One of Disney’s most famous rides is being ‘cancelled’, with many signing a petition for it to be completely re-themed – but why?
Disney have been under fire recently after many claim that they need to diversify their theme parks.
One if its most popular rides has been called out for being ‘racist’ as it is based on a film that contains many links to southern America during slavery.
This comes amid the Black Lives Matter movement, as many people urge for the world to become a more diversified and accepting place after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
So why exactly is Splash Mountain being ‘cancelled’?
What is Splash Mountain?
Splash Mountain is a popular ride at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland California.
It is a water based log flume ride that is based on the 1846 Disney film Song of the South.
The ride features the famous song ‘Zip A Dee Doo Dah’ as well as various characters from the film.
Why is Splash Mountain being ‘cancelled’?
People are calling for the ride to be ‘cancelled’ as it is inspired by the film Song of the South which many people are deeming as being ‘racist’.
Disney’s Song of the South takes place in the south of America during the Reconstruction era, a period of American history after the end of the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery.
The film is based on a collection of Uncle Remus folk tales, and has been widely criticised for its stereotypes of black people, its plantation setting and its very backward view of the southern states of America.
A petition on change.org gained over 20,000 signatures as people urged for the ride to be re-themed as the Princess and the Frog, claiming that the park needs more diversity.
The ride is being re-themed as the Princess and the Frog
On June 25th, it was confirmed that Splash Mountain will be re-themed. Disney announced that it will re-imagine the ride as the Princess and the Frog, which features Disney’s first black princess.
According to the Mail Online: “With the new theme, guests will follow Tiana and her alligator friend Louis on a musical adventure through the backdrops of New Orleans, the Louisiana Bayou and Mardi Gras.”
Disney say that they have actually been working on the change since last year.