Disgusting, Disrespectful, and Unforgivable Insensitivity: Disney World Reinvents the Bad Attraction

Disney Parks always remains at the forefront of creating entertainment offerings around the world, and this cutting-edge standard comes in various forms such as attractions, rides, park experiences and the reimagining of current offerings.

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One of the most striking examples is perhaps the recently unveiled reimagining of the splash mountain attraction at Disneyland Park and the Walt disney World Seaside resortwhich will become a new princess and the frog– thematic attraction during 2024.

And while fans can appreciate Disney’s dedication to continually improving the guest experience at Disney Parksmany think that The waltz disney The company picked the wrong attraction to start with.

The first version of Disney Parkssplash mountain attraction open to Guests at Disneyland Park on July 17, 1989. Exactly three years later, Guests at the Walt disney World Seaside resort in Florida were offered a soft opening splash mountain attractionfollowed by the grand opening of the ride on October 2, 1992, just one day after the attraction opened in tokyo disneyland.

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The Disneyland version is hailed on the resort’s official website as a “hare herding experience,” one that invites Guests at “jump inside a hollow log and float through a colorful bayou as you follow the carefree Br’er Rabbit to his “laughing place.” But beware: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in pursuit of this capricious hare.

Walk past over 100 audio-animatronic creatures that talk, sing, and tell stories. splash mountain and offer their own slice of local culture. Sing along to classic Disney songs, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

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A similar description can be found on the disney world website.

Disneyland and Walt disney World Seaside resort the attractions offer 950,000 gallons of water, three dips, and a finale that consists of a massive five-story splash.

But in June 2020, Disney announced a massive reimagining of the attraction Going through Disney Parks Blog:

“Splash Mountain at a time Disneyland Park in California and magic kingdom To park in Florida will soon be completely redesigned. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite Disney animated movie, “The Princess and the Frog”.

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Disney further announced that the ride would “pick up this story after The Last Kiss and 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.

But little else was known at the time about plans for the famous log water ride in disney world and Disneyland Park.

What has been known was that splash mountain was based on an old Disney movie that has been the center of controversy and debate for the past few years. For this reason, the film is not available on DVD or Blu-Ray, and it never debuted on the Disney+ streaming platform. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to find the movie, even on sites like eBay and Amazon.

splash mountainlike everyone else Disney Parks attraction, is based on a Disney story and tells a story. No harm, no fault, right? Wrong, according to a growing number of fans who have expressed concerns about Disney’s 1946 The Song of the South, on which the attraction rests. The film has long been problematic, as many believe the film helps perpetuate racist stereotypes against the Afro-American community.

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The splash mountain attraction contains no reference to the film’s main character, Uncle Remus. Rather, it only features the animal characters from the movie, such as Brother Rabbit, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox. And because the southern song is not available, chances are that many guests who experience the Splash Mountain attraction have never seen the film and know very little, if anything, about the potentially offensive elements of the film.

Earlier this month, Disney Parks announced that the new redesigned splash mountain attractionwho will be namedTianas Bayou Adventurewill debut in 2024. The change looks as good as it does.

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And while Disney’s efforts to combat potentially harmful and hurtful elements like racial stereotyping in its productions and in Disney Parks attractions based on these productions, there is at least one potentially harmful and hurtful element in another magic kingdom attraction that should never have been included in an attraction, especially in a family-oriented resort.

Among the original team of Walt disney Imaginers, it was common knowledge that Walt had a long-standing goal of building a “haunted house” type attraction at Disneyland. In fact, plans for the structure that would house such an experiment were drawn up and the structure was built. But because the New York World’s Fair was on the horizon and Walt had been commissioned by General Electric to produce elements for the company’s pavilion, everyone was on deck for the Expo’s efforts. universal.

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So the majestic Disneyland mansion sat vacant, dormant, empty, and eerily quiet for years before the new Haunted Mansion attraction experience inhabited the house in 1969. When the Walt disney World Seaside resort opened in October 1971, the haunted mansion was among its opening day attractions.

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Finally, several years after his death, Walt’s dream had come true.

But that dream is often a nightmare, as the attraction’s opening scene features a visual image of a suicide in the form of a human figure hanging by the neck from the ceiling of the Portrait Chamber (also known as the Hall of Fame). stretching). It is unpleasant, disheartening and frankly disgusting and incredibly disrespectful to anyone whose life has ever been touched by the ripple effects of such a terrible tragedy.

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Because the Haunted Mansion attractions were conceived after Walt Disney’s death, the Disney fan inside this writer unequivocally believes that such a scene was not part of Walt’s plan for the new attraction. Disney had been clear in its guidelines and instructions to Imagineers that the new attraction would NOT be such an experience, as fans can tell from this 1965 episode of The Wonderful World of Colors by Walt Disney.

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Opponents have pointed out that the suicide visual is located at the highest part of the portrait chamber’s high-pitched ceiling, so guests can simply look away. But the attraction’s design directs guests’ eyes directly to the suicide element, as all the lights go out except for those illuminating the suspended figure.

No part of the suicide scene should ever have been included in a Disney Parks attraction, but since there is no true rewriting of history – despite efforts and edicts passed in recent years to try to do it – this writer won’t waste time on the poor judgment on the part of Walt Disney Imagineering in the Haunted Mansion attraction.

Rather, I would suggest an immediate pause on the Project Splash Mountain-Princess Tiana in the name of the much more pressing need for a reinvention that would potentially affect countless numbers of guests whose lives have been either touched or turned upside down by the tragedy of suicide. If there was ever an attraction (or element of an attraction) that was harmful or hurtful (not to say downright abhorrent) to guests and cast members, it was this visual image inside the haunted Mansion.

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For the record, it’s also incredibly cold, heartless, and almost unforgivable in its callousness and malevolence toward anyone who’s ever been touched by suicide. (It should be noted that the scene appears in a moment of jaw-dropping suspense, giving new guests no idea that they’re about to see something that could be extremely unsettling for them, which makes the scene unsettling. all the more disgusting and disrespectful.)

Who would celebrate such a tragedy? It must be removed. Immediately.

Disney would incur extremely minimal costs in this proposed reinvention; after all, it wouldn’t require a complete overhaul. It only requires the removal of the figure and a different lighting sequence (maybe). The scene adds nothing to the experience except for a face of horror, terror, and personal trauma, each of which would vanish once the image is removed.

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And during the time it takes for Disney to launch a qualified Imagineer or Cast Member up to the highest part of the chamber, the situation can be completely rectified by simply keeping all lighting off of the figure above the chamber until it is removed. The whole project will prove to be perhaps the cheapest and most positive change ever made to a Disney parks attraction.

And that needs to be done much sooner than any changes to Splash Mountain. This writer is most definitely a Tiana fan, but I’m also an entertainment fan who doesn’t exclude any guest based on their familiarity with a terrible tragedy, and all my research tells me I’m definitely not the only one in this case. .

Keith P. Plain