Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Disneyland's 'The Witch in the cage'

Q: I've seen over the years at Disneyland a cage that held the Hag from Snow White. When the cage was rattled, she would come to life and try to bribe folks to let her out by promising to show how to "turn water to gasoline." Who made this and what was the reason?
Reid, Ben Lomond, California 

A [Dave Smith]: The Witch in the cage was originally made by the former WED Display and Design Department at Walt Disney World, under Jim McNalis, for use in 1975 Emporium windows in the Magic Kingdom park promoting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. When the Disneyana Shop opened on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland in 1976, the Witch, animated and with added audio, moved west to become a major display piece in that shop. Later on it was used in the Villain's Lair shop in Fantasyland and Le Bat en Rouge in New Orleans Square. 

[Marcio Disney]


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  9. As we were getting ready to ship the mechanically animated witch to the Disneyana Shop I thought it might be a good idea to add audio to the show. I wrote a quick script and recorded it on tape imitating the witches voice from the film...and included the cassette as a suggested audio. To my surprise they used the tape unedited. Whenever I entered the shop, I was surprised to hear my voice as the witch begging guests to let her out of the cage. jim mcnalis


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