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Disneyland attraction “Snow White’s Scary Adventures” has changed its name and the ride’s ending in an effort to make the experience less scary.
The overhaul — the ride’s first since 1983 — occurred during renovations that began in January before the Anaheim, California-based park closed in March over COVID-19 concerns, the Orange County Register reported.
The Disney Parks YouTube channel has provided a preview of the revamped 1955 opening day attraction, which has been renamed “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish.”
In line with the family-friendly facelift, the ride now concludes with the titular princess reuniting with her animal friends instead of the witch getting killed via a thunderbolt, which was how the dark original attraction concluded. The refurbishment also entails new music, LED black lighting, laser projections, animation systems and audio-visual elements.
Other updates include a twirling animatronic Snow White and shadow projections of dwarves working in the mine while faux gems gleam in the background.
Needless to say, many Disney fans found the alterations a bit, well, “White”-bread.
“Removing all the scares and making tame and lame? Great…” snarked one YouTube critic of the ride’s Disneyfication.
Another wrote, “Oh wow, way to nerf your ride, Disney. Yeah, it was scary. That was the point!”
“It’s like reimagining The Haunted Mansion as The Happy House,” lamented another in reference to another scream-inducing Disneyland attraction. “It’s very sad. Yes, it was scary. But is that really bad? Children should embrace all emotions.”
However, others welcomed the wholesome makeover.
“How cool to see these magical additions to this classic attraction and on Snow White’s anniversary!” gushed one fan. “Can’t wait to see it when the park opens.”
Unfortunately, the House of Mouse has yet to announce a re-opening date.