Editors Note: Portions of this story were erroneously cited by a Deadline editor after they were featured on the Disney Parks Twitter feed when in fact they came from an exclusive report by contributing writer Mike Scott at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and its website NOLA.com. His story is here. We have edited our story to reflect that and regret the error.
In June 2020 Disney announced that Splash Mountain, one of the mainstay rides at its U.S. parks whose theme was based on the Uncle Remus Br’er Rabbit story from the studio’s controversial 1946 film Song of the South, would be reimagined based on its 2009 film The Princess and the Frog, which gave the world its first Black Disney princess. Today, Disney revealed new details about the forthcoming attraction at Disneyland and Disney World.
Disney Imagineering Senior Creative Producer Charita Carter told The Times-Picayune that her team has created an all-new story for the ride set after the events of the film.
“To be able to bring forth the spirit and vibe of this amazing city, we have to immerse ourselves. We have to walk the street and have conversations,” Carter told the outlet. “We want our guests who are from all places around the world to say, ‘OK, this is a really special place,’” she continued. “But it’s also important for our guests who come from New Orleans to say, ‘Yes. This is my home. They did it. They got it right.’ And that’s why we’re so diligent in our research.”
Read the full Times-Picayune story, which has more details, here.
Also on Monday, Disney World and the Service Trades Council Union, which represents many cast members, came to an agreement about Covid-19 return to work safety.
The union issued a statement that said in part, “The Service Trades Council Union and Walt Disney World have reached an Agreement on mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. In the Agreement, Disney has made the decision to require all STCU represented employees to show proof of vaccination by October 22, 2021.”
The agreement stipulates, according to the union, that “Employees with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs will be eligible to apply for an accommodation through a negotiated process.”
If they do not receive such an accommodation, however, and still refuse to get vaccinated, Disney is authorized to act. “Cast Members who do not comply with the vaccine requirement and do not request a legitimate accommodation, will be separated from the Company with a ‘yes’ rehire status,” says the union announcement.
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