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More Splash Mountain Elements Removed from the Magic Kingdom

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More Splash Mountain Elements Removed from the Magic Kingdom
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Disney is preparing for the closure of Splash Mountain and opening of a brand new Princess and the Frog attraction. To prepare for this reimagining, more elements have been removed.

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Back in June of last year, Disney announced that a major reimagining of Splash Mountain would happen. This attraction, based on the controversial 1946 film “Song Of the South,” has been a fan favorite since it debuted in 1989.

The attraction will begin where the film leaves off; with the final kiss.  We’ll join Princess Tiana and her trumpet playing alligator friend Louis “on a musical adventure.”

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Disney recently shared that this process will take some time, but they are making great progress on music, characters, and stories. You can read that interview HERE.

They also shared some new artwork for the attraction! In the concept art, you can see Tiana, Naveen, and Louis in their boats traveling along the bayou. It definitely looks like this will be an easy transition with what is currently Splash Mountain with the various scenes and drops.

Elements Removed

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While Disney has kept many of the details under wraps, they have slowly been preparing Magic Kingdom for the transition.

Disney has recently removed the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the Magic Kingdom welcome show. 

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Additionally, the bronze Br’er Rabbit statue has been removed from the Hub. In case you have never noticed before, there are little character statues scattered around.

Characters like Mickey, Pinocchio, Goofy, Pluto, and more greet Guests as they head on to the next attraction.

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The Br’er Rabbit statue has been removed from the Hub.

Will Princess Tiana take the place of Br’er Rabbit in the Hub? What do you think Splash Mountain will close forever? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.

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53 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s just a ride I’ve been on it more then I can Count and not once did I see a bunch of animals playing around or the song racist and because they are doing the I have been watching a lot of Disney movies from now to back then there is a lot of wrong things in every one of them new and old so if you’re going to change one ride then you should change them all because even Princess and the frog has something wrong with it all the Disney movies push a lot of boundaries

  2. The animated characters were in SOTS.

    But the characters are disneyfied versions of characters from a tradional African folktale. Just like characters in European folktales – cinderella, etc.

    There are no other elements from SOTS.
    The ride is based on the pure African story.

    So basically a ride that celebrates African culture is racist simply because they existed in a movie with Uncle Remus. It shows how people are lemmings.

  3. I disagree. My kids love the ride and the movie. They also love watching the Disney video of song of the south sing along. Little kids love the cute characters that are shown throughout the ride. Movies come and go. Disney doesn’t need to continually change their rides for movie themes. The princess in the frog movie isn’t even that popular with little kids. Its an old movie now. They would be better off keeping it like it is or updating it to a new more popular character. How many kids do you see dressed as Tianna at Disney? They all pick Little Mermaid, Belle and Sleeping Beauty. I rarely see Tianna or some of the other ones.

  4. I grew up with all the old rides and have been to Disney at least once a year since I was 1 ( I’m 32 now!) the old Snow White Ride, Mr. Toads Wild Ride ( who remembers this!?:)) 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, etc. I’m not opposed to changes and upgrades that Disney makes, I get it, I just can’t stand the people who make it political.They’re RIDES people not life or death please stop relating world issues to a Disney theme park it’s annoying.

  5. I was just at Disney World the last week of August with my family it was my 7th and last time. We rode Splash Mountain and always do, my granddaughter loves the ride. It is absolutely ridiculous that everything has to change for a few get over it. I am sure that was not the creator Walt Disney would have wanted but no one seems to care.

  6. I think it’s rather sad to see such a beloved and iconic ride go away. I used to ride this ride with my dad every year we would go to Disney. My dad passed away about 3 years ago and I’ve been to Disney twice since then and have enjoyed riding splash mountain because it made me feel close to my dad but now I won’t get to have that memory anymore. Such a shame.

  7. I’m a big Princess and the Frog fan & I’m excited about the idea of a post-movie ride. My nieces love the Disney princesses and this is a great change for a new generation since they don’t know the old story! I’m almost 30 and don’t even have any connections to the Splash Mountain story so I am ready for some change! =D

  8. Support or oppose the re-theming, but no one has ever claimed that the ride was not based on Disney’s SOTS. The characters are straight out of the animated film segments.

  9. A theme park is supposed be about family fun. Disney’s motto a place where dreams come true has been canceled. Politizising rides, songs, a statue of a rabbit is a shame. There goes the family fun day, the place where dreams come true for the few rather than the majority. Besides the prices are now so high middle class families cant afford Disney’s magic.

  10. But y’all, how else is Disney going to cross promote their existing franchises? I’ve been annoyed for a while that in recent years the parks have phased out classic attractions for new things that basically exist as profitable fanfiction of their own content. It’s just a shame.
    Look at an attraction like Haunted Mansion that has a cult following. And it has nothing to do with any books or movies. It’s the pure storyline of the attraction and the mystery that draws people in. Splash Mountain was very similar in that regard. So I do think it’s sad what they’re doing

  11. What does it matter what I think? I’m old, so my opinion doesn’t count. (Not too old to ride roller coasters though). I’ve been to Disney theme parks at least a hundred times, but a loyal fan doesn’t have a say. I can’t afford to go anymore anyway.
    In case someone cares, it’s OK with me that the ride is changing; “Princess And The Frog” fits. It’s not ok with me that the catchy, “make you dance where you stand” Zippety Doo Dah” has been removed.
    Both my kids, their kids, and now a great grandchild are fervent Disney Park crazy fans. I raised them right.

  12. The ride is based on The Laughing Place which is a traditional African folk tale, not based on the movie. There are zero references to Uncle Remus, which is the main character in the movie associated with the so called “white lens” of racism.

    Do some research.

  13. The ride is based on The Laughing Place which is a traditional African folk tale, not the movie. There are no references to Uncle Remus who is criticized as the mIn focal point of racism.

  14. I’m shocked and appalled that Disney will cave in to such irrational pressure. I grew up with Song of the South and regarded Uncle Remus as a wise and humane mentor – not a downtrodden slave! How can I continue to regard the Magic Kingdom as the Happiest Place on Earth since Mickey has become a Racist? Don’t the powers that be realize that there’s only one race – the HUMAN race?

  15. The song is a Grammy award winning tune.

    Also, the ride is not based on Song of the South but rather The Laughing Place – a traditional African folk tale. Sure, there are Disneyfied characters that appeared in the movie but in essence you are destroying a ride based on an African folk tale. How ridiculous is that?

    Disney made their version of folk characters like pretty much all the princess stories.

    Enough is enough.

  16. I think the removal of the song and iconic figures is a real disappointment. Disney and America should put their foot down to some of this “woke culture ” if it was so offensive then why have millions of people riden it for decades? No one said anything until now. It’s a hypocrisy. Is it just a ride?, yes, but they asked for an opinion and this is mine. I think the ride does need an refurbishment or update but to totally change it is a shame. Disney made the ride, they should at least back it to some point. If people were offended, don’t ride it. I think the literally millions of people who have ridden it obviously enjoyed it and looked forward to seeing our “happy place”

  17. I became a Disney fan 15 years ago when my wife and I took our 7 & 5 year old boys to WDW for our annual family summer trip. I remember being disappointed when she planned our trip because I didn’t think getting on a plane and traveling to an overpriced amusement park for 5 days was a “vacation”. But I agreed to pretend to be happy for my boys and because my wife had obviously put in a lot of thought and preparation for our vacation plus it was expensive so I figured we could at least check it off the list for our boys. Keep in mind I wasn’t happy about any of this.
    We get to Orlando go to Port Orleans and in the lobby my attitude changed, this was a happy place, go to our first park, Hollywood Studios (MGM in 2006) and I was a convert, I drank the Kool-Aid, they had sold me. But it was the “Old Hollywood” nostalgia that reminded me of my grandmothers love for old movies that created the connection. We had a great trip and I was a convert, I came home a Disney fan and told everyone about it, and even became a go to advisor with my dad friends on how to do Disney and have fun even when your not looking forward to it. I was an “influencer” before that was even a thing. My family has been back numerous times. Now fast forward to today and things have changed, Disney has changed but not because of “Disney” but because of Disney Corp, ABC, ESPN etc. And the change is not good it’s like the change a serious illness has on a family. The Disney culture is changing by trying to rewrite history like so many other large entities. It was the history of my relationship with my grandmother and that nostalgia at Hollywood Studios that I was now sharing with my family that created my love for Disney, the history of my trips with my family that I shared with my friends and yes Splash Mountain was part of that. Disney has enough money to make a new ride for Princess and the Frog without changing Splash Mountain and alienating their faithful fan base, not to mention creating another ride that alleviates the standing in line problem, but that’s not the point. It’s the virtue signaling, getting on board with cancel culture that they’re after. Keep it up Disney Corp. and you’ll permanently lose the 50% + of your loyal fan base by trying to change history. We’ll spend our $ on another vacation with our families somewhere else because the “Disney” experience just isn’t the same.

  18. Shame on Who ever made this decision, I recently bought Song Of The South and watch the movie I absolutely love this movie The Story is a part Of Disney and Walt Disney is the one who created Disney in the first place without him we would not have Mickey Mouse so even though this film is a controversial topic Most people have no idea what the movie was about. I don’t know if anyone who stared in the movie is alive but I would assume so . I would like to know how they feel about one of the Most Favorite rides in Disney World Is Being taken down. I wonder HOW ANYONE WOULD FEEL IF YOUR WORK WAS REMOVED BECAUSE OF A NARRATIVE OF RACISM IS BEING PUSHED UPON EVERY ONE. IF YOU THINK OF RASIM IN DISNEY WORLD YOU DO NOT BELONG THERE I BELIEVE WALT DISNEY CREATED MICKEY MOUSE AND DISNEY WORLD FOR FAMILIES OF ALL RACE ,RASIM IS HISTORY NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU DESTROY OR TAKE FROM YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE PAST A DISNEY WORLD STANDS FOR HOPES,DREAMS AND WISHING WHEN YOU TAKE SOMEONE’S CREATION AND DESTROY IT YOU ARE AS BAD AS RASIM THAT IS SOMEONE’S WORK AND I DON’T THINK THEY HAD ANY RIGHTS TO DESTROY THE BEST RIDE SPLASH MOUNTAIN IT MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY AND SCARED BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO THE TOP TO BE DROPED DOWN AND SPLASH AND WHEN YOU ENTER BACK INSIDE YOU HEAR MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU HAVE A ZIPPEDY DOO DA ZIPPEDY AH MY OH MY WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY. DISNEY HAS DONE SO MUCH OF DESTROYING THEIR FATHER’S CREATION AND YOU THINK THEY CARE ABOUT SLAVES BECAUSE IF THEY DID WHY DID THEY FILM MULAN IN A PLACE WITH ACTUAL SLAVES IN CHINA AND THANK THEM FOR IT SERIOUSLY. RASIM IS BEING PLAYED LIKE A BAD HAND AT THE CASINO AND WINNING EVERY TIME. RASIM WILL EXIST AS LONG AS HUMANS ARE ALIVE IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT COLOR YOU ARE THAT MAKES YOU A RACIST IT’S THE PERSON WHO IS EVIL INSIDE AND IS NOT A GOOD PERSON EVERY ONE AND ANYONE CAN BE A RACIST AND ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME SORT OF RACISM IN THEIR LIVES.

  19. The ride is staying, just changing themes. I grew up with Disney and worked there as an intern and growth is a good thing. Song of the South doesn’t mean anything to younger families. Those upset over change need to get over it. Disney should be adapting and updating their rides to the newer movies and themes. Whether you personally have been offended or feel something is racist isn’t the point – and I say this as a white 50 year old. When you know better, do better.

  20. We always enjoy Splash Mountain, and would hope that most, if not all, guests visit the park to have fun and enjoy the surroundings, rather than read any negative motives into the attractions. We go to Disney to temporarily escape the dra
    ma of the “real world” and enter the Disney world of magic and innocence.

  21. My family is really really excited about this update. Yes, “Song of the South” is part of Disney history, but that doesn’t mean that it needs a ride, and that we need to perpetuate a hurtful history. For all of those people that are upset with this, you can stay blissfully asleep, but I hope your kids will be a little wake up as adults. Not all of us feel that 1950 was such a great America for EVERYONE. Heck, America still has a long way to go before we will ever reach anything close to everyone having an equal chance at the pie.

  22. Stupidest thing ever. To take a beloved ride…the most popular ride of the whole dang 4 parks, and strip everything away is ridiculous!! And for who? Who was mad about it? Never heard one person complain about Splash Mountain. It’s a very sad day indeed.

  23. Didn’t they remove shrunken heads from jungle cruise for being insensitive? Now splash mountain is being rethemed to a movie that has singing shrunken heads

  24. I Love the change! It’s been there for over 30 yrs! Based on a song from the late 1940s- come on people this is so old. Magic kingdom needs many more updates to be honest. I hope they also change space mountain!! Last time I rode it I came out with a major headache! I applaud these changes. I’m sure it will be absolutely gorgeous when it’s completed. The princess and the frog is perfect for this ride. The bayou, the music, incorporating a new princess! We can’t stay in 1980 forever. Zippi di do da give me a break. Little kids don’t even know what that is and the park is for children not grouchy 50 year old who want to live in the past. We need to evolve and embrace change. If not then you can stay angry in your little angry cave while the rest of the world enjoys the fact that we’re almost there….

  25. Leave the ride as it is. It’s one of the ironic attractions in the Magic Kingdom. Please tell me what is so offensive on that ride!! Half the people in the park probably don’t even know what the ride is based on.

  26. As a private business dependent on the good will of the public to survive, appealing to as many people as possible is a sound business practice. Realizing an attraction might be a reason a segment of the customer base would opt out of doing business with Disney, Disney thereby reimaged an existing attraction, which is a wise move. I wonder how many people truly react with horror that their favorite racists tropes have been abandonded? Those who “hate” the change, always hate the change and blame the “other.” They probably miss Little Black Sambo Pancake Houses too. Reveling in personal racism is a sad legacy. Getting upset over a theme park update is so typical of shallow people.

  27. I totally agree with everyone speaking above. This is ridiculous! I think Disney is hurting themselves by removing a legendary ride that enriched our childhoods and lives in some of our fondest childhood memories of visiting Disney. Every family that has went there, it’s passed down from generation to generation since that ride was created, the one thing everyone talks about in saying they can’t wait to go back to ride splash mountain. Me included. Makes me not even that excited to go and not want to go. It is a staple of Disney, a deacon, and should be considered a historical landmark that can not be destroyed! Period!!

  28. It’s sad that a great attraction such as Splash Mountain is being closed due to political considerations and woke philosophy. It is a fan favorite and the characters and songs are great. Disney folks are overreacting to unfair criticisms of the characters and songs.

  29. Don’t you love it? Thanks to threats from the terrorist groups Antifa and BLM, Disney is destroying a beloved ride, based on a movie that celebrates an African-American art form, to replace it with one where the villain is AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CRIMINAL WHO PRACTICES VOODOO! But hey, they got to spread Covid-19 along with their racism and helped criminals take over the White House. Who needs intelligence when you’re a Black Supremacist!?

  30. Another dumb woke idea. Did anyone really think brea rabbit was a racist? Singing zippyity do day makes you a racist. Disney is not following wants dream now. Out pricing most American families

  31. Another example how people’s ignorance influences. Just like not allowing certain books in libraries. Why dont we just cap everytime before 1950 and pretend the world was always perfect.

  32. My family all hates this idea!! We love Splash just the way it is. It’s one of the most popular attractions, why change something that everyone so obviously loves????

  33. I just spoke with a Disney guest communications person that is one of many of the reach staff for the emails that go to Bob Chapek, which I’ve sent a lot of here lately. Everything from the removal of the magical express in its best form, the countless needless changes to attractions that so many love, and the removal of fastpass as we knew it, I just keep getting disgusted by all of the moves to make this nothing more than an ordinary theme park and less of a Dreams Come True park. The problem with replacing beloved attractions and such with ones that very few people want by comparison, should be obvious. Issues that are taboo one minute will be in style the next and vice versa. How many people that were considered progressive even just 5 years ago are now being cancelled? Disney is beginning to build its foundations on existentialism which is why many of their recent movies have flopped. It’s not covid. It began long before covid. If someone reads this and thinks I just don’t like the Princess and the Frog movie, you would be wrong. I think the “Friends on the Other Side” song is very catchy and I would to see an entire park of just villains. Can you imagine the intense rides and lighting effects? However, the obvious never seems to hit at corporate level though. I mean, how about a Jungle Book themed ride at Animal Kingdom? A boat ride to The Bare Necessities would be awesome.

  34. I would actually love to know how many people were truly upset over the original. I’ve been going to Disney since 75 and never heard a complaint. It’s probably one stupid activist group with nothing better to do than piss people off. What happened to the majority rules. Let’s vote on it.

  35. Especially Zip-a-dee-doo-dah for me was the essence of knowing I have arrived at the Magic Kingdom. Such a shame. I can understand that they want to keep the park fresh and replace attractions, but why can’t they keep the music and the rabbit?

  36. Flipping stupid It’s part of Disney History Leave it alone until the anniversary is done.Wait is the rabbit offensive too? Can’t deal w this nonsense !

  37. This is a travesty. Our family has enjoyed Splash Mountain since it opened. I’m sick of Disney’s new ‘woke’ BS. We have found other vacation spots we love. Disney is now low on the list.

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