Disney To Give Splash Mountain A 'Princess And The Frog' Makeover

Disney Is Changing ‘Splash Mountain’ Because It’s Based On A Racist Movie

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Disney will retool Splash Mountain into a Tiana-themed ride after longtime backlash that ride is inspired by a racist movie

Disneyland and Disney World have finally announced that they would “re-theme” Splash Mountain so that it’s no longer inspired by the racist 1946 movie Song of the South and will now be modeled after 2009’s The Princess and the Frog, which featured Tiana, Disney’s first Black princess.

Song Of The South follows a young boy visiting his grandma’s plantation after the Civil War and has been criticized for its racist depictions of Black people and for romanticizing the era. Last year Bob Iger said that the film would not be available to purchase or stream on Disney Plus and said that he “felt as long as I’ve been CEO that Song of the South — even with a disclaimer — was just not appropriate in today’s world.”

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Although Disney enthusiasts have lamented the ride’s origins for years, it wasn’t until after weeks of relentless civil rights protests across the country and petitions calling on the company to change the ride that Disney announced they had been retooling the ride since last year.

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Disney announced that the new Princess and the Frog-themed water ride would “pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure — featuring some of the powerful music from the film — as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance” and said that it “feels natural” to put the Bayou-set film in Disney’s New Orleans Square.