Splash Mountain to be Rethemed to Princess and the Frog

Disney has announced details on a project in works from Imagineers for the past year to retheme Splash Mountain at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The entire ride will be completely reimagined inspired by the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.”

The story is said to pick up after the final kiss and will join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure featuring some of the most powerful music from the film- as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

New Adventures With Princess Tiana"We continually evaluate opportunities to enhance and elevate experiences for our guests. It's important that our guests be able to see themselves in the experiences we create. Because we consider ourselves constant learners, we go to great lengths to research and engage cultural advisors and other experts to help guide us along the way. I am incredibly proud to see this work continue to move forward with great support from leadership across Disney." - Carmen Smith

This quote from the Disney Parks Blog sums up the passion behind this project and the dedication the Imagineers have to this reimagining:

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.

It's safe to assume that this reimagined attraction will become a part of New Orleans Square in Disneyland based on this announcement. We'll have to stay tuned for news on what this might mean for the rest of Critter Country in Disneyland.

When Imagineers take on the task of retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney would call it) it begins with them asking the question of ‘how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story?' The Imagineers sound incredibly devoted to this new inclusive reimagining of this popular ride.

There are fantastic Imagineers working on the retime of this popular attraction. The redesign will be lead by Charita Carter, an incredible leader that most recently helped lead the team behind Mickey's Runaway Railway coming to Disneyland and now open in Walt Disney World. Tony Baxter, the creative executive behind the original Splash Mountain will also be joining the team to advise on the update to the attraction. Fans should be excited about this team up.

Concept designs are currently in the works and we should have more information soon along with a timeline for when the transformation should take place.

"I think this is great news, or as Louis would say - HALLELUJAH!!" - Michael-Leon Wooley

We will keep this guide updated as we receive information! It has been confirmed that Splash Mountain will open in its traditional state when Walt Disney World and Disneyland reopens to give guests a chance for one last nostalgic ride to the laughing place.

I am curious to see if Disneyland changes the Splash Mountain name. The original name for the attraction came when Disney CEO Michael Eisner saw the successful Tom Hanks movie Splash and wanted to have the name integrated into the new water ride coming to Disneyland. The cartoon Deep South and the real life Manhattan setting of the film didn't mix so one team member just joked that they could call it “Splash Mountain” and the name stuck. Originally the ride was going to be called the: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah River Run”. 

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