ORLANDO, Fla. — Amid calls to vary the Splash Mountain theme park ride due to its ties with “Song of the South,” the 1946 film many view as racist, Disney officers stated Thursday it was recasting the ride to make it based on “The Princess and the Frog,” the 2009 Disney film with an African American feminine lead.
The modifications to the ride will likely be made at Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, the corporate stated in a put up.
Disney stated the modifications had been within the works since final yr, however the announcement comes as corporations throughout the U.S. are renaming racially-charged, decades-old manufacturers within the wake of protests for racial justice across the globe following the demise of George Floyd by the hands of police in Minnesota final month.
“The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,” the Disney put up stated.
The ride first opened at Disneyland within the late 1980s.
Mike Schneider, The Associated Press