Snow White’s Scary Adventures opened on Disneyland’s opening day as Snow White and her Adventures. Imagineers had designed the ride so that guests felt like they were the main character of the story; in this case, guests were Snow White. Few people understood this concept, and some wondered why Snow White was not featured in the ride.
When the Witch offered guests the poisoned apple in one scene, guests frequently tried (and sometimes managed) to steal the apple and bring it home as a souvenir. When Fantasyland was reopened in 1983, they solved the problem of the ever-missing poisoned apple by replacing it with an image of an apple projected by means of a parabolic mirror. Guests who reach out to steal the apple now find their hands passing through it. During 1983, all of the Fantasyland dark rides were slightly redesigned as part of a large overhaul of Fantasyland. This attraction and the other dark rides were modified to include the main characters of the films they represented. Today, Snow White appears once in the attraction. The present outdoor facade was made to resemble the Evil Queen’s castle from the movie.
The revamp was due to parents saying the ride was “horrific” and nothing like the movie. However, the ride has gained a cult following in recent years, with Kennetti creating a tribute to all versions, and getting lots of praise from some people for ‘capturing the nightmarish scenes of the original movie’. It has also been widely recognized for being scarier than the Haunted Mansion back when the park first opened.
The original version of the ride at Walt Disney World in Florida which ran from 1971 to 1994 was very different, and arguably more frightening. Snow White was not seen at all, and the Dwarfs showed up only briefly in one scene. There were also seven witch figures in this version, whereas there were only six in the 1994 version. The queue was similar to Tokyo Disneyland’s current queue. It featured the Dwarfs’ mine, with their cottage visible in the distance.