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
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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
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
"How do you do?" and the unforgettable "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah".
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
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
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.
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 45Á 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.