New concept art and details unveiled for the 'The Princess and the Frog' retheme of Splash Mountain

Aug 23, 2021 in "Splash Mountain"

Posted: Monday August 23, 2021 8:34am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today released some new concept art and details for the upcoming retheme of Splash Mountain inspired by 'The Princess and the Frog.'

As seen in this latest rendering (above) of the attraction, the story will take place after the final kiss as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure, hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome – during which some original music inspired by songs from the film will bring guests into the story. Tiana is leading the way and fans will be able to encounter old friends and make new ones along the way as well!

In addition the new concept art, Disney has also released a 30 minute video with a roundtable chat with Carmen Smith, Creative Executive, Vice President, Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering; Charita Carter, Senior Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering; and Marlon West, VFX Supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

"Tiana actually invites us, as the guest, to go on an adventure with her in the bayou, and the fun thing about it is we, as the guests, we are active participants in this adventure," Project Leader Charita Carter said. "So she acknowledges us, and just being the witty person that she is, she takes us through this amazing journey where we get to discover not only characters that we know and love from the film, but this is an opportunity to be introduced to some new characters."

She also went on to say that the new audio-animatronics will "change the game."

Disney has not yet released a closing date for Splash Mountain, or a timeline for the completion of the retheme. You can read some recent comments on the Tiana project from the Magic Kingdom Vice President here.

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MerlinTheGoat1 day ago

We'll get stuff like this though-

EagleScout6101 day ago

If they go to all screens we can't get videos like this anymore.

Dear Prudence2 days ago

All of what you said here is valid. As I had stated above, they didn't do enough to take the time to really make sure the time was set. This also could be due to the fact that a lot of Reconstruction and share cropping systems were freedom in name only. I've honestly always believed that depictions of Post Civil War like SOTS, Gone with the Wind, or My Forbidden past are WORSE that those set in Antebellum times because they suggest that enslaved people were so happy they stayed and that emancipation was a mistake. Personally, I don't necessarily believe that Disney intended the same kind of malice that GWTW and MFP were, but the egregious mistake was made, and instead of clarification, they just continued to flounder. They removed Sunflower from Fantasia almost immediately, I don't know why they didn't issue any kind of clarification or redaction. Considering how abysmally they've handled this entire time, it's just par for the course, unfortunately. (I hope that made sense!)

_caleb2 days ago

I’m not trying to pin you as anything. You said the silhouette of the dresses indicated that the film was post-Civil War, and that the audience of the day would have recognized this, where modern audiences might not. I asked why, if this were true, people have always been confused about the time setting of the film. I know nothing about the history of dresses. But I do know that the film was deliberately vague about the time in which the story was set.

Dear Prudence2 days ago

Friend, I just said the dresses indicated a post Civil War period, not that I agreed with Sugar Coated Reconstruction in any way, shape or form. Edit: like, if you're trying to pin me as some kind of SOTS apologist, ...bruh 😂

_caleb2 days ago

You’re saying that the shape and design of the women’s dresses in Song of the South should have instantly made it clear that the film—made in 1946–was set before, and not after, emancipation? So you’re under the impression that the filmmakers were committed to that level of realism and authenticity? If the fashion made it immediately obvious to the 1946 audience that the film was meant to be set after the war, why weren’t early critics of the film (back in 1946) able to discern the film’s setting? Walter White, the executive secretary of the NAACP in 1946, criticized Disney at the time the film was released: "The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People recognizes in Song of the South remarkable artistic merit in the music and in the combination of living actors and the cartoon technique. It regrets, however, that in an effort neither to offend audiences in the North or South, the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery. Making use of the beautiful Uncle Remus folklore, Song of the South unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts."

LittleBuford4 days ago

Focusing on the animated sequences has been Disney's approach for the past several decades. They've decided it isn't sufficient.

Dear Prudence4 days ago

I don't disagree with that point at all, for clarification.

LittleBuford4 days ago

Yes, there are sartorial indicators of a later setting, but that doesn't negate the larger point, which is that the film's representation of race has been deemed problematic for 75 years now.

EagleScout6104 days ago

They've had every opportunity to.

Dear Prudence4 days ago

Money :( Roy didn't believe people would have been interested in a whole movie of Brer stories (even if Walt did). They had scripts for several more adventures and had them in the works of being released, but the push back against the live-action portions of SOTS made them shelve them, but they lived on the Disney comics. It makes me sad for the Black voice actors who worked on the film most of all, honestly. I am glad the animated portions got to live on in some way, even if Splash Mountain is going away now.

Dear Prudence4 days ago

There are a lot of things about Disney in the 1940's I am surprised passed any Hays Office employee (Pinocchio, for example). Yes, I agree, there has always been some confusion, even contemporary confusion, and criticism, but to say there was "no indication" is a falsehood. The fashionable women's costumes indicate the 1870s immediately. There was an instant change in the silhouette of dresses post-Civil War, especially in the American South, for obvious "economic" reasons. Every single dress the mother wears in the film immediately invokes (late) 1870's, because of the closeness/tightness of the bodice on the dress, the clear boning from the corset, the elongated torso and the emphasis on the long lines and the bustle in the back (even though she is clearing donning 1940's hair).(I know this is probably going to be deleted and most people won't care either way --because what are facts and reality, anyway?--but, just in case, someone might find this useful).

LittleBuford4 days ago

I too wish Disney had gone that route, especially given how poorly the live-action sequences compare to the animated ones (a difference in quality that was noted from the outset).

UNCgolf4 days ago

I still wonder why Disney didn't just make a fully animated version of some Brer stories without the live action framing device -- something like they did with Winnie the Pooh. Just an anthology of a few stories. If they had, there would be very little reason for anyone to complain about it today.