A staple ride at the Disneyland Theme Park, Splash Mountain, is currently undergoing a makeover in response to outcry over the rides association the film ‘Song of the South’. According to a statement made by Disney on Thursday, the ride will be re designed to focus on ‘The Princess and the Frog, a 2009 animated film.
The decision was made after a Change.org petition said the log flume ride – which is in disney parks in Florida, California, and Japan – is “steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes,” from the film. The petition received over 20,000 signatures.
Disney confirmed the changes for the Splash Mountain ride in Disneyland and Disney World but no information has been received yet for the ride in Tokyo. Also Read– Disneyland reopening postponed due to COVID-19
The Former Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the ‘Song of the South’ whose characters are depicted in the ride, is “not appropriate in today’s world.”
When the film was released in 1946, the NAACP firmly disapproved the film and said, “in an effort neither to offend audiences in the North or South, the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery….[the film] unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts.”
Previously, Disney parks redesigned the famous ride Pirates of the Caribbean, over a misogynist depiction of a “bridal auction” in 2017.
A spokesman for Disney Michael Ramirez, said the re-theming had begun last year and approved its relevance to race discussions in America.
“The retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today,” he said in a statement. “The new concept is inclusive and one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year. “