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Splash Mountain designer reveals other ride Disney needs to fix

Tony Baxter, the Walt Disney Imagineer who originally conceived Splash Mountain, has another ride he thinks Walt Disney World needs to fix.

Guests take a plunge down a 5-story waterfall on Splash Mountain in Critter Country at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The rollicking log flume ride is based on the animated characters and sequences from the classic Disney film, “Song of the South.”(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
Guests take a plunge down a 5-story waterfall on Splash Mountain in Critter Country at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The rollicking log flume ride is based on the animated characters and sequences from the classic Disney film, “Song of the South.”
Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort

Tony Baxter, the Walt Disney Imagineer who originally conceived Splash Mountain, recently revealed in a virtual event which ride he thinks needs to be fixed next.

  • Splash Mountain is being re-themed to fit “The Princess and the Frog” instead of “Song of the South.”

What’s going on?

Baxter, who will work as an adviser on the redesign of Splash Mountain, at a virtual event for the Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration Project, said he believes the “Journey Into Imagination with Figment” ride at Epcot needs to be fixed, according to Attractions Magazine.

I would — because to me it’s a critical attraction. It gets at what we started about childhood and it was interesting when the original ride was there. For those of you who haven’t see the original ride since 2000, you’ve never seen it.”

Baxter said people who ride it now only seen the most updated version, but not the original version.

Details about the ride:

The original ride had two characters — a man named Dreamfinder and a purple dragon sidekick, Figment, according to CinemaBlend.

  • The ride didn’t have any updates until the ’90s, when it was turned into Journey Into Your Imagination, which included doctors. Figment and Dreamfinder were gone.
  • Two years later, Figment was brought back but “a lot of fans still don’t love the current version, especially among those who knew the original, but it is generally seen as an improvement over the first update,” according to CinemaBlend.