You know the economy is bad when even Princesses are getting evicted. Yes, after 40 years of operation the “Snow Whites Scary Adventure” dark ride found in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida will be giving its final “adventure” on May 31st 2012. Disney says the attractions replacement will be “Princess Fairytale Hall”, a location where guests will be able to meet their favorite Princesses.
The new meet and greet location will finally give the Princesses a proper meet and greet location in Fantasyland. For years the Princesses had been conducting meet and greets in the Mickey's Toontown area of the park. When that area was demolished last year to make room for the New Fantasyland expansion the Princesses moved to a temporary location on Main Street USA, they can be seen there currently.
“Snow White's Adventures” opened on October 1st 1971 with Disney World. The attraction orginally put guests in the shoes of Snow White as they were chased through the attraction by the evil wicked witch. The original version of the attraction did not feature any figures of Snow White as guests were supposed to be playing her. The attraction was famous for frightening children and confusing guests in general.
The attraction was re-imagineered in 1994. In an attempt to make the attraction more family friendly more scenes with Snow White as well as scenes with the Seven Dwarfs were added. The word scary was also added to the name of the attraction to try to deter guests that may be easily frightened from riding.
Snow White's Scary Adventure while still somewhat popular, often has low wait times compared to the other dark ride attractions in the area. It is expected that Princesses Fairytale Hall will be a more enjoyable experience for children than “Snow White's Scary Adventures”.
Snow White will not be attraction-less for long though. Disney announced last year plans to build a “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster” in New Fantasyland. The Rollercoaster type attraction will allow guests to step into the world of Snow White and board Swinging Ore cars for a fun filled trip through the Dwarfs diamond mines. The attraction will be a first of its kind ride in which the coaster cars will sway side to side during parts of the ride. Disney Imagineers say the attraction will be more intense than the “Barnstormer” kiddie coaster but less intense than “Big Thunder Mountain” (a mine train coaster). The new attraction is slated to open sometime in 2013 (Do you think the construction workers “Whistle While they work?”
Make sure to get your last rides in on the classic attraction before it closes!