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Disney Rebrands 'Splash Mountain' Ride With 'Princess And The Frog' Theme After Being Called Out For Ties To Slavery
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that people are no longer staying quiet when it comes to any ties to slavery or racism in public presentations. One of the latest company’s to be called out is Disney.
According to a Change.org petition, that has now garnered over 21,000 signatures since June 9, popular ride Splash Mountain is said to be rooted deep in racism and should not be featured at a family-friendly park that caters to all races.
What some don’t know is that the ride was based on an adaptation of a 1946 movie titled ‘Song of the South.’ The film gave what many describe as a loose portrayal of slavery. It received heavy criticism, even during its debut, from the NAACP and similar organizations.
The movie was so controversial that it never made it past theaters and was never offered on home video, and even now on Disney Plus.
Supporters of the petition have suggested that Disney re-brand the ride into a Princess and the Frog themed attraction. Both Disneyland and Disney World have decided to follow through with the suggestion, and both parks have decided to get rid of the Splash Mountain theme.
“Princess and the Frog is a beloved princess movie but has very little representation in the parks,” Alex O., creator of the Change.org petition wrote. “Tiana could be one of the first princesses with a thrill ride, as well as giving her a much deserved place in the parks.”
However, the re-branding does come with some backlash as well. Disney fans took to Twitter to express concern with changing a once plantation-based ride into a ride featuring Disney’s first Black princess.
There is no official word on when the ride will be updated. Disney World is slated to open July 11, but the original Splash Mountain will still run at that time. Disneyland’s re-opening has been pushed back from its July 17 date, due to continued stay-at-home mandates in California.
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