Disney World Magic Kingdom Attractions - Splash Mountain

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Splash Mountain combines classic Disney storytelling with a thrilling flume ride. Guests' board hollowed out logs for an adventure through scenes based on the little known Disney film Song of the South, made in 1946 about Southern folklore stories. During the journey riders meet Brer Rabbit, an adventurous fellow who leaves home "for good" in hopes of finding his laughing place. Brer Fox, the nasty villain, and his bumbling accomplice, Brer Bear, seek to catch him. This leads up to the ride's climax, a five-story plunge down into the briar patch.

Ride Experience:
Splash Mountain is a relatively modern Disney classic. There are a total of four drops throughout the ride (two of which are in the dark, the last being the biggie). In between drops your logs pass through a variety of show scenes involving Brer Fox and Brer Bears' attempts to hunt down Brer Rabbit along with some favorite Disney tunes (such as "Everybody's Got a Laughing Place" and a "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!"). The special effects and Audio-Animatronics characters are superb, and the ride itself is fun and thrilling without being too terribly frightening for younger children.

What Disney Says:
"Hop a hollowed-out log to follow Brer Rabbit's mischievous escapades as he tries to flee the clutches of Brer Fox and Brer Bear until you plunge five stories off Chick-a-pin Hill! ‘It's the truth. It's actual. Everything is satisfactual. It's a zip a dee doo dah day!'"
Source: Disney World

 

Notes, Tips and/or Facts:
The logs seat six in single file, so sitting in the front of the log increases your chances of getting wet.

In the "Laughing Place" scene, keep your eye out for a weasel that pops down from the ceiling. The creature will squeal "FSU!" very quickly - this stands for Florida State University, where one of the ride's lead designers graduated.

The place where you're most likely to get soaked is actually not the final drop, but the spray it emits. Before you go up the first lift hill a large spray of water soaks the flume as a train plummets down the drop - pray your log is timed so that you don't get nailed!

Author's Comments:
The ride and its characters are based on the little-known Disney animated film "Song of the South," based in turn on Southern folklore. Splash Mountain is a very entertaining ride and a must-see for anyone tall enough to ride... it's Disney at its best. Try to avoid using FASTPASS® for this attraction and ride in the early morning or in the final hour before park closing. My only complaint about the attraction is that some of the Audio-Animatronics figures need some refurbishing, especially in the facial area.

The final scene in this attraction can be seen from the Walt Disney World® Railway.
Tip: Try riding Splash Mountain in the last hour before park closing if you don't mind getting wet. Lines at this point are nonexistent.

Tip: If you wear glasses, it's probably a good idea to take them off before you take the final plunge, or you can clean them afterwards.

 Kyle Tague

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