So much excitement around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opening this week! The Mine Train attraction is housed and travels around a huge mountain near the center of New Fantasyland. If you wander around that mountain to the side closet to Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid you’ll find Seafarers Wood Carving along with a huge unfinished wooden statue of Ariel’s father King Triton.
Let’s explore shall we?
As a frame of reference, here’s a shot of the exterior of the building. You can see the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction behind the building. To the right is Prince Eric’s Village Market where guests can pick up a healthy snack. Directly behind you would be Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. To the left is H. Goff Cartography, New Fantasyland’s DVC (Disney Vacation Club) Sales Center.
As with the windows on Main Street U.S.A., there is a bit of history behind this sign. Ralph Harper Goff, a Disney Legend, was the artist behind the design of the Nautilus in Disney’s first live-action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Coincidentally, this very building is built on top of the area that originally housed the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage attraction from 1971-1994.
Upon entering Seafarers, you will notice several sketches on the wall. Does the top right sketch look familiar? It’s Ariel as she appears on the ship outside of Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.
More wooden statues.
A rack full of woodworking tools for the woodsmith.
These raw logs will no doubt be fashioned into fine nautical creations.
I just adore these little details at the Walt Disney World theme parks. It’s what makes them so magical.