A few month ago, there were petitions to retheme Splash Mountain, as well as the petitions to keep the nostalgia and leave Splash Mountain alone. Amid all that, Disney announced that they would indeed be retheming Splash Mountain at both Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Soon, the ride will be reimagined to The Princess and the Frog.
We are quite a bit of time away from seeing the Princess and the Frog retheme, but we can begin to imagine with that area will look like! Many Disneyland fans have even questioned what the rest of Critter Country will look like at Disneyland Resort, since currently Splash Mountain is located in the Critter Country area of the park.
Splash Mountain currently fits aesthetically into the area of Critter Country, but with the retheme the attraction will land more into the category of New Orleans Square. It can also be argued that the retheme still fits into Critter Country in that its Bayou setting includes some buggy friends. The retheme really could blend the both lands together very well.
So, what’s left of Critter Country once the retheme happens?
Well, Briar Patch is the merchandise shop right outside of Splash Mountain with its theme linked to the attraction. With the retheme, it’s probably safe to say that this storefront will be getting a Princess and the Frog makeover along with the attraction. The store sells hats and caps currently, but it has the potential to change with all the new coming in. Can you imagine already all the awesome Princess and the Frog merchandise they could have?
There’s already been some chatter of wanting a Tiana’s Place restaurant just like out of the film since the attraction picks up from the movie after Tiana and Prince Naveen become human again. Even Anika Noni Rose, who is the voice of Tiana in the animated film, knows that fans have been asking for a restaurant like this is the parks. If Disney makes this happen, will it take over Harbour Galley or Hungry Bear Restaurant?
Though the Hungry Bear Restaurant has more space with a larger seating area, Harbour Galley might have a better location. Since Princess and the Frog is be a good transition and blend of both New Orleans Square and Critter Country, Disney could possibly expand Harbour Galley and turn it into Tiana’s Place right on the river as the closing song sings! That way the Hungry Bear Restaurant can remain the same as it is still a very popular restaurant (although the restaurant currently still has a Country Bear Jamboree theme, and that attraction was replaced with a Winnie the Pooh ride years ago).
What Else is in Critter Country?
The only other attractions left within Critter Country would be Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Though Disney has never been a stranger to reinventing older attractions, there has been no talk about if anything will happen to the rest of Critter Country after the retheme takes place. As a lover of Winnie the Pooh, I would hate to see the ride dedicated to Winnie the Pooh and Friends go, so let’s hope it’s here to stay. Many others will also feel the same as Winnie the Pooh and friends always make for really cute merchandise!
Pooh’s Corner is the home to all that really adorable merchandise and where you can say hello to Winnie the Pooh and friends. During the holidays, that’s even where you’ll find Santa! With Winnie the Pooh’s worldwide popularity, the attraction could probably stay and maybe, just maybe, Disney could fancy up Pooh’s Corner into more Hundred Acre Wood!
What do you think should happen with Critter Country when Disneyland rethemes The Princess and the Frog? Let us know in the comments!