After the closure of a popular Disneyland water attraction, its fans found a peculiar way to profit from its water

Splash Mountain, one of the water attractions at Disney World

The water attraction Splash Mountainone of the most popular amusement parks in Mundo de Walt Disney, 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 is that several Splash Mountain fans, who stood in long lines for hours on Sunday to get on the logs that make the water course for the last time, decided to store some water from the attraction and put it up for sale on various internet platforms, according to the New York Times.

On pages like eBay, they began to find publications in which they offered a few milliliters of the 950,000 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, plus hand-drawn pictures of drops. This would be the only guarantee that the water actually belonged to the Disney attraction.

You could also see posts of reusable bottles that supposedly contained 300 ml of the water collected during the last day of the Splash Mountain trip that were being sold for $7.99.

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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 really weird sometimes”, he declared to 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 surprised that people were reselling the park’s water on the internet.

disney is magical for each of us in their own way,” added Phillip Halfacre to the same outlet. “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 that he took a plastic bag with Splash Mountain logowhich are given to visitors to keep their belongings dry and that he had kept it 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 main entrance to the Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida, USA (EFEI0373/)

The man, who identified himself as a “big disney fan” and a collectorasked 25 thousand dollars for the Splash Mountain logo bag, filled with your tap water. She said that she did it because she wanted to participate in what was happening.

“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 from Splash Mountain.

The reasons for the closure

The reason for the closure of the attraction is because it has an origin based on the racial discriminationand it is that Disney took measures to erase the history of racist background of the water course, taken from the 1946 musical film “Song of the South” (Song of the South), which the company has not made available in any form for over 35 years.

Disney announced the changes in 2020 following protests that swept the country demanding racial justice following the murder of George Floyd.

“Song of the South” is a film set on a plantation full of slaves in Georgia after the Civil warthe film mixes action cinema and animation in an innovative way for the time, and won a oscar for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Sew”.

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Coldplay singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow during a tour at Splash Mountain in Orlando

Despite this, many film critics claimed that the film, based on the books by Joel Chandler-Harrisa white folklorist who collected traditional African-American tales and attributed them to the fictional Uncle Remusromanticized slavery and promoted racist stereotypes in the US.

Disney CEO Bob Igerassured in 2020 that the film would never appear in Disney+the company’s streaming platform, because “it was simply not appropriate in today’s world,” as published The New York Times.

When water rides reopen in the parks next year, guests will no longer find Splash Mountain, but instead will find a new ride based on the 2009 movie “The Princess and the Frog” and will be called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Tiana, it’s the Disney’s first African-descendant princessas the company prepares for its first celebration of “mardi gras”, (Tuesday of Carnival). “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,” published 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 sense of celebration in the air,” one fan told The New York Times on the 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.”

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