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Disney Parks Announces Splash Mountain is Officially Getting a 'Princess & The Frog' Overhaul - First Look!

Disney Parks Announces Splash Mountain is Officially Getting a 'Princess & The Frog' Overhaul - First Look!

Disney Parks just made a huge announcement regarding Splash Mountain!

The classic ride will officially be getting turned into a Princess and the Frog themed attraction at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

“Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined,” Disney Parks said on their blog. “The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”

“Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new ‘land’ added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of The Princess and the Frog to our parks,” they added.

Voice of Tiana, Anika Noni Rose, shared her reaction to the exciting news.

“It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!” she said.

Earlier this month, many fans called for the ride to be overhauled to fit the theme of the animated film amid the Black Lives Matter movement.

Disney also just announced that Disneyland’s planned phased reopening may be pushed back from it’s original July 17th date.

Anaheim's Disneyland Resort To Push Back Planned Reopening

Anaheim's Disneyland Resort To Push Back Planned Reopening

Disneyland‘s planned phased reopening is set to be pushed back due to rising Coronavirus cases in California.

Disney Parks announced the news on Wednesday evening (June 24), along with a statement.

“We previously announced a proposed phased reopening of our theme parks for July 17, pending government approvals. We developed enhanced health and safety protocols for both cast and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved, allowing us to reopen in a responsible manner and bring our cast members back to work,” the company said in the statement.

“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” Disney continued. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.”

Disney is going ahead with the planned reopening of the Downtown Disney district with their health and safety protocols in place.

Shortly after Disney announced it’s plans to begin reopening the Anaheim parks, fans started a petition for them to not reopen because of the rising cases.

Disneyland Paris Sets Phased Reopening For July!

Disneyland Paris Sets Phased Reopening For July!

Disneyland Paris is the latest Disney theme park to begin reopening!

The park in Paris, France, plans to begin it’s phased reopening on Wednesday, July 15th, two days before Disneyland in California.

“We’re pleased to announce that Disneyland Paris will begin a phased reopening of the resort starting with the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel and Disney Village as of 15 July 2020. Enhanced health and safety measures will be implemented for both cast members and guests upon the reopening,” the French park shared on Instagram.

“Now, as our community begins to recover, I’m thrilled to share that our iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle will once again welcome guests to its towering spires and sprawling vistas when the resort begins its phased reopening on July 15,” Natacha Rafalski, President, Disneyland Paris, wrote in a letter. “Since its temporary closure in March of this year, guests of all ages have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of our premiere European destination. Come July 15, Disneyland Paris will begin a phased reopening with visitors able to return to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel, and Disney Village. We look forward to the return of our cast members and reopening our gates so that our guests may once again enjoy our resort.”

“As we approach this day, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our cast members and guests. In line with French government and health authorities’ recommendations, the phased reopening of Disneyland Paris will present a deliberate approach with enhanced health and safety measures tailored to our specific environment,” she continued. “This will include limits on attendance and require advanced ticketing and reservations to accommodate controlled guest density that aligns with government guidance on physical distancing.”

“Over the next few weeks, our teams will be taking steps to prepare Disneyland Paris for a successful reopening, from visible changes to accommodate physical distancing, to new training for all of our cast members. We know that reopening is just the beginning, and we will continually adjust our plans as appropriate in this evolving situation with input from safety and health authorities,” Natacha said.

The Disneyland Paris news comes just days after Hong Kong Disneyland reopened it’s gates. As the Disney parks in the US begin to start their phased openings, the only Disney theme park left to reopen is Tokyo Disneyland!

Fans Petition For Disneyland To Push Back Reopening Date Further Due To Rising Coronavirus Cases

Fans Petition For Disneyland To Push Back Reopening Date Further Due To Rising Coronavirus Cases

While a lot of Disney fans are excited about the possibility of Disneyland reopening, there are others that don’t feel the same.

Earlier this week, Disneyland announced it’s plans to reopen it’s parks, hotels and Downtown Disney district amid the pandemic, three months after closing it’s doors.

The Anaheim parks are planning to open back up on Disneyland’s 65 year anniversary, July 17th. While the plans have been submitted, they still await government approval.

“We Are Anonymous” started a petition on Change.org calling on Disney to not reopen so fast as “Covid-19 cases are rising and have not dropped,” and there “more cases now than when the parks closed on March 13th, 2020.”

“Health Officials have stated that the 2nd wave of Covid-19 will be worse. So reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy. I understand everyone is rejoicing for the reopening of the parks but not during a pandemic where people are DYING, now is not the time,” the petition reads.

“On March 27th, 2020 Disney Parks released a statement, ‘the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority.’ The solution would be to reschedule Disneyland to reopen the parks at a later date when cases of Covid-19 drop and Health Officials state it is safer for everyone but to still practice social distancing.”

At the time of this post, the petition needed just over a thousand more signatures.

In case you missed it, Disney fans are also calling on Disneyland to refurbish one of it’s rides with a new theme!

Disneyland Fans Calling For Splash Mountain To Be Re-Themed To 'Princess & The Frog'

Disneyland Fans Calling For Splash Mountain To Be Re-Themed To 'Princess & The Frog'

Fans of Disneyland are wanting one of the most popular rides at the park to be redone.

Amid Black Lives Matter protests, people are calling on Splash Mountain to be made over from it’s original concept.

If you didn’t know, the ride’s theme is based off of the 1946 film Song of The South, which Disney has banned for being racist and offensive.

The log ride features characters from the film along with the chorus of the very popular and catchy song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.

Fans are now petitioning for the ride to be refurbished into a Princess and the Frog theme, based off of the 2009 film, and the first black Disney princess.

One fan even went as far as showing designs and ideas for how to do it. Check it out below!

Disneyland Resort In Anaheim Reveals Plans To Reopen In July!

Disneyland Resort In Anaheim Reveals Plans To Reopen In July!

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks are getting ready to reopen!

The Anaheim resort just announced it’s plans to reopen, starting on Friday, July 17th.

The date is a significant one for the first Disney theme park, as it marks the 65th anniversary from when it first opened.

Both parks “will open with limited capacity, a reservation system, and with enhanced health and safety measures.”

Upon reopening, “certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.”

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel are both set to reopen the following week on July 23rd, and the Downtown Disney District, with shopping and dining experiences, is set to reopen on July 9th.

Find out the safety measures they are taking on the Disney Parks Blog!

Shanghai Disneyland was the first park to reopen, back in May. The Walt Disney World Resort parks are set to also begin reopening on July 11th.

NOTE: These are just their proposed plans, and official reopening will only take place upon government approval.

Walt Disney World Reveals Plans To Reopen Theme Parks In July!

Walt Disney World Reveals Plans To Reopen Theme Parks In July!

The Walt Disney World Resort is getting ready to reopen!

The Walt Disney Company has submitted their plans to beginning opening up their parks and resort hotels in Orlando, Fla., beginning July 11th.

Upon government approval, the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open on July 11th, with EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15th.

Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen to Members and Guests on June 22nd, while Disney Vacation Club properties in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will be open the week before on June 15th.

Changes at the resort will include temperature checks upon arrival, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, hand-washing and sanitizing stations and “limited-contact enhancements,” such as contactless payments, mobile orders at restaurants, according to Disney World senior VP of operations Jim McPhee, via Variety.

According to the Walt Disney World website, some “attractions, experiences and other offerings may be modified and will be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing.”

“Additionally, attractions, experiences, services and amenities may have limited availability or may remain closed,” they added.

For the latest, up to date info on traveling to the Walt Disney World resort, visit DisneyWorld.com!

The Disney Springs shopping center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, which is part of the resort, just recently began their phased reopening last week.