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With Closure of Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Disney Plans to Honor Heritage with New Ride

3 February 2011 4 Comments

Artist's Rendering of the New Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Roller Coaster

It seems almost inevitable:  with the expansion of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, something had to give.  And we now know that two popular attractions will be closing to make way for progress:  Mickey’s Toontown, set to close next week, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

Mickey’s Toontown was a later addition to the park, and as a result, doesn’t seem to be causing too much angst among Disney fans.  But Snow White’s Scary Adventures is another story altogether.

The ride, original to the park when it opened in 1971, will be closing at some point to make way for Princess Fairytale Hall, which will serve as a meet and greet location for that lucrative franchise that draws girls of every age:  Disney Princesses.

Some fans are angry about the move, and see it as a betrayal of Walt Disney’s vision.  Jennifer Neal, a Disney fan from Alabama, strongly disagrees with the closure of the ride.  “It’s an insult to tear it down, but to tear it down for a meet-and-greet building is truly an insult to Walt Disney and the loyal fans,” said Neal, during a recent conversation with the Orlando Sentinel. 

It seems, however, that Neal’s point of view isn’t widely shared by other fans.  Sure, they’re sad about the passing of an original ride.  But Snow White may have been a victim of its low-tech approach.  And while other Fantasyland rides are similarly simple, they seem to be more popular with guests, judging from the varying wait times for Snow White versus other attractions, Like Peter Pan’s Flight.

Snow White fans won’t be left out in the cold, however.  Disney plans to feature the story in one of its brand new attractions in Fantasyland – the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  And while Snow White herself doesn’t appear in the title of the attraction, fans can be sure that the Fairest of Them All will make an appearance.

Eric Jacobson, senior vice president of creative development at Walt Disney Imagineering says in this way, Snow White will still be represented in the Magic Kingdom, and will most likely “appeal to a broader audience than Snow White’s Scary Adventures ever did.”  Jacobson says that the park fully intends to keep Snow White in a place of honor, as the tale was Disney’s first full length animated feature, adding, “That’s part of our heritage that we want to make sure is celebrated in the right way.”

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  • Middlebrow said:

    No one seems to remember that this is not the original Snow White ride at Walt Disney World. As incredible as it seems the original did not have Snow White in it. The rider was experiencing titular character’s Scary Adventure. Snow White was added to the second version of the attraction which was a complete top to bottom renovation.

    So it seems funny that folks are getting emotional about this change without realizing that this is not an original attraction.

    How many Disney fans does it take to change a lightbulb? One to change the bulb and hundreds to complain about the change.

  • Brooke Fehr (author) said:

    Middlebrow – excellent comment about the original ride being from Snow White’s point of view – hence, her absence from the ride. As for the emotional backlash, I’m sure you could find fans who are attached to just about any facet of the park, but I’m sure the case here centers around this being an original attraction, even if the renovation changed it significantly. After all, most rides at Disney parks have undergone renovations that change elements significantly from past versions. I was a little saddened to see one of my favorite elements gone from MK’s It’s a Small World when I visited the other day. It may not have been original, but it was one that I loved, and notably missed.

    Thanks again for reading, and for taking the time to comment!

  • Middlebrow said:

    Good points Brooke. I do think that overall most folks see trading the dark ride for the family coaster as an overall plus.

    What was the element of IASW that you missed?

    Being a Californian I really liked it when they redesigned the IASW queue to replicate the facade of the Disneyland attraction.

    Nice site! keep up the good work.

  • Brooke Fehr (author) said:

    You know, it’s a little thing…but I loved the rotating sun in the South Pacific/Polynesian portion of IASW. You know – how it rotated, and caused a neat shadow effect on the wall. The last time I rode it before it went down for its last renovation, I noticed it wasn’t rotating. This week, I noted they completely redid the sun, and took away the moving feature. Now it projects out from the wall, like a dome.

    Thanks for the praise. We definitely look forward to your bringing California insight to any and all posts!

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