Disneyland Releases Statement On Removal Of ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’

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Not long ago, Disney announced that they would be retheming the Splash Mountain theme Park attraction (in both Disney World and Disneyland) from the controversial film Song of the South to the 2009 film, The Princess and the Frog.

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Disneyland Resort has quietly removed the famous song, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” played throughout Splash Mountain, from the Disneyland Resort esplanade music loop — the courtyard area in between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

The iconic song, which is loved by many, was taken off of the music loop that constantly plays in the courtyard between the two theme parks, leaving many surprised and confused. But now we have some answers as, according to OC Register, Disneyland has just released a statement on why this decision has been made.

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

Disney has not yet announced when Splash Mountain will be rethemed, and the attraction remains open to the public at Walt Disney World Resort. Disneyland Resort’s two theme parks — Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure — remain temporarily closed due to the global pandemic.

If you aren’t familiar with the song, the lyrics read:

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh, my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!

Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder
It’s the truth. It’s actual
Everything is satisfaction

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!
Yes, sir

Animator defends song of the south
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More on Splash Mountain Re-theme

Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort recently announced Splash Mountain would eventually be rethemed to the popular Disney animated film, The Princess and the Frog. Below is the official announcement from Disney Parks:

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.

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