Walt Disney Imagineering is continuing to move ahead with its plans to retheme Splash Mountain at the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort after the 2009 animated feature, The Princess and the Frog, and the holdouts against the decision are continuing to make their voices heard against the matter.
But even if #SaveSplashMountain trends at a decent rate on Twitter, it appears that their cries are falling on deaf ears as the Mouse House remains undeterred in its decision to remove Brer Rabbit and the rest of the references to Disney’s “infamous” animated/live-action hybrid feature Song of the South from the iconic log flume ride.
While confirmation of the Disney Mountain’s “plussing” was announced with initial concept art over a year ago, further reports have recently come out, bringing the fan-debated issue back into the spotlight. We at Disney Fanatic shared the news that the actress who played Princess Tiana, Anika Noni Rose, supposedly confirmed that the new attraction will be released in 2024. Click the link below to read more on that story.
Even more recently, lead Imagineer on the project Charita Carter got to speak on the matter and said, “the ride will also be a love letter to the city of New Orleans.”
“We have this beautiful opportunity to give the character of Tiana depth and a dimensional space,” she added. “I’m honored and excited. And I just feel like, ‘Yes, I’m ready. Let’s do this.’”
It should be noted that there is a spectrum of dissenters to the plans for Splash Mountian. While there are some that accuse the entire change of politically-inspired virtue signaling, others draw the line at Disney removing the iconic song “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” from the Festival of Fantasy Parade and other Disney Park music.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor this story and will update our readers as more developments come to light.