We recently reported that Disneyland and Walt Disney World announced the retheme of Splash Mountain from Song of the South to The Princess and the Frog. The new attraction will showcase the lovable and popular Disney Princess, Tiana, as her and Louis prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.
This is a huge change from what the attraction is now, as it is themed off of the very controversial Disney film, Song of the South.
The official Disney Parks statement for the retheme of Splash Mountain in Walt Disney World and Disneyland reads:
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.
And now, it looks as though another Disney Park may be following along in the footsteps.
According to The Asian Shimbum, Oriental Land Co., the operator of Tokyo Disneyland, said there are discussions happening on whether or not they will also change the popular Disney Parks attraction, Splash Mountain.
An Oriental Land Co. representative has stated that “the company was aware of the proposed change for the U.S. amusement parks, adding that at this point, only consideration was being given about what to do with the ride at the Tokyo park.”
At this time, the representative did not say if they would actually retheme the ride. Also if they did decide to move forward with the idea, they did not say what the new retheme would be. It is unclear if Tokyo Disneyland will also retheme to The Princess and the Frog or if they would take a different route.
Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we get information.
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