Disney has plans in the works to redo Splash Mountain, transforming the log flume ride from one based on the 1946 movie "Song of the South" to be based on the 2009 movie "The Princess and the Frog."
The changes will be made at Disneyland and Disney World.
As part of that transformation, Disney has removed any mention of the Song of the South from the Splash Mountain website and has deleted the Academy Award-winning song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the Downtown Disney background music playlist. The song won Best Original Song from Song of the South in 1948.
According to Pasadena Star-News, “Disney’s 1946 Song of the South film based on the ‘Uncle Remus’ stories — a collection of folktales from the Southern plantation era compiled by Joel Chandler Harris and published in the 1880s — have been criticized for perpetuating racist stereotypes.”
Disneyland is still closed indefinitely due to the pandemic, and no work has yet begun on redoing Splash Mountain. The ride will continue with its existing theme (minus “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” we assume) once Disneyland reopens.