Downtown Disney Changes Its Playlist: No More Songs Of The South
“Song of the South” is no more (at least on the soundtrack to Downtown Disney in Anaheim). Now, 74 years later, the final notes of a troubling legacy are quickly fading into history; an unfortunate footnote relegated to the vault.
Disneyland has quietly taken the first small but symbolic steps toward removing the controversial “Song of the South” theme from Splash Mountain in preparation for a new “Princess and the Frog” transformation of the Critter Country log flume ride.
Disneyland has removed the “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” song from the Downtown Disney background music loop and stripped any reference to the “Song of the South” from the Splash Mountain website.
[The Park] remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Downtown Disney outdoor shopping mall reopened in July with reduced capacity and COVID-19 safety protocols.
For my part: I remember loving Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah as a child; singing the melody on the swings as a kid right alongside music from Sesame Street and The Muppets.
Two-thirds of that provenance aged well.
But now, well, let’s just say I’m excited for MY children to sing, “I’m almost there…”
The removal of the song from Downtown Disney’s background music is part of a continuous process to deliver an environment that features stories that are relevant and inclusive, Disneyland officials said.
In July, the Disney Parks Blog posted:
Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.