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Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox in Splash Mountain

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  1. Andrew

    The Country Bear Jamboree is a timeless attraction that should never be touched!

  2. MadHatter

    Splash Mountain, It’s a small world, Carousel of Progress are all timeless classics.

  3. Jim Roseman

    Bring back a revised version of Horizons. Always need the people mover, great to see the view of the park and to relax. Tom Sawyer Island needs updated or rethemed altogether.

  4. WDWfan

    This is the exact reason that Disney needs to back away from their IP-driven changes as of recent. Take EPCOT for example. Almost every announcement has something to do with a recent movie that has little to do with the park (*cough*, Moana, *cough*), and it cheapens the timelessness and thematic element to the park. The four parks are almost merging, becoming one large showcase of Disney’s movies instead of a place of escapism and fun. Sure, rides based on movies aren’t always a bad thing, but they’ll never be as inspired or original as Expedition Everest, Imagination, Carousel of Progress, or It’s A Small World, to name a few.
    On the note of Splash Mountain, perhaps the reason it’ll be so missed and so many people are so attached to the ride (myself included) is that Song of the South has become so obscure at this point that the characters have become icons of the park more so than symbols of the source movie. While both Splash Mountain and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure showcase a Disney movie, the Tiana ride almost feels more IP-driven due to the movie’s relevance. Splash became timeless because its source material was for the most part forgotten. Much like Mr. Toad, the characters became more associated with the park as time went on, and less associated with the movie (of course, Mr. Toad’s source movie is still very much accessible, so is much more relevant. However, a good deal of parkgoers remember the ride more than the movie). In the end, Song of the South’s obscurity almost allowed Splash Mountain to fill all three of these criteria, and the ride became beloved because of that.

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