Disney has announced that Splash Mountain will soon be reimagined to the animated Disney film, ‘The Princess and the Frog’.
Splash Mountain’s original backstory was based on the controversial 1946 classic Disney movie ‘Song of the South’, there have been strong calls for Disney to make changes to the hugely popular flume ride.
Disney says that “The new concept is inclusive – 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.”
Disney noted “we pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new ‘land’ added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.”
The project will be led by Charita Carter, who most recently worked on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Splash Mountain creater Tony Baxter will serve as a creative adviser for the makeover.