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  1. emcg

    Enough with the petitions already! This is getting out of hand.

  2. Matt

    I’m also excited for the new Jungle Cruise Movie, so they can finally take out the racist portrayals in that ride (speaking of Disneyland version). And for those saying “Oh it’s not racist” ask your black friend what they think (if you have one to ask)

    1. Corey W

      Matt/Ken (again you’re probably the same person) you must be a miserable person, you sure do get offended a lot.

  3. Ken

    I don’t think it’s really up to white people to determine what is racist or not to other races…

  4. K C

    Has anyone actually seen this movie? I have, it was released in Europe on Video Tape. The irony, the Black guy was the smart one and the hero of the movie. Much of it was southern stuff, and if my accent offends you, you are a hypocrite.
    Someone’s feelings should not control anyone else. Please Disney, don’t become one of the pawns in this game.

  5. Liz R

    Stop Destroying history, stop with the racism, it;s a ride. DISNEY is supposed to be about a HAPPY PLACE where you can use your imagination and worry free where you can be a KID. There’s is nothing wrong with the ride or the song or anything. Disney is about having fun and and coming together as HUMANS. Now in days people don’t respect there thought opinions anymore, I treat everyone the same as long we have respect and manners. That should beginning on how they should have raised you. I would LOVE to have a Princess and the Frog but make it original make it stand out make that ride a STATEMENT but if you want to change Splash Mountain it will never be known Princess and the frog because all who have been to Disney will say it use to be Splash Mountain and nothing from there will be original. Stop destroying history make new ones so we as people talk and explain why this Princess and the Frog Ride was made.

  6. Austin

    To everyone talking about “destroying” history… Disneyland used to have a ride called “Midget Autopia.” They could NEVER have a ride with that name today.

    Song of the South is a racist movie. It just is. And if you are white and want to disagree, please take a moment to consider why you want to disagree. I am Black, and I am saying that the movie is offensive to me, to my family, and to my ancestors. This isn’t something you can fully empathize with. For Disney to release a film in the 1940s that glorifies slavery, plantations, and the South, was so hurtful to my grandparents, and countless other Black people. On top of all that, DISNEY KNOWS the movie is racist. They’re embarrassed by it. That’s why it’s STILL not available for purchase.

    It’s always sad to see a ride change or go. But the fact remains that Disney is supposed to be the Happiest place on Earth. How can it be the happiest place on Earth if, when I ride this ride, I am thinking in the back of my mind that it’s based on a film that dehumanized people who look like me?

    1. Jacob

      The ride itself has nothing racist in it at all, you are getting offended way to easily. Disney changed the story in the ride to be a loving fantasy story about a rabbit, fox, and bear. I don’t know how that is offending you. Who in there right mind gets off Splash Mountain and thinks “that was racist” yeah,nobody does. You need to get your mind out of the gutter, Disney will not change this ride.

  7. Carmine Crincoli

    I kinda like Splash Mountain the same way it is but I don’t want it to be re-themed just like how Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is re-themed to the Jurassic World movies, Shamu’s Happy Harbor at SeaWorld Orlando is re-themed to a kids’ IP which the land is given no ocean theming just like how Shamu’s Happy Harbor was themed, MerlinWood at Islands of Adventure is re-themed to Harry Potter, Maelstrom at Epcot’s World Showcase is re-themed to Frozen, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure is re-themed to Guardians of the Galaxy, the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride at Hong Kong Disneyland is re-themed to Ant-Man and the Wasp, Rock n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris is re-themed to Iron Man, California Screamin’ is re-themed to The Incredibles along with Pixar Pier, and the Back to the Future ride is re-themed to The Simpsons at the Florida and Hollywood theme parks and Despicable Me at the Japan theme park! A lot of re-themes are pretty disappointing to me except for the Jurassic World, Simpsons, Harry Potter, Frozen, and Marvel re-themes!

  8. Carmine Crincoli

    Although a re-theme of Splash Mountain from its original Song of the South theme to The Princess and the Frog sounds like a bad idea because it might sound ridiculous and it might be to expensive to re-theme, but I’d definitely like to see an indoor Princess and the Frog themed Splash Mountain type ride at Disneyland Paris along with one for Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Echo Lake section and Disneyland in California in the Fantasyland section to compliment Splash Mountain along with a Pirates themed Splash Mountain for Hong Kong Disneyland’s Adventureland and Shanghai Disneyland’s Treasure Cove as well as an indoor Splash Mountain/Jungle Cruise hybrid ride for the Adventureland section of Disneyland Paris that’s themed to The Jungle Book or The Lion King with a clone of the ride for Hong Kong Disneyland for the Adventureland section!

  9. Dolcevita37

    Disney isn’t going to spend millions of $$ to re-theme splash mountains to please a handful of freaks! Yeah it was wrong what happened to George and yes there needs to be changes but let’s not forget George was., well
    Look it up.. a very bad man.. I think this BLM is over done at this point. Yes we need changes but nit picking on everything now including a Disney theme ride is ridiculous!

  10. Kat

    Kat:. Yes, I am tired of Everytime one turns around something seems to offend someone. I am all for Black lives matter & the few bad eggs we have in society ruining it for many of us. Splash mountain is also one of my favorite rides. It brings almost to life a fantasy world of cartoons. Children are innocent in this world until some teach them otherwise. This ride is a complete fantasy & children do not know riding it anything about it’s history. As a child I knew nothing as well & now I am 54 years old. I was an adult of many years before I had any recollection of where the ride was developed. We have to stop tearing down everything or there will be no history left to teach anyone. Some people learn best through visualization & not by reading alone. Can’t all of us just get along. There will always be bad eggs in society that ruin things for all just like a handful of children in a 30 room classroom can suspend a whole class of children from a particular activity they were all looking forward too. It all starts at home. A child comes out innocent until taught the bigotry of the world. Times have changed. The lax of parental parenting has increased our problems in society. No one person can change the mind of another, but erasing all history that is visual is a way of lessoning our children’s ability to learn from the past. The visualization of landmarks, statues etcetera is a way in the moment we as adults can easily start a conversation with the children of today. We do not want history to be repeated. Please leave these opportunities to teach in a different format outside a classroom then reading a book. Don’t leave it all to the teachers to teach. So much is lost if a parent can not also teach their child. Please leave the fantasy & innocence of Splash Mountain alone. I am sure there are plenty of adults that do not even know the story of this ride, but for now it depicts a fantasy. In my mind the ride will always be a fantasy. It is a ride that still backs up lines for over hours to ride. Why? It is because it is a fun, enjoyable fantasy ride that takes ones mind off ones worries for the brief time of joy it brings. Disney & the owners were not thinking of racial inequalities at the time this ride was created. As always, they were thinking of the joy it brings in bonding families together that will last a lifetime.

  11. mark

    Disney will be making a huge mistake if it begins to politicize the parks. The liberals will never be happy no matter how many concessions you make to political correctness.

  12. Bonnie

    Previous comments state it correctly: Disney is making a mistake if they politicizes the parks. Disney is where our family goes to escape the day-to-day. Can we keep that magical oasis free of politics, please.
    What’s next – Hall of Presidents?

  13. Meridia Creon

    Even if Song of the South is considered racist, the source material of Br’er Rabbit was NOT racist. It was African culture spread by Black People throughout the U.S. to preserve their culture. Changing this ride is actually more racist than not doing anything. Especially when Br’er Rabbit is real African culture whereas The Princess and the Frog was a flop movie that was so racist because it was based off of a European fairy tale and NOT an African folktale and the first black princess is a frog for 80% of the film.

  14. Jim

    I completely agree with you.

  15. David

    Splash Mountain is probably the most loved ride in the Disney parks and is based on one story from the movie Song of the South which I have watched several times and is one of my favourite Disney movies. The movie itself is set after the abolition of slavery and is not racist. This article is so one sided, it mentions the petition to retheme the ride but doesn’t mention that another petition to save the ride has more than 3 times as many signatures … and counting. Also it states that Disney fans are calling for a change and I doubt whether many of those calling for a retheme have ever even been to a Disney park or seen the movie. I live in the UK and love Disney having been to Walt Disney World 12 times (ie 12 different years), Disneyland in California twice and Disneyland Paris 6 times. All my friends in the UK who have been to a Disney park agree that retheming Splash Mountain would be a big mistake and would detract not enhance the Disney experience. Surely if Tiana deserves a ride of her own then it should be a new ride not a ‘hand me down’. If you agree then get on over to Change.org and sign the petition to keep our beloved Splash Mountain

  16. Instead, the petition calls to re-theme the attraction to Princess and the Frog, the first Disney film to introduce a black princess.

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