- After over 30 years in operation, Splash Mountain closed their doors permanently at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom last night.
- Announced in 2020, the iconic Disney Parks attraction is closing at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland (no closing date for Disneyland has been announced at this time) to make way for a new experience based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2009 film, The Princess and the Frog, that will open at both resorts in late 2024.
- Today, not even 24 hours after the last log floated over the edge of Chickapin Hill, Magic Kingdom guests are noticing big changes.
- Aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad, guests are noticing that the mere mention of Splash Mountain has already been removed, and is replaced with a little nod of what’s to come. The dialog says that a bunch of new critters are on their way, and they’re “Almost there” – a reference to Tiana’s song in the 2009 film.
- Over at the Liberty Square Riverboat, the change is noticeable but not nearly as fun as that of the change on the Walt Disney World Railroad. As of press time, the only change is absolute silence as the riverboat floats by the standing but not operating flume. As passengers would float by previously, there would be mention of the attraction and its resident characters.
- Around the mountain proper, construction walls have already been built around the exterior of the attraction, blocking the work that is already underway from view. The entire outdoor queue that was once home to singing and chirping birdhouses is also already walled up.
- Notably, the walls feature a logo for the Southern Dome Salt Company. Back in December, Imagineers acknowledged the concerns of many fans of how a mountain would fit into New Orleans (the setting of The Princess and the Frog), an extremely flat city. New Orleans does not have mountains, but it does have salt domes, and Tiana has purchased one of these salt domes and is using it as the base for Tiana’s Foods, a key component to the story of the new attraction.
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