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Disney Community Speaks Out: Advocacy for Political Correctness Enhances Park Experience

Splash Mountain closed
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One can’t spend more than a few minutes in online Disney Parks fan communities without encountering someone decrying the Mouse’s recent decisions as “woke.” However, a recent debate revealed that most Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort guests actually favor political correctness at the Disney theme parks.

The anti-woke brigade has recently targeted rethemes and updates to Disney Park attractions like Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Jungle Cruise. Splash Mountain recently closed at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park to make way for The Princess and the Frog (2009)-themed Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean and The Jungle Cruise no longer feature scenes offensive to women and Indigenous people.

A hand painting a mural near Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

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TikToker Sophia (@phiaprincess_3431_) recently responded to a video of conservative Disney influencer Mally Mouse calling these rides “victims of political correctness.” Sophia argued that “all three of those rides had perfectly good reasons for changing.”

@phiaprincess_3431_

#greenscreenvideo #greenscreen turn off your stitches all you want this is embarrassing. #disney #tianasbayouadventure #splashmountain #songofthesouth #fyp #educational

♬ original sound – 🍉Phiaprincess🍉

“As wholesome as it is to teach little Sally what she would’ve been treated like in the olden days, isn’t it cool how a little girl can see a pirate and be like, ‘Oh! I can dress up like that for Halloween,’” Sophia began. “Isn’t that cute? I think that’s cute.”

About Jungle Cruise, she argued that the former animatronics of Trader Sam and other depictions of Indigenous people were a racist caricature that “a lot of Indigenous people have expressed that they do not appreciate.”

“To say that the movie [Splash Mountain] is based on is not racist, either you have not watched it or you just do not know history,” Sophia concluded. “…You are not losing anything. It’s the same ride with better animatronics.”

Splash Mountain interior

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Over 250,000 people liked Sophia’s video, and thousands have commented on it.

“Splash Mountain was always a ‘sit through the theme to enjoy the drop’ kind of ride,” said @stereostatic. “The redesign looks fun, and it’s modern! Kids will enjoy it far more than a film from the 40s.”

“I overheard someone at [Magic Kingdom] saying they’re rebranding it because it was just a generic Disney ride but they wanted to theme it to an actual movie,” @tiffanij_95 replied. “[People] don’t even know Song of the South for good reason!”

Auction scene featuring Pirate Redd, the auctioneer, and townspeople in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort

Credit: Ed Aguila, Inside the Magic

“The old version of the auction seems so awkward to have to explain to your kids?” @probablymercutio wrote of Pirates of the Caribbean. “Like imagine your five-year-old asking what’s going on there.”

“There was a part of a children’s ride that depicted [a] woman being sold at an auction??? And people were mad when they changed it??” @itsajollyjester agreed.

“Jungle Cruise skipper here (don’t speak for the company [of course]) but Jungle Cruise also changed to incorporate more of the story & history!!” @mar.rambles wrote. “…I love the changes. The whole boat crew all have names and such unique histories from around the world…I love them.”

Adventurer figures are terrified on top of a pole, running from a Rhino. This is one of the changes some Disney guests call woke.

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Whether you’re a fan of the new changes or nostalgic for the old Disney parks, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will never stop evolving. As Walt Disney once said, “keep moving forward”:

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

What do you think about “woke” changes at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort? Share your opinion with us in the comments section.

This post originally appeared on Inside the Magic.  

About Jess Colopy

Jess Colopy is a Disney College Program alum and kid-at-heart. When she’s not furiously typing in a coffee shop, you can find her on the hunt for the newest Stitch pin.

5 comments

  1. The Empire Strikes Back

    So now 250,000 woke idiots,( less people than the number of folks that visit Disney World in one day ), respond to the tic toc post by another snowflake and that constitutes a majority of park attendees. Hopefully come November you cupcakes are going to find out just how small a minority in this country you really are!

  2. An “OVERWHELING” number of Disney Park fans… No Way!!! This is bunch of BS promoted by Disney and their pushing of wokeness! Iger will never stopping pushing his agenda and it will be the downfall of Disney!

    • @Bill:
      I couldn’t agree more!!! Even though I live in SC, I go to WDW a LOT by most people’s standards (typically 3-4 times/year for 12 nights each trip) & have made a lot of friends, Cast Members & Guests alike. To date, I have yet to encounter ANYONE that thinks that the retheming of “Splash Mountain” is anything but a notoriously bad idea. Regardless of what people think of the movie “Song of the South”, a movie that I LOVE by the way, the FACT is that the ride itself made NO references to the movie itself & only included the cartoon characters from it!
      As for the changes to both “Pirates” & “Jungle”, they were totally uncalled for — the individuals that had issues with those things that have been changed need to GET A LIFE & a SENSE OF HUMOR. They must lay awake at night dreaming up new things to get OFFENDED BY & definitely can’t take a joke!!!

  3. Apparently the Zulu tribe was offended by items found in Adventureland even though no one from the tribe ever set foot in WDW or knew it even exists.

  4. The zombie woke brigade is whats killing Disney parks. What kind of warped weirdo backwards logic world do we live in these days? The same people that think theres more than 2 genders, how its ok for minors to change their gender via surgery, and all of sudden thinking that killing babies is acceptable instead of something called adoption. Im sure the writer of this article is among the braindead woke brigade herself.

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