The days of ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ at Disney parks across the US are almost over — which is why people are forming massive lines this weekend for a final go-around.
Numerous Disneyland & Disney World customers have posted photos/videos Saturday and Sunday showing them waiting for their chance to jump on a log and cruise Splash Mountain one last time before it officially closes for reimagining starting Monday.
The classic fan-favorite ride is reworked into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – a riff from the movie ‘The Princess and The Frog’, with a swampy setting in New Orleans. That version is expected to reopen sometime in 2024…so SM will go dark at least until then.
In light of this disruption, ticket buyers are flocking to the attraction like never before, with lines stretching all the way different sections from the park. We’re talking about hundreds of people.
It is unclear how long the waiting times are, but we estimate at least a few hours. However, the riders don’t seem to care – honestly, this is the last chance anyone will have to enjoy Splash Mountain the way it originally was…and it looks like Disney fiends are out to fill their tummies.
Splash Mountain has been around since the late ’80s and has become a fixture for many on every visit to a Disney park. The water ride is based on the 1946 live action/animated movie ‘Song of the South’… and features all the ‘Br’er’ characters from the movie — Rabbit, Fox, Bear, etc.
The reason Splash Mountain is being remade in the first place is because the old movie and character have been called problematic, being that they romanticize the old South and play up stereotypes about African Americans, etc. It hasn’t aged well in the 21st century. century.
There has been debate over whether Splash needed a facelift, but this lines up with other changes Disney has made to aging attractions in recent years. Times are changing.🤷🏽♂️