Disney fans call for Splash Mountain attraction to be re-themed due to racism

A call is made to change the theme of one of Disney's most famous attractions: Splash Mountain.
The log ride is popular in Disneyland, the Walt Disney World Resort, and Tokyo Disneyland. It is based on the 1946 film Song of the South, which Disney locked in his vault and was permanently banned from Disney + for its racist portrayals.
With protests against racial equality taking place across the country, a petition to change Splash Mountain has been created. It is suggested that the ride be reworked with a theme inspired by The Princess and the Frog from 2009 that tells the story of Disney's first black princess Tiana. So far, almost 13,000 people have signed, including Disney loyalists and employees.
In a petition, Disney is asked to re-focus its Splash Mountain attraction, which is based on the controversial film Song of the South. (Photo: AP Photo / John Raoux)
The petition states: "Disney parks should be a home for everyone, regardless of race, age and background." And while the trip "is considered a beloved classic," its premise and history are "steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropics “From Song of the South. "There is a great need for diversity in the parks," it continues. "Princess and the Frog is a popular princess film, but is very little represented in the parks."
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Some who say they are current and past performers - the term Disney uses for its employees - agree to the revision. Frederick Chambers even shared a thorough plan for doing the redo.
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Princess and the Frog Splash Mountain retheme for Disneyland Thread. Just put on the soundtrack and let yourself go while reading.
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This person replied to a proposal by screenwriter Brian Lynch (The Secret Life of Pets, Minions) to change the topic in Moana.
As an actor who works at the Splash Mountain gift shop, I feel that our executives would like to see how the topic changes. It's a nice ride in a vacuum, but the theme makes it one of the least profitable businesses in the park. Moana could change SO MUCH. https://t.co/NT5jJG5fUi
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Hercules was also swum.
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Turn Splash Mountain into a MOANA ride.
Clare
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I always thought it would make an amazing Hades river out of Hercules. The dark tunnels move Herc in exchange for Meg.

Although I can see that it works for Moana's shiny crab department.

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That person said Disney should "go ahead and rethink" because "nobody is going because they actually enjoy Song of the South."
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As a former Splash Mountain actor, you should rethink it. Nobody rides it because they really enjoy Song of the South, so it shouldn't matter anyway.
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Splash Mountain, a popular trip to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, is based on the 1946 film "Song of the South", which has long been criticized for racist stereotypes.

Fans want to keep the ride, but ask Disney to delete all of the film's mentions.
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The ride opened in Disneyland in 1989 and Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland in 1992. It varies a bit from park to park, but each version shows scenes from the animated segments of Song of the South with characters like Br’er Rabbit. The ride is set to "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", which won an Oscar for the best original song.
Interestingly, the descriptions of the trip vary on the websites of the different parks. While Disneyland notes that it's inspired by Song of the South, Disney World doesn't mention the controversial film.
(Image: Disneyland)
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Splash Mountain has attracted many riders, including famous ones. Princess Diana was sprayed on it together with Prince Harry in Walt Disney World in 1993.
Prince Harry, first row on the left, and Princess Diana, on the right at the back, on the way in 1993. (Photo: AP Photo / Peter Cosgrove)
It should be noted that Disney has changed rides previously. In 2017, the trip changed the Pirates of the Caribbean to remove their bridal auction scenes, and the sign that the kids stood on the trip read, "AUCTION - Take a Wench for a Bride," which has long been considered sexist was criticized.
Song of the South, a live action / animated film, has been unpublished for decades due to its racially insensitive portrayal of African Americans during the reconstruction period. When Disney + hit the market, the company made it clear that changes had been made to some historical content - like the Jim Crow character from the original that cut out Dumbo, and Toy Story 2, which featured a casting couch joke cuts out his credits. However, Song of the South remained locked up - and former Disney CEO Bob Iger said at the company's annual general meeting in March that this would remain so due to its "outdated cultural representations".
Far-reaching changes were called for after George Floyd's death. We have already seen Gone With the Wind removed from the HBO Max streaming site to romanticize slavery. With police brutality at the forefront of the news, cops and live P.D. was cancelled. (The latter was because a live PD film team was shooting during the fatal arrest of 40-year-old Javier Ambler last year. Like Floyd, Ambler shouted, "I can't breathe," "I don't resist," and "I have heart failure . ”)
NASCAR surprisingly announced on Wednesday that the Confederate flag - which has long been associated with racism and white supremacy - will be banned at events.
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Protesters in Virginia toppled a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who had more than 100 slaves and campaigned for the full expansion of slavery. Statues of Christopher Columbus were blurred or overturned in several cities. (While the "discovery" of America was attributed to him, people already lived here and there was genocide against the Native Americans.)
Disney parks are preparing to reopen after being closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Disneyland will begin reopening its Downtown Disney District on July 9th. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are expected to follow on July 17th.
The Walt Disney World theme parks will open in Orlando on July 11th. Disney Springs has already reopened. Various restrictions apply at the event locations.
Tokyo Disneyland remains closed.
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