The updated Snow White attraction at Disneyland is receiving backlash just days after the park opened for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The new grand finale of Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is the moment when the Prince finds Snow White asleep under the Evil Queen’s spell and gives her ‘true love’s kiss’ to release her from the enchantment,” read a review of the attraction in The San Francisco GATE. “A kiss he gives to her without her consent, while she’s asleep, which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows it’s happening.”
The updated Disney attraction gives guests the chance to take a wooden mine cart ride following the princess through each phase of the legendary tale.
“Begin your fairytale journey in the cozy cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, then visit dazzling mines filled with glowing gems. Soon you’ll be riding into the Queen’s sorcery chamber and discovering a magic mirror just as Snow White bites into a poisoned apple!” Disney’s description of the ride reads. “When all looks lost, will Snow White find her own happily ever after?”
But it is the kiss at the end that drew the ire of The San Francisco GATE, which took aim at Disney for its history of pushing “problematic scenes.”
“Haven’t we already agreed that consent in early Disney movies is a major issue? That teaching kids that kissing, when it hasn’t been established if both parties are willing to engage, is not OK?” the outlet said. “It’s hard to understand why the Disneyland of 2021 would choose to add a scene with such old fashioned ideas of what a man is allowed to do to a woman, especially given the company’s current emphasis on removing problematic scenes from rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain. Why not re-imagine an ending in keeping with the spirit of the movie and Snow White’s place in the Disney canon, but that avoids this problem?”
But in a statement describing the attraction, Disney touted its “rich history” and praised its “beautiful scenic work.”
“The Snow White attraction has such a rich history,” Kim Irvine, creative executive for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement. “We wanted to take into account the beautiful scenic work that has always existed and retell the story in a special way. We believe guests will enjoy this sweet storyline in a stunning experience.”
- ^ review (www.sfgate.com)
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