New ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, fast-tracking 777X certification, JetBlue launches MCO-SLC service


Walt Disney World in Orlando will get a new ride at Fantasyland: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster.

Intended to be a focal attraction of the New Fantasyland area, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family-friendly thrill ride that while full of twists and turns, does not feature any steep drops or dark-and-scary music or scenery. It is largely upbeat, focusing on the sights and sounds of the Disney classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

FAA to fast track Boeing 777X certification

Boeing’s new 777X won’t be treated as a new aircraft by the FAA. Instead it will treat it as a new 777.

The move greatly simplifies the approval process for Boeing, which will be using new carbon-fiber composite wings similar to those on the 787 Dreamliner on the plane. The fuselage will be stretched to allow the aircraft to seat between 350 and 400 passengers, versus the current maximum of 380 on the larger 777 model.

JetBlue to launch Orlando-Salt Lake City service

JetBlue announced that it will launch a new service from Orlando to Salt Lake City beginning November 12.

Flights are scheduled to depart Orlando International Airport at 8:24 p.m. and arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport at 11:08 p.m. Flights from Salt Lake City to Orlando will depart at 11:59 p.m. and arrive at 6:21 a.m. the next day.

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