Let me start by saying that this is not a happy story.
What if the Disney classics we all grew up and loved came from a darker place? What if once upon a time, Walt Disney stumbled into a town of nightmares? Slavery existed, the punishment for crime was death by poison, disfiguration, hanging, and worse. The monarchy ruled all, and many were vain and cruel while others struggled to survive. He arrived at the moment of a young girl’s brutal execution, helplessly looking on with the crowd as she is forced to eat poisoned fruit, made to bring about her own death. No one would tell him why the dark-haired beauty was murdered, only that she had angered the queen, and her crime was treason.
He was invited to the home of the richest family in town where he met a beautiful slave girl. She was treated horribly and beaten daily, yet she was the sweetest soul he’d ever met. The following day, he ran into a mousy, yet beautiful girl in the library who filled him in on the nightmares of the town. She herself was trapped in an abusive relationship with a man that she “just knows she can change.” He encountered these nightmarish stories time and time again, most of which revolved around the evil, jealous queen, and those who she crushed whenever the town got a little too rebellious.
Things were bound to get out of hand once the Queen discovered the whereabouts of the Rebel headquarters. War broke out between the Red Guard and the heroes of the Rebellion, dissolving into bloodshed everywhere he looked. He had to watch as two young lovers, two young friends were torn from each other by the cruel guard, and as the boy knelt and wept over the single glass shoe that had become the only remnant of their love.
He swore, if only ever in his mind, he would give each their happy ending. True love’s kiss would be the salvation of many- it would wake the dead, and could change a man from a monster to a prince. Tears would never last, and a single shoe would reveal the greatest love of all.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Our real story begins decades later, in the year 2023, in a lab in the middle of nowhere. Roy Disney’s great-great grandson, Michael, has found Walt’s private journal detailing his misadventures in the town, and has become determined to save the souls of those his ancestor so desperately loved. His friend was the first to discover a working method of time-travel, but refuses to let Michael anywhere near the device, claiming it’s not ready and has too many design flaws to be capable of safe travel. However, Michael was anxious to see the place he’d read so much about and to help Walt to save the people he loved. One night he snuck into his friend’s lab, bags packed. Quietly, he slipped the watch-like device around his wrist, disappearing into the night.
But what happens when a man from the future gets stuck in 1947 Ever After? What exactly happens to the Red Queen, and the Rebellion, and all of the citizens of the town? What comes after the happy-never-after?
That, my dears, is for you to find out.
Remember what I said: this is not a happy story.