As the Walt Disney Company pushed for more inclusion, Walt Disney World And Disneyland parks decided to close the iconic attraction for good, splash mountainand turn it into a “Princess and the Frog” -a themed attraction with Princess Tiana.
Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World was permanently closed to guests on January 23, 2023, and yesterday, May 30, 2023, the Disneyland version of the ride took its final plunge.
Splash Mountain takes the final leap
Disney recently announced that Splash Mountain at Disneyland Parks will close on May 31, 2023 to allow the parks to begin the next phase of development for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the new attraction replacing Splash Mountain. It means that Yesterday, May 30th, was Splash Mountain’s last day of operation.
Splash Mountain has been a Disney Parks attraction for several years and is based on the film Song of the South, which is highly controversial as many consider it racist. Mixing live action and animation, the 1946 film features an elderly African American plantation worker named Uncle Remus telling stories to a young white boy. Groups, including the NAACP, protested the film’s initial release.
At Splash Mountain, guests can meet many of the characters from Song of the South, including Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. The official Disneyland website describes the ride as follows: “Hop into a hollow log and soar through a colorful bayou as you follow the cheerful Br’er Rabbit to his ‘laughing spot.'” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are hot on the heels of this wayward rabbit.”
The website also states, “Glide past over 100 talking, singing and storytelling audio-animatronics creatures that inhabit Splash Mountain and offer their slice of native culture.” Sing along to classic Disney songs , including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”. Then get ready for the grand finale – this musical cruise ends with an exhilarating 5-story splashdown!”
As expected, the wait for Splash Mountain has lengthened drastically over the past few weeks as many attempted to snag one last ride before the ride went down in history forever. Yesterday the wait was incredibly long as it was the last day to experience the attraction.
Disneyland is gearing up for Tiana’s Bayou adventure
Splash Mountain closes for good as The Walt Disney Company pushes for more inclusion. The ride will reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a new attraction based on the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog, starring Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Jennifer Cody (Charlotte “Lottie” La Bouff), Jim Cummings (Ray), John Goodman (Big Daddy” La Bouff), Keith David (Dr. Facilier), Bruno Campos (Prince Naveen), Michael Leon Wooley (Louis), Jenifer Lewis (Mama Odie), Terrence Howard (James ) and Oprah Winfrey (Eudora).
According to Disney, the new attraction’s story will continue after the film’s final kiss, as guests join Princesses Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure “where they’ll hear some of the powerful music from the film — as they prepare for their first kiss.” .” Mardi Gras performance.”
Fans can look forward to seeing many popular characters from the 2009 film, including Tiana, Tiana’s mother Eudora, Tiana’s lover Prince Naveen and legendary trumpet alligator Louis. “Walt Disney Imagineering creates an original story for the next chapter for Tiana.” Disney Parks previously reported. “In the attraction queue, guests will discover that she continues to grow her business with Tiana’s Foods – a staff-run co-op. By combining her talents with those of the local community, Tiana has transformed an aging salt mine and built a popular brand.”
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open sometime in 2024 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.