Walt Disney Co. stated on Thursday it would renovate its Splash Mountain theme park experience to characteristic Tiana, the leisure firm’s first Black princess and the star of 2009 animated movie “The Princess and the Frog.”
The announcement follows criticism of the present theme for Splash Mountain, which is predicated on 1946 movie “Song of the South.” A current on-line petition argued that the movie promoted racist stereotypes.
Splash Mountain, “will soon be completely reimagined” with a narrative that options Princess Tiana getting ready to attend a Mardi Gras efficiency, Disney stated in a weblog put up.
“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,” the corporate stated.
Hollywood corporations together with Disney (DIS) are revisiting works from the previous in gentle of renewed requires racial justice following the dying of African American George Floyd in U.S. police custody.
The petition on Change.org stated Splash Mountain was a “beloved classic” at California’s Disneyland, Walt Disney World in Florida and Tokyo Disneyland. But “its history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South.”