BREAKING: Walt Disney World and Disneyland Retheming Splash Mountain to “Princess and the Frog”

Disney Parks has just announced a retheming of Splash Mountain to “Princess and the Frog” in the wake of numerous petitions to change the attraction.

Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., will soon be completely reimagined, inspired by the animated Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.” Guests will join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure as they prepare for their first Mardi Gras performance, featuring some of the powerful music from the film. (Disney)

According to the OC Register, the popular log flume ride, previously themed to the controversial “Song of the South” film, will be transformed to feature characters and a storyline based off the 2009 animated film, “Princess and the Frog”.

No date or official name has been announced for the attraction makeovers, but the working title for the project is “New Adventures with Princess Tiana”. Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World intend on reopening with the current iterations of the ride, to be closed at a later date for the retheming.

Despite the coincidental timing with the trending petitions to reskin the ride, Disney states that development on the backstory reportedly began last year, settling on concepts just last summer. The next step for Imagineering will be to conduct digital scans of ride layouts at both parks. Tony Baxter will be serving as a creative advisor on the planning and design of the makeover.

Disney Parks Blog has also released some backstory on the new theming, as well as insight from the talented cast of “Princess and the Frog” and Imagineers like Charita Carter, who are leading the project:

Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” 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 approach to retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story? It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. 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.

Charita Carter, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering shared, “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.”

So, what do you think of this new concept for Splash Mountain? While fan of the classic attraction will bemoan the loss of their laughin’ place, many beleaguered “Princess and the Frog” fans are eager to head on down to the bayou.

Source: The Orange County Register | Disney Parks Blog

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Anthony
Anthony
3 months ago

NOOOO

Eduardo
Eduardo
3 months ago

The Police finally found Rackety Racoon…

Aimee
Aimee
3 months ago

Seriously? Who’s making these decisions? First the castle is de themed and now this?

Brent
Brent
3 months ago
Reply to  Aimee

What is the castle themed to now?

GoneToFar
GoneToFar
3 months ago
Reply to  Aimee

The castle colors probably hurt someone’s feelings too…..it looks gaudy to me.

Emily
Emily
3 months ago

What kind of precedent does this set? I personally don’t care either way about this particular ride but I can think of a few other rides that some may consider offensive… so will those be re themed as well?

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Emily

Hopefully yes.

GoneToFar
GoneToFar
3 months ago
Reply to  Emily

Everyone is offended by everything these days. These crybabies need to get off the internet and go outside. Do something productive and constructive with your life

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  GoneToFar

preach!!!

Lou
Lou
3 months ago

Also add that Tony Baxter, legendary Imagineer who created the original attraction, is on board to advise on the revision. Hopefully this is completed in time for the 50th.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  Lou

Well for the consulting fee he’s garnering, I’m sure he is on board.

Amy Riese
Amy Riese
3 months ago

Really?? I am stunned. I do not agree with this.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago

This is the nail in the coffin for me. I’m fed up with liberal companies like Disney making EVERYTHING political and disenfranchising a core segment of their customer base all in the name of “diversity.” There is no need for this.   Since our 2020 trip was already paid for in full and moved out to 2021 due to COVID, this will be our LAST time going to any Disney park. This is coming from a long-time Disney fan who supported the company in every way, but given their decision to make a beloved attraction a political issue, I’ve made… Read more »

Skip
Skip
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

I’ll bet they’ll refund your 2021 trip. Have some backbone. Underline your position by not coming – ever.

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Bye Felicia!

James Menego
James Menego
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Strongly agree! We’re selling 500 DVC Points at the Yacht and Beach Club . Done with this crap.

Smoketalk
Smoketalk
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Ditto for me. As one of the first members of DVC and as visitors to the parks every year since 1986 we’re done. It’s embarrassing that Walt Disney’s name is still on the company.

Morris
Morris
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Same for us. Done.

Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Nope. You will be back. And you will keep coming back.

Mel Torril
Mel Torril
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Thanks! More room for the rest of us!

Bri
Bri
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

lol no one will miss your racist money

Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
3 months ago

BUT MY MEMORIES!!!!!!!

Disney fan
Disney fan
3 months ago

Complete hog wash… talk about giving into the small minority

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Disney fan

Them and their fancy ideas about breathing, amirite?

Dennis
Dennis
3 months ago

one more victory for the uber sensitive world we live in

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Oh Dennis. Stop being boring

GoneToFar
GoneToFar
3 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

It is sad

John Ford Jr
John Ford Jr
3 months ago

It is such a shame that Disney is so desperate to be perceived a “woke” that they eliminate a beloved attraction for the sake of perceived political gain. More than that, it is demeaning to all those who support more presence of diverse characters and stories such as “Princess and the Frog”, that should be represented in an original, dedicated attraction / experience and not be gratuitously forced in as a reskin to a 30-year-old attraction.

GoneToFar
GoneToFar
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

Fully agree!

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

This is crap, im all for social justice but to gut a Classic popular ride because of undertones from a movie that 99.9% of people riding it have never even seen ? There is nothing racial about the ride Anywhere

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I’ve always said that about you. You love social justice. But come on, this is a super important ride!

drew
drew
3 months ago

Love the movie and the music, this will be a pretty easy change over I’d imagine. Wonder if this begins the end of Critter Country in DL. With being so close to New Orleans Square it would make sense to bring this into that land or rename it the Bayou. Little tougher fit in WDW.

Skywise
Skywise
3 months ago

NO!

Pamela
Pamela
3 months ago

It’s going to be interesting to see how the imagineers are going to fit the Princess and the frog theme into frontierland at WDW.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Pamela

I’m sure it won’t seem anymore shoehorned in than Splash Mountain would’be been when it opened there in 1992

Disney since 1956
Disney since 1956
3 months ago
Reply to  Pamela

actually it is within the New Orleans Square.

Melissa
Melissa
2 months ago

Not in WDW. Magic Kingdom doesn’t have a New Orleans Square. It goes from Adventureland to Frontierland to Liberty Square to Fantasyland.

Sam
Sam
3 months ago

No issue with the retheming, they just better do it a heck of a lot faster than they did Malestrom, otherwise Splash will be closed for 5 years.

EWinMB
EWinMB
3 months ago

The Splash mountain rides were designed to be benign. I”d guess only a few who have ridden the rides even know what they were based on. Racist overtones were nonexistant.
 
This is the pendulum swinging back too far.
 
Bomb away if you disagree.

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  EWinMB

So right! Next thing you know they’ll want equal rights or something!?

jeff berk
jeff berk
3 months ago
Reply to  EWinMB

nobody had a problem until now because the ride had no racism whatsoever

jeff berk
jeff berk
3 months ago
Reply to  EWinMB

there have been tons of new brer rabbit movies that were no part of song of the south

Sandra
Sandra
3 months ago

This fills my heart with joy and I can’t wait to see the transformation. I will admit that in the past I have been skeptical of changing some rides such as the ride in Norway, but I always end up happy with the result so this time I am skipping my skepticism and going straight to awesome.

Sam
Sam
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandra

Have you ridden the new distorted vision version of Soarin? Better sit in the middle.

Ryan
Ryan
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandra

Are you forgetting the Tiki Room –> “Under New Management”, Alien Encounter –> “Stitch’s Great Escape”, and PeopleMover –> whatever those futuristic Big Wheels were? So many “upgrades” to Disney rides aren’t “plus-ing” but rather turn out to be “minus-ing” instead.   Personally, I enjoyed the old Maelstrom better, I’d rather see the actual culture of the real place Norway instead of fake Arendelle. And I’m also split on the PotC changes; Jack Sparrow is a cool addition, but I think they sanitized the pirates a bit too much in the name of woke-ness. “We wants the red-head!”   Instead… Read more »

Jojo
Jojo
3 months ago

So it’s not going to open for two years and a great ride goes away geez disney really making hard to enjoy things

Sam
Sam
3 months ago
Reply to  Jojo

2 years – Malestrom to Frozen Ever After took 2 years. At that rate, Splash conversion will take 5! :(

Jeremy
Jeremy
3 months ago

Once again, Disney does the right thing. This is a perfect theme for the ride, which will still be the same just rethemed! The theme matches in the areas, the film finally gets recognition 11 years later as a ride, and it helps bring diversity to the park. Bravo!

Chrissy
Chrissy
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

The theme matches Frontierland?

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Chrissy

Agree, it should fit great! Can’t wait for the new ride

Robert
Robert
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

You do realize which part of WDW the ride is in, right? Or does Princess and the Frog just seamlessly mesh into Big Thunder Railroad?

Terry
Terry
3 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I agree, should mesh really well. Can’t wait for the ride!

Bob
Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  Robert

You do realize that Splash Mountain was based on a story that took place in the South, not in frontier country, right? And yet they still managed to make it mesh with the surrounding area. Because magic.

Disney since 1956
Disney since 1956
3 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Guess they do not know that there a no rail tracks running through the bayou country.

Brian StewART
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

WRONG!!!!!!!