NATIONWIDE – Disney will revamp its popular Splash Mountain attraction with a theme based on the animated film The Princess and the Frog, the company announced Thursday.
What You Need To Know
- Splash Mountain to get Princess and the Frog makeover
- The attraction will be changed at Disney World and Disneyland
- Disney says Imagineers have been working on the project since last year
“The retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today,” Disney said in a post on its Parks Blog. “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 millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
The change will be made to the Splash Mountain attractions at Disney World and Disneyland.
Walt Disney Imagineer Charita Carter, who worked on one of Disney’s newest attractions Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, will lead the Splash Mountain overhaul project.
“Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures,” Carter said in a statement. “I am delighted to be part of bringing this full-filled experience to our guests.”
When The Princess and the Frog was released in 2009, it became the first Disney animated film to feature an African-American princess.
The new version of Splash Mountain will pick up where the film left off and follow Princess Tiana and her friend Louis on a “musical adventure” as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. The updated ride will also feature music from the film.
The announcement comes after an online petition called for the attraction to be changed because of its connection to Disney’s 1940 film Song of the South, which features racist stereotypes.
Disney said Imagineers have been working a Princess and the Frog concept for Splash Mountain since last year and will soon conduct preliminary reviews of the attraction at both parks.
A date has not be announced for the when Splash Mountain will be overhauled.
Disney's U.S. theme parks have been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. Disney World will begin a phased reopening of its parks on July 11, starting with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen a few days later on July 15.
Disney previously proposed a reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on July 17 but has since delayed those plans.