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Why is everyone talking about Splash Mountain?

Social media wants to replace Splash Mountain with a new theme

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 five-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

Social media ramped up discussion Wednesday morning about the Splash Mountain ride at Disney Parks, saying the theme of the ride should change due to its ties to a troubling Disney film.

What’s going on:

Disney fans speculated on social media about the potential to change the theme of Splash Mountain, which is based off the Disney film “Song of the South” — a story that takes place in the southern United States during the Reconstruction era. The story focuses on a boy who meets his Uncle Remus, who works on a plantation. The two discuss stories about Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear.

“Song of the South” has been seen as a controversial film in recent years. So much so that Disney Plus took the film off its streaming platform. Critics said the film represents a racist and offensive portrayal of African Americans since it leans on stereotypes, as I reported for the Deseret News. The film also reportedly glorifies the plantation system.

The reaction:

  • Social media members noticed these concerns and said Splash Mountain should embrace new themes to align with modern sensibilities.
  • Here’s what people said:

There’s a petition, too

  • Disney fans created a new petition to re-theme Splash Mountain, according to CinemaBlend. Fans specifically hope to remake the ride based on “The Princess and the Frog,” a tale that takes place in New Orleans with similar aesthetics and themes to “Song of the South.”