Splash Mountain closed at Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday, January 23. Disneyland Park still has Splash Mountain for now, but both attractions will reopen as Princess and the Frog (2009) themed Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in 2024.
The Princess Tiana retheme is highly controversial among Disney Parks fans but largely considered long overdue due to its connection to the widely-banned and problematic Song of the South (1946). Some hope the change will set a trend of removing inappropriate and racist symbols from Disney Parks and films, like the Native Americans on Peter Pan’s Flight.
Just one day after Splash Mountain closed, a Walt Disney World Resort Guest was perplexed to find a shirt featuring the ride’s main character, Br’er Rabbit. U/Iloveflorida2017 shared this photo on Reddit:
Disney World shirt seen at the World of Disney store in Disney Springs.
Commenters agreed that the shirt was strange and outdated. “Most likely back stock they’re trying to flush out,” said u/UnderCoverDoughnuts.
The design certainly harkens back to the 2000s, and many pointed out it’s likely part of a retro collection for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary and not an outdated Splash Mountain leftover.
“I could’ve sworn I had seen this years ago, like maybe in the late 90s or early 2000s. I think this is just part of the nostalgia collection that Disney brought back, since they had other “vintage” items out for the 50th when I visited,” u/Technical_Ad_7119 said.
What do you think of this Walt Disney World Resort tee shirt?
Please note that the opinions outlined in this article are based on personal Disney Parks Guest experiences. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.