Is Disney's New Tiana Ride the Movie Sequel We’ve Waited For?

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Since it opened in 1989, Splash Mountain has been one of Disney’s most popular theme park attractions. The water-themed log ride was based on the controversial 1946 film “Song of the South,” which follows a seven-year-old boy as he befriends a former slave while visiting his grandmother’s plantation. Along with deeply racist undertones, it features the annoyingly catchy tune, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

For years, Black Disney fans have been asking the company to change the attraction so it’s based on a less problematic property.

In 2020, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, Disney finally announced that it would be re-theming Splash Mountain. The story would now center around the movie, “The Princess and the Frog.” Tiana’s Bayou Adventure follows the company’s first Black Disney Princess in her new life as a businesswoman.

As Disney has released sequels to many of its other animated classics, we’ve not-so-patiently waited for a follow-up to “The Princess and the Frog.” Since it seems like it may be a while before we get a sequel or live-action remake, it looks like the attraction will have to do for now.

With Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is ready to start splashing guests at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort June 28, we’re exploring what fans can expect from Tiana’s next chapter and whether the attraction is “The Princess and the Frog” sequel we deserve.

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