‘Splash Mountain’ Permanently Closed, Replaced at Disneyland Following Racism Allegations

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After implicit 40 years of operation, Disneyland’s “Splash Mountain” thrust permanently closed its doors Jan. 23 to beryllium re-themed arsenic “Princess Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” and volition reopen arsenic specified successful 2024, according to parkland officials.

While officials asseverate the ride’s water-fall-like operation and layout volition not change, Disney “Imagineers” volition remodel it aft “The Princess and The Frog” characters and storyline.

Its erstwhile theme, “Song of The South,” originated from Disney’s 1946 movie featuring “Br’er Rabbit” and his adventures successful the South, which came nether occurrence successful caller years by immoderate for its allegedly racially insensitive undertones, according to aggregate media reports.

Epoch Times Photo A exemplary of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which volition reimagine Disneyland’s Splash Mountain, is displayed during the Walt Disney D23 Expo successful Anaheim, Calif., connected Sept. 9, 2022. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

The film, acceptable connected a plantation, features an aged Black antheral known arsenic “Uncle Remus” who tells accepted African-American folktales to achromatic children cared for by Black servants.

At the time, erstwhile enforcement caput of the NAACP Walter White said the movie “helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified representation of slavery.”

In March 2020, Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger confirmed the movie would not look connected the company’s streaming work Disney+ and said it is “not due successful today’s world,” according to a study from Deadline.

The ride’s caller taxable volition beryllium acceptable successful 1920s New Orleans and adventures told done the lens of Princess Tiana, Disney’s archetypal Black princess.