Watch Disney World Followers React to Splash Mountain’s Final Rides

Splash Mountain dropped its final log of riders into the briar patch. Walt Disney World’s model of the water log-flume attraction held its last day of operation Sunday, formally closing down after 30 years of taking visitors on a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah-drop of 5 tales. Visitors reportedly waited greater than three hours to journey Florida’s Splash Mountain one final time (and bottle its water to promote on eBay) earlier than its everlasting closure to make approach for Tiana’s Bayou Journey. In 2020, Disney confirmed plans to “utterly reimagine” each the Disneyland and Disney World variations of the journey with a Princess and the Frog retheme, eliminating the controversies related to the 1946 movie Music of the South.

A video shared by WDW Information on Twitter, which you’ll watch under, exhibits parkgoers overlooking splashdown and “cheering for each log at Splash Mountain as they arrive down the drop.” Splash Mountain is now completely closed and can reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Journey in 2024. Whereas the journey might be structurally the identical, it would now inform a brand new story set after the occasions of 2009’s The Princess and the Frog

Choosing up the place the film ended, the transformation sees visitors “be a part of Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical journey – that includes a number of the highly effective music from the movie – as they put together for his or her first-ever Mardi Gras efficiency,” in accordance with Disney. After saying the reimagining in 2020, the corporate revealed the retheme was within the works since 2019.

“Whereas we have explored many new themes up to now, final 12 months is after we actually started to hone in on Princess Tiana’s story,” Walt Disney Imagineering president Bob Weis instructed Disney’s D23 of the choice to maneuver away from the animated characters seen within the 1946 movie Music of the South. “That mentioned, Splash Mountain has been the topic of many conversations by way of the years. Its good journey platform and panorama create the potential for excellent storytelling.”

New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park
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Disney has since revealed a brand new scene from the journey set towards the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. At Disneyland, the journey is situated in Critter Nation however will thematically match neighboring New Orleans Sq.. The Anaheim theme park may also shut the French Market Restaurant in February and retheme it to Tiana’s Palace, as impressed by Tiana’s dream restaurant within the animated film.

The Disneyland Resort has not but revealed a deadline for the west coast model of Splash Mountain. Tiana’s Bayou Journey opens at Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida in 2024.