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Iconic Disney ride ‘Splash Mountain’ closes for good

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Guests ride the Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 30, 2021. The iconic theme park in Southern California that was closed under the state’s strict virus rules swung open its gates Friday and some visitors came in cheering and screaming with happiness. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The iconic ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World is closing for good.

The ride is being transformed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Riders took their last trip on Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom on Sunday. Some guests reportedly waited hours to get on the ride for one last time.

The new ride will feature characters from the animated movie “Princess and the Frog.” The creators said visitors will feel like they’ve “stepped into Tiana’s world” after hearing a special blend of “rhythm and blues that was born in Louisiana.”

According to Disney, a plan has been in place since 2019 to change the theme of the log flume ride.

Since it opened in both parks, Splash Mountain has been based on the movie “Song of the South,” which critics have attacked for its racist stereotypes since it was released in 1946.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in 2024.