This ride is based on the Disney classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and features the beautiful Snow White and her seven little pals.
Don't be misled if you read about Snow White's Scary Adventures closing. It's still up and running at Disneyland, although the ride with the same name closed at Disney World in 2012.
The most fun parts of the ride are the dwarfs' cottage and the mine, filled with glowing gemstones where you can hear them singing: “We dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in our mine the whole day through.”.
Things get darker and - true to the ride's name - scarier after that. In fact, the end of this ride seems too frightening for an attraction that appears on the surface to be designed for smaller children.
You'll visit the haunted forest, cringe in the Queen's sorcery chamber as she chants: “Magic Mirror on the wall.” Then you can cower at skeleton-filled dungeons and dangerous storm-swept cliffs. Things end well, though, with Snow White and her prince living happily ever after. Just as you'd expect in a Disney story.
Snow White's Scary Adventures Ride at Disneyland California
What You Need to Know About Snow White's Scary Adventures
- 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. Lines tend to be shorter early in the day.
- 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 to none
- Nausea Factor: Low to none
- 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. Ask any Cast Member how to get to the boarding area. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
How to Have More Fun on Snow White's Scary Adventures
On days when the fireworks show is running, this ride closes early (as do the other rides just behind the castle)
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.
You can see more of Snow White at princess meet 'n' greet at the Royal Hall. She also shows up near the Wishing Well next to the Castle and may be found at the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at the Napa Rose restaurant in the Grand Californian Hotel.
Fun Facts About Snow White's Scary Adventures
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, when it was first created, 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: 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?
As mentioned above, the Snow White's Scary Adventures closed in Florida in 2012. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train replaced it in 2012. You won't find that ride in California, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has a similar track feel.
In California, the Snow White experience is all about her Adventures, with lots of cute settings from the beloved animated film and some scary parts that may too intense for sensitive children.
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