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Very interesting article, and it covers several topics I've discussed with my family before. I was lukewarm on Song of the South when I saw it in the theater--as you point out, the film isn't great--but did enjoy the ride. It was put together like most Disney rides were; the characters were bright, colorful, and thanks to the music that follows you everywhere on Disney property, the songs were familiar. That final splashdown was great, especially since the Magic Kingdom is short on thrill rides. But what was consciously omitted was painfully obvious, and even as a child, I wondered why the ride existed back when it was first introduced. Song of the South is one of those films that deserved to slide quietly into obscurity, but the controversy keeps it alive--so did the ride, which is why I'm not sorry to see it go.

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Thanks for making to available to all.

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