Snow White's Adventures is an attraction currently at Tokyo Disneyland and formerly at Disneyland that opened on July 17, 1955 and Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World that opened on October 1, 1971 and April 15, 1983. It was a much darker version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with Snow White nowhere to be found.
The ride was designed to feel as if you were Snow White, explaining why she did not appear at all in the ride.
Very few guests got this point, considering the ride focuses on the Witch character. The ride had seven Witch models, and only one scene with frightened Dwarfs. It was one of the opening day attractions at the park.
For the original 1955 version of the attraction, titled Snow White and Her Adventures, it was intended for park guests to experience Snow White's story through her point of view, which is why she herself wasn't in her own attraction (Similar to that Peter Pan was not in his own attraction, Mr. Toad was not in his own attraction, and Alice was not in her own attraction prior to 1982).
After guests boarded their ride vehicles, they would begin their adventure by venturing the mine where the dwarfs dig for diamonds. At the mine's exit, Dopey could be seen pointing to a sign reading "Beware of the witch". After passing by a forest full of Snow White's animal friends, the guests would approach a fork in the road, with arrows pointing to the dwarfs' cottage or the Wicked Witch's Castle, the vehicles would turn in the direction of the castle, with two vultures ominously perched on a tree near it. At the castle entrance, the vehicles would begin to escape toward the direction of the cottage, only for a gate to fall down and trap the guests inside.
As the guests went through the castle halls, passing by skeletons moaning "Go baaack!", guests would see the Witch at her cauldron, preparing her poisoned apple. Then, after escaping the castle, the vehicles wind through a dark forest filled with living trees, before finally reaching the dwarfs' cottage, with the Witch standing in the doorway to offer the guests her apple. Finally, the vehicles would travel toward the entrance of a cave, with the Witch standing above it trying to move a boulder to crush the guests with. Upon entering the dark cave, the guests would hear the Witch meeting her demise before returning to the boarding area and exiting the attraction.
The queue was similar to Tokyo Disneyland's current queue for the ride. It featured the Seven Dwarfs' mine, with their cottage visible in the distance.
Guests got in the vehicles, which capacity was four passengers. They began by entering the castle in a scene very much like the 1994 ride; however, there was no part where Snow White was seen cleaning (the riders were supposed to be Snow White). Instead, they saw a side of the Dwarfs' cottage as "I'm Wishing", namely the version as heard in the attraction Mickey Mouse Revue, played in the background. Upon entering, with the Queen watching in a nearby window, the guests saw her standing in front of a mirror, but not the magic one. The Evil Queen says, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall...", before she turned into the Wicked Witch, continuing with, "I am the fairest one of all!". Guest then crashed through the dungeon where two trapped skeletons cry out for help. The Witch was then seen at her cauldron preparing a poison apple. The riders crashed out of the castle, only to bump into the Witch on a boat with the apple. Guests then fled through a dark forest with scary trees and alligator logs.
Soon, guests arrived in the Seven Dwarfs' cottage to see forest animals peering in at them. The furniture inside the cottage all have frightened faces on them. The guests then passed the Seven Dwarfs, (in their only appearance, with the same Dwarfs figures that would later be reused in the Stormy Climax scene for all subsequent versions of the Snow White rides) walking up the stairs to their room to investigate a frightening shadow, and the Witch was waiting in the doorway with the apple. The guests then entered the Diamond Mine, where the witch tried to topple over the timber beams while asking, "Enjoy your ride?", and crash a minecart into the vehicles. Her final appearance was on top of a doorway, pushing an enormous jewel onto the riders while cackling and saying, "Goodbye, dearie!". Riders would then enter a room full of flashing cartoon-like strobe lights with the Witch's cackling, bizarrely distorted and sped up and skipping like a broken record, echoing in their ears, thus either implying that the witch had killed you (similar to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, where it implies riders that get killed by the approach of a train) or perhaps that you had simply awakened from a nightmare and the cackling representing the last strains of the visions echoing in your mind before they vanish. Guests then returned to the load area and disembarked.
Disney legend Ginny Tyler did the voice of the Queen/Wicked Witch in this version, while Jimmy MacDonald and Dallas McKennon did the voices of the Seven Dwarfs. The same actors also voiced the Dwarfs in the Mickey Mouse Revue (Another Walt Disney World attraction before moving to Tokyo Disneyland as one of its original attractions).
Tokyo Disneyland represents a mix of the American versions at the time of the park's opening, although it is largely based on the pre-1994 Walt Disney World version. It begins in the castle where the Queen transforms into the Witch, moving on to the dungeon and passing her on a boat. After going through the forest, guests enter the cottage and instead of seeing the dwarfs passing up the stairs seeing the shadow, the Seven Dwarfs are seen performing "The Dwarfs' Yodel Song", as in the version from the Tokyo Disneyland version of Mickey Mouse Revue, with Snow White watching from the stairs (similar to the beginning in Disneyland and in Disneyland Paris). Exiting the cottage, guests find the Witch outside waiting for them, then enter the mines (mix in the Disneylands in California and Paris and Similar to the Pre-1994 version). They approach the cottage again to find the Witch is once again waiting. The ride ends like Disneyland's version, with the Dwarfs and Witch on the cliff.
Refurbishment and Aftermath
On October 14, 1994, it was closed for refurbishments and reopened as Snow White's Scary Adventures. This version was a lot more lighthearted and faithful to the original film, with Snow White appearing 5 times, the Dwarfs celebrating, a happy ending, and fewer scenes with the witch. Snow White's Scary Adventures still lives on in Disneyland Park, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. The Magic Kingdom version closed on May 31, 2012 due to the Expansion of the New Fantasyland section, and was replaced with both the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Princess Fairytale Hall, the following year.
On February 2, 2015, rumors claimed that Snow White's Scary Adventures was to be a part of the Shanghai Disneyland Park, along with other old attractions (such as Pinocchio's Daring Journey and the Mickey Mouse Revue), but has been scrapped due to it being extremely intimidating to some visitors at the Disney parks. However, it hasn't been confirmed.