Josh D’Amaro States There Will be More “Inclusion” Projects for Disney Parks, Starting With Splash Mountain Retheming

Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, stated during today’s IAAPA Expo that there will be “more to come” for the new fifth Key, Inclusion, in the parks.

Inclusion was introduced as the fifth Key of Cast Member training in September. The four pre-existing Keys are Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency.

The Inclusion announcement came a few months after it was announced both Walt Disney World and Disneyland would be re-theming Splash Mountain to The Princess and the Frog. D’Amaro says they are speeding up work on inclusivity projects such as this one.

“This represents transformative cultural change,” D’Amaro said in regards to upcoming changes and projects.

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Kyle
Kyle
6 days ago

If inclusivity is so important why are they placing the Louisiana Bayou in the middle of WDW’s Frontierland when they could place a Pocahontas themed ride (which would further diversify the ride line-up between the two resorts, giving people more reason to visit both and spend money), and still meet the diversity need while keeping land continuity?

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
6 days ago

The Dinsey company continues to loose billions of dollars and lay off tens of thousands of cast members, yet they magically find the money for nonsense projects like this. Pure hyprocrites. I’m done with this company. I’m cancelling my WDW trip and will never return. Goodbye, fools.

They won’t be happy until they have driven away every rational thinking fan, where all that will be left are the same woke people who demand “change” and will never be satisfied. Disney chasing their tail and has dug themselves a huge grave. Disgusting.

John Ford Jr
John Ford Jr
6 days ago

Go woke, go broke! Disney needs to put its money where its mouth is. If they truly want to be more inclusive than build original authentic experiences that are more diverse. Do not gratuitously reskin old ones to assuage. You are not more inclusive by replacing existing representation with other forms of representation. You are merely cannibalizing in a transparent pandering of what is presently perceived as “trendy”. The message actually sent is the diverse characters and experiences are not worthy of their own original attraction but can only make it on the backs of what has come before. Sounds more… Read more »

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Solid gex
Solid gex
6 days ago

Cough cough coco in the mexico pavilion

Randy W
Randy W
6 days ago

I know that one ride that comes up when talking about inclusion/changing the dynamic due to the culture of the time is Peter Pan’s Flight. As a big fan of the Peter Pan franchise (3rd party/non-disney works excluded), I think there’s a potential for a re-imagining for this attraction. An animated movie in the realm of the Peter Pan that functions like the Avatar VR ride would be perfect. You start off whisked away with/by Peter Pan and Tinkerbell through the sky to Neverland, and you have the sensation of flying, racing through trees, waterfalls, Pixie Hollow (to tie in… Read more »

DAvid A
DAvid A
6 days ago

If DIsney continues to destroy the parks and rides that we have come to love over the years they will drive away the loyal fans who have spent thousands at Disney Parks in the past. Overseas visitors will stop going to the USA parks and will spend their hard earned cash elsewhere. Listen to the loyal Disney fans before it’s too late, there is room in the parks for new inclusive rides without scrapping the most popular existing rides

David Vitrano
David Vitrano
6 days ago

Please do not retheme this ride?!

Doug
Doug
6 days ago

We are laying off thousands of cast members that we can’t afford to pay, but we are getting ready to spend untold amounts of money to re-theme a beloved and popular ride just for appearances……if people were that offended by Splash Mountain, there would never be a line for it. I guess none of the merchandise would sell either. Hhhhmmmmm. That doesn’t seem to be the case at all

Bob
Bob
6 days ago
Reply to  Doug

I guess if people are truly offended by the re-theme, then there will never be a line for it when it opens. If long lines are proof that no one is offended, then long lines for the new version will mean that no one has a problem with it. So let’s see what happens. If I were a betting man, I’d be a fool to bet against it.

Doug
Doug
5 days ago
Reply to  Bob

I just meant that the long lines to the current ride show a lack of an issue with the current theme. As in, if there was a major problem with the current theme by most park goers then they would not go on the ride. A lot if people will probably go on the re-theme too as it would be something new. You will have a lot if people refuse to ride it again (like me) if it re-themed. It would take time for the newness to wear off in order to see if it is as popular regardless of… Read more »

Wille
Wille
6 days ago

Isn’t AK already a subtle nod towards inclusion? Call me nuts, but the whole park is pretty much a hat tip towards Africa. Who needs an EPCOT country when you’ve got a whole park???

Tim
Tim
6 days ago

This is the opposite of inclusion because it alienates all the fans of the ride who don’t want it to change and excludes us. The stories Splash Mountain is based upon are rich cultural African folktales, and there are no human characters on the ride, changing it would make it less innocent and put a focus on race where there wasn’t one before thus creating division and focusing on our differences rather than being entertained by what brings us all together, from all walks of life. Splash Mountain brings immense joy to people who need a way to deal with… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 days ago

They say it, but I am not sure they mean it.

Earitch
Earitch
6 days ago

I think every attraction should have a social or moral message – because that’s what people want when visiting a theme park. We are not preached at enough by pop-culture and the mainstream news, and need to be further programmed on how to think and behave.

Not.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
5 days ago
Reply to  Earitch

Right, when I am on vacation, I am there to be entertained. Period. I want to get away from the world, pop culture and societal views, and be immersed in a time and place far from reality. Well, Disney has done a good job at ruining that over the past few years and I have had enough. Never will return.

SplashFan
SplashFan
6 days ago

Stop trying to make Disney parks a political battleground! We visit the parks to escape our problems and have fun! This “inclusion” movement is doing nothing but dividing fans and destroying a beloved attraction. There’s plenty of room for a new attraction for Tiana! Leave politics out of it!

Brandon
Brandon
6 days ago

Tokyo Disney here I come!!!

cuyo
cuyo
6 days ago

This honestly is one of the biggest, most horrid changes that a beloved Disney attraction has gone through. Ever! There have been many great attractions back then, which a lot of them have suffered because of unnecessary changes. Because of ignorant guests who were “offended” by something that is history related.. Or something else! Not all were about that subject. Like Alien encounter, which was one of the best attractions that 100% was a full success when it first truly opened in 1995. Yeah, it scared kids. But it never was meant for children in the first place. (I cannot… Read more »

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Tiffany
Tiffany
5 days ago

Wait… how are they finding the money to change rides while thousands of their employees had to be let go for budget cuts? Disney needs to address this before making changes or even adding rides to the park for that matter. They need to stop pretending like they care about people’s feelings when it’s really all about money for them. If you care so much, hire back your cast members. Start making budget cuts from the top (CEO, etc.) so that you can afford to pay your workers fair wages. I’m not impressed by their claims of being “inclusive”. They… Read more »

Ethan
Ethan
5 days ago

The folks that love “triggering a liberal”, seem extra triggered by this fabulous news.. (based on the passionate comments here).

The Phantom Blot's tailor
The Phantom Blot's tailor
5 days ago

I was hoping for one last ride on Splash Mountain, looks like it’ll be gone before I can get back to Florida.

Maddox
Maddox
5 days ago

How about work on TRON, an attraction everyone would agree would be good instead of creating (ironically) attractions that are divisive among the now-broken Disney fandom.

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