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Big trouble at Splash Mountain just days before it permanently closes

Big trouble at Splash Mountain just days before it permanently closes
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Splash Mountain is experiencing big trouble just days before it is set to permanently close.

Splash Mountain Retheme

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Back in June of 2020, 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.”

Splash Mountain will close on January 23, 2023. This will give them time to re-work the ride for a 2024 opening. That means the last day to ride is January 22 – only 4 days to go!

Big Trouble

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We have noticed a trend the last several days with Splash Mountain closing for extended periods of time. Just the other day, it experienced a delayed opening in the morning. Then, it was closed for quite a while yesterday.

Now today, January 18, Splash Mountain is experiencing downtime for most of the morning. In fact, we just received the following notification in My Disney Experience:

On behalf of the entire team at Magic Kingdom Park, I’d like to apologize that Splash Mountain is currently unavailable. Our Cast Members are working diligently to get the attraction up and running again, and we are sorry you are not able to experience this attraction at this time. I hope you will enjoy some of our other attractions during your experience in the park today.

Melissa Valiquette, Vice President, Magic Kingdom Park
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Usually when we get this message in My Disney Experience, we know it may be several hours before it opens (if it even opens for the day). With just days before it set to permanently close for the retheme, this is disappointing for Guests hoping to ride it one last time.

When was the last time you rode Splash Mountain? Are you sad to see it go? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with a friend who may be wanting to ride it one last time.


  1. I saw this movie when it came out I was just a kid! To this date I still remember Uncle Remus singing Zipity do da Mr Blue Bird on my shoulder to two young children this was a beautiful movie and was a favorite at the parks all these years for young and old alike! People are not happy that Disney is tearing it down by using RACISM!!!! Disney needs to do what they do best entertain and stay out of the political BS that America is going thru at this time. You are replacing a white movie with a Black movie that is racist. You brought the Governor down on you but getting in the Gay movement. It’s not worth it! If people would live life to the fullest because it goes by to fast and just enjoy what is out there for all ages not RACE. I for one will NEVER go on the REPLACEMENT of SPLASH MOUNTAIN

  2. It’s been a few years loved this rideVERY VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH DISNEY
    WHY cant they just build a new ride and not take this away it’s like saying we have to change IT;S A SMALL WORLD ?????? THEY HAVE ALOT OF PROPERTY
    THEU MANAGED TO FIND ROO FOR TRON. They talk about adding new lands beyond thunder mountain why not there…what about the riverboat which doesn’t really follow any movie and having that follow Tianas theme with Jazz music and an alligator stop taking away the things we have always loved they should add new with all the crowds they could use more attractions not redo the existing ones……I Will miss SPLASH MOUNTAIN AND I WILL NOT GO ON THE NEW ONE….FYI
    I love Disney both i’m not rich…..Dollywood has same type of festival tkts only$89
    wow big difference
    Ihope Iger realizes he out prices average family…..Ihave been down to fl from nj over a hundred times CAN’T AFFORD ANY MORE…..they took away and charged more……….for less…..now at least he removed parking at hotel fees i never understood that just beccause other non disney hotels do it doesn’t make it right.
    IGER NEDS TO FIX THIS prices out of control for tkts and now to get on rides u payextra????? ex: only way to get on Guardian of Galaxy is to buy lightening pass seriously not included in park admission thats crazy

  3. I’m sad. I last rode it in 2018. Our family trip in 2020 was cancelled by covidemic. The change to Princess and the frog is a big slap in the face. I love the Song of the South. May the wokeness of Disney just stop. I pray.

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