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Sep 22, 2010
... With that said, this was the right call. I read somewhere a blind man rode SM and his main comment was that the characters voices reminded him of the Jim Crow South he grew up in.

This is a long time coming (though I don't buy the "we've been working on it since last year" hooey.

Also, why not replace Pecos Bill with a New Orleans restart l restaurant themed to "Tiana's Place?" It will better connect Adventureland with Frontierland.


Team Instinct
Jan 12, 2012
in the rear
Alright my two cents on the matter. I personally would be ok with keeping Splash the way it is. Most people probably wouldn't connect Splash to a movie that hasn't seen a wide release in decades. On top of that, Disney's attempt to make Pirates slightly less offensive ended up making the ride slightly worse.

However change is likely to be inevitable so
A Princess and the Frog retheme would be great for Disneyland's version of the ride provided Disney decides not to cut back expenses after a drop in attendance like they're famous for doing.

For MK's version
Keep the ride the same, but change out Bear, Fox and Rabbit for original characters. Keep most of the animatronics and change the score. This is probably the most minimal change of all. Stuff would be modified to fit the new story/characters but most of the ride should still be largely intact.

Give the mountain a total overhaul and change it to a mine/frontier theme similar to Timber Mountain at Knotts. You could easily just remove the grass/green around the mountain and replace it with earth tones. Interior would obviously get a full overhaul with new show scenes and maybe incorporate some modern elements into the ride like projection mapping. Don't cheap out on us Disney.

And lastly, combination of the last two ideas. Give the mountain a full overhaul and use original characters. Completely new show scenes but cute animals are still the focus of the attraction. Brand new score, modern elements mixed with classic show scenes.

This is all banking on Disney not being cheap and forcing budget cuts however.

This also means my beloved Grand Fiesta Tour might be on the chopping block in the future too. I'm kinda sad about that but I guess that was inevitable too. ?
Oct 25, 2014
Virginia Beach
I like Princess and the Frog, glad it’s getting a ride. Not sure how a water ride really fits it though. Reminds me that I want a Tangled ride. I really like the way Splash Mountain looks so I’ll miss that. I really hope they go with traditional animatronics instead of projection mapping on the faces, I hate the way it looks on the Frozen ride.
Sep 29, 2009
I would be ecstatic if animatronics look more like the ones on Tokyo’s Beauty and The Beast ride than the ones on Frozen. Belle’s animatronic looks especially stunning on that ride. Her motions look fluid and elegant; keeping a perfect balance between cartoonish and realistic.

I’m very excited about the PatF ride, personally. IIRC, the movie had a lot of gorgeous scenes that seem a natural fit for a water ride. I just hope it doesn’t look thrown together last-minute.
Nov 24, 2009
We were there from opening till close. longest we waited was 2 hours and that was around 6pm, We were one of the very last in line right at park closing and while I didnt note the time we boarded we were in the riverboat scene at midnight. When we got off the ride the queue was empty and they loaded the first log of cast members. There were a good amount of cast and maintience workers who rode while guests cheered them on. There was really no pushby the park for guests to was a great sendoff to a great attraction.
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