Just days ago Disneyland finally reopened with an update to its iconic Snow White ride.
However, the new updates are prompting a wealth of backlash...
Of course, Disneyland is one of the most magical places on earth.
There are currently 6 Disneyland parks spread across the world and almost every person on the planet knows all about them!
But where did it all begin?
via: GettyIn 1955, the first-ever Disneyland opened its doors. Nearly half of the United States' citizens gathered around their black-and-white television sets on July 17th as California's Disneyland was finally unveiled to the public.
Disneyland's revelation was fully broadcasted...And people were able to get a first, yet slightly grainy, look into the theme park.
It was a highly anticipated event...
via: GettyAfter more than 2 decades of planning and a breakneck year of construction, Walt Disney had transformed a 160-acre orange grove in Anaheim, California, into a $17 million theme park. Here, Disneyland was born.
Thousands of people flocked to the park on its opening day.
The lines went on for miles.
via: DisneyEveryone was keen to immediately experience Walt's creation so the lines were long. And this wasn't even at the park - cars were backed up for 7 whole miles along the Santa Ana Freeway.
Visitors were not disappointed...
The Disneyworld Florida resort is perhaps one of the most popular...
via: GettyBut the resorts in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Paris pull in millions of visitors every year.
Guests don't just visit Disney resorts for the magic, however...
The attractions are endless...
But they've come up with a new policy to keep their parks safe.
And people don't know what to think.
The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) released their "responsible reopening plan."
And there's one rule that raised eyebrows.
No screaming on rollercoasters, to minimize droplet spread.
How is that possible?
And then we finally got the date that Disneyland would be reopening.
But it was also revealed that most American's would not be able to attend.
Just announced! Magic is finally returning to the @Disneyland Resort theme parks! Disneyland park & Disney California Adventure park are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, with limited capacity. More details on the Disney Parks Blog: https://t.co/ITJiKCzVmc pic.twitter.com/tyFqW8gZYj— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) March 17, 2021
Well when Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure Park reopen their gates on April 30, it will only be for Californian state residents - and only at 15% capacity too. So it's going to be a small Disney World.
But what's the latest?
Waking up to a simmy in my bank account & a Disneyland opening date! 🥰 pic.twitter.com/c982SKwTsi— Patrick Dougall (@PatrickADougall) March 17, 2021
Well it's all about the Snow White ride that has come back with a series of updates...
The ride, Snow White's Enchanted Wish, takes guests aboard a wooden mine cart as they accompany the princess as she escapes the clutches of the Evil Queen.
Disneyland not allowing you to enter if you ain’t from California and immmmm with it— Megs (@kingmegaan) March 17, 2021
And promises to:
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! When all looks lost, will Snow White find her own happily ever after?
However the ride is facing a lot of scrutiny.
disneyland reopening april 30th 🥺— joseph 📸 (@disneywjoseph) March 17, 2021
Why? Because right at the end of the ride, Snow White receives her 'true loves kiss', however many believe it is not consensual.
The San Francisco Gate states:
Disneyland’s new Snow White ride slammed for prince’s ‘non-consensual’ kiss. I literally have no words !!!!!— medicman 🇬🇧 (@ukmedicx) May 3, 2021
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? 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?
So far Disneyland have not responded to the accusations.
Revamped ride at Disneyland sparks backlash over 'true love's kiss' scene because 'she is asleep and not able to give the Prince consent' https://t.co/LtOE3hTVj0— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 3, 2021
Do you think they should remove the scene?