Splash Mountain will close for good at Disneyland next week
Splash Mountain, found in both Walt Disney World and Disneylandattraction based on the film “Song of the South” which is highly controversial as many consider it racist. The film mixes live action and animation and features an older African-American plantation worker, Uncle Remus, who tells stories to a young white boy. Groups including the NAACP protested the film’s initial release.
As the Walt Disney Company In order to accommodate more, they decided to close the iconic Splash Mountain attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and “The Princess and the Frog” attractiveness.
Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain will be closed to guests for good on January 23, 2023, and the ride version at Disneyland will make its final appearance next week.
Splash Mountain will make its final splash next week
Disney recently announced that Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park will be closed from the start May 31, 2023 allowing the parks to begin the next phase of development for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. That means guests only have a few days left to experience Splash Mountain before it closes for good.
Inside Splash Mountain, guests can see many of the Song of the South characters, including Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. The official Disneyland website describe the trip like this:
Jump into a hollow log and swim across the colorful bay as you follow the happy Br’er Rabbit to his ‘laughing place’. Be forewarned, though: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox give this headstrong rabbit a heavy chase.
Glide past over 100 talking, singing, story-telling Audio-Animatronics who inhabit Splash Mountain and offer their own slice of home culture. Sing along to classic Disney hits including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
Then get ready for the grand finale – this musical tour ends with an exciting 5-level splash!
As expected, wait times at Splash Mountain have increased dramatically in recent weeks as many try to get in one last ride before the ride is consigned to history forever.
What will replace Splash Mountain?
As the Walt Disney Company pushed for greater inclusion, they decided to close the iconic attraction, Splash Mountain, and turn it into a “Princess and the Frog” attraction.
“The Princess and the Frog” was released in 2009 and stars 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), Oprah Winfrey (Eudora).
According to Disney, the story of the new attraction, which will be called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, will continue after the movie’s final kiss, when guests will join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure, “which features powerful music from the film. – as they prepare for their first Mardi Gras performance.”
“Walt Disney Imagineering Creates Original Next-Chapter Story for Tiana” Disney Parks previously announced. “Along the line of attractions, guests will discover that it continues to grow with Tiana’s Foods, an employee-owned cooperative. Combining her talents with those of the local community, Tiana transformed an aging salt mine and built a beloved brand.”
Fans will see beloved characters from the film, including Tiana’s mother Eudora, her husband Prince Naveen, and everyone’s favorite trumpeting alligator Louis, all of whom helped Tiana revive the old salt mine and surrounding land, allowing them to thrive. new ingredients such as vegetables, herbs and spices to your recipes.
The new ride, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, will open sometime in 2024 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.