ORLANDO, Fla. – There are more and more calls for Walt Disney World to change the theme of its famous Splash Mountain flute ride.
The attraction is based on the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South”, which has been criticized for its stereotypes of black people.
If you haven’t heard of the movie, you’re not alone. The film was removed from all viewing platforms and was not included on Disney +.
Splash Mountain follows happy and lucky Br’er Rabbit as he searches for his “laughing place.” All the while, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are chasing Br’er Rabbit. The cruise ends with a 5-story splash in a thorny patch of Briar.
The film features the iconic Disney song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.
Many petitions have appeared online recently, reports CNN, calling on Disney to remove all references to the movie from the attraction.
One idea that bounces off social media is a complete change of theme for the ride – and fans are turning to the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog.”
Disney’s 2009 film about a frog prince wanting to be human again was the first Disney film to feature a black princess and the last to feature traditional hand-drawn animation.
A Disney fan went to Twitter to show off his “Princess and the Frog” ride concept.
More than 8,000 people signed a Change.org petition on Thursday to reorganize the ride.
The attraction is located at both Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in California.
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