During the George Floyd protests of 2020, the subject of the racial controversies behind Splash Mountain (namely its connection to Song of the South) became a trending discussion on various social media platforms, with many users petitioning some sort of retheme of the attraction.
On June 25, 2020, it was announced that the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom versions would be rethemed to The Princess and the Frog, which was the most common pick among critics as an appropriate replacement, though no plans currently exist for Tokyo's version. Disney media officials have stressed that the concept had been in development for a year prior, with the social media discourse presumably moving up the announcement timetable.
The attraction's title and opening window of late 2024 was announced on July 1, 2022 at the ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans.
The story will take place after the final kiss, and join Tiana and Prince Naveen on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.