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Disney parks featured that it will close Splash Mountain at Disneyland California on May 31st. The ride closed at Disney World Orlando in January.
The attraction will replace the log tray next year. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure centered around the protagonist in “The Princess and the Frog.”
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Just over two years after the activists called for Disney to remove Splash Mountain from Walt Disney World due to the ride’s roots in a 1946 movie with racist stereotypes, the company announced On Friday, he will replace the trip with a trip dedicated to the company’s first black princess, Tiana.
Disney has said it will remove the attraction from Disneyland California on a date to be announced.
Splash Mountain, which opened in the park in 1989, will close in 2023 and be replaced by a new one. trip called “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure”. The ride will feature new and old characters from The Princess and the Frog2009 film chronicling Tiana’s magical adventures in New Orleans.
The new ride will open sometime in 2024 at both parks, the company added.
Tiana’s ride is “symbolic of what we’ve always striven for with our rides – to bring people of diverse backgrounds together through timeless Disney stories,” wrote Carmen Smith, senior vice president of creative development. Blog post.
Following the death of George Floyd in May 2020, activists launched Change.org. petition asks Disney to remake Splash Mountain and focus the new attraction on Tiana.
Splash Mountain is the source of the classic Disney “ride” photo. It was popular ride for decades due to its sometimes wet ride and high drops.
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The attraction features characters from the 1946 Disney film. Song of the Southwhich has been criticized for racist stereotyping and framing, including when a black man in the post-Civil W*r romanticized South at one point recalls that “a long time ago” things were better, according to The keeper.
Following a petition, the company announced in June 2020 that it would be replacing Splash Mountain with a Tiana-centric ride from The princess and the frog which debuted in 2009.
“The new concept is inclusive – it connects and inspires all of our guests, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks every year,” the company wrote in a statement. blog post at the time.
The announcement came as the company faced a barrage of ticket and park price hikes, a CEO change and an inventory loss of around 40% this year.
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In Tiana’s film, she is a hardworking waitress in New Orleans who wants to open her own restaurant, ends up serving a ball and then kissing a frog-shaped prince, who then turns her into a frog.
The company stated that the ride begins at the end of the film and allows riders to join Tiana on the journey to “prepare for a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans.”
As in the movie, the trip will focus on New Orleans, Louisiana culture and the annual Mardi Gras. carnival celebration right before Lent with colorful masks, parades and balls.
The ride will also feature Zydeco music, created by people of Afro-Caribbean descent and blended with the culture of French Louisiana.
“We wanted this spirit to be reflected in this scene (and throughout the attraction) so that all of our guests feel welcome in the celebration. Disney Stories,” the company wrote.