Disney fans have been signing a petition for one of Disneyland's most beloved attractions to be re-themed due to racism.
Keep scrolling to see what they had to say...
Disneyland is one of the most magical places on Earth.
via: ShutterstockThough there are now 6 Disneyland parks spread across the world, California's park is the O.G of all the Disneyland/Disneyworld franchises.
The park first opened its doors in 1955...
via: GettyNearly half of the United States' citizens gathered around their black-and-white television sets on July 17, 1955, as California's Disneyland was finally unveiled to the public.
Disneyland's revelation was fully broadcasted...And people were able to get a first, yet slightly grainy, look into the theme park.
It was a highly anticipated event...After more than 2 decades of planning and a breakneck year of construction, Walt Disney had transformed a 160-acre orange grove in Anaheim, California, into a $17 million theme park. Here, Disneyland was born.
Thousands of people flocked to the park on its opening day.
It was complete chaos.The park's staff, who had been nervously awaiting their first customers, were completely overwhelmed by the hordes of people flooding through the turnstiles. For years to come, Disneyland workers referred to the opening day as “Black Sunday."
The lines went on for miles.Everyone was keen to immediately experience Walt's creation so the lines were long. And this wasn't even at the park - cars were backed up for 7 whole miles along the Santa Ana Freeway.
Visitors were not disappointed...
Guests don't just visit Disneyland for the magic, however...
The attractions are endless...
Everyone who has visited a Disney park will be familiar with Splash Mountain.
via: TwitterThe log flume is one of the most popular attractions at Disneyland, Disney World Resort, and Tokyo Disneyland - who hasn't been and got soaked on this ride?!
It's buckets of fun for the whole family...
via: TwitterAnd Splash Mountain has been in action for decades now.
The theme of Splash Mountain hasn't changed a bit...
via: TwitterAnd that is what visitors love so much about the attraction. However, it seems that things may be about to change for the famous log flume.
As protests demanding racial equality take place across the country...petition has been created to change Splash Mountain. "While the ride is considered a beloved classic it’s history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South," the petition reads.
Fans are wanting the theme to be changed to represent Princess and the Frog.
The petition wants Disney to remove racist stereotypes and include much more diversity in their parks...
And even though over 19,000 people have signed so far, there are many loyal Disney-visitors who have been left furious over this demand.
all I’ve literally thought about all day is Splash Mountain, that ride truly has my whole heart https://t.co/hCOXdBRnxX— Lauren🦒🌸 (@Lauren🦒🌸)1591910518.0
Many Splash Mountain fans don't see the huge problem...
And as this Twitter user pointed out, the ride doesn't focus on the storyline of Song of the South and it just uses the cartoon characters.
This is ridiculous. The ride doesn’t mention Uncle Remus, or anything else from the movie except, the ride is a sto… https://t.co/k7vQMW3gKP— Austin Cooley (@Austin Cooley)1591821185.0
Many feel that the ride is fine just the way it is...
And that any form of change would simply be unnecessary.
People are insane. #splashmountain does NOT need to get re-themed. People need to chill. Disney fans supporting thi… https://t.co/VQciqJHA6C— Jarrett Fennema (@Jarrett Fennema)1591900724.0
However, some visitors have been giving their own suggestions.
Many feel that there are better Disney movies to theme the ride on rather than Princess and the Frog.
As much as I love the idea of Princess and the Frog if Splash Mountain were to be rethemed. May I also suggest Brot… https://t.co/oxTcJCVKkz— Tre-III (@Tre-III)1591896375.0
Former Splash Mountain cast members spoke out...
And they seem totally fine with the idea of re-theming the ride - with this particular individual suggesting a darker theme.
@BrianLynch I always thought it would make an amazing Hades river from Hercules. The dark tunnels dragging Herc und… https://t.co/22lLrUdvJJ— Clare (@Clare)1591830478.0
And as this former cast member pointed out...
Visitors didn't enjoy Splash Mountain for the Song of the South theme, they enjoyed it for the ride experience.
As a former Splash Mountain cast member, go ahead and retheme it. Nobody rides it because they actually enjoy Song… https://t.co/uEwNF2Ub9H— Cody Dericks (@Cody Dericks)1591828038.0