Disney World guests’ escape after Splash Mountain log boat sinking captured on video

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Guests were filmed escaping from a moving log boat on Disney’s Splash Mountain attraction as it sank in what is the third shipwreck at the theme park in two years.

Ted Klein captured the latest sinking in a video he shared on the Annual Passholders – Walt Disney World Facebook group. Klein was in the log following the sinking vehicle.

The video, first shared by FOX 35 Orlando, shows a log ride vehicle submerged in water, still moving, as guests attempt to exit the vehicle. A second log hits the back of the sunken log and appears to hit the guests.

No one was injured during the accident. According to Inside the Magic, guests were evacuated, given dry clothes and given free passes to Lightning Lane.

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In this screenshot, a Splash Mountain ride-on vehicle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom begins to sink with several guests on board.
(Ted Klein/Jennifer Jean)

Splash Mountain is set to undergo a lengthy renovation before renaming the attraction “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” inspired by Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

On June 25, 2020, Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida announced they would be remodeling Splash Mountain after calling for the removal of what critics called racist stereotypes from the “Song of the South” theme.

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“The all-new adventure that will bring guests into the world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘The Princess and the Frog’ movie like never before will be coming to Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland Park in California in late 2024,” Disney said in a statement. Press release.

Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Louisiana to conduct research on rebranding the ride. Disney said the new attraction will preserve “the heart and soul of the town that inspired the story of Princess Tiana.”

The ride will pick up where the 2009 film left off and follow Princess Tiana, Naveen and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare for a Mardi Gras celebration.

“Along the way, guests will meet familiar faces, make new friends, and journey across the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the movie as they’re introduced to the next chapter in Tiana’s story.” , Disney said. Disney hasn’t announced a specific date when the ride will officially be revamped.

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Splash Mountain has been at Walt Disney World since 1992 and at Disneyland since 1989. “Song of the South” was released in 1946 and re-released theatrically in 1986.

Walt Disney World declined to comment on the Splash Mountain incident.

Herman C. Harkins