Disney announced over a year ago that Splash Mountain at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will be rethemed to Princess and the Frog. Recently, we noticed some scaffolding put up at Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain. Now, Magic Kingdom Vice President Melissa Valiquette gave an update on the attraction’s re-theming.
In a podcast with the Orlando Sentinel, Valiquette said, “When we are reimagining a new attraction or a new area of our parks, this can be a lengthy process; there is a lot of work that goes into it.”
She also said, “I’m in a lot of meetings right now around Splash mountain, and of course, our guests haven’t seen any changes yet. That’s going to take some time, but the sequence of these things is that sometimes decisions can be made many many months, even years before any of that will be seen on stage, so it’s going to take us a little bit of time to reimagine Splash mountain, but I can tell you behind the scenes that terrific work has been done including some selections around music around animatronics, and it is really an inspiring story.”
“They have created something that I believe will capitalize on what was already special about the ride Splash Mountain, but will turn it into something that our guests will really cherish for generations into the future. And I think this is one example of something where our guests are going to have to put a bit of trust into us, for a bit, because we promise not to let you down, we’re going to deliver a wonderful attraction that is inspiring and beautiful and worthy of this Princess, Princess Tiana.”
Splash Mountain is currently themed to the controversial 1946 classic Disney movie “Song of the South.” Many have been calling for Disney to change the theme for some time now.
According to Disney, the new theme of Princess and the Frog will pick up the story after the final kiss. We “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.”
You can listen to the Orlando Sentinel podcast here.
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