Republican Congressman Speaks Out In Support of Splash Mountain, Claims Ride Not Racist

in Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World

Right: Official portrait of Byron Donalds, a Black man, smiling in front of an American flag. He wears a blue suit jacket, white button-up, and red tie. Right: Guests descending the final drop on Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.

This month, Walt Disney World Resort announced that Splash Mountain in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom would close on January 23, 2023, to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, its Princess and the Frog (2009) retheme. A closing date for Disneyland Resort’s version of the water ride is expected to be announced soon.

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Princess Tiana and friends will replace characters from Song of the South (1946), a film widely banned for its racist portrayal of Black Americans during the Jim Crow era. Despite a dedicated #SaveSplashMountain campaign and even a petition that reached nearly 100,000 signatures, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort will say goodbye to this iteration of the decades-old log flume ride.

Splash Mountain
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Still, some Splash Mountain fans haven’t backed down. This week, a Republican politician from Florida joined.

During an interview with Newsmax, Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida’s 19th Congressional District shared his thoughts on the Splash Mountain retheme:

Let me get this straight. Splash Mountain is racist, but Joe Biden saying you’re not Black if you don’t vote for him isn’t??… Cancel Joe, not Splash Mountain!

Donalds said he and his three sons have “been to Splash Mountain so many times” and never considered it racist. He argued that some people “choose to want to be victims” and change things unnecessarily.

The Congressman also criticized The Walt Disney Company as a whole, saying “they’ve lost their minds.”

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“It’s really sad to see them not just stand up and be like, ‘No. This isn’t racist. It’s just a part of our Park and kids enjoy it,'” Donalds said. “Look  at the… multiethnic people who come, kids who enjoy it, and nobody’s running around thinking they’re being victimized somehow. I think this is ridiculous.”’

Overwhelmingly though, activists are happy to see Splash Mountain go. The ride and its film are full of harmful stereotypes and whitewashing of the struggles experienced by Black Americans post-Civil War.

More on Splash Mountain

Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox in Splash Mountain
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Splash Mountain will soon close at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom. The log flume ride will remain the same at Tokyo Disneyland, though the Disney Park recently removed the ride’s anthem, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from its music loop. From Disney:

Drop into a whimsical world filled with classic characters and songs on this thrilling log-flume adventure.

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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You Will Get Wet

This attraction includes 950,000 gallons of water, 3 dips and a 5-story drop. Where you’re seated will determine how wet you’ll get. Riders in the back may experience a sudden splash or spray; those who opt for the front can expect to get soaked. 

Are you excited for Splash Mountain to transform into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? 

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