Snow White Grotto

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Snow White Grotto
Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Status Operating
Opening date July 17, 1955
Tokyo Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Status Operating
Opening date April 15, 1983
Hong Kong Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Status Operating
Opening date September 12, 2005
General statistics
Attraction type Wishing well
Theme Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White Grotto is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Tokyo Disneyland at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong. It is a wishing well located at the east of Sleeping Beauty Castle for Disneyland[1] and west for Hong Kong Disneyland and Cinderella Castle for Tokyo Disneyland. Guests can throw a coin and make a wish in front of the grotto.

Overview[edit]

Snow White Grotto is located on the east side of the Sleeping Beauty Castle or Cinderella Castle. The grotto includes statues of Snow White, the seven dwarves, and a few woodland creatures. Snow White is standing at the top of a cascading waterfall. There is a bridge and a walkway in front of the waterfall as well as a wishing well, the proceeds of which go to local children's charities.[2] The statues were donated anonymously and Walt Disney was determined to incorporate them into the park. The only problem was that whoever made the statues made Snow White the same size as the dwarves, which she is not.[3] Walt Disney Imagineer John Hench used the optical trick of forced perspective to make the statues work. He put Snow white at the top of the waterfall with a Disney-made small deer and put the dwarves close to ground-level, making Snow White to appear further away, and thus smaller. One rumour as to the origin of the statues is that they were "a gift from an Italian sculptor that had never seen the film, but owned a set of soaps in the form of the princess and the dwarfs. Unfortunately, Snow White was the same size as the dwarfs in the soap set, so the sculptor made her that way." The song "I'm Wishing" was also added to the grotto inside the wishing well in 1984 with the opening of New Fantasyland, Adriana Caselotti, who was the original voice of Snow White was the voice heard.

Trivia[edit]

  • When Tokyo Disneyland was under construction, the error in which Snow White was taller than the Dwarfs was corrected. However it was later decided to replicate the Disneyland version in which Snow White is the same height as the Dwarfs.

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