A petition is circulating among Disney Fans and gaining speed with currently close to 8,300 signers. After the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matters movement is leading to conversations about racial stereotypes. Disney fans are requesting the theming behind the Splash Mountain attraction change possibly to a Princess and the Frog theme.
On Change.org, you’ll find the petition “Re-theme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog” which states the following:
“Disney parks should be a home for all to enjoy regardless of race, age, whatever your background may be. The classic log flume ride Splash Mountain is featured in Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. While the ride is considered a beloved classic it’s history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South.”
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“There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need. Princess and the Frog is a beloved princess movie but has very little representation in the parks. Tiana could be one of the first princesses with a thrill ride, as well as giving her a much deserved place in the parks. The framing of the ride is such that it could be easily changed to tell the story of Tiana while not compromising too much of the ride/costing a fortune in remodeling for Disney. This change could kill two birds with one stone, remove the offensive stereotypical theming the ride currently has and bring a much needed diversity to the parks. As well as a much bigger merchandising opportunity for Princess and the Frog.”
“Splash Mountain is located in Critter Country/Frontierland in the parks, an area very close to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. It would be fairly easy to transition the ride into the bayou of New Orleans considering the location of the ride in each park.”
“While the rides storyline is not an exact version of the movies plot line it is derivative from it, the characters, the songs and locations are all main features of the ride. Disney has removed Song of the South from its library, refusing to share it on DVD or their streaming services. The best next step to remove all traces of this racist movie would be to re-theme Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog themed ride.”
The petition currently has almost 8,300 signers with a request for 10,000. The Walt Disney World Company has been very clear on their support of diversity with a message during a “Time of Resolve” and Pledged $5 Million To Support Nonprofit Organizations That Advance Social Justice. Disney has not yet commented on the petition.
Source & Petition Link: Change.org
UPDATE: “Disney Fans Now Petition To Keep Splash Mountain As Is” (click here for more)