Fans ask Disney to Redesign Splash Mountain to Black Panther in honor of Chadwick Boseman

Disney Fans have just started a petition to have the retheming of Splash Mountain from Princess and the Frog to Black Panther in honor of the late Chadwick Boseman.

The petition which was started by Nicole Larson reads:

This is to petition to change Splash Mountain to Black Panther.  Disney has announced to change Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog, but in recent news encourage them to redesign splash mountain to Black Panther theme in honor of Chadwick Boseman.

As of the time of this writing, there have been over 3000 people who have signed this petition.

Disney released details back in June how Splash Mountain at both Disney World and Disneyland would be rethemed to Princess and the Frog.

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Here are some of the details:

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The approach to retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story? It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. 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.

Charita Carter, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering shared, “Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures. I am delighted to be a part of bringing this fun-filled experience to our guests.”

For Imagineers, change is rooted in a tradition set by Walt Disney who encouraged new innovations, new ideas, new scenes and current storytelling. And the experiences they create can be enjoyed by guests who visit our parks from all over the world.

As part of the creative development process, conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape.

So what do you think, should Disney change the retheme of Splash Mountain from Princess and the Frog to Black Panther in honor of Chadwich Boseman?

You can sign the petition here


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3 thoughts on “Fans ask Disney to Redesign Splash Mountain to Black Panther in honor of Chadwick Boseman

  1. I am with you Michel. This is not only ludicrous. It is plain dumb. I am 100% on board with the princess and the frog being put in place of the original splash mountain. Huge fan of the movie and I believe it deserves its own attraction. Marvel will have its own land in Disney Land (I hope at WDW as well) and I am sure Black Panther will get its own attraction one day.

  2. How the hell does this fit into Frontier land or Critter country. If the re theme it to Princess and the frog or To Black Panther. How about KEEP IT AS IT IS. Disney needs to rethink this all together. Splash has had 45 + wait times since they reopened Magic Kingdom. Look at all the love and fans Splash has. Wake up Disney!!!!!!

  3. This is just a ludicrous idea. How the hell would a Black Panther ride fit in Critter Country? Very obvious that this is an emotional, not-well-thought-out idea that makes zero sense and will NOT go anywhere.

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