Cast Member fights off alligator only a few feet away from Guests at Splash Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney World and Disneyland, as both are slated to be reimagined shortly.

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The theme for both will magically transform (with the help of some very capable Imagineers) from its current theme of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear to that of Disney’s Princess and the Frog. And while we understand the reasoning behind such a decision, this writer, for one, thinks Disney is reimagining the wrong attraction, and it’s kind of disgraceful.

But I digress.

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The original version of Disney Parks’ Splash Mountain attraction opened to Guests at Disneyland Resort on July 17, 1989. Exactly three years later, Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida were offered a soft opening of the Splash Mountain attraction, followed by the grand opening of the ride on October 2, 1992, just a day after the attraction opened at Tokyo Disneyland.

And while Guests enjoy the attraction, the Disney film on which it was based has been problematic for the House of Mouse for years now. Because of this, the film isn’t available on DVD or Blu-Ray, and it has never debuted on the Disney+ streaming platform, nor will it ever.

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Disney’s Song of the South is set in the post-Civil War deep South and sees a kind old storyteller, Uncle Remus, sharing tales about the trickster Br’er Rabbit and how he outwits Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox, with a young boy named Johnny, who has come to visit his grandmother who lives on a rural plantation in Georgia. But many feel the film helps to perseverate racist stereotypes against the African American community. As such, Disney has made the decision to change the theming of the attraction.

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Whether it’s all the buzz about the Splash Mountain attraction that has fans reading more about it online or looking into the history of the ride or just the curious nature of online couch potatoes, we’re not sure, but one way or the other, video has surfaced of a Cast Member at Disney World who found himself tasked with fending off a Florida alligator at the Splash Mountain attraction.

TikToker @MainStreetMagic1971 posted the video on his TikTok account, and it has already amassed more than 34,000 views in only one day.

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The video shows a Cast Member trying to scare off an alligator in the water dangerously close to Guests.

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As the video progresses, viewers are able to see a ride vehicle full of Guests within only feet of the alligator.

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Because the video is dated, the photos are very grainy, but it’s easy to see the alligator in the water, and at one point in the recording, the alligator can even be seen up on the grassy area near the attraction.

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We aren’t sure who the Cast Member is in the video, but he was quite brave in his efforts to fend off the alligator at Splash Mountain, and we are grateful for Cast Members like him who put Guest safety and enjoyment first.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!