Disney closes scary (really scary!) Snow White ride
I really liked our colleague Sean Daly's take on the closing of Walt Disney World's Snow White ride on May 31, which you can read here. Like so many folks who grew up in Florida, that's the ride that scared the poop out of me as a kid.
But I hadn't thought about it the way Daly puts it as a rite of passage:
For 41 years, the Snow White ride has been a Sunshine State rite of passage. Both of my daughters unleashed big fat tears on the ride. They exited red-eyed, stunned, hitting me with the same what-just-happened look I no doubt flashed my parents: betrayal, anger and, beneath all that, a tingling pride at joining the club.
So true. It's the only ride in the Disney universe that by design is intended to make you jump a foot when that wicked queen turns around.
As Daly points out, it's scary for kids by design. That's something that's almost lost in this time of precious snowflake children.
Enhancing the sheer awfulness/awesomeness of it all, a safety sign posted in the queue — SMALLER GUESTS ENTER FIRST — made sure kids were seated on the side of the car with no opening. No escape. And that just happens to be the very side the witch attacks first.
How cool (or evil?) is that?
Now that scary adventure will make way for a sparkly meet-and-greet experience called Princess Fairytale Hall. That doesn't sound very frightening at all. A terrifying old lady will be replaced with young, chatty gals Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
Is that really a good thing?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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