STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Disney announces major change to Splash Mountain ride after outcry

Splash Mountain — one of...

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 6:23 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2020 9:00 AM

Splash Mountain — one of Disney's most popular but problematic rides — will be 'completely reimagined,' the company announced on Thursday.

The log flume ride — which is based on the controversial 1946 film 'Song of the South' — isn't going anywhere. Instead, it will be rethemed to star the characters from the 2009 animated film, 'The Princess and the Frog,' which features Disney's first Black princess.

Splash Mountain has been a mainstay at Disney parks since its creation in 1989. The new changes to the ride will be implemented at Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida.

The move comes amid fans urging Disney to retheme Splash Mountain because of the racial stereotypes from the film it is based upon. 'Song of the South' — which is best known for the song 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah' — has long been criticized for its stereotypical and offensive portrayals of African Americans as well as a romanticized view of the antebellum South.

The film is so controversial that Disney has locked it away for decades — even keeping it off the extensive library of its new streaming service, Disney+.

More than 20,000 people signed an online petition on Change.org asking the company to change the ride's theme from 'Song of the South' to 'Princess and the Frog.'

'While the ride is considered a beloved classic, its history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes,' the petition read. 'There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need.'

The recent Black Lives Matter protests sweeping across the nation have spurred deep conversation and introspection in Hollywood regarding depictions of race in popular culture. Films like 'Gone with the Wind' and TV episodes that included the use of blackface have been re-evaluated or, in some cases, pulled.

Disney says the new Splash Mountain concept is 'inclusive' and 'one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by.'

'It speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,' Disney said on Thursday.

Disney added that the new ride — which the company has been working on since last year — will pick up the story of 'Princess and the Frog' after 'the final kiss' and will join Princess Tiana and her trumpet-playing alligator Louis 'on a musical adventure.' It will feature 'some of the powerful music from the film as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.'

'Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what's really important,' Disney said on Thursday. 'It's a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou.'

Disney did not give a date for the new Splash Mountain, but noted 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,' the company said.

West Lafayette
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 89°
Kokomo
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 84°
Rensselaer
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 84°
Fowler
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 84°
Williamsport
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 89°
Crawfordsville
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Frankfort
Overcast
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 88°
Delphi
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 84°
Monticello
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 84°
Logansport
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 85°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 45952

Reported Deaths: 2650
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11387679
Lake4872240
Elkhart308543
Allen2677114
St. Joseph184965
Cass16369
Hamilton1484100
Hendricks136699
Johnson1235118
Porter68537
Madison64363
Tippecanoe6408
Clark62244
Bartholomew57844
Howard54356
LaPorte53925
Kosciusko4952
LaGrange4596
Jackson4553
Noble44728
Vanderburgh4306
Hancock42935
Delaware42648
Boone42242
Shelby41625
Marshall4123
Floyd36344
Morgan32031
Montgomery28720
Grant28526
Clinton2792
Dubois2606
White25810
Monroe25628
Decatur24632
Henry23515
Lawrence23124
Vigo2248
Harrison20822
Dearborn20422
Warrick20129
Greene18431
Miami1802
Jennings16911
Putnam1658
DeKalb1594
Scott1547
Daviess13916
Orange13323
Wayne1286
Franklin1248
Steuben1232
Perry1209
Ripley1127
Carroll1092
Jasper1092
Wabash1072
Fayette967
Newton9510
Whitley814
Randolph764
Starke733
Huntington702
Wells681
Jay670
Fulton661
Jefferson651
Washington641
Pulaski631
Knox620
Clay594
Rush573
Benton480
Adams451
Owen451
Gibson442
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey350
Spencer311
Tipton301
Crawford290
Fountain292
Switzerland250
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike80
Unassigned0194

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events