One of Disneyland’s classic dark rides, Show White’s Scary Adventures is closing January 6, 2020 for a big update. On the attraction, guests board a wooden mine cart and accompany Snow White as she encounters the evil Queen and flees to the safety of the Seven Dwarfs cottage.
The attraction as it stands now is a throwback to dark rides with painted flats and some basic audio-animatronics. The new version is expected to keep the same basic storyline but insert more AAs, especially of Snow White.
One of the new elements in the attraction will be toward the end with a new vignette that will show Snow White waking up from her slumber. The finale scene will also be updated with a new look, although the animal friends and shimmering castle will be there.
New technology will help tell the story including state of the art audio and visual upgrades throughout the attraction. There will be new music, LED black lighting, laser projections, and a new animation system.
Although it’s subtle, one of the things I like about the current version is that there’s really just two Snow White figures in it. That allows the guest to imagine themselves as Snow White, immersing them in the story more.
The attraction also features the word ‘scary’ in its name. Parts of it are both dark and spookey and may frighten young children. That’s also part of the rides charm. Walt Disney was never afraid to give a little fright knowing that a happy ending will smooth things out soon enough.
The Fantasyland attraction got its fancy castle facade, featuring a tall window where the evil Queen looks down menacingly on guests, in the 1983 Fantasyland remodel. This too will receive an refreshed look with new fairy tale-inspired details to complement Sleeping Beauty Castle’s recent refreshed look.
When Disneyland opened in 1955 there was a Snow White attraction and this upgrade will ensure there will be a Snow White ride long after the 65th anniversary of the park is celebrated this year. Snow White is Disney’s first princess and, in our opinion, still the best.