Watch as Splash Mountain Is Evacuated Right Before The Big Drop
Splash Mountain broke down this week…AGAIN! According to a recent post in People, the ride was evacuated on Monday morning after breaking down. And according to some tweets shared at the time, some visitors where just about to tip over the big hill as the ride came to a halt!
Trevor Grigsby, who’s tweet we are sharing below said, “My last ride on #splashmountain at #WDW ends in an evac JUST before the drop.” He also shared a couple of interesting videos documenting the event.
Here’s the full ride POV until we were led out. I spared you the 10 mins between the stoppage and the evacuation.https://t.co/6Ll9oteELN
— Trevor Grigsby (@trevgrigsby) September 14, 2020
So how did Grigsby feel about the experience? He wasn’t too upset writing, “Alright with me tho. Got the elusive post-COVID FastPass!” According to reports, the ride was down from 9:30 am – 4 pm on Monday as a result of the closure. People reached out to Disney but didn’t receive a comment.
so we got out of our boat because it was sinking while we were stuck there and the disney world employee decided to tell us that we should’ve stayed in the boat but it went under as soon as we all stepped out… nice #DisneyWorld #splashmountain #MagicKingdom #disney not okay???? pic.twitter.com/15zMnP1wgX
— sky💫 (@skyelaringrsoll) August 3, 2020
There have been a few other similar mishaps since the Magic Kingdom reopened in July. Last month, one of the flume logs in the attraction started to sink and take on water. As seen in the video above visitors were evacuated after their seats became flooded.
When Grigsby above says that it will be his last ride on Splash Mountain this is due to the fact that Disney announced back in June that the ride will be re-imagined at both Disneyland in and Magic Kingdom. The new theme will be modelled after the 2009 Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog which features the company’s first Black princess, Tiana.
The ride, in its current form is based on the 1946 film Song of the South which has long been a stain on Disney’s image due to its problematic portrayal of the post-Civil War South and racist stereotypes. The rebranding is something Disney has been working on for over a year. The new storyline will pick up after the final kiss and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure. It will feature songs from the film as they prepare for their first ever Mardi Gras performance!
In a press release Disney said, “The retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today,” the release explains. “The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
During a shareholder meeting this past spring, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about Song of the South’s exclusion form the new Disney+ streaming network saying, “I’ve felt as long as I’ve been CEO that Song of the South — even with a disclaimer — was just not appropriate in today’s world. It’s just hard, given the depictions in some of those films, to bring them out today without in some form or another offending people, so we’ve decided not to do that.”
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