ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Disney fans are petitioning to re-theme the classic Splash Mountain log ride at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, removing the ride’s inspiration from “Song of the South.”
According to a Change.com petition, the ride’s “history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film ‘Song of the South.'”
Instead, the petition calls to re-theme the attraction to Princess and the Frog, the first Disney film to introduce a black princess.
Also Wednesday, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced that the theme parks could open as early as July 17 after being closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.