Source: Disney

Splash Mountain is one of the iconic rides that always come to mind when you think of Disneyland and Magic Kingdom but that’s soon about to change — and for a good reason.

According to Disney, the Imagineers (Disney’s magical ride creators) have been working on how to retheme the ride to celebrate The Princess and the Frog, a 2009 instant hit starring Disney’s first Black princess, since last year. The ride will now follow the story right after “the final kiss” as Princess Tiana and Louis embark on a musical adventure. Music from the film will surround the pair as they prepare for their very first Mardi Gras performance.

Though the blog post announcing the decision makes no mention of it, the film that the Splash Mountain ride is based on has been surrounded by controversy. Song of the South features what many people view as racial stereotypes, as a young white boy hangs out with a Black plantation worker in the South after the Civil War.

Disney’s Imagineers often task themselves with recreating an experience to tell a fresh, relevant story. There’s arguably no better way to fix up the magic than replacing ride with racism origins with one that celebrates Black representation and stories.

The ride is still in its conceptual stage, so it will still be a while before we’re singing along to “Down in New Orleans,” but the Imagineers will soon be able to develop a timeline for when it can be expected.

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Nicole Savas

Nicole Savas

As a kid, Nicole either wanted to be a professional toy player-wither or a writer. Somehow, as social media editor for The Toy Insider, The Toy Book, and The Pop Insider, she’s found a career as both. She's grateful to work somewhere that she can fully embrace both her love of teddy bears and her admiration for the Oxford comma. When she's not playing with toys at work, she's playing with her baby girl at home.