“Racist” Disney Character Punched by Guest, Rushed Backstage

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Br'er Rabbit waving to Guests, a sign outside of Splash Mountain featuring a carving of Br'er Rabbit holding a knapsack.

Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort will close on January 23, 2023, to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, its Princess and the Frog (2009) retheme. While a closing date for Disneyland Resort’s iteration of the ride hasn’t been announced, the United States Disney Parks will soon say goodbye to this iteration of the decades-old log flume ride. Despite the #SaveSplashMountain campaign and even a petition, Princess Tiana is “almost there!”

While many will defend Song of the South (1946), the movie that inspired the ride, the NAACP and groups of Black veterans protested the film’s premiere in 1946. Song of the South never mentions slavery and presents an Uncle Tom-Esque, idyllic view of Post-Civil War America for Black Americans. The animated Br’er characters are written with a stereotypical dialect that many consider offensive and racist.

Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox in Splash Mountain
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As the final Guests board Splash Mountain, many have complained about frequent breakdowns and poorly-maintained animatronics. Some props reportedly went missing. This week, one Disney Park Guest reported a chilling incident with one of the characters from the ride, Br’er Fox, who was greeting Guests near the ride.

“A 5-8ish y/o kid ran up, skipping the line, and socked him on the nose,” Reddit user u/brodobaggins3 recalled. “The CM threw his hands up in the air as if to say ‘I’ve had it’ and kind of just stormed backstage with his handler following.”

It’s unknown if this incident is related to the controversy around Splash Mountain, though it’s unlikely due to the age of the Guest.

More on Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain statue of Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox outside the ride
Credit: Disney

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Splash Mountain will soon close at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom. The Song of the South 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.”

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

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 about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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