Splash Mountain – Walt Disney World
Splash Mountain, being one of my favorite attractions, I have experienced many memories on this ride. The one that comes to mind at the moment is when my brother, Brad, and two cousins, Mark and Missy, rode Splash nonstop. There was really no one in the attraction but the cast members and us four. Even though this memory is something small I will never forget the nonstop laughing and joking around.
Splash Mountain, which is located on the left side of Frontierland, is definitely a must do at Magic Kingdom. Taking you on an adventure to the Briar patch, this ride will sure bring you to your Laughing Place.
Opening on October 2nd, 1992; this attraction was designed after the Disney movie “Song of the South.” Splash Mountain has never had many major renovations, but in January of 2011 Splash Mountain did add lap bars to the log seats.
When you enter the line for Splash Mountain you will travel through a building/cave, which will show you different scenes that will introduce you to the attractions storyline.
Once boarded onto the attraction you will enter a room where you will be introduced to the story line from a special character named Br’er Frog. You will then enter a variety of scenes such as:
- Critter Cave
- The Fishing Place
- The Old Swimming Hole
- Br’er Fox’s Lair
- Br’er Rabbit’s home in the briar patch
The songs that are played on Splash Mountain are called:
- “How do you do”
- “Ev’rybody’s Got A Laughing Place”
The story line of Splash Mountain is based on Disney’s 1949 movie, Song of the South. The main character, Br’er Rabbit, leaves home in search for adventure and his “Laughing Place”. On his way he encounters many traps set up by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, which of course backfires on them. Eventually, when Br’er Rabbit is caught they throw him back home into the Briar Patch, which is why you encounter the big 52.5ft drop (five stories).
Design/Building of Splash Mountain:
One day in 1983, Tony Baxter was sitting in rush-hour traffic when he thought of the idea of Splash Mountain. He thought that this idea would bring more tourists/guest into Disneyland’s Bear Country and make use of the animatronics from America Sings. Then, Dick Nunis thought of the idea that the ride should be a log-fume attraction.
Originally Splash Mountain was going to be names “Zip-A-Dee River Run”, but Michael Eisner (CEO) decided to change it to Splash Mountain.
Once the name situation was fixed, Disney Imagineers used Dave Feiten to animate the different scenes and to fix the story and stage problems.
Fun Facts about Splash Mountain:
- Splash Mountain includes 950,000 gallons of water.
- The splash that occurs when the log reaches the bottom is not created by the impact, but by water cannons adjacent to the flume.
- Splash Mountain contains 60 logs, which can hold 8 people in each log. Since the ride length is around 10 minutes then that would be 251 logs per hour!
This is a water ride so you will get soaked. If you want to prevent getting as soaked then you can wear a poncho on the ride.
Splash Mountain doesn’t have any compartments to store bags or personal belongings. If you are going on this ride try to keep all belongings in a backpack, and when heading down the drop hold the bag by your knees. This has always helped keep my belongings dried.
Have fun! Search for Hidden Mickey’s! Joke around with your friends and family!
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