Disney has come under fire once again! Disneyland may be known as the Happiest Place on Earth, but it’s also been a source of controversy.
First things first: Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, the updated attraction that took the place of Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Disneyland, is great. The attraction has a lot of charm from when it first debuted in 1955 at the opening of the park, but it also gives the 1938 film a more unified plot. The largest issue with the film is also added; however, we’ll talk about that in a moment.
In the timeless Disney film Snow White, while you’re familiar with the plot: A good-hearted woman with a wicked stepmother is looking for love, but she runs away and finds seven dwarves with whom she lives, but she almost dies when the stepmother tries to poison her.
While Snow White is unconscious and virtually on her deathbed when Prince Charming arrives and gives her a huge, fat kiss, the power of true love’s kiss then causes her to awaken, which has caused some dispute over the ending for quite some time.
Fans have complained about the kiss because Snow White didn’t consent to Prince Charming kissing her. Sure, it’s a Disney movie and not exactly realistic. But now that Disneyland in Anaheim has reopened after it closed down for nearly a year, workers have taken some time to add some new rides, including one relating to the Snow White saga. And of course, that included Snow White and Prince Charming’s kiss at the end.
Given the company’s present emphasis on removing objectionable scenes from rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain, it is difficult to comprehend why Disneyland of 2021 would choose to add a scenario with such outdated beliefs of what a man is entitled to do to a woman.
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?
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?