Disney joins the BLM!
Disney is one of many companies taking action in the Black Lives Matter movement. They’ve just for oned exciting plans for one of the theme park’s most popular attractions.
If you’ve ever been on Splash Mountain, you’ve been surprised by the ride’s portrayal of wildlife creatures around a campfire. As waving to tourists drifting down a river in their log flumes.
What you may not realize is that Disney has received criticism over the years for the ride’s theme. This is actually based on the controversial 1946 film Song of the South. Over the past few weeks, petitions have been circulating, urging Disney to reimagine the theme of the popular ride. Its current theme based on the film has been criticized for its problematic portrayal of the post-Civil War South. It’s also being criticized for capitalizing on racist stereotypes.
Ride gets trashed online
One petition, titled, “Retheme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog,” has reached over 21,000 signatures and counting. It has clearly made a major impact, because GOOD NEWS, Y’ALL! You asked and Disney happily obliged. It granted the wishes of thousands who signed petitions. Splash Mountain will be go through complete changes at both Disney land, California, and the Magic Kingdom, Florida.
The ride will feature a brand new theme based on the 2009 Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog. The movie features the first Black Disney princess, Tiana.
The new concept is inclusive – 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.
Before the announcement , Disney had been distancing itself from the Song of the South movie. During a shareholder meeting back in March, Former Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the decision to exclude the film from Disney+. He said, “I’ve felt as long as I’ve been CEO that Song of the South. Even a disclaimer was just not appropriate in today’s world. It’s just hard, given the depictions in some of those films.
Fans react to splash mountain
Many fans are ecstatic upon hearing the news about Splash Mountain, taking to social media to voice their approval. One user wrote, “As a Disney nerd, this is HUGE to me. It’s bittersweet because I love Splash Mountain and Critter Country but I’m definitely on board with this change!! It’ll bring some much-needed diversity to the park’s attractions, and it will fit perfectly into New Orleans Square at DL.” Another user tweeted, “It’s a long time coming too.
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Walt never wanted the parks to be stagnant. He wanted an ever-evolving thing. I personally can’t wait for the new splash mountain!” Others, like this user, had a message for the people who are criticizing the new changes, saying, “People are legit getting upset with the redesign of Splash Mountain and trying to argue that it won’t fit in with the land the rides location. Seriously? Splash mountain was freaking creepy anyway.
This new design will be so much better.” Anika Noni Rose, who voices Princess Tiana in the film, also expressing her excitement in an Instagram post, writing, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disney land and the Magic Kingdom will finally achieve full realization! As passionate as I am about what we’ve made, I know the fans are going to be over the moon.
When will Disney’s amusement parks open?
The Imagineers are giving us the Princess and The Frog Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!” The good news comes just days after Disney land in California’s announcement that they will be pushing back their reopening date from the original plans of allowing guests in the park as early as July 17th as Disney World in Florida is still set to reopen in mid-July as COVID cases continue to spike.
Disney land Parks issued a statement saying QUOTE, “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay there opening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”
We cant wait to check it out!
As we may have to wait a little longer for the grand opening of Splash Mountain, BUT none the less, it’s thrilling to hear the news that Splash Mountain is getting the makeover we all deserve. But before I bid you adieu, let’s hear it for the ONE good thing to come out of the Splash Mountain ride… the photos.
Whether fans prefinal drop elves for the final drop by playing Monopoly, Nintendo Game Cubes or quickphotosill pong, these photos will forever go down as some of Disney’s finest work.
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