Disney Rebrands Splash Mountain to 'Princess & The Frog' Themed Ride in Response to #BLM Movement
Thursday, June 25, 2020
More than 20,000 people signed an online petition posted earlier this month calling for the rebranding of the Disney ride 'Splash Mountain' to be changed to “The Princess and the Frog,” in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and it worked!
Disney announced on Thursday (June 25) its California and Florida’s Disneyland and Disney Kingdom parks to rebrand one of its most popular attractions, Splash Mountain. The log flume ride has been a Disney favorite since its inception in 1989. Instead, the ride’s facelift will reflect the theme of Disney’s 2009 animated film, “The Princess and the Frog,” which features Disney’s first and only Black princess.
Disney made the change after fan backlash over the ride’s offensive racial stereotype portrayal in association to the 1964 Uncle Remus-inspired “Song of the South,” best known for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
“It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized,” Anika Noni Rose, the Tony Award-winning actress who voiced Tiana, the movie’s lead, said in the announcement.