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Disney Issues Statement Regarding Removal of Splash Mountain’s “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” From Disneyland Resort Music Loops

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The Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”, originally from Song of the South and the main theme of Splash Mountain, was quietly removed from Disneyland Resort music loops across the Esplande and Downtown Disney recently. In response, Disney has just released a statement regarding its removal.

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The song was typically played between the Frozen Medley and The Ballad of Davy Crockett, but no longer plays with the rest of the loop:

In a new piece by The OC Register’s Brady MacDonald, Disney officials responded to the changes with the following statement:

The removal of the song from Downtown Disney’s background music is part of a continuous process to deliver an environment that features stories that are relevant and inclusive.

Disneyland has apparently also removed two mentions of the Song of the South from the Splash Mountain page on Disneyland’s website.

Many fans have wondered how the attraction would be retconned from the parks in the wake of Splash Mountain’s announced re-theme to Princess and the Frog, and while merchandise sales keep going strong at Walt Disney World, it seems Disneyland has made the first step in erasing the attraction from the overall park experience.

The attraction has been the subject of critique given the racist undertones of the film it was based on. In fact, Song of the South has been locked in the Disney vault since the 1980s due to its idyllic portrayals of Southern plantation life in the late 1800s Reconstruction Era. 

The attraction is set to reopen with the park, and an official closure date has yet to be announced for the start of the reimagining.

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AdeeK
AdeeK
1 month ago

Disney’s nothing but a bunch of cowards. Congrats, Disney, erasing history is wokey wokey woke!

Linda Phillips
Linda Phillips
1 month ago

Shame on disney. When will the lunacy stop

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Zip a dee do da is a sweet and fun song that is a huge part of countless great Disney memories for me and my family… same is true for Disney’s best ride… the ever popular Splash Mountain….who would ever think these offensive. It seems Disney is bowing to the few and showing no regard to it’s most loyal followers..a tactic that will hurt them… showing a double standard…cut out these classics but put on Disney+ Beyonce’s Black is King…how polorizing and offensive is that? Beyonce’ has a history of pushing her polorizing agendas before with her salute to the… Read more »

Than
Than
30 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Good riddence!

The Phantom Blot's tailor
The Phantom Blot's tailor
30 days ago
Reply to  Than

I don’t think anyone can be done with Disney anymore. What doesn’t Disney own?

Last edited 30 days ago by The Phantom Blot's tailor
Jodi
Jodi
25 days ago
Reply to  Tom

I do not appreciate ANY of what Beyonce has to say. Who is she? An uneducated, over paid movie star. That.Is. All. No authority to educate me on anything.

Kathy
Kathy
1 month ago

Such a fun Disney song! I will miss it.

Frank W
Frank W
1 month ago

This is a sad when Disney removes one of the songs that define Disney to many people. It could be argued that Zip is one of Dinsey’s theme songs.

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

Ridiculous! Can’t believe Disney is conforming to the craziness.

Than
Than
1 month ago

I’m all for the re-theme and Disney acknowledging some of its problematic past, but dang it! I love that song!

Ian Thomas Erikson
Ian Thomas Erikson
1 month ago

Brer rabbit is a african american folk character way before song of the south…. It would be a shame if they replace it with a version of a european ~1600s tale.

Vicki Schmidt
Vicki Schmidt
1 month ago

People need to get jobs because too much damn time to be stupid!!!!!

JoeM76
JoeM76
1 month ago

Razzle dazzle day would be a good replacement

Mike G
Mike G
1 month ago

Leave the attraction alone! Neither the song nor the movie the ride is based on is racist. The Disney corporation is caving to pressure all while nickel and diming the fans

Vicki Schmidt
Vicki Schmidt
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike G

This is freakin rediculous!!!!!!! Leave the damn ride alone!!! My God in heaven “what the hell is wrong with people “

Wanda Fredrick
Wanda Fredrick
30 days ago

Disney is riding that train trying to erase history. Never had a racial thought listening to that song or watching the movie. Go ahead and cave, refurbish Splash mountain, I won’t be back. Dollywood is a much more beautiful park anyway.

Kitty Antonik Wakfer
Kitty Antonik Wakfer
23 days ago

Song of the South was a great movie that I greatly enjoyed in my childhood; it was released the year after I was born. I still love it & am saddened by Disney thinks so poorly of it now. There seems to be a lack of understanding in that Corp’s management that people take out of a movie/song/book/etc what they want… a reflection of themselves. I saw/see beauty, charm, wisdom & love of life. Sadly, those who don’t are currently winning… Hopefully not for much longer!

Based Jogger
Based Jogger
3 days ago

Soooo get rid of an academy award winning song? What are they thinking?

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