Disney World's Splash Mountain to be re-themed as ‘Princess and the Frog’ ride

Disney’s iconic Splash Mountain is getting a makeover after an outcry on social media to change the ride.


Splash Mountain will be getting a makeover at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Central Florida and Disneyland in California.

The Disney Park Blog announced Thursday that Splash Mountain will be changed to a “Princess and the Frog” theme. The move comes after an outcry on social media to change the ride.

Splash Mountain currently stars the animated characters from "Song of the South," the 1946 film long criticized for stereotypes of "spiritual" Black men and its seemingly nostalgic view of the antebellum South.

A petition calling for the re-theme went viral earlier this month.

“Disney parks should be a home for all to enjoy regardless of race, age, whatever your background may be,” the petition said.

In a statement posted to the Disney Parks Blog on Thursday, the company said, “the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. 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 said the ride will now tell the story of what happens after Princess Tiana and Louis’ final kiss in the "Princess and the Frog" film. It will feature music from the movie.

It is unclear when work on the rides will be completed.