Snow White’s story is as old as fairy tales themselves. But Disneyland is facing some major backlash over its Snow White attraction recently. Most of the backlash is focused on the “true love’s kiss scene.”
Disneyland reopened for the first time on Friday (April 30) in more than a year. The occasion caused many to celebrate. The park was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But some visitors have taken issue with the park’s revamped Snow White ride.
Originally, the ride focused on the Wicked Queen from the film. It was a more horror-themed ride, featuring scarier visuals. But the park revamped the ride to take a more light-hearted approach. Like the 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the ride now includes a “true love’s kiss” scene.
In the film and ride, Snow White falls into a sleeping spell after eating a cursed apple. She only awakens when a passing Prince kisses her. A “true love’s kiss” has factored into other fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty as well. But critics believe the scene creates a bad message about consent for children.
Reviewers on SFGate shared some of their criticism.
“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,” they wrote. “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?”
Critics Call For a Snow White Reimagining
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” traces its origins back to a 1812 German fairy tale. The critics at SF Gate are calling for Disney to reimagine the ride. They pointed to Disney recently deciding to change aspects of its Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain rides.
Disney announced it would be changing both rides to remove “negative depictions” of natives and black people. Splash Mountain is based on the 1946 film “Song of the South” and Jungle Cruise has been at the park since 1955.
Snow White follows a princess trying to escape an evil queen who wants to be the “fairest of them all.”
Released in 1937, “Snow White” was incredibly popular with audiences upon release. In fact, it remains one of the 10 highest-grossing U.S. films of all time when adjusted for inflation. The film kicked off Disney’s first foray into full-length animated films. Over the ensuing decades, the company would become one of the major players in the entertainment world.