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Did you know that Snow White's Scary Adventures opened as Snow White and Her Adventures at Disneyland? I toadally didn't either! With this secret history of Snow White's Scary Adventures, we'll hop through a frightening forest to Snow White's cottage and learn all about the Disney Imagineering of this classic Disney dark ride. Let's get to it!
The Secret History of Snow White's Scary Adventures
Snow White's Scary Adventures opened with Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955. Much like Peter Pan's Flight, the structure of the ride was designed so that guests were to feel as if they were the main character—Snow White. However, after several inquiries from riders ("Why is Snow White not on the ride?!"), Imagineers added Snow White to appear on the attraction during the Fantasyland expansion of 1983. Other dark rides were also redesigned to include their main characters.
Magic Kingdom's own version also made its debut on the park's opening day. Once again, the ride did not feature the princess herself, but this version, named Snow White's Adventures, actually did include some scary adventures! Throughout the dark ride, guests encountered the Witch seven times and included what many guests thought was a frightening ending.
Similar to Disneyland's Snow White ride, the attraction went through a remodeling in 1994 to include Snow White and make it not as scary. Unfortunately, the ride still ended up closing for good in 2012, and Princess Fairytale Hall took its place. But guess what? The closing of Snow White's Adventures led to the creation of another famous ride: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (which to be honest, is one of my favorites)! And you can still find a Snow White's Adventures ride at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, too.
Snow White's Scary Adventures Fun Facts
- Unlike many of the Disney dark rides, when Magic Kingdom's Snow White's Adventures first opened, it featured no music!
- Many of the animatronics featured on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom are from Snow White's Adventures, such as the Dwarfs at the attraction's finale and vultures.
- When the ride first opened at Disneyland, guests often tried to take the apple during the poisoned apple scene. Imagineers redesigned this during the Fantasyland 1983 expansion by using a projection of an apple!
- After the 1983 restoration of Disneyland's Snow White's Scary Adventures, Adriana Castelotti (the original voice of Snow White) was featured on the new soundtrack!
- Take a look at the mine carts on the ride—they're named after the Seven Dwarfs.
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