Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is a dark ride that can be found at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris, as well as the Magic Kingdom. It is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on Disneyland’s opening day in 1955, though it has undergone various redesigns throughout the years. The premise of the ride is based on Disney’s first animated feature picture, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937.
The objective of Walt Disney Imagineering was to make the ride less scary and to balance the “three core audiences” of adults, teens, and children. They went on to explain that the latest version of the ride also provides a whole story instead of the 1983 version, which primarily closed on a cliffhanger, and that the new ending makes it apparent that Snow White and the Prince are the ones who lived “happily ever after”. When Walt Disney Imagineering intern David Borning brought in a model and pitched the idea to the office, the project took an unexpected turn.
Guests enter the ride building through the Evil Queen’s castle, which has been repainted and refurbished to match the color palette of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Guests can no longer step up to the gold-colored apple and hear the Witch’s terrible cackling, which has been replaced by a book presenting the story of Snow White. As guests enter the line, they will notice that the once-resided dungeon has been transformed into Snow White’s room, complete with numerous clothes, books, another storybook narrating her narrative, and doves. The boarding area has been updated with more greenery, forest creatures, and a new projection of Snow White and the Dwarfs dancing on the window of the Dwarfs’ cottage.
The guests’ journey begins when they first enter the Dwarfs’ cottage. Music and yodeling from “The Silly Song” can be heard here. The fragrance of apple pie permeates the home as guests walk past Snow White’s animal pals along the staircase to watch the Dwarfs sing “The Silly Song,” with Snow White now dancing beside Sneezy and Dopey.
As visitors leave the cottage and enter the woods, the Evil Queen peers in and says, “These Dwarfs can’t hide Snow White from me.” The guests pass through the woods as the projector depicts the Dwarfs marching to work while singing “Heigh-Ho”. Dopey is shown waving at guests on a mine cart with diamonds in his eyes as they enter the Dwarfs’ mine. The mine is now gleaming with gleaming diamonds, new projections, and Doc viewing and admiring jewels.
Guests exiting the mine walk beneath the two vultures and into the Evil Queen’s castle. They observe the Queen standing in front of her Magic Mirror, her back to the guests. She then turns to face the visitors. They notice that she has transformed into the Evil Witch. The visitors then go through the laboratory, passing past chemicals and experiments created by the Evil Queen. Guests will now confront Witch, followed by her raven, in a dungeon where she is making a poisoned apple for Snow White, with improved lighting and projections. Passing through the castle tunnel, where the Witch originally appeared on a boat, now displays a magic mirror projection of Snow White biting into the poison apple, only for the mirror to break into pieces immediately afterwards.
Guests now encounter the Dwarfs pursuing the Witch on the cliff, complete with a projection of the Witch fleeing from the Dwarfs. As we round the corner and approach the forest, we see the Prince kissing Snow White to revive her from the poison apple. As guests approach the cottage, they will see the classic quote “True Love’s Kiss Awakened Snow White and the Good Dwarfs Danced for Joy.” Guests walk by Snow White, who has been reunited with all of her animal pals, and her Prince, who is waiting for her with his horse.
As they return to the loading/unloading area, they pass the enormous book with a silhouette of Snow White and her Prince riding his horse away towards a castle. “And they lived happily ever after,” and “Snow White’s wish had come true!” are written at the bottom of this image. Guests then exit the ride vehicles and return to Fantasyland.
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