Splash Mountain to be rethemed to The Princess and the Frog

Jun 25, 2020 in "Splash Mountain"

Disney has announced that Splash Mountain at both Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida will soon be reimagined to the animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.”

With a backstory based on the controversial 1946 classic Disney movie "Song of the South," there have been strong calls for Disney to make changes to the hugely popular flume ride.

Disney says that "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."

According to Disney, "We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. 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. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks."

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The project will be led by Charita Carter, who most recently worked on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. Splash Mountain creater Tony Baxter will serve as a creative adviser for the makeover.

A timeline for the closure and reopening has yet to be announced, but Splash Mountain will reopen from the COVID-19 shutdown in its original form.

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Article Posted: Jun 25, 2020 / 12:11pm ET
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MickeyLuv'r6 hours ago

I dunno. While I get this irritates people, and I too get irritated when it happens to me (an item is sold out), a small part of me feels they are just like every entrepreneur. They take a risk. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes it doesn't. but mostly they are really small potatoes. Do we get upset with antique dealers, art buyers, real estate speculators? Did folks get mad at Walt for buying up cheap land in FL? But we have a hard time getting upset with folks who go big. If anything, we tend to admire the successful big business risk takers, i.e. robber barons. I tend to our efforts are a little backwards.

splashtest1 day ago

That would make my Zipity do dah Day!!

EagleScout6101 day ago

Now I'm picturing someone sitting in a room of Br'er Rabbit plushies shouting "I TRUSTED YOU! YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO MAKE ME MONEY!"

MickeyLuv'r1 day ago

Good point. Disney's only announced something vague. This thread should go dormant until there's some concrete development on this proposal, like construction walls or more concept art. Something that really hints at where they are going with this. If Disney really us loves forum members they'll give us something good to debate! Maybe the new Splash will have pods, but no air conditioning, and every pod will have a character overlay...no wait, only some of the pods will have character overlays... Or maybe Disney will play with the characters and setting of the story, Instead of the Tiana and New Orleans setting we love, the ride will be set in a swamp on another planet and only a few secondary characters from the movie will be in the new setting.... Ooh, maybe we'll get an Odie's Cantina, and a place we can pay $100+ to make our own customer plastic firefly! Oh wait...

MickeyLuv'r1 day ago

Small point, the announcement was made by WDW, not the actual redo. Announcements are free (in the sense of not costing WDW any $), and well-timed announcements are sometimes more than enough to assuage the Twitter mob until.. 🐿️SQUIRREL! Ooh, did you hear today's outrage? Worrying about a ride at WDW was like, months ago. People can hardly remember last week's outrage, and tomorrow they'll have a new dumbthing to obsess over. Someone somewhere will post a picture of a dress that might be green or might be blue, but it will be VERY important thing to debate the color of it. Surely, at a bare minimum, someone somewhere is bound to wear something tasteless for Halloween (Likely involving a bare minimum of some kind.) And that will also, of course, be very very important to debate!

splashtest1 day ago

I would like the refurb cancelled just so those who felt the need to buy up every single splash mountain plush, get stiffed. Karma for the greedy!

_caleb1 day ago

We have no idea what Disney Execs are thinking or whether the decisions they're making "make sense" for what they're trying to do. What seems like an "obvious choice" to any of us may not be so obvious to the people making the actual decisions. Fans like us here on these boards have limited information and NO responsibility for decisions we think Disney should make. It's super easy for us to say, "just turn the theater into PatF" or "leave Splash as is!" But we have no idea what those wonderful ideas would actually entail/cost or what alternative ideas they're batting around, or who they're actually trying to please (though sometimes it's obvious that they're not trying to please many of us). I can think of a thousand things that could factor into Disney's thinking that would make this change a no brainer. A slam dunk. An urgent priority. But we just don't know everything, and circling round and round with reasons those "idiots" at Disney simply can't get things right may feel good because it affirms our biases and opinions, but I find it exhausting. Disney announced that Splash Mountain is going to change. The debate about why or whether it's a good idea or not is supposed to happen in any of the other threads about the subject- this one was SUPPOSED to be about the ride itself. Yet you all persist in throwing out alternative ideas, theoretical solutions to problems you cannot fully understand. I don't get it.

kingdead1 day ago

I really doubt the redo is going to happen--Disney doesn't have the cash on hand to finish rides that are halfway done, so they're not going to redo Splash in a way that (because they'll have to do it on the cheap) might end up being more of a PR problem than just keeping Splash as is. There's nothing particularly offensive in the ride itself, so while it might not be as much of a draw as something with a known IP behind it, keeping it going for a while longer isn't going to raise any kids into the Klan. If the cash was still coming in, then it'd be a different story, but if it's a choice between finishing Tron and Guardians and keeping Splash open and having all three closed... It's a pretty obvious choice.

V/N McQueen1 day ago

It's depressing to see that WDW Magic board members make more sense than anyone higher up at Disney.

CJR1 day ago

Just saying, why oh why did they not do this like ten years ago. That would have been fantastic then. I mean, it still is now, but what a huge missed opportunity during a time where TLM was coming to MK.

Animaniac93-981 day ago

I said this before, but the blacklight theater set up is ideal for musical numbers like "Friends on the Other Side".

aladdin20072 days ago

but that would be too creative! Disney isn't about creativity anymore, its about whatever junk chapek can sell and his precious disneyplus. love that idea though for the theater.

EagleScout6102 days ago

Reskin Mermaid's theater to a swampy bayou, switch puppets and new songs and viola! PaTF show!

MansionButler842 days ago

Yes! Build a PatF water ride in DHS where it belongs and which could use a water ride. Does reskinning an old ride really show your support of black people? “Here! We put together this sloppy story on an old ride! You’ll notice we went from 100 Audio-Animatronics figures to 5 designed by our predominantly white Imagineers! Enjoy how woke we are!” Oh, well. Back to reality.