Disneyland has removed the scary ending from Snow White’s Scary Adventures and added a happily ever after finale to the classic Fantasyland dark ride that will return when the Anaheim theme park reopens following an extended coronavirus closure.
Walt Disney Imagineering updated the interior and exterior of the Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction during an extended renovation that began in January before the pandemic closure of the park. The 1955 opening day attraction has been renamed Snow White’s Enchanted Wish to reflect changes made to Disneyland’s only ride-through princess attraction.
Disneyland and other California theme parks are unlikely to return to full operation until early 2021 or possibly next summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state.
The newly renovated Snow White attraction now concludes with the Disney princess reuniting with her animal friends as a castle shimmers in the distance. The ride previously concluded with a bolt of lightning sending the Evil Queen tumbling to her death from a mountaintop with a terrifying scream.
The extensive rehab added new music, LED black lighting, laser projections, animation systems and audio-visual technology to the dark ride.
The changes to the attraction introduce several new scenes, including a vignette showing Snow White waking from her deep sleep in a forest setting.
A new Snow White audio-animatronic figure will dance and twirl with the dwarfs in their cottage as the scent of fresh-baked apple pie wafts through the air. Shadow projections will show the dwarfs at work in the mine where jewels sparkle with new lighting effects.
The exterior of the Fantasyland attraction has been updated with “fairy tale-inspired details” designed to complement the recently refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Disneyland filed a building permit with the city of Anaheim for a $445,000 refurbishment of Snow White’s Scary Adventures, according to city records. Disneyland crews removed and replaced show sets, props and scenes, installed new structural beams, refurbished rockwork and conducted electrical work on the 6,200-square-foot Snow White dark ride, according to the building permit.
The Snow White dark ride last underwent a significant refurbishment in 1983 when the New Fantasyland was introduced. That remodel introduced a new facade and updated technology.
Snow White was nowhere to be seen in her Fantasyland attraction when Disneyland opened in 1955. The ride was designed to make visitors feel like they were the star of the show — experiencing the attraction from the point of view of Snow White herself. That high concept went over the heads of virtually everybody who rode the attraction and Snow White was eventually added to the ride.
The Snow White dark ride is one of several early Fantasyland attractions that have gone under the knife for extensive rehabs.
Peter Pan’s Flight dark ride underwent a seven-month refurbishment in 2015. The Alice in Wonderland dark ride got a five-month facelift in 2014. Mad Tea Party saw the tea cups tightened in 2004 to reduce the spinning speed. King Arthur Carrousel underwent extensive restoration projects in 2002 and 2020.
Disney World’s Magic Kingdom removed the Snow White’s Scary Adventures dark ride in 2012 to make room for a Princess Fairytale Hall meet-and-greet area. The Florida theme park added the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster in 2014 as part of an extensive Fantasyland expansion project.
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