Snow White's Scary Adventures

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    Snow White's Scary Adventures Ride at Disneyland California

    Wicked Witch on Snow White's Scary Adventures
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    This ride is based on my favorite Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and features Snow White and her seven little pals.

    My favorite part of the ride is the dwarfs' cottage and the mine, filled with glowing gemstones. Things get darker and - true to the ride's name - scarier after that. In fact, the end of this ride seems too frightening for a ride that seems on the surface to be designed for smaller children. 

    You'll visit the haunted forest, cringe in the Queen's sorcery chamber and cower at skeleton-filled dungeons and dangerous storm-swept cliffs. Things end well, though, with Snow White and prince living happily ever after. Just as you'd expect in a Disney story.

    What You Need to Know About Snow White's Scary Adventures

    We polled 215 of our readers to find out what they think about Snow White. 78% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time.

    • Location: Snow White is in Fantasyland.
    • Rating: ★★★
    • Restrictions: No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
    • Ride Time: 2 minutes
    • Recommended for: Small children, but with cautions. See the notes above.
    • Fun Factor: Medium
    • Wait Factor: Medium to high
    • Fear Factor: Low for adults, tweens and teens. Preschoolers who are expecting forest scenes and cute animals might get scared when they see the witch. In fact, some kids who were frightened by Snow White’s Scary Adventures may refuse to try any other attractions that go into the dark
    • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
    • Nausea Factor: Low
    • Seating: Ride vehicles look like the dwarfs' mine carts. They have two rows of bench seats. Each row holds two people. You step straight into them.
    • Accessibility: You have to transfer into the ride vehicle, or request a wheelchair vehicle. Enter through the exit. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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    How to Have More Fun on Snow White's Scary Adventures

    Detail from Snow White's Scary Adventures
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    • On days when the fireworks show is running, this ride closes early
    • Look for the brass book with the apple on it outside the ride. Touch the apple and you'll hear thunder and the laugh of the Evil Queen.
    • While you're waiting in line, look up at the window above the entrance, the one with red draperies. If you're patient, you might see the Queen pull aside the velvet drapery to spy on those below.

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    Fun Facts About Snow White's Scary Adventures

    Entrance to Snow White's Scary Adventures
    ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Snow White is one of the original Disneyland attractions that were in the park on opening day in 1955. 

    In the beginning, the Old Hag version of the witch held a prop apple, but visitors kept stealing it. Tired of replacing that fake poisoned treat, Disney's Imagineers replaced it with a holographic effect during an upgrade in 1983.

    Also in the beginning, Snow White did not appear in the ride. The concept (which eluded most visitors) was that riders experience Snow White's adventures the way she would. During a 1983 upgrade, one Snow White figure was added, but some people think it's not enough. In fact, in their ranking of Disneyland rides, Thrillist.com suggested it should be named "Snow White Isn't Really in This Ride, It's Mostly About the Evil Queen... Scary Adventures."

    Snow White appears in another park location. The Snow White Grotto is next to the castle on the right side of the drawbridge. You'll find a wishing well, there, too.

    Here's how to remember the names of all seven dwarfs: Just think of two S's (Sleepy, Sneezy), two D's (Dopey, Doc), and three emotions (Happy, Grumpy, and Bashful).

    Snow White was the first Technicolor feature-length animated film. When it was released in 1937, it was the most successful film of all time.

    Is It Different than Snow White in Florida?

    You won’t find the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in California, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has a similar track feel. In fact, the original Snow White ride in Florida has been removed. In California, the Snow White experience is all about her Adventures, with lots of cute settings from the beloved animated film. This ride can be a bit too intense for small children, though.

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