Disneyland: Parks and Hotels Reopening Delayed and Splash Mountain Retheme Announced

Downtown Disney will continue to reopen July 9.
Disneyland: Parks and Hotels Reopening Delayed and Splash Mountain Retheme Announced
Concept art for the new Princess and the Frog overlay on Splash Mountain; Photograph courtesy of Disneyland Resort

REOPENING DELAY

The plan to reopen theme parks July 17 and hotels July 23 has been delayed as the State of California will not be able to issue reopening guidelines until after July 4. A new reopening date has not yet been announced, and negotiations with unions continue. 

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,” read an online Disney Parks statement. 

SPLASH MOUNTAIN RETHEME 

The log ride featuring characters from “Song of the South,” the 1946 film long criticized as racist for its cultural depictions, will receive a “Princess and the Frog” overlay. A project that has been in development since last year, the new ride will feature Princess Tiana and Louis preparing for a Mardi Gras performance set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. 

“The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,” read an online Disney Parks statement.

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