After the closure of a popular Disneyland water attraction, its fans found a peculiar way to profit from its water
The bizarre farewell to Splash Mountain fans quickly caught on on the internet. The company closed it down to erase the racist background story of the tour
Splash Mountain, one of the water attractions at Disney World
The water attraction Splash Mountain, one of the most popular amusement parks in < b>Walt Disney World, closed last Sunday after 30 years running. But his fans did not want to say goodbye forever, so they found a particular way to keep his memory alive and, at the same time, profit from the water of the attraction.
The business consists of when several Splash Mountain fans, who lined up for hours on Sunday for the last time on the logs that make up the water ride, decided to stock up on some water from the rideand put it up for sale on various internet platforms, according to the New York Times.
On pages like eBay, they began to find publications offering some milliliters of the 950 thousand gallons of water that the attraction had for its operation.
Prices ranged from $8.50 to $25 for a small plastic bag filled with water, with the name “Splash Mountain” written on it in marker, as well as some hand-drawn drawings of drops. This would be the only guarantee that the water actually belonged to the Disney attraction.
Posts could also be seen of some reusable bottles that supposedly contained 300 ml of the water collected during the last day of the Splash Mountain trip that were sold for $7.99.
Splash Mountain, in Orlando Florida
However, there was a vendor who was asking almost $150 for just 120 ml of water, collected in a jar.
“The Disney community can be very weird at times,” he told The New York Times, Adrián Vásquez, a 28-year-old fan who claimed to have ridden Splash Mountain some 200 times and said he wasn't in the least bit surprised that people were reselling the water of the park on the internet.
“Disney is magical for each of us in their own way,” added Phillip Halfacre to the same medium. “That water can mean a lot to someone, even if it's actually the same water they draw from the fountain” at the park.
Halfacre, 42, said he took a plastic bag with the Splash Mountain logo, which are handed out to visitors to keep their belongings dry and which he had stored for several years, he filled it with water from the tap at his house and published it on eBay.
The main entrance to the Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida, USA
The man, who identified himself as a “huge Disney fan” and a collector, asking for 25 thousand dollars for the Splash Mountain logo bag, filled with your tap water. He said she was doing it because he wanted to be a part of what was going on.
“It wasn't a rude gesture, it wasn't even a rude gesture to Disney, I love Disney.” Halfacre said. “It was something to make everyone's Monday brighter,” he added.
The man, who said he had ridden the attraction about 20 times, received nearly 10,000 visits to his eBay post and also assured that he received “two or three” serious offers asking him to verify that the water actually came from of the Splash Mountain.
The reasons for the closure
The reason for the closure of the attraction is because it has an origin based on < b>racial discrimination, as Disney took steps to erase the racist backstory of the water ride, taken from the 1946 musical film “Song of the South”< /b>(Song of the South), which the company has not made available in any form for more than 35 years.
Disney announced the changes in 2020 following protests that swept the country demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd.
“Song of the South”, is a film set on a plantation full of slaves in Georgia after the Civil War, the film mixes action cinema and animation in a way that was innovative for the time, and won an Oscar for the song“Zip-a-Dee -Coso”.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow during a tour of Splash Mountain in Orlando
Despite this, many film critics claimed that the film, based on the books by Joel Chandler Harris, a white folklorist who collected traditional African-American tales and attributed them to the fictional Uncle Remus, romanticized slavery and promoted racist stereotypes in the US.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said in 2020 that the film would never appear on Disney+, the company's streaming platform, because “it simply wasn't appropriate in today's world,” according to The New York Times.
When the When the water rides reopen in the parks next year, guests will no longer find Splash Mountain, but instead will find a new attraction based on the 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog” and it will be called Tiana's Bayou Adventure.
Tiana, is theDisney's first African-descendant princess, as the company prepares for its first-ever “Mardi Gras” celebration, (Shrove Tuesday). “The new concept is inclusive,” Disney said in 2020. “It speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,” reported The New York Times.
Last Sunday, long lines of people lined up at the entrance to Splash Mountain to say goodbye to what for many was their favorite Disneyland attraction. Shouts, songs and cheers were heard during the more than 5 hours that a person had to do to get on.
“There was some sadness, but also a feeling of celebration in the air,” one of the fans told The New York Times on closing day. Adrián Vásquez, who lined up three times on Sunday to get on with his mother, concluded that “it was a little sad but a lot of fun.”