Friday, January 16, 2009
Snow White’s Scary Adventures: Interior Views
For collectors of Disneyland images, interior shots of the Dark Rides are the equivalent of The Holy Grail. Even today, taking photos of a Dark Ride’s interior can be challenging; a moving vehicle causes blur, and the low-level of light means you either have to use a flash (which ruins the visual effect of the attraction) or shoot at a high speed (which produces a very grainy image at best). Here are two vintage images that were used to promote the attraction on the 3D Viewmaster Reels. The first shot is a scene that no longer exists. Strangely enough, the mining scene today (located early in the attraction) shows the mine and the treasure, but no dwarves.
Shot #2 shows the Evil Queen, transformed into The Old Crone. She is holding the poisoned apple, just dipped in the deadly brew and still "dripping" with the potion.
Here is an amateur shot of The Old Crone about to dip the apple in the cauldron, taken in April 1959.
And here is a similar scene today, which has become much more elaborate:
Stay tuned for tomorrow as I begin a new vintage series with a few rare shots of the Snow White line queue murals. See more vintage & current Snow White’s Scary Adventures photos at my regular website.