Disney Reveals New Name for Splash Mountain

July 1, 2022, 3:33 PM · Goodbye Splash Mountain and hello to Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

Disney today in New Orleans announced the new name for its Magic Kingdom and Disneyland flume rides, which will be rethemed to "The Princess and the Frog." The company also confirmed that the conversions will debut in 2024, as had been accidentally revealed earlier by the actress who played Tiana in the Disney Animation hit.

Splash Mountain opened in 1989 with a "Song of the South" theme. The attraction represented Disney's attempt to provide a new home for the characters and music of the 1946 live action and animated movie. But Splash Mountain, even with its popularity, could not dissipate the stench of minstrelsy and racism that permeates "Song of the South" in the modern era, so Disney chose to retheme the popular flume ride rather than continue telling its story of Brer Rabbit and company.

At Disneyland in California, Splash Mountain stands next to New Orleans Square in Critter Country, so retheming the ride to Tiana and "The Princess and the Frog" allows it an even stronger connection to one of Disneyland's most iconic themed lands. In Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tiana's Bayou Adventure will provide an appropriate transition from Frontierland to the Caribbean Plaza in the park's Adventureland.

Walt Disney Imagineering today also shared a behind the scenes video documenting its research into the retheme.

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Replies (28)

July 1, 2022 at 3:44 PM

I will miss it but again, over 30 years for a ride to stay the same is an eternity in Disney so frankly expected a change long before. It's still going to be the thrill of that drop into the water and I hope this theming goes on. I mean, not a fan of the "Malestrom into Frozen" idea but that ride not too bad and this looks fun.

July 1, 2022 at 3:46 PM

I love two-thirds of the new name.

But we've gotten so many "Adventures" over the years that the term has lost its luster. Time to get a little more creative with the titles.

July 1, 2022 at 3:50 PM

Ah, "Adventures" just easy and rolls off the tongue a bit for these.

I still love how Imagineers wanted "Zip a Dee River Run," Eisner said Splash Mountain for the Tom Hanks movie, Imagineers resisted...and as soon as it's a hit, they all go "yeah, he was right, that name was so much better."

July 1, 2022 at 5:11 PM

"... the stench of minstrelsy ..."

Very clever writing. (I'm gonna use "The Stench of Minstrelsy" as the name for my new heavy metal cover band.)

July 1, 2022 at 6:21 PM

A better name would have been "Tiana's Magical Frog Motorless Boat Adventure."

I do think they'll do a really good job with this one though.

July 1, 2022 at 9:26 PM

I wanted Tiana's non Zip a Dee Adventure. But that's just me.

July 1, 2022 at 10:20 PM

I will be stealing "Tiana's Magical Frog Motorless Boat Adventure" in future stories, because it simply is to spot-on to be forgotten.

July 1, 2022 at 10:58 PM

That's a pretty poor choice for a name, though admittedly I can't come up with something that works better for the property. Sticking the movie name in it will just result in a wordy name that likely needs a subtitle, but omitting it may result in confusion over what the ride is based on by the less Disney savvy as it's not a recent IP, and despite the fact that everyone will likely continue calling it Splash Mountain, Disney can't keep that as part of the name if they want to erase the previous ride. I do think TBA might be the best abbreviation for a Disney ride since ASS, though.

July 1, 2022 at 11:47 PM

I’m calling it Frog Mountain, because I’m lazy

July 2, 2022 at 8:21 AM

Will forever be Splash Mountain. Just like everything is a Fast Pass.

July 2, 2022 at 9:51 AM

Haha. Steal away, Robert.

Purely a minor detail, but do we know if they'll also update the little play area in Disney World to align with Princess and the Frog? The covered one (I think the train might go overhead) near the queue for Splash Mountain. As small as it is, it's pretty popular given that it's shaded. My kids loved that little spot when they were younger.

July 2, 2022 at 1:12 PM

Frog Mountain is pretty good, actually.

July 2, 2022 at 5:14 PM

I saw someone calling it "Princess and the Log", it's definitely more creative but I guess it's always going to be called Splash Mountain by the general public.

July 3, 2022 at 12:50 PM

I actually love Tiana and PatF. It was Disneys last real animated movie and should have its own attraction. That being said Splash Mountain is iconic. Its one of the best rides ever made and the music is unforgettable. Oh well. Its just 1 more reason to visit Tokyo Japan where Disney's woke madness cant reach.

July 3, 2022 at 1:50 PM

So a grown woman is trying to get to a party, that's the story? Significantly lower stakes than avoiding murder. Oh no, what if she doesn't make it to the party, she'll have to wait until tomorrow night! Who is the bad guy in the story, her cab driver? Cue the animals in the swamp singing her lament: "oh no, Tiana might not make it to the party!"

Why would a woman jump into a briar patch? Or are they going to rip that out, too? So very odd that they decided to have the protagonist be an adult human, especially because she's a frog for much of the movie.

Judging from that video above--are we going to get a bunch of fixed, unmoving statues like the abysmal Monsters Inc. ride?

I have a bad feeling about this, like with most every other change that has been directed by Chapek. How much extra will you have to pay to ride this one??

July 3, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Surprised you are so critical of something so woke, Colonel!

July 3, 2022 at 2:56 PM

If you deride something as "woke" simply because it features a person of color, you're a racist.

July 3, 2022 at 3:52 PM

No, Colonel, I deride something as “woke” because people are offended because they were told they should be offended and did not come to that conclusion on their own. How many thousands (millions?) have ridden SM and thought nothing of it until they were told they should be offended by it? I’ll bet you are one of them, Colonel!

July 3, 2022 at 4:01 PM

isn't that how learning things works?

July 3, 2022 at 4:44 PM

Sometimes, but not always. If someone is truly offended, they should come to that conclusion on their own and not have someone tell them they should be offended.

July 3, 2022 at 6:25 PM

I have no idea what you're talking about but it sounds like my assessment hit the nail on the head. You should open your own amusement park, Crackerland, avoid all this horrible "woke" stuff like Black women that makes you so upset.

America 2022, a lovely country.

July 3, 2022 at 8:04 PM

I think if you reread my comments, you’ll see I stated no such problem with the retheme. I merely was surprised with your criticism of the proposed plan and that it went against your typical support of anything related with the woke agenda, Colonel. You were the one who made it into something racist.

Regardless, that’s some offensive name calling, Colonel. I feel attacked. There’s a name for people like you: Hypocrite.

July 4, 2022 at 6:04 AM

2bits you’ve proven over and over who you are - you’re pretension is laughable

July 4, 2022 at 10:06 AM

Good news, everyone! Doc Brown lent me his DeLorean, and I traveled to late 2024. Tiana's Bayou Adventure still basically involves getting pushed over a waterfall in a hollowed out log. Society as we know it has not collapsed. The innocence of our childhoods are not lost. Fox News and MSNBC are both still things (unfortunately). Planet Earth is still very much intact. Life just seems to keep going on and is in no way affected by an overhaul of a 30 year old water ride at theme parks most people only dream of visiting.

Who knew the human race could be so resilient? Certainly not me several years ago when I complained about the overhaul of Maelstrom into Frozen Ever After. How could they overhaul that educational classic? I hated Frozen. Keep EPCOT weird! What if they turn it into a ride that's actually popular? Then I rode last January and thought to myself, 'They actually did a nice job with this one.'

July 5, 2022 at 8:14 AM

In the Multiverse, there never was a Splash Mountain and folks are looking forward to an updated Princess Mountain.

I'm excited to see how it turns out.

July 5, 2022 at 2:52 PM

@twobits And I stand by my assessment. You write:

"I merely was surprised with your criticism of the proposed plan and that it went against your typical support of anything related with the woke agenda, Colonel."

Again, for those in the back row: if you believe Disney's choice to feature a non-White protagonist is necessarily the product of a "woke agenda," you are a racist. If the ride had a White woman named Karen rushing through the bayou to stop Tiana's party, would you accuse the ride makers of having an "agenda"? No, of course not, it would be business as usual in a world where White people are disproportionally represented. There's no "agenda" when they choose to include White people, that's the default, right?

But somehow when the protagonist is Black there must have been an "agenda" that drove that selection (which you deride by calling it "woke").

So, TwoBits, the racism on display is two-fold:
(1) It's racist for you to assume that adding Black people to a ride (instead of the default White folks) represents some "agenda," and
(2) It's racist for you to deride that purported agenda as "woke," as if there is something wrong or nefarious about the choice to feature a Black woman.

Cue the rainbow: THE MORE YOU KNOW!!

July 5, 2022 at 3:23 PM

The risible notion that people have decided to step out of their ignorance, all while realizing how inappropriate something is and demand change is consider "woke" is asinine. Certain individuals would rather remain ignorant, or would just willfully show lack of empathy just for them to remain comfortable. Just because you don't acknowledge what you are, doesn't mean you aren't what you are.

July 7, 2022 at 2:07 PM

Most of the “woke” community, much like many of you here, are more bandwagon riders that are joining a trend. Yes, I wrote it is a trend. If you don’t believe me, remind when when was the last time you heard or read anything related to #MeToo or saw Hollywood entertainers wearing black gowns in support of the cause (a textbook case of “lacktivism”).

If you aren’t out on the streets protesting or donating money to a cause and just simply wearing your trendy slogan t-shirt while typing away at a computer/phone, you, too, are a “lacktivist”.

Finally, just because one disagrees doesn’t make one a racist. That’s a typical and predictable liberal tactic. Be better, Colonel.

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