Despite the fact that it is advertised as the “Happiest Place on Earth”, some families are unhappy with some changes that Disney World and Disneyland do. This will be nothing more than a rebrand of Splash Mountain. While some fans have been vocal for months about the ride’s end as the ride prepares to say goodbye to Disneyland on Jan. 23, fans actually helped “Save Splash Mountain” become a trend.
At the time of writing this article on Sunday, Splash Mountain was in a whopping 200 minute wait. Waiting more than a few hours is usually reserved for new high-octane rides. (Such as what happened when Rise of the Resistance opened.) While Splash Mountain can be very popular in the parks on warm days, waiting more than three hours for a ride is not very common.
In fact, Splash Mountain is not among the ten longest waits at Disneyland. But it’s certainly a big number today ahead of the attraction’s official closure on January 23rd.
I guess the wait time shouldn’t come as a surprise since people seem really attached to nostalgia for an attraction that Disney World and then Disneyland plan to reimagine, not tear down. The new theme will be based on the movie The Princess and the Frog and will be called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. While we have some questions about Splash Mountain’s redesign, given the nature of the drop ride, it will likely have all the essential aspects of the ride that its previous iteration had, but that hasn’t stopped this “Save Splash Mountain” trend.
On Twitter, some people (and one in particular) are pleading with Disney Parks in a last-ditch effort to save the attraction, with one of them using the aforementioned long wait times as evidence that Splash Mountain needs to be saved.
145 minute wait. Oh yeah, people really hate #SplashMountain. 🙄. This is ridiculous. Leave Splash alone.#SaveSplashMountain @WDWGuestService @Disneyland @WaltDisneyCo @WaltDisneyWorld @DisneyParks @RobertIger @GovRonDeSantis @peopleneed2know @Disney pic.twitter.com/tmbWWJvtvq
— Michael Tardi (@MTARDI32) January 22, 2023
It should be noted that when bankrupt restaurants announce impending closure, pre-closing reservations are usually taken very quickly. Splash Mountain it’s actually still popular, so the analogy is inaccurate, but the bottom line is that demand is high because there’s not enough supply. And a few people on Twitter are making a lot of noise, hoping it won’t happen at all.
I have been a WDW Annual Pass holder for many years. I wish I could count how many times I’ve driven #SplashMountain. It will be hard to go there in a few weeks, seeing it closed, knowing what will happen if it does. Now I’m wishing for a Disney miracle. #SaveSplashMountain #Disney pic.twitter.com/2J9QmcBaPB
— Karen Mauro (@iamKarenMauro) January 22, 2023
The impending closure didn’t stop people from getting nostalgic one last time, as long lines did support people saying goodbye to the long-running attraction that originally opened in 1989 at Disneyland. Disney World iteration discovered in 1992.
Tomorrow is the last day of work at Splash Mountain and everyone is here to say a proper goodbye to Br’er Rabbit 👋🐰 pic.twitter.com/XyKuKd3Fst
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) January 21, 2023
One group is said to have even staged a peaceful protest outside the park so their voices could be heard beforehand Splash Mountain is officially closed.
They also believe the election was stolen and have an unconfirmed whereabouts on January 6th, I guess
— 🎆Fannytasmic🎇 (@fannylyn) January 22, 2023
Meanwhile, others on Twitter are ready to implement new plans. Disney World gives way to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure when the attraction closes on January 23, 2023. Disneyland will follow suit later, possibly related to Indiana Jones and the Temple of the forbidden eye also in need of repair.
The change in theme came about due to increased attention to the Song of the South attraction, particularly after a petition was circulated in 2020 asking for the attraction to be changed. Disney agreed to the new Splash Mountain theme and quickly moved on. Switching to a Princess and the Frog theme would allow the ride to add more variety to the parks, and the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure storyline sounds pretty cool. It could also give the ride a chance to fix problems like Disney World’s log trays that often sink, who knows?
Of course, the transition will take some time, and in the meantime, it looks like people will continue to voice their opinions about the change.