Splash Mountain to be rethemed to The Princess and the Frog

Jun 25, 2020 in "Splash Mountain"

Posted: Thursday June 25, 2020 12:11pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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EagleScout6104 hours ago

The lower levels of Splash flooded during Ian. I wonder if they're actually gonna fix and reopen or just go "Eh what's the point?" And leave it closed after fixing the flooding.

Kirby862 days ago

Not having "Going Down the Bayou" is such a missed opportunity that's the one song from the movie that's almost as catchy as the three currently in the ride.

Surferboy5672 days ago

I find it super baffling if the final drop doesn’t have a projection tunnel with Friends on the Other Side and voodoo masks. I get it’s a sequel and Facilier is dead but it would be a missed opportunity to not include him or the song. Same with Ray and “Going Down the Bayou”.

MisterPenguin2 days ago

So much stuff to hang up in the queue!!!

_caleb2 days ago

Now maybe they can decorate Tiana Mountain with authentic equipment on the cheap. Wheee

Br0ckford3 days ago

Just change it up. Now as you go through the ride you see more of your friends laid off as the economy gets worse. The drop is your life spiraling out if control as you get let go. The final area is when your unemployment runs out and you walk along New Orleans making money the only way you can.......

Kirby863 days ago

The next suprise is they are building a tunnel so after you leave Pinocchio you can head right to Tianas Bayou Adventure to work in the salt mines.

MisterPenguin3 days ago

Maybe they can convert it into a park with rides!!

EagleScout6103 days ago

https://www.wjtv.com/news/regional-news/historic-avery-island-salt-mine-closes-for-good/amp/ Back to the drawing board?

EPCOT-O.G.5 days ago

Well, maybe if the PATF theming is a busy they can reuse the salt mines motif for a Pinocchio ride

FigmentFan826 days ago

Did my what is most likely final rides last weekend. The ride is in rough shape, but we all know now that nothing will be fixed before they take it down to start the retheme. Oddly the one thing that was working well that in past was always off was mr bluebird at the very end. Years past I always ride when he was static and unmoving, but that little guy was moving and singing like he was a freshly made AA. So long splash mountain and thanks for all the fish!

EagleScout6106 days ago

Honestly, at this point I'd be ok with them just closing it tommorow so the poor ride can rest. How Do Ya Do • 1st Frog stuck turned away from goose • 3rd Goose stuck leaning too far over • Bridge Goose not moving • Mr. Bluebird not moving mouth • Worklights on over Raccoon/Porcupine • Show light out over Br'er Raccoon • Shadow not playing • Br'er Bear only moving his head up and down • Br'er Fox barely moving, not moving mouth • Hopping Br'er Rabbit still broken • Lights out on Br'er Frog • Br'er Frog not moving • Br'er Roadrunner has massive air leak • Lights out on possum trio • Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear not moving at top of dip-drop • Br'er Rabbit lights out • Br'er Fox audio still broken • Br'er Bear audio sounds very blown out Laughin' Place/Burrow Lament • Three spinning beehives not working • Beehive Br'er Bear not moving • Laughing Br'er Rabbit only not moving mouth • Br'er Fox behind him barely moving • Spinning beehive behind Br'er Fox broken • No water effects working • Both turtles not moving • First Turtle gyster broken • Second Frog jaw stuck open • Br'er Rabbit in beehive not moving • Both vultures barely moving • Tied up Br'er Rabbit not moving • Br'er Fox shadow not playing • Br'er Bear "Briar patch?" not playing. Zip A Dee Doo Dah • One of the swamp boys missing • Hen missing a hat • Organ pig not moving • Zip a Dee Lady not rocking back and forth [Video cuts next 2 scenes) • Br'er Rabbit moving very slowly • Mr. Bluebird only moving his mouth

Bocabear9 days ago

Actually All reports say they didn't even use all of the original footprint, so I don't know how they were hampered by the building size...

EagleScout61010 days ago