Disney’s ‘Splash Mountain’, a ride based upon a controversial movie will be ‘completely reimagined’
On Thursday, Disney declared that ‘Splash Mountain’ one of their most famous but problematic ride will be “completely reimagined.”
The log flume ride which is appertaining to the debatable 1946 movie “Song of the South” isn’t moving away. Instead, it will be rethemed to celebrate the characters from the 2009 animated movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” which features Disney’s first Black princess.
Splash Mountain has been a pillar at Disney (DIS) parks following its formation in 1989. This brand new amendments to the ride will be put into operation at the Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida.
This step comes as fans are insisting Disney to retheme Splash Mountain owing to the racial typecast from the movie it is founded on. “Song of the South” — which is famous for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” has been hugely condemned for its stereotypical and repulsive exhibition of African Americans along with a romanticized sight of the antebellum South.
The movie is so debatable that Disney has blocked it off for decades and have even deflected it from their comprehensive library of their fresh streaming service, Disney+.
Beyond 20,000 people signed an online petition on Change.org requesting the company to work and modify the ride’s theme from “Song of the South” to “Princess and the Frog.”
The petition read: “While the ride is considered a beloved classic, its history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes,” “There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need.”
The latest Black Lives Matter protests happening throughout the nation have instigated deep discussions and introspection in Hollywood considering the display of race in well-known cultures. Movies such as “Gone with the Wind” and the TV episodes that incorporate the use of blackface have been re-assessed or, in few cases, pulled.
Disney informs that this advanced Splash Mountain conception is “inclusive” and “one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by.”
On Thursday, Disney mentioned that “It speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
Disney further added that this brand new ride — which the company has been working on from 2019 will follow the story of “Princess and the Frog” after “the final kiss” and will unite with Princess Tiana and her trumpet-playing alligator Louis “on a musical adventure.” It will highlight “some of the powerful music from the film as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”
Disney even mentioned that: “Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important,” “It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou.”
Disney has not revealed any date for this advanced Splash Mountain ride unveil, but informed that “conceptual design work is well underway.”
“Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the attraction transformation can begin,” Disney told.