we'll just miss it as we leave on the 23rd, but I still have my fingers crossed.
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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Would LOVE to see it open for my March visit!!!
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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YES!!! WOOHOO! I wonder when it will show up on MDE for FP+
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #5
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From the outside, it doesn't look anywhere near ready to open.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for the update Andyman. That's actually a lot earlier than the recent rumors had it set to open, so it's all sounding good so far
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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From the outside, it doesn't look anywhere near ready to open.
Maybe you should take a close look at photos like the ones in the following link.

http://damouse.com/2013/11/02/the-se...november-2013/

Again, it's a slippery slope. Any slight delay can push the entire soft opening back.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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Maybe you should take a close look at photos like the ones in the following link.

http://damouse.com/2013/11/02/the-se...november-2013/

Again, it's a slippery slope. Any slight delay can push the entire soft opening back.
I saw it in person 2 days ago. I know what it looks like from the outside.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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I saw it in person 2 days ago. I know what it looks like from the outside.
As have I. Hearing from additional people is always beneficial: what makes you feel that it's way off from any form of opening?
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #10
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Thanks for the update, andy. Looks and sounds like it is getting close for sure.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:03 PM   #11
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Piece #2 of good news I've heard today. Perhaps the tide is turning?
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Universal is building the new Harry Potter section in the other park soooo much faster than Disney is building the 7DMT.
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?............ Disney's really pushing for a late December soft opening in time for the NYE crowds. They're pretty optimistic that it will happen, so while it's not guarenteed, there's a strong likelihood.
That would be a real nice late Christmas present for us if they somehow get the early softs going by Jan 8th....I'be got us scheduled for 3 MK days, so maybe we'll get lucky.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #15
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I would really be surprised if they would try a soft opening during the holiday season. Once word spread that the train was working there would likely be a stampede that would defeat the purpose of a soft opening, especially for an attraction that is in such a visible spot.

We happened to be in the parks for soft openings of both Soarin' in 2005 and TSMM in 2008. Because of their locations, and the fact that the rides are completely indoors, very few people knew that the tests were going on. You really had to go out of your way to go to the attraction and ask if they were testing.
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