You may have already heard the news, but there is a major makeover in the works for one of Magic Kingdom’s long-standing attractions. Splash Mountain, which opened at Walt Disney World in 1989, is set to undergo a complete transformation that will bring the hit Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” to life.
Imagineers have been working on plans to re-theme the log flume attraction at both Disney World and Disneyland for quite some time, and now we’re officially getting a little hint about what the new ride will be.
The attraction’s story will pick up where the movie ends, after the final kiss. Tiana and Louis the trumpet-playing alligator are embarking on a fun adventure to get ready for their first-ever performance at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Set on the Lousiana Bayou,
Although Splash Mountain has been an icon of Frontierland at Magic Kingdom since 1989, the 31-year-old ride has a bit of a controversial history due to the movie that inspired the attraction, “Song of the South.” The 1946 film has been criticized heavily for its stereotypes and offensive characters and has been locked in the Disney vault for quite some time. It was also intentionally left off of Disney+ when the streaming platform launched last year, so the ride’s overhaul has likely been coming for a while.
Recently an online petition called for a revamp of the attraction’s theme with over 20,000 signatures, but Disney Imagineers say the Princess and the Frog makeover has been in the works since last year.
Although the ride’s new story starts after the movie ends, there will be a soundtrack of recognizable songs from the film playing throughout the musical journey.
No official date for the Splash Mountain makeover’s debut has been announced, but a timeline is in the works. To stay up to date on all the latest news from your favorite theme parks, make sure you’re following @Tickets2you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!