As Splash Mountain continues to fade away from the Disney Theme Parks, an iconic Theme Park song and Disney Anthem is going away as well.
Previously, we shared that the song from Splash Mountain and its film inspiration, Song of the South, “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” was going extinct from Disney Parks, especially at Magic Kingdom Park in the Walt Disney World Resort. Its Splash Mountain variant in Frontierland was the first to close, its song was already edited out of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and its villains had been removed from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
But over at the Disneyland Resort, where Splash Mountain is still in operation, it appears that there was still one more Disney Park parade that still had not purged the song from its soundtrack, until now.
The Los Angeles Times confirmed with Disneyland officials that the song was removed from the daytime “Magic Happens Parade” when it finally made its post-shutdown return at the end of February, replacing it with a song from Peter Pan.
Song of the South was never released on VHS or DVD by Walt Disney Studios in the United States, and the song appeared to arguably many as nothing more than a Theme Park song with a music video showing Uncle Remus singing the song out of full context with the movie. Still, it has been lumped in with a log flume ride and franchise that former CEO Bob Chapek declared “just not appropriate in today’s world.”
Just like its Central Florida counterpart, Disneyland’s Splash Mountain is set to be rethemed to the Princess and the Frog-inspired Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, with much of the neighboring New Orleans Square also rethemed to the Disney Princess movie. It is unclear at this time, however, when Walt Disney Imagineers will begin working on the ride in Southern California.