Re-theme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog
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Disney parks should be a home for all to enjoy regardless of race, age, whatever your background may be. The classic log flume ride Splash Mountain is featured in Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. While the ride is considered a beloved classic it’s history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South.
There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need. Princess and the Frog is a beloved princess movie but has very little representation in the parks. Tiana could be one of the first princesses with a thrill ride, as well as giving her a much deserved place in the parks. The framing of the ride is such that it could be easily changed to tell the story of Tiana while not compromising too much of the ride/costing a fortune in remodeling for Disney. This change could kill two birds with one stone, remove the offensive stereotypical theming the ride currently has and bring a much needed diversity to the parks. As well as a much bigger merchandising opportunity for Princess and the Frog.
Splash Mountain is located in Critter Country/Frontierland in the parks, an area very close to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. It would be fairly easy to transition the ride into the bayou of New Orleans considering the location of the ride in each park.
While the rides storyline is not an exact version of the movies plot line it is derivative from it, the characters, the songs and locations are all main features of the ride. Disney has removed Song of the South from its library, refusing to share it on DVD or their streaming services. The best next step to remove all traces of this racist movie would be to re-theme Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog themed ride.
Since this has gotten so much attention I just want to throw in this edit with a few things. I really didn’t think this would get any attention. I saw the discussion on twitter about retheming the ride, was speaking with friends about how there should be a petition to have a count on how many people actually support that idea and decided to make one since I couldn't find one. I appreciate everybody who supports it however as always with things that get attention like this there is a lot of nastiness. If you’re willing to have a discussion and potentially educate from a different perspective I appreciate that as well. However this is just a log ride in a theme park, abbeloved one yes, but at the end of the day it’s just a ride, there are more pressing matters in the world currently. If your here to hurl mean comments your energy would be much better spent doing something else more productive, there are plenty of petitions on this site and plenty of foundations that need support right now.
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