Headline RoundupMay 13th, 2024

Disney Announces Replacement for ‘Controversial’ Splash Mountain to Open in June

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Disney has officially announced it will be opening a new ride called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World in Orlando on June 28.

The Details: The ride, based on the 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog," will replace Disney’s popular Splash Mountain ride that closed in January 2023. Opened in 1992, Splash Mountain came under fire online in June 2020 for being based on the 1946 movie “Song of the South” which has long been accused of including racist tropes regarding the post-Civil War South.

For Context: The ride will open almost exactly four years after Disney announced it would be rebranding Splash Mountain in light of the criticism.

Key Quote: In a press release, Disney wrote, “Music is at the heart of New Orleans, and guests will be tapping their toes all throughout the attraction” to “Zydeco, Rara, and Afro-Cuban music authentic to the region of New Orleans.”

How The Media Covered It: Fox Business (Lean Right bias) described the ride as “woke” in the preview on its homepage and included context that Splash Mountain broke records on its last day of operation in 2023 with wait times near four hours. USA Today (Lean Left bias) did not include this context, but noted that a core part of the backlash in 2020 was an online petition that received over 21,000 signatures. Local outlets like the Orlando Sentinel (Center bias) and Spectrum News Orlando steered clear of noting any culture war controversies.

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