Disney World’s Splash Mountain shuts down forever on Sunday
Walt Disney World is shutting Splash Mountain, the well-liked log flume rollercoaster. Sunday was the last day that visitors could use it.
Work on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure necessitates the closure of the attraction at the Orlando theme park beginning on Monday, January 23. The makeover of Splash Mountain into a fanciful attraction themed after “The Princess and the Frog” movie is now underway.
CBS News reports that the water attraction is being shut down because of its negative representation of plantation life in its current Br’er Rabbit tale, which is based on the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South.” In March of 2020, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that he did not think the film or its inspired-ride were acceptable, even with a disclaimer. CBS News stated that in 2020, a petition to alter the ride’s concept went viral, and Disney subsequently revealed intentions to do so.
Splash Mountain takes riders on a relaxing float through a vibrant Southern swamp as they follow the ever-jovial Br’er Rabbit on his search for his “laughing place.”
More than a hundred little Audio-Animatronics geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees, alligators, and other down-home creatures would float past as the ride went by, all of them singing along to Disney standards like “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place.” An exhilarating five-story splashdown into a thorny Briar Patch marked the dramatic conclusion of the musical trip.
Disney has announced that further details regarding the Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland in California will be released at a later time.
In 2024, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will make its debut at both Disneyland and Disney World.
Disney claims that it will transport audiences on a musical journey based on the popular film’s classic plot and characters. Guests will continue their journey through the swamp with Princess Tiana, Naveen, and jazz-loving alligator Louis from the film as they get ready to throw a Mardi Gras party like no other.
Visitors will be immersed in the second act of Tiana’s narrative as they meet new characters, reminisce with old ones, and journey through the bayou to an unique score based on the film’s soundtrack.