PHOTOS, VIDEO: Plunge Down Splash Mountain Before Retheme at Disneyland Park Reopening

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Plunge Down Splash Mountain Before Retheme at Disneyland Park Reopening

Iain

Splash-Mountain-Disneyland-Reopening

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Plunge Down Splash Mountain Before Retheme at Disneyland Park Reopening

Splash Mountain has reopened along Disneyland Park! We’ve decided to take the plunge today and say hello to an attraction that is set to get a retheme to The Princess and the Frog in an effort to become more inclusive and “represent transformative cultural change”.

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Splash Mountain was only at a 10-minute wait mid-afternoon today.

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Signs are posted throughout the queue to remind Guests to maintain physically distancing.

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Splash-Mountain-Disneyland-Reopening

The Briar Patch hat shop has yet to open upon the reopening of Disneyland Resort.

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Splash-Mountain-Disneyland-Reopening

Even though this is a log flume ride and Guests may get wet, Guests must keep their masks on at all times.

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Br’er Bear, Fox, and Rabbit greet Guests at the entrance before moving up the queue up the stairs.

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Splash-Mountain-Disneyland-Reopening

The entire queue is physically distanced.

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Currently, one party is loaded per log.

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A sign reminds you to remain seated at all times during the attraction.

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Splash-Mountain-Disneyland-Reopening

Br’er Rabbit will soon be packing his bags for good as the Princess and the Frog retheme moves in—although no timeframe for this change has been given.

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As you head out of the Briar Patch, the vultures get you ready for your impending doom.

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Br’er Fox has Br’er Rabbit tied up a bit.

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Splash-Mountain-Disneyland-Reopening

Here we go! The iconic splash!

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A splash landing will stay upon the retheme. The retheme will only include the removal of the Song of the South characters and music.

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Rest easy, Br’er Rabbit. Soon we’ll say goodbye to the Laughin’ Place and start to “Dig a little Deeper” with Princess Tiana!

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The on-ride photo viewing screens are currently turned off as there is a new viewing section outside the attraction as standalone kiosks.

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Watch our full ride-through video below.

Are you looking forward to the upcoming change? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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11 thoughts on “PHOTOS, VIDEO: Plunge Down Splash Mountain Before Retheme at Disneyland Park Reopening”

  1. The ride is so racist and insensitive that Disney is reopening it instead of keeping it shut down. Makes sense

    • So characters made by African Americans are racist and replacing them with characters made by Europeans is not racist? A ride that was here for 30 years and all of a sudden it is racist?

  2. Our family loves Splash Mountain and we do not want it to change. We go to DisneyWorld though. If it is not popular in DisneyLand, then change it there. Leave the one in DisneyWorld the way it is though. It keeps a long line due to popularity. Most of the people upset over it have probably never seen the movie. It is a cute movie with a rich white child, poor black child, and poor white child that all get along and play together while adoring the stories of Uncle Remus. It happened during Reconstruction so they are no longer slaves. They are paid employees. Do they speak perfect English…no, but at that time they would not have been educated. You cannot judge a prior time by today’s standards. Slavery had been around for thousands of years. The South did not invent it when the Confederacy was established. It is still around today by the way, which seems to not bother most people even though it is a current problem for young girls all over with the sex slave trade. But instead people get upset over something that ended over 150 years ago. Which if their ancestors had not been brought over as slaves then, current blacks would mainly be in third world countries in Africa without most of the education and chances if advancement that they currently have in this country now. So their ancestors had it bad, but it has resulted in them being in a much better place now than they would be otherwise. Just food for thought.

    • I actually love Splash Mountain and I am very sad at the decision to retheme it. But your sentiments are so unbelievably racist, misguided, Jeff Davis and Lost Cause supporting that I have no further comment.

      • Not racist, just facts. I happen to have friends of both races. A racist would not do that. But thanks for playing

  3. I just realized something that makes absolutely no sense. More than the fact that Louisiana has no mountains. The ride is supposed to take place AFTER the movie…but yet use the songs. How does that even make sense? As it is, using the same songs in the Frozen ride makes no sense either, but at least they used different words. Except for Let it Go.

  4. The ride should be kept as is! Those complaining about the ties to SOTS most likely have never even seen the movie and are just believing the rumors spread about it online. WDW’s version continues to consistently have the highest wait times in Magic Kingdom daily, we’re talking anywhere from 65-85+ minute wait daily. If Disney really wanted to prove they want more representation in the parks, they would give PATF a brand new attraction not a hand-me-down. Plus, it’s not very inclusive of them to get rid of a ride tied to a movie with Disney’s very first live actor, who was African American on top of it! Make a new attraction and restaurant for PaTF, keep Splash Mountain as it is, and make everyone happy. Disney listened to the mob and changed Snow White’s Scary Adventures, and look what happened! The new changes are ALREADY facing backlash after the park only being open for 4 days!! You can’t please cancel culture! Listen to the real, loyal fans!

  5. The petition on change.org to save Splash Mountain is now over 89,000 strong! Consider signing it and sharing – it’s much higher than the one originally sited as a reason why this change is going to happen. I don’t know if I can post the link in the comments but if you look on there you’ll see it – it’s the highest rated one for Saving this piece of Disney history.

    It’s a dang shame that Disney is trying to erase this ride and the film from history. Most have not seen the film, they go off of what others say – who also most likely have not seen the film. Whoopi Goldberg has been vocal about the film needing to be released to start a conversation. Disney Plus could easily put together a great panel of Historians, Film Historians, members of the NAACP, entertainment professionals like Whoopi and do a roundtable discussion of the film. The history of Uncle Remus and the stories. While Joel Chandler Harris was a white man, he went around to preserve the stories from his childhood in the south from those who sadly at the time were not educated to write them down. He kept it the dialect that was told to him from as to not white wash them. The Uncle Remus museum in Georgia also stands by the the ride and the film – there is a great video on YouTube of a mini interview with one of the employees.

    People need to educate themselves before jumping on a bandwagon. If we wanna get technical Princess and the Frog was taken from a story written by a white European woman. So wanting to destroy a ride that uneducated people think is racist to replace a whole cultures history with a white European fairytale just sounds hypocritical. I actually enjoy The Princess and the Frog too and it does deserve it’s own ride at Disney, but this is happening for all the wrong reasons.

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