Whenever Disneyland reopens to guests, one of its Fantasyland dark rides will be sporting a new name, a new ending, and (hopefully) no longer scaring children.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures closed on Jan. 6, 2020, with its revamp originally set to last until May 2020. When the attraction does reopen, it will bear the name Snow White’s Enchanted Wish.
The reason behind the name change is a simple one: Disney appears to have toned down the ride’s scarier elements and placed greater emphasis on Snow White over the Evil Queen. A Snow White animatronic has been added to the scene in the Seven Dwarfs cottage, along with a dancing Dopey, and she’ll also be seen in a “happily ever after” scene when the prince brings her back to life.
“We’re finally giving Snow White the ‘happily ever after’ that she deserves,” Walt Disney Imaginnering principal concept designer John Gritz said in a video posted on the Disney Parks Blog.
Disney also detailed some changes made to the scene in the Dwarfs’ mine. New projections and lighting effects have been added to make the gems glitter and sparkle and brighten up the scene.
The outside of the attraction has also been updated.
“We took the opportunity this time to repaint all of the exterior with warmer pinks and gold colors and a cheerier blue and made it feel happier,” said Kim Irvine, creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Some version of a Snow White dark ride was an opening day attraction at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. The Anaheim version was last overhauled as part of the 1983 redesign of Fantasyland, at which point it was renamed Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
The Magic Kingdom ride had its own revamp in 1994 to lighten its tone. That attraction closed in 2012 and was replaced by the Princess Fairytale Hall meet-and-greet building, with Snow White now represented in the park in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.
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