The Walt Disney Company on Thursday announced plans to completely overhaul its popular Splash Mountain rides in Florida and California after facing criticism that the attraction featured racist imagery from the 1946 movie "Song of the South."
The ride, which debuted in 1989, will be rethemed based on the 2009 animated film "The Princess and the Frog," which features a black heroine.
"We're thrilled to share Splash Mountain at @Disneyland & @WaltDisneyWorld will be completely reimagined with a new story inspired by an all-time favorite @DisneyAnimation film, "The Princess and the Frog."
An online petition that received over 21,000 signatures said the classic log flume ride Splash Mountain is "steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South."
"The best next step to remove all traces of this racist movie would be to re-theme Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog themed ride," the petition reads.
The company did not state whether it will revise the Splash Mountain ride located at Tokyo Disney Resort.