Splash Mountain to change amid controversy

The popular Disneyland and Disney World ride featured characters from the controversial 1946 film “The Song of the South.”
2:45 | 06/26/20

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We're back with Disney announcing some changes coming to its popular attraction splash mountain. This after fans said that that ride reinforced racial stereotypes. T.J. Holmes has the story. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Good morning to you, Cecilia. There is a Disney movie so controversial it's never been released on home video. You can't find it on Disney plus and contains countless racial tropes and floor fights plantation life. Splash mountain is based on that movie. Maybe it's time to get off this ride. One of the most popular and iconic Disney rides is getting a total makeover. Splash mountain will be rebranded and reimagined after complaints in an online petition calling out its theme and characters all based on the controversial 1946 Disney film, "Song of the south." That movie set on a plantation in the post-civil war south has long been criticized as racist for its depiction of black people and for glorifying plantation life. So what now? I reckon you want a kiss? Kissing would be nice, yes. Reporter: Now the ride is being reimagined to feature characters from Disney's 2009 film, "The princess and the frog," a plan Disney says has been in the works since last year. It's a great moment to do better and to turn it into something everybody can celebrate and be proud of and happy for. Reporter: The ride will pick up the story of Tiana, Disney's first black princess and navineen from the kiss. It's an amazing and wonderful way to show representation. For children who don't look like Tiana, a way to open their eyes and allows these children, all of them, to meet with their common denominator which is the love and the heroism that comes with Tiana. Reporter: Disney, the parent of ABC news making the announcement at a time when brands, institutions and musicians have made changes in the name of racial equality and inclusion. th Dixie chicks are now just the chicks. Dropping "Dixie" from their name. Dixie being a nickname for the southern in particular confederate states and in Mississippi, rival athletic directors and coaches from public universities coming together at the state capitol Thursday calling for the removal of the confederate emblem from the state flag and state lawmakers say they are one or two votes shy of taking the next step towards that goal. We are cautiously optimistic progressing in the right way. Reporter: No official word yet on the time line for when splash mountain will be redone. All right, thank you so much, T.J.

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