Splash Mountain has been the topic of a lot of Disney conversations as of late. There are two main reasons for this. One of those is the debate over The Princess and the Frog retheme that is going to happen at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The other reason is the fact that the ride logs seem to be sinking while Guests are on them more frequently. So far, most of the sinkings have been limited to Walt Disney World, but now we are seeing that the ride logs are also sinking at Disney Parks around the globe.
Lately, Guests riding Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort have been dealing with the logs filling with water. Some logs sunk so far that Guests were sitting in waist-high water. Many thought that maybe Disney was not putting in the effort to repair the ride and fix the problems, since it will be closing down for its complete retheme soon. However, it now looks like the problems with the ride logs are extending far beyond Walt Disney World, making it all the way to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
Twitter user Makoto Falcon visited Tokyo Disneyland Resort recently and took a picture of the flooded Splash Mountain log beginning to flood.
Splash Mountain, defaulted to sinking and laughed. It’s getting worse than it used to be
— Falcon ◇ メタバース・XR (@makotofalcon) August 13, 2022
At this time, Tokyo Disneyland’s Splash Mountain will be keeping its traditional characters and theme and will not be receiving a retheme. It is important to note that Disney does not technically own the theme park — it is owned by the Oriental Land Co. — so it is not as easy to change and retheme things in Tokyo. At this time, only Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort versions will be receiving The Princess and the Frog retheme.
The decision to change Splash Mountain to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has been a controversial one. Splash Mountain is one of Disney’s most iconic attractions, and many want it to stay that way. Others are looking forward to the change as they think the ride is inappropriate, seeing how it is based on The Song of the South, which is considered racially insensitive. However, Disney said that Guests will love the change and that Imagineers always looking for inventive ways to bring fun new experiences to its theme parks. And, as Walt Disney said, Disney Parks “will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”