Disney Star Takes Last Ride on Disney World’s “Problematic” Attraction

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A world-renowned star shared their experience riding one of the most iconic rides at Walt Disney World.

Splash Mountain attraction
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Few things are more talked about in the Disney community than the upcoming retheming of Splash Mountain. Announced back in the Summer of 2020, this retheme will drop the original and somewhat “problematic” Song of the South (1946) theme and replace it with a brand new story based on Disney’s The Princess and the Frog from 2009.

Details on the overhaul have been sparse, though earlier this year, we learned that it would be opening in 2024 with tons of new scenes and music to accompany the ride. Of course, change is not always an easy thing, and for many Guests, the thought of Splash Mountain going away forever is not a great one.

Just recently, a petition to “save Splash Mountain” reached nearly 100k signatures, though this will not factor into the retheme at all.

Splash Mountain
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The ride is officially closing at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World on January 23, 2023, meaning Guests and fans alike only have a few weeks left to experience this beloved attraction. Many Guests may be planning a last-minute trip to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” just to ride along with Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear one last time.

Very recently, one celebrity had this same idea, taking one last spin on the beloved log flume ride.

Josh Gad
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Josh Gad has become a beloved figure in Hollywood. The actor starred as the voice of Olaf in Frozen and as LeFou in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017). He has also starred in many other popular films, including A Dog’s Purpose (2017), Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Pixels (2015), The Wedding Ringer (2015), and many others.

The actor has an instantly-recognizable voice as well as a bubbly personality.

Briar Patch Sign
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Gad’s most recent expression of his Disney fandom came in the form of a video he shared on his personal Twitter account. The video shows him falling down the final drop on Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World, just weeks before its official closure.

Take a look down below:

What goes up must get wet. #splashmountain @WaltDisneyWorld#soaked

As you can see, Gad gets “soaked” on what is most likely his last ride at this attraction. Gad happens to be a major fan of the Disney Parks, visiting fairly often. Gad even publicly called for Disney to add another country to EPCOT’s World Showcase.

Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World

A Hare-Raising Ride

Gently drift through a colorful Southern bayou along with happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit as he looks for his “laughing place.” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of this wayward hare. 

Glide by over 100 adorable Audio-Animatronics geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees, alligators and other down-home critters as they sing classic Disney ditties, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place.”

Then hang on to your hats—this delightful musical cruise ends in an exciting 5-story splashdown into a thorny Briar Patch!

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