Splash Mountain re-theme announced

PrincessNelly_NJ

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What do you mean based on racism? The movie? The stories? The stories are African American folk tales. The nesting of them in a 1946 movie added racist context. Stripping out the dumb movie parts leaves us with the folktales. The problem is few people are willing to put the mental effort into what they’re actually experiencing.
How sad to replace an attraction based on African American oral tradition going back centuries with a Disneyfied version of a European fairytale. This is akin to protestors pulling down the Grant statue.

I'm pretty sure many black people are more than okay with losing a ride based on "African folk tales" for Tiana.
 

MrMcDuck

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I eagerly await the retheme of Mickey's Runaway Railway to Mickey's Glorious Worker's Paradise and the introduction of a hammer and sickle topiary at the next Flower and Garden Festival. Onward we go! For progress!
 

wdwmagic

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@mdktf @marni1971 @wdwmagic

Is there any hope of stopping this? Are there emails I can send? Phone numbers I can call? I've signed a change.org petition but I just don't see that as being enough. I cannot imagine visiting MK or DL without riding Splash--This is actually a turning point for me. This is serious enough for me to begin winding down visits to Disney properties and exploring new resort and vacation destinations. I am beyond saddened by this knee-jerk and silly decision.

I really dont see anything stopping it now, the train has well and truly left the station.
 

Rescue Ranger

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If planned for over a year, how come this was just refurbished?

And to those saying it needed an update and we can't expect people to visit a park with old attractions....I dunno about your visits, but every time I've been Splash has huge lines and is always extremely popular.

Is it too much to expect anything from Splash to be left, like the characters or ANYTHING? Or will they act like it never existed?

At least they can't take away our memories. Not yet anyway! I'm so so happy I created a scrapbook to always look back on.

Look, I may fall in love with this new theme, could be one of the absolute best attractions in the park. But it cuts deep to know it had to come at the loss of something so deeply integrated in Disney park culture.
 

noodles

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Splash Mountain is an isolated situation so people saying “WHAT ARE THEY COMING FOR NEXT?!” Is a bit of an overrraction in my opinion. The reason for that is the IP in which Splash is based on which Disney has distanced themselves really since Song of The South was released. And has been going on long before statues were being torn down so I think we can separate that a bit from this conversation. Now 30 years ago when this opened they could get away with passing this off as some sort of theme park exclusive where they could pretend Splash wasn’t based on any sort of property. But nowadays with google and internet in our pockets a quick google search of Splash Mountain links it to Song of the South and thus the controversy of that movie itself. So I can understand them wanting to rethink this to in a sense finally cut all ties with Song of The South, it sucks that a great ride is victim to that but I understand it.
I will miss this ride it was quintessential Disney World for me so I feel why people are upset. But in no way do I think this has been a year in the making or that we will see this anytime soon. I think disney was trying to save face by saying this is in the works but I don’t expect to see it till 2023/2024 they are doing what they believe is their part in the national conversation right now.
Disney hopes that by sacrificing Splash they can keep everything else.
But that's not how this works.
It's not about social justice. It's about socialism.
It won't stop at placation.
 

UNCgolf

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Calm down. I can promise you, if Magic Kingdom was exactly the same at it was in 1989 today, people would not pay thousands of dollars to go.

Even your local six flags drops a new ride every year.

They probably would, because the 1989 Magic Kingdom had more interesting stuff to see and do than the current Magic Kingdom. Not even talking about the rides, but all of the really neat stuff that's been eliminated in the past couple of decades like the unique, themed stores.
 

HauntedPirate

Sheltered-at-home Park nostalgist
Premium Member
What do you mean based on racism? The movie? The stories? The stories are African American folk tales. The nesting of them in a 1946 movie added racist context. Stripping out the dumb movie parts leaves us with the folktales. The problem is few people are willing to put the mental effort into what they’re actually experiencing.
How sad to replace an attraction based on African American oral tradition going back centuries with a Disneyfied version of a European fairytale. This is akin to protestors pulling down the Grant statue.

This. Exactly this.
 

tirian

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As an African American, I want to thank all of those who complained without understanding that SPlash was the last big remnant of my ancestors stories in the world. This SERIOUSLY does wonders to the black community....This is an absolute joke. I am beyond disappointed..My all time favorite attraction, the one that made me feel close to My heritage, My stories.

Thanks, Disney.
Many people did try pointing out the attraction should have had a plaque explaining the history of the Brer Rabbit stories, but historical facts don’t matter to the knee-jerk Twitter/Cancel Culture crowd.

Now we’ll have a new ride based on a California version of South Louisiana via a European fairy tale. And if you’ve ever been to the real New Orleans, the music and accents in “Princess and the Frog” were atrocious.
 

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