Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto

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Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:20 PM »

Tucked away in a corner east of Sleeping Beauty castle, is this quiet, picturesque setting featuring Snow White's wishing well and a lovely grotto featuring marble statues of seven dwarfs and Snow White herself.


This heart-adorned bridge takes guests to this beloved spot, which was created in 1961 after an Italian sculptor made a gift of the marble statues to Walt Disney. John Hench created this tranquil spot to showcase the figures. One predicament needed to be solved, as all the figures were the same size, including Snow White, who should have been much taller.



The problem was solved by placing her at the top of the grotto to give the illusion that she was actually taller than the dwarfs.



Disney Imagineers designed the wishing well, which emits a soft rendition of "Some Day My Prince Will Come", sung by Adriana Caselotti from the animated film.



All coins tossed into the well are given to charity.



Grumpy



Sneezy


Doc


Happy



Sleepy and Bashful



Dopey



Snow White and friend



Every few minutes, music emanates from the well, and these fish come up and put on a show.



Nighttime is an especially magical time to visit the grotto.
« Last Edit: September 01, 2018, 04:28 PM by shyguy »
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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 04:36 PM »

Here are some more photos of Snow White's Grotto, taken on my most recent trip to the park.





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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2018, 11:45 AM »
I thought I read somewhere where the statues currently displayed in the park are replicas since the early 1980's, the originals are at the Glendale Walt Disney Imagineering?  Regardless, it's a beautiful and peaceful scene!

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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2018, 12:11 PM »
^That's something I did not know. But upon further research, I found out that over the years the marble became discolored. So in 1983, molds were cast from the original sculptures and they were replaced with fiberglass figures.



Here are the original figures, on display at Walt Disney Imagineering. (photo courtesy of filmic-light.blogspot.com)



Lithograph of the original concept art by John Hench.  (photo courtesy of filmic-light.blogspot.com)
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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2018, 03:19 PM »
Sorry - I never understood this area of the park and this display. I get that its classic Disney, but that white statue in the natural setting just doesn't work for me. :(

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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 04:27 PM »
Sorry - I never understood this area of the park and this display. I get that its classic Disney, but that white statue in the natural setting just doesn't work for me. :(
It's all explained in the first post. ;)
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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 03:40 PM »

Because I know you all just can't get enough of this scene. :P
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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 05:44 PM »
Wow, you saved the best for last! (or is it?)

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2018, 07:37 PM »
Wow, you saved the best for last! (or is it?)
Thanks. I was experimenting with night photography and thought that it came out pretty good. As for the last...never say never.
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Re: Disneyland - Snow White Wishing Well & Grotto
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2018, 10:11 AM »
I think this is a neat corner. I know at WDW it is Cinderella's wishing well and it is great for photo ops, but I feel this is a bit better in concept and it looks like it is out of the way and kind of hidden. Amazing!