Disney has officially announced that Splash Mountain will be rethemed. The change will come to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
A long-time favorite on both coasts, Splash Mountain is getting a makeover.
Disney Parks Blog released sneak peak information that Disney has been working on “plussing” or re-theming Splash Mountain at Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for over a year. The attraction has long been themed to the controversial Disney classic, “Song of the South”.
Splash Mountain was originally thought up in 1983 by Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter. His goal was to create an attraction that would draw guests to Bear Country in Disneyland.
Construction began in Disneyland in 1987 with a $75 million budget. The ride opened on July 17, 1989. Disney World soft opened their own rendition of the attraction on July 17, 1992. The official grand opening at Disney World happened October of that year. There is also a Splash Mountain in Tokyo Disneyland.
Disney has announced that plans to re-them to the film “The Princess and the Frog”.
According to Charita Carter via Disney Parks Blog, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering, “Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures. I am delighted to be a part of bringing this fun-filled experience to our guests.”Disney Parks Blog
The attraction will follow Princess Tiana and everyone’s favorite trumpet playing ‘gator Louis. The duo will embark on a wild musical adventure that features some of the favorite musical numbers from the film.
Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou.Disney Parks Blog
What The Stars Are Saying:
Check out what actors from the animated film are saying about the news of an attraction based on the film coming to both coasts straight from the announcement from Disney Parks Blog.
The initial announcement did not include any information regarding timelines for the re-theming and with parks being closed and Disney losing millions of dollars a day because of it, more news on timeline will be interesting.
Although speculation of a re-theme have been ongoing for years. The announcement is sudden. It is the thought of For The Love of The Mouse that this comes on the heels of social outcry for change regarding systemic racism and discrimination in the United States.
This re-theme, from a cost perspective is curious due to the hemorrhaging of funds within the company. Parks worldwide are closed and there is no clear path for Disneyland to reopen following an announcement that the planned reopening of July 17 would not be moving forward.
Walt Disney World is moving forward with plans for a phased reopening. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen July 11. Hollywood Studios and Epcot will reopen July 15. The parks will reopen with extremely limited capacity and a whole host of safety and health precautions in place.
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