Disney fans hoping for one last plunge on Splash Mountain have less than two months to ride the iconic theme park attraction before it closes for an extensive makeover.
The attraction will close on January 23, 2023, as Disney moves to walk away from the wide criticism that the ride promotes “racial stereotypes.”
Splash Mountain’s current theme is based off Br’er Rabbit’s adventures in the 1946 “Song of the South” film, which has been criticized for its portrayal of plantation life.
“I’ve felt, as long as I’ve been CEO, that ‘Song of the South’ was – even with a disclaimer – was just not appropriate in today’s world,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a March 2020 shareholders meeting.
In 2019, a petition with more than 21,000 online signatures called upon Disney to “re-theme Splash Mountain.” Fans of the change cited a need for more diversity and representation in the parks.
Following the announcement from Disney, another petition called to save the ride rose to 93,000 signatures after Disney’s announcement.
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