Disneyland has eliminated the “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” lyric performed throughout its park parades as a result of it comes from a film that has been criticized for racist portrayals of Black Individuals.
The lyric initially appeared within the “Magic Occurs” parade when it debuted in March 2020. The parade lately returned after an almost three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Upon its re-introduction final month, spectators of the twice-daily parade, described as “celebrating magical moments from legendary Disney tales” on its web site, now hear the lyric — “consider the happiest issues” from “Peter Pan”— instead.
The change to the parade’s lyrics was first reported within the OC Register.
The music “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” originated within the 1946 movie “Track of the South” that has long been criticized for stereotypes of “religious” Black males and its seemingly nostalgic view of the antebellum South.
Disney is within the strategy of chopping references to the movie in different components of it parks. In 2020, Disney Parks and Resorts introduced that Splash Mountain was being “fully reimagined” at each Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as a result of the log flume journey is predicated on “Track of the South.” It’s being revamped to star the characters from the 2009 animated movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” which options Disney’s first Black princess.
(DIS) stated on the time that the brand new Splash Mountain idea is “inclusive” and “one that every one of our company can join with and be impressed by.” The Splash Mountain journey at Walt Disney
(DIS) World in Orlando has already been closed for transforming. The brand new attraction is anticipated to open at each US resorts in 2024.
Disneyland officers informed the OC Register in 2020 that the elimination of the “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” music from the theme park resort is a part of a steady course of to ship an atmosphere that options tales which might be related and inclusive. The OC Register additionally stories that in 2020, the music was faraway from music performed in Downtown Disney, the buying and eating district of the Disneyland resort, and in 2021 it was faraway from the music performed on the King Arthur Carrousel.
“Track of the South” is so controversial that Disney has locked it away for many years and even saved it off the intensive library of Disney+. Modifications to the log flume journey got here after Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 that spurred deep dialog and introspection in Hollywood relating to depictions of race in in style tradition.