Splash Mountain closing for good at Disney World – Makeover Due in 2024
Disney World Makeover – Disney World cast members rode Splash Mountain for the last time on Sunday. The iconic theme park ride closed so Disney could remodel the ride based on the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog — it’s set to reopen in late 2024 as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
The revamp comes after the attraction was criticized for being based on the racially problematic 1946 film Song of the South (film historian Karina Longworth released an excellent documentary series in 2019).
The new version of the ride will carry on from the events of The Princess and the Frog and take visitors on a journey through Louisiana waters as Princess Tiana and alligator pal Louis prepare for a Mardi Gras celebration.
Disney World Makeover Due in 2024
“The fireflies will light up the night and invite you deeper into the Bay… almost as if they’re waving you onward. Beautiful zydeco music fills the air,” Carmen Smith, Disney Imagineering’s senior vice president for creative development, wrote in a ” Will fill.”
“Zydeco is a special blend of rhythm and blues that was born in Louisiana, and when you listen to it, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Tiana’s world.”
Disney revealed a rendering that gives us a sense of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, having previously shown us the ride in diorama form.
The closure only applies to Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom in Florida. The ride also exists at Disneyland in California, but Disney said details of that shutdown “will be shared later.” You have more time to try the original version before it’s gone. The ride also exists at Tokyo Disneyland, and the company has not announced plans to rebuild that one.
Splash Mountain originally opened at Disneyland in 1989, with the Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland versions following in 1992.
The Princess and the Frog are available to stream on Disney Plus, and its princess will return in the follow-up series Tiana (though a release date for that is unclear).
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