The Splash Mountain experience at Walt Disney World formally closed for good on Jan. 23 and it’ll get an upgrade with a new theme. After the experience’s last run, sellers on eBay began to record what they claimed to be water from the log-flume experience.
One vendor listed a small 4 oz. jar of water – claiming it was taken from the experience on its final day – for $20.00. One other 10 oz. batch is going for $27.00, and a baggie of water is listed with a beginning bid of $25.
“I’ve many bottles that my pals and I acquired on the final day of splash mountain,” the seller of the baggie wrote, claiming the water was collected on Jan. 23. “It’s extremely nostalgic to have part of Disney out of your youthful days. I’ll ship them within the pictured sealed containers.”
Different sellers have seized the chance to promote Splash Mountain paraphernalia, including plastic bags with Splash Mountain branding, and an outdated, invalid “fast pass” ticket to the experience, going for $1,300.
One other vendor listed a baggie of water for a whopping $25,000 – however admitted the water got here from a sink, not the experience. “That is clearly only for enjoyable and to make enjoyable of the people who find themselves actually promoting water from a experience,” the vendor wrote within the eBay description.
“I am a Disney fan however come one folks has the world gotten so doomed that folks would purchase water from a experience. [Shaking my head] should you really need this water purchase it. I will even do free transport!”
Disney introduced in 2020 it could be reimagining the theme of the experience, after a Change.org petition urged the park to replace the experience, which was primarily based on the 1946 movie, “Track of the South.” The experience, just like the film, included racist tropes and stereotypes.
The movie, which included racist portrayals of former slaves after the Civil Battle, was removed from Disney+ in 2019.
The creator of the petition proposed that the experience’s theme be modified to “The Princess and the Frog,” a 2009 animated Disney film that featured the corporate’s first Black princess, Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose. The movie takes place in New Orleans and is a model of the German folklore story “The Frog Prince” by the Brothers Grimm.
“Splash Mountain is positioned in Critter Nation/Frontierland within the parks, an space very near New Orleans Sq. in Disneyland,” the petition reads. “It might be pretty straightforward to transition the experience into the bayou of New Orleans contemplating the situation of the experience in every park.”
With 21,319 signatures, the petition was victorious – not solely was the outdated Splash Mountain shut down, it will likely be reimagined as a “The Princess and the Frog” experience. Disney announced the ride will be updated in each Orlando’s Disney World and Anaheim, California’s Disneyland, although the corporate has not but closed the West Coast model.
“We choose up this story after the ultimate kiss, and be part of Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical journey – that includes a few of the highly effective music from the movie – as they put together for his or her first-ever Mardi Gras efficiency,” the corporate stated in a information launch in 2020.
“Tiana is a contemporary, brave, and empowered girl, who pursues her desires and by no means loses sight of what is actually vital. It is an awesome story with a powerful lead character, set towards the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou,” the corporate stated.
Disney didn’t point out the petition of their media launch, however stated the “retheming of Splash Mountain is of explicit significance at this time.”
“The brand new idea is inclusive – one that every one of our visitors can join with and be impressed by, and it speaks to the range of the thousands and thousands of people that go to our parks annually,” the corporate stated.