Snow White’s Enchanted Tale at Disneyland–A Dark Ride with a Happily Ever After!

Snow White’s Enchanted Tale at Disneyland–A Dark Ride with a Happily Ever After!

Recently we had the opportunity to visit the new Snow White’s Enchanted Wish at Disneyland, which replaces as a dark ride the previously titled Snow White’s Scary Adventure. We look at the original version of this attraction, and how it was changed in 1984. We then compare the new experience today and note all of the individual scenes that have created for a “happily ever after” while still keeping many of the “scary” moments the attraction has been known for over the decades. This is the original dark ride for Snow White and it is a beloved attraction. With special effects and projections, this experience is more enchanting than ever.

Below is a detailed outline and a comparison of the three versions, as well as videos of the attraction itself. But to get all the details, definitely check out our podcasts here on PodbeaniTunesSpotify,  and ListenNotes

The Original Layout for Snow White’s Adventures

  • An original opening day attraction
  • A Medieval tent look with an impressive mural in the boarding area
  • Early ride vehicle had one row. Later ride vehicle had two rows
  • You were Snow White in the ride
  • 1/3 mine; 1/3 castle & dungeon; 1/3 haunted forest
Image by Disney

The 1984 Layout for Snow White’s Scary Adventures

  • The tent was removed and a castle motif put in its place
  • Ride vehicles now have three rows
  • We see Snow White in the attraction
  • The attraction begins on a happier note in the cottage removing a portion of the mine
  • Fiber optics and other effects are introduced
  • Mural is provided at the exit point.
Image by Disney

An Outline of Snow White’s Enchanted Wish

  • Brighter, cheerier building awaits
  • New sign seen as you enter through the castle
  • The wicked queen still parts the curtains from the high tower
  • The golden apple was missing–is it due to Covid?
  • The witch’s chamber is now Snow White’s castle abode
  • The cottage setting is much brighter, cheerier with flowers and butterflies
  • Snow White and friends can be seen dancing through the window
  • The Sleeping Beauty style owl is still a part with a “Heigh Ho” sign instead of a “Beware” sign
  • You enter the cottage and the dwarfs are all celebrating
  • Instead of walking the stairs, Snow White is twirling with a long white slip
Photo by Disney.
  • It is daytime in one window on one side and nightfall on another
  • The wicked queen is still looking into the cottage
  • We see the dwarfs marching off to work in shadow form in one moment and then in the cartoon version in the next
  • You enter the diamond mine where a million diamonds shine.
  • Dopey waves to you from the right. Grumpy is silhouetted at work. Doc is straight on ahead, but there is an endless mine cave on the left
Photo by Disney
  • You return to the forest passing the vultures and then heading into the castle
  • Entering the castle you see the queen before the mirror transforming into the old hag with the crow on the throne
  • The dungeon offers many well-done special effects to include a large bubbling flask and a book detailing that the potion provides a sleeping death
  • We see the witch at the cauldron holding and inviting us to eat the apple. Projections flood over the cauldron and up the walls of the room
  • We pass the mirror showing Snow White eating the apple and the mirror breaking into shards of glass
  • Projections of rain pour on the dwarfs as they ascend the mountain to capture the witch, which is an animation.
Photo by Disney.
  • We see the Prince awakening Snow White with a kiss. Sparkles of light capture the forest glen
Photo by Disney.
  • A storybook announces that True Love’s kiss has awakened Snow White and the Good Dwarfs literally dance for joy on the page. A hat is thrown out of the illustration and onto the page.
  • Snow White ascends the mountain with the Prince and his horse as they head to the castle
  • A happily ever after is announced in the final page of the book with fiber optic lights
  • A mural of Snow White and her friends awaits us as we exit the ride vehicle

You can see it all come together in the following video.

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