In gentle of latest Black Lives Matter protests and a rising nationwide dialog about race, Disney introduced on Thursday that its fashionable Splash Mountain theme-park experience shall be reimagined to get rid of any connection to the problematic 1946 movie Song of the South.
Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will each revamp their Splash Mountain rides to as a substitute characteristic characters from the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog, which featured Disney’s first Black princess. Song of the South alternatively, maybe finest identified for the tune “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” has continuously been criticized for its stereotypical depictions of Black characters and its romanticization of the antebellum South.
“The approach to retheming or ‘plussing’ attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story?” Disney stated in an announcement. “It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
We’re thrilled to share Splash Mountain at @Disneyland & @WaltDisneyWorld shall be utterly reimagined with a brand new story impressed by an all-time favourite Disney Animation movie, “The Princess & The Frog.” Learn about what Imagineers have in growth: https://t.co/ZDa3TiFlZr pic.twitter.com/sK4NOpR8FE
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) June 25, 2020
Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, additionally issued an announcement, writing, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us The Princess and the Frog Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”
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