Splash Mountain to be Re-Imagined to ‘The Princess and the Frog’

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    TIMEFRAME

    Closure possible in 2022-2023
    New attraction 2024-2025

    RUMOR STATUS

    Confirmed

    Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be reimagined to The Princess and the Frog.

    No official timetable for the redo has been announced but the expectation is a late 2022 / early 2023 closure with the attraction re-opening in late 2024 / early 2025.

    From the blog:

    We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

    Disney acknowledged the current divisive climate and put two senior Imagineers at the forefront of the project, Charita Carter and Carmen Smith.

    And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, 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.

    Additional quotes from Anika Noni Rose (voice of Princess Tiana), Michael-Leon Wooley (voice of Louis) and Jennifer Lewis (voice of Mama Odie).

    And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, 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.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    November 30, 2020: On the latest episode of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill stated that the timeline for the Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog changeover is as follows:

    • Splash Mountain in its current form would remain open during the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.
    • A closure date would be announced in late 2022
    • The attraction would close in the first half of 2023 with a 12-18 month timeline for the changeover.

    September 14, 2020: WDWMagic.com user TheVisionarySoul posted a rumor that the Oriental Land Company (Owners of the Tokyo Disneyland Resort) rejected Disney’s proposal for the Princess and the Frog makeover to Splash Mountain. The Splash Mountain attractions at Tokyo and Florida share very similar components and the rumor suggests that Florida would get a clone of whatever is approved for Tokyo.

    July 6, 2020: On the most recent episode of the Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill goes into detail on some of the expected scenes and story treatment for the Princess and the Frog update to Splash Mountain:

    • The attraction will largely follow Louis the alligator trying to find his missing trumpet case on his way to a Mardi Gras celebration
    • Tiana is expected to appear in the current “How do you Do” scene as well as the attraction’s finale
    • Some of the animal animatronics may be repurposed
    • Some of the visual gags may have similar scenes in the new version of the attraction. An example given was Br’er Bear with his nose stuck in a beehive may be replaced with Louis covered in prickers
    • The fireflies are expected to appears in the current black light scene
    • Dr. Facilier’s Friends form the Otherside are expected to make an appearance on the final lift hill before being cast off by Mama Odie at the top. Her spell to do away with Dr. Facilier will also send us down the waterfall.
    • The time frame for the new attraction to open may not be until 2024-2025 with a closure not until 2022.

    June 25, 2020: WDWMagic.com is reporting that Tony Baxter is a consultant on the changes.

    June 25, 2020: The Disney Parks Blog and D23.com announced that Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be reimagined to The Princess and the Frog.

    No timetable for the redo has been announced but the Disney Parks Blog does state that this project has been in development since last year.

    From the blog:

    We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

    Disney acknowledged the current divisive climate and put two senior Imagineers at the forefront of the project, Charita Carter and Carmen Smith.

    And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, 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.

    Additional quotes from Anika Noni Rose (voice of Princess Tiana), Michael-Leon Wooley (voice of Louis) and Jennifer Lewis (voice of Mama Odie).

    And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, 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.

    June 11, 2020: A Change.org petition suggested Disney retheme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog.

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