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Disneyland Ride Review Snow Whites Scary Adventure Puts You Face To Face With The Evil Queen

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Source:Orange County Register
Author:Mark Eades
Dateline:December 8, 2015
Posted:December 13, 2015
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Snow White's Scary Adventures
 
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Look up and you will see the evil Queen looking down with disdain through the curtains of her chamber as you enter the line for Snow White's Scary Adventure at Disneyland.

As you wind your way around the dungeon in the queue, you find a golden apple. Touch it and you will hear the Queen cackle menacingly. Nearby is a book of poisons open to a page about a poisoned apple that brings on the Sleeping Death. You might wonder: This is a Disneyland attraction?

Your friendly ride vehicle approaches. It looks like it was carved from wood and is named after one of the seven dwarfs. Time to board and be on your way into their cottage.

Inside the cottage, the dwarfs are singing and yodeling "The Silly Song" from the 1937 animated feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," on which this attraction is based.

Continuing on through the cottage, you see Snow White climbing some stairs to the second floor, along with some of her animal friends from the forest.

Exiting the cottage, you see the Queen listening in outside one of the cottage windows, proclaiming as you pass by, "Soon I'll be the fairest in the land."

Next you roll into the seven dwarfs' diamond mine, where you can hear the chorus of "We dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in our mine the whole day through."

Now it's on to the Queen's chambers after passing beneath a branch with two vultures perched on it glaring down at you. Once inside the Evil Queen's chamber, you see her standing before the Magic Mirror with her reflection saying "Magic Mirror on the wall," then she turns and has been transformed into an ugly hag and says, "With this disguise, I'll fool them all."

Rounding a corner, you are now in a room where the Queen as the Hag has concocted a poisonous brew in which she has dipped an apple, just for Snow White. You then see her in a small boat rowing to the seven dwarfs' cottage.

You make your way to the cottage through the Enchanted Forest, where the trees are shaped like ugly faces, with branches shaped like talons or skeletal hands. Logs in the swamp look like crocodiles.

As you turn toward the cottage, a door opens to reveal the Hag, who offers the poisonous apple to you as you pass by.

You hear her voice proclaim that now she'll be the fairest of them all.

Next you head toward a mountainside, where the seven dwarfs have chased her to a rocky precipice. She threatens to tumble a rock down on all of them -and you - when a lightning bolt causes her to fall and crash to her certain demise. Her scream is heard as the ride vehicles exit into the unload area.

There, inside a castle, a book on the wall is open to the last page. The Handsome Prince and Snow White on a horse are silhouetted behind the words, "And they lived happily ever after." Happiness prevails as you exit the ride.

A former Disney Imagineer's review

This was one of the original opening-day attractions at Disneyland, but even Walt Disney was not satisfied with it, as he tinkered with it a few times.

Part of the problem then, and now, is that you have to accept that you, riding in the vehicle, are in the role of Snow White - and it never quite works.

In the original ride, before the big redo of 1983, you didn't see Snow White at all. Now she makes one brief appearance in the dwarfs' cottage.

In the original version, there was a scene where the Hag offered riders the poisoned apple, and it became a game for riders to grab that apple as a souvenir. Some succeeded. That used to make the dark ride worth riding.

In the current version installed in 1983, the apple is an illusion held in her hands through the use of some magical Disney special effects. It appears to be in the Hag's hand, but if you reach out, you get nothing but air.

Like Pinocchio's Daring Journey, this ride rarely has much of a wait, even on the busiest days. The Snow White ride has the same problem as the Pinocchio ride: It tries too hard to tell a linear story and is not an actual experience with the story as background material.

At Walt Disney World, Disney Imagineers have solved that problem by taking out the original dark ride and creating, instead, a roller coaster type of ride through the seven dwarfs' diamond mine. The result there is long lines for something nearly the entire family can ride.

Perhaps at some future date, Disneyland can get a version of that ride here - finally creating a classic ride based on Walt Disney's classic film.

My grade for this attraction: C minus.
 

 
 
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