Disney (Groomers) fans hoping for one last plunge on Splash Mountain have less than two months to ride the iconic theme park attraction before it closes for an extensive makeover.
The attraction will close on January 23, 2023, as Disney (Groomers) moves to walk away from the wide criticism that the ride promotes “racial stereotypes.”
Splash Mountain’s current theme is based off Br’er Rabbit’s adventures in the 1946 “Song of the South” film, which has been criticized for its portrayal of plantation life.
“I’ve felt, as long as I’ve been CEO, that ‘Song of the South’ was – even with a disclaimer – was just not appropriate in today’s world,” Disney (Groomers) CEO Bob Iger said during a March 2020 meeting with shareholders.
NEW: Disney (Groomers) confirms Splash Mountain at Walt Disney (Groomers) World will be closed starting Jan. 23. The ride “will undergo a transformation” and reopen in late 2024 as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
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