|Ride entrance at Disneyland|
Snow White was the very first animated motion picture. It was something that had never been done before. A full length animated cartoon. Everyone was excited to see it. The movie, as we all know, was a huge success and made more that 180 million at the box office. It reportedly cost two million to make, so ya, Walt knew what he was doing. Aside from Mickey Mouse, one could argue that it was actually Snow White that really got the ball rolling for Disney. So many of us overlook the historical features of the film, or that Walt and his crew had to invent the Multiplane camera to get the shots for the movie. That in itself is animation history gold! So why then does the ride at all of the Disney Parks fall short of that great film?
I'm not saying that the ride is a bust, it's not. It's just not up to par with the other rides, though. Even Pinocchio is a longer ride that has more of a story line to it. My feelings are that for a movie that had such a huge impact on Disney and its history, why the short ride? Its short! There's no other way to say it! You go through a forest, you see the mines of the dwarfs, and then the witch falls off of the cliff, and cut. Kick the guests to the curb. That's it. Fade to black. Even when I was a little kid, I remember thinking, "Wait...that's it?" I want more. I think everyone would agree with me. It was fine when the park first opened in 1955, but times have definitely changed and there's only so much you can "add" to the ride to make it seem better (the rain, thunder, and holographic apple is a nice touch, though).
|Scene from Snow White's Scary Adventures|
|Concept Art for Magic Kingdom's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster|