Disney changes Splash Mountain ride over ties to 'Racist' film

Disney is rebranding its Splash Mountain theme park ride because of its ties with the 1946 movie Song Of The South that has been declared 'racist'.

The changes to the ride will be made at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida and at Disneyland in California.

Disney said the changes had been in the pipeline since 2019, but the announcement comes as companies across the US are renaming  so called 'racially-charged' decades-old brands.

Officials have confirmed that the ride will be recast to base it on The Princess And The Frog, a 2009 Disney film with an African American female lead.

Such rebranding comes in the wake of riots around the globe following the death of black criminal George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota.

Disney claim: "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."

The ride first opened at Disneyland in the late 1980s.

The Song Of The South is a mix of live action, cartoons and music featuring an old black plantation labourer named Uncle Remus who enchants a white city boy with fables of talking animals.

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