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Kiss of Snow White while she's asleep on Disneyland ride causes flak
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Kiss of Snow White while she's asleep on Disneyland ride causes flak

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In this Friday, April 30, 2021, file photo, visitors exit the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Disneyland in California finally opened after being closed for 400 days. People were excited to see something new, and the new “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish” has proved a popular attraction.

However, the ride has been deemed controversial. The prince kissing Snow White in a new Disneyland ride has caused backlash from those who point out that it is “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.”

Given Disney’s current emphasis on editing problematic scenes from rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain, critics are questioning why the Disneyland of 2021 would include a scene with such outdated ideas of what is acceptable for a man to do to a woman, without consent.

Entertainment Weekly also reported on the controversy surrounding the new Disneyland ride. The media outlet quoted New York Rangers player Matt Traynor, who voiced his thoughts in a tweet. He wrote: “I’m sorry, this is what’s wrong with the world. Snow White, a fictional character getting brought back to life by a kiss by her future husband. Y’all taking things too far and ruining the gullible by making them believe this is what to flip out about instead of REAL issues...”

While the ride has received backlash, it’s also getting praise for its upgraded features. This reportedly includes new audio, new music, a new animation system, new visual technology, laser projections and LED black lighting.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the revamped ride replacing “Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Disneyland” is “really good.” The new attraction reportedly gives a “more cohesive storyline” and remains true to the 1938 movie, while maintaining much of the charm of the original that opened at the park’s debut in 1955.

Some people criticized “Snow White’s Scary Adventures” for being too scary for little children. This included many frightening scenes and an abrupt ending where the Evil Queen falls to her death with a scream. SFGate suggested this may account for the ride having had some of the shortest lines in Fantasyland.

The new “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish” ride replaces the death of the Evil Queen with a new grand finale, described as “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.”

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