Splash Mountain  Frontierland
This flume-style ride features one of the tallest and sharpest flume drops in the world...based on "Song of the South"...takes you through the story of Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear..
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Does anyone breathe at the top?Welcome to Splash Mountain! You MAY get wet! This ride, based on Disney's 1946 film "Song of the South" takes you through the story of Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear. The ride boasts 103 audio animatronic figures  (many of which appeared in the Tomorrowland attraction America Sings). The flume-style ride features one of the tallest and sharpest flume drops in the world. Be aware, if you are sitting in the front,  you WILL get wet! Similar attractions have opened in Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland.  The attraction, designed by Imagineer Tony Baxter, was, in part, a homage to the late Marc Davis. Characters from the closed attraction "America Sings" took up new residence here, and several ideas for Splash Mountain were concepts explored during the planning of Marc Davis's Western River Expedition (a highly detailed water ride that was to be built for Disney World). Video of the queue and the ride itself is available below, along with music and songs from the attraction. Songs featured in the attraction are, "Everybody's got a Laughing Place", "How do you do?" and the unforgettable "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah".

Splash Mountain is, of course, a flume ride. The final drop is pretty intense, as well as some smaller drops leading up to it. Some if the scenes inside Splash Mountain may be frightening to young children. Perhaps while the older children are on Splash, one of the parents can take the younger child to the Pooh "Thotful Place" and get a photo and autograph from Winnie the Pooh.

Splash Mountain was introduced to Walt Disney World in 1992, and ever since then has been one of The Magic Kingdom's most popular rides, and it's always likely to be busy, so expect some form of queue no matter when you plan to visit it. To really appreciate Splash Mountain fully, you need to be aware of the story line of the 1946 Disney film "Song of the South", but not knowing the storyline doesn't detract from the attraction in any way.

After loading into a boat you gently sweep away from the loading area, and gradually climb past scenes from the Song of the South, featuring Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, as Brer Rabbit tries to find his "Laughin' place". After passing through the twists and tunnels for what seems like a few minutes you finally emerge into daylight over five storeys up, where you're plunged down a slope into the Briar patch (pool) below.

At 52 feet, Splash Mountain's main drop isn't actually all that big compared to some of the flume rides around, and at 45-degrees it's certainly not the steepest, though it feels like a near vertical drop while you're going down at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. As well as the large drop at the end of the ride, there are three more relatively tame drops before the main one.

It's one ride in which you're quite likely to get wet (though not too wet so don't worry). It also has various ride restrictions because of the flume element, and shouldn't be ridden by anyone suffering from a heart condition, or neck or back problems. There's also a ride-height restriction of 40 inches minimum which may prevent small children from being able to ride it.

Their lives are flashing before them

Yes, this is what you've all been waiting for, a spine tingling five story drop at a 45-degree angle with a top speed of 40 miles per hour.   When you reach the top, just before the plunge, you may notice three things:   you may notice that you can see Space Mountain from this vantage point, you will more likely notice the two remaining things:   the humongous briar patch which is ready to eat you up, and that the bottom is a very long way away.   You will not have time to pray.   Just hold on.

Want to go again!?

Wow, isn't it nice, we're still alive.   Let's go again! Hey, didn't it seem to you that was faster than 40 mph and more than 5 stories.   Well, actually it was 52 feet.   Hey, did you get wet?

This famous drop is actually the third drop you will experience on Splash Mountain.   The others, of course, aren't so exciting, but are a great build-up for the final plunge into infinity.

Seems to me one's degree of wetness can depend on the heat of the day.   Is this one of the rides where WDW controls the splash for warm or cold weather?  One thing I'll tell you for sure, you can sometimes get really wet if your raft, having turned the corner from this point gets the splash from the following raft. Don't worry, you'll love it.   When guests see you walking around the Magic Kingdom all soaking wet, they know where you've been.   You've been to the Laughing Place.

Looks foreboding

This view of Splash Mountain can be seen when you are standing over by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, just to the north of Splash.   The Ride through Splash is about eleven minutes, sounds short but is so entertaining it feels longer than that.   You ride through Brer Rabbit's story of trying to get thrown into the Briar Patch, which eventually, he does, along with you and everyone else.   There are a lot of animatronics involved.   One of the animatronics inside Splash Mountain, the riverboat, is said to be the largest animatronics in all of Walt Disney World.

Splash Mountain is a spectacular ride through Disney's 1946 movie, Song of the South. Guests ride in hollowed out logs through colourful scenes involving Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and the whole Brer gang. In fact, most of the ride feels like your actually in a cartoon. After going over 3 small waterfalls, guests arrive at a scene where Brer Rabbit has finally been captured by Brer Fox and Brer Bear. As hungry vultures watch on, Brer Rabbit pleads with Brer Fox, telling him to do anything he wants, except throw him into the briar patch. Fortunately, that's exactly what Brer Fox does. Unfortunately, guests also plummet 5-stories down to the briar patch. Once back inside the mountain, guests are met by tons of Brer Rabbit's friends singing "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" to welcome him back. Splash Mountain is an ideal Disney ride; it has charming characters, thrills, rich scenery, extensive use of Audio-Animatronics, and a good story.

Interesting and little known facts

-Splash Mountain features the largest prop ever used in a Disney ride, which is the riverboat in the final scene of the ride!
-the critters on the riverboat were originally created for the America sings attraction at Disneyland!
-Splash Mountain has one of the largest chutes in the world, sending guests up to 40mph down a 5-story chute at a 45 angle!

Splash Mountain is a water flume ride based on Disney's classic Song of the South. You are taken on a voyage through the story of Br'er Rabbit, and his hope to find a better home. En route, he is captured by the evil Br'er Fox and it is your job to take the five-story plunge into the briar patch to save him. Along the way you will be greeted by a cast of many audio-aimatronic characters, and experience three drops.


Splash Mountain is one of Disneyland busiest rides all year around. If you hope to find a shorter line, visit the park in the winter when the weather is cooler. You might also be able to find shorter lines in the early mornings right after the park has opened and during and after the nighttime shows. Be warned that Splash Mountain is a water flume ride which means you will probably get wet. Be sure to have all electronics and non-waterproof items in bags or protected to keep from getting wet. Once in the log do not place these items on the floor, as water does spill over the sides and will soak anything that is placed by your feet. I would recommend giving the items to a non-riding member or your party to hold onto. If you don't want to get completely soaked site in the back section of seats. This is the place that you will be least likely to get soaked. The front row, watch out, because water sprays in your face and drenches your feet by coming over the side. You will also notice that you will get wetter on the first two drops than you will on the final five-story drop. Most people would not expect this but it is true. Do not ride this attraction if you are not ready to get wet. To save yourself a little you can try wearing a rain poncho or garbage bag. If you do this make sure that you have covered your seat, because the seats are always wet from people getting out and into the logs. You may also want to have a change of clothes with you incase you do get very wet, and it just happens to be cold the day you are there.

On your way down the final flume you will have your picture taken in all you glory. Once the ride is over your log will stop at a viewing area where you can see your log on its way down. Once off the ride there is a viewing room where you can find the number of your picture and purchase it, if you like. Pictures cost roughly $10.00, and come in a card stock style paper folder. The price is a little steep, but what else can you get to show your friends how scared you really were.

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