The redesigned log flume attraction will be available at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.
The rollercoaster has been one of the most popular in the parks since it originally debuted at Disneyland in 1989 and Walt Disney World in 1992.
New concept artwork and story information for the ride were published earlier this week.
The ride’s new plot begins up in New Orleans where the film left off, following Princess Tiana, Naveen, and Louis as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance including songs from the film.
As riders glide over beautiful canals with Tiana, new music inspired by the soundtrack will be included.
Charita Carter, senior producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a video about the attraction’s redesign, “The ride system, in terms of its ebbs and flows, will be something we’ll remain consistent with, but we’re going to wrap a new story around it.”
Disney Imagineers also spent a significant amount of time ensuring that the completed product was genuine to the city of New Orleans, doing many study visits there and commissioning artwork from local artist Sharika Mahdi.
“We want our guests who are from all places around the world to say, ‘OK, this is a really special place,'” Said Carter.
“But it’s also important for our guests who come from New Orleans to say, ‘Yes. This is my home. They did it. They got it right.'”
Disney has also pledged a $50,000 donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional, pre-professional arts training center that provides intensive instruction in a variety of subjects such as culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical instrumental music, and jazz instrumental music.
It is unknown when the newly renovated Splash Mountain will open.
Splash Mountain was redesigned for what reason?
Splash Mountain was inspired by the 1946 film Song of the South.
The film has been chastised for depicting race tensions in the South.
Due to the city’s segregation, the film’s starring actor, James Baskett, was unable to attend the premiere in Atlanta.
The NAACP protested the film’s release, with executive secretary Walter Francis White declaring in a statement at the time that the film “helps to maintain a dangerously romanticized view of slavery.”
Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a Harlem-based congressman from 1945 to 1971, called the picture a “insult to American minorities [and] all that America as a whole stands for.”
Song of the South was later re-released in theaters in 1956, 1972, 1980, and 1986, but it has never been made available for home viewing.
The film was never released on VHS and will not be available on Disney+, according to former Disney CEO Bob Iger, who admitted that it is “not appropriate for today’s world.”
Though many people haven’t watched the film, they may be aware with its most popular song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” which received an Oscar for the film and has been recorded by performers such as Louis Armstrong and Julie Andrews.
Since then, the tune has been removed from Disney parks.
Following racial justice demonstrations and a Change.org petition, Disney revealed plans to redesign Splash Mountain based on the film The Princess and the Frog in June 2020.
Tiana, Disney’s first black princess, appears in the animated film, which was released in 2009.
Disneyland Resort’s Public Relations Director Michael Ramirez revealed in a June 2020 statement that the makeover had been in the works for the previous year, adding: “The redesign has been in the works for the last year. 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 the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
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