Type

Flume Ride

Status

Opened

Fastpass+

Yes

Level

E - Headliner/Super Headliner

Height Requirement

40 inches (102 cm)

Disney Warnings

For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.

Supervise children at all times.

Extra Warnings

Boarding Instructions: Pull down on Lap Bar - Stow Items Remain Seated!


About

Splash Mountain is an audio animatronic driven Disney classic that culminates with a drop into the briar patch. Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear, and the other characters originated in the 1946 Disney film, Song of the South, and some of the attraction music was carried over from the movie.

 

Disney Description

Splash Mountain is a turbulent flume adventure with high speeds, heights and sudden drops and stops.

A warning poster in the Splash Mountain queue advises guest of the following: "Fifty Foot Plunge Ahead! Splash Mountain is a turbulent flume adventure with high speeds, heights, sudden drops and stops! If you choose to ride you must remain seated during the entire ride! You may get wet!!"

 

Location

Splash Mountain is located over the Frontierland bridge on the left side. It is located near the Walt Disney World Railroad: Frontierland Station and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

 

Appeals To

While visually imposing, this is a family friendly attraction with elements that appeal to any guest that meets the height requirement. The animatronics are appealing to families and the drops are appealing to thrill seekers.

 

Times Guide – Opening/Closing

This attraction opens with the park.

 

Fastpass+ Notes

Splash Mountain is one of the mid to high range demand Fastpass+ reservations in the park. Same day availability typically exists, but will run our earlier than other attractions. Guests can save a considerable amount of time using Fastpass+ at this location.

 

Before you Ride

This ride features multiple drops including one over 50 feet. If you have a fear of heights, please use caution. There are also multiple spots in this attraction where guests will get wet. Typically, on hotter days Disney will increase the amount of the splash versus a lighter splash on colder days.

 

Queue Notes

The queue for Splash Mountain features a winding outdoor path as well as a multi-level indoor portion that leads into the load area. In the early years of Splash Mountain, the entrance to the attraction was actually at the end of the bridge on the left hand side, and a door for cast members can still be found in this location.

A variety of different area music can be heard approaching the queue as well as in the queue. These include Wabash Cannonball, Polly Wolly Doodle, and many others.

The outdoor queue is identified by a marquee with the attraction name and a split for Fastpass and Standby. Typically the outdoor queue is only used when the wait time exceeds 45 minutes. It includes a few thematic elements, but is only lightly themed with log fences, trees, and bushes.

The outdoor queue leads inside through two double barn doors underneath Br'er Rabbit peaking over the sign for Splash mountain. Inside, a collection of rust and dust covered items like wagon wheels, barrels, pots, pans, garden tools, jugs and more line the queue. The path continues back outside before ascending a staircase. Warning signs alert guests they may get wet and advise them of a 50 foot plunge ahead.

On the second level, guests can overlook the lower part of the queue as they approach an open area where the Frontierland Station for the Walt Disney World Railroad is visible. The queue then descends down a ramp that appears to have been carved into the mountain. The dimly lit area overlooks the loading area and also features a silhouette of Br'er Frog telling the story of the attraction. Dialog includes the following:

Pictures of Br'er Bear, Br'er Goose, and Chickapin Hill are also featured before guests walk into the loading area.

 

Vehicle Description

The vehicles are made to look like large hollowed out logs. They have four rows, each seating 2 guests. There are individual lap bars at each seat that were added during the 2011 refurbishment. It is possible to fit 3 guests per row if 1 or more of the guests are children.

 

Post-show Notes

There is no true Post-show for the attraction, but guests can view their on ride photos, and purchase them inside the Splash Mountain Shop.

Along the walls that lead to the gift shop and photo viewing area there are signs that tie back to the attraction. One such sign reads:

When you can't open up your mouth without a song poppin' right out of it
That's a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah day

 

Story

The now controversial movie, Song of the South laid the groundwork for Splash Mountain. In Disneyland, many of the animatronics were recycled from the now extinct America Sings attraction, but when the ride opened in Disney World's Magic Kingdom, all of the animatronics were designed from scratch.

None of the controversial aspects of Song of the South were brought into the attraction. Uncle Remus, the main character and story teller from the movie was replaced by Br'er Frog in the attraction. Br'er Frog narrates the ride, provides voice over tracks in the queue as well as the attraction.

Beginning at the load area, the rockwork and architecture were changed slightly from its California counterpart so that it better fits the Frontierland theme. The logs dispatch up the first lift hill where Br'er Frog sets the story of the attraction:

  • Folks here about saying Br'er Rabbit's leaving home, I say he's heading for trouble
  • Mark my words Br'er Rabbit is gonna put his foot in Br'er Fox's mouth one of these days
  • You ask me, sooner or later Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear are gonna catch that Br'er Rabbit for sure

The first lift hill leads outside around the perimeter of the Briar Patch. Guests can see guests drop down Chickapin Hill and below the Briar Patch as the round the corner to the next lift hill. Also visible are other areas of Frontierland and the bridge that leads to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Before going up the second lift hill, cannons occasionally splash the log, and at times guests get more wet here than on any drop.

The second lift hill is themed liked a wooden barn, before transitioning into a cave in the mountain. At the top, guests first hear the instrumental track for "How do you do?" The ride continues past a cart selling "Critter Elixir", vegetable gardens, trees, a clothesline, barrels, and bird houses. Continuing back to the front of the attraction, guests now get perspective of how high they are as they can overlook the Briar Patch and the rest of Frontierland. The path turns right before the first drop (Slippin' Falls) back into the mountain.

Once inside the building, a series of characters continue singing, 'How do you do?". A goose is singing and fishing in front of a "No Fishin'" sign while two bullfrogs sing backup. Several more geese are fishing and singing around the bend, but they only seem to have caught a hat. The next turn reveals the first glimpse of Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear and Br'er Rabbit. The latter is leaving his home, while the other two are devising a plan to capture him. Br'er Roadrunner also appears in this scene singing backup to Br'er Rabbit and together they indicate that it's, "Time to be moving along."

The scene continues with a porcupine and a raccoon playing instruments while another rabbit is sweeping her front porch. The rabbit then turns to watch a silhouette of Br'er Rabbit hopping over a hill while Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear are "hot on his tail."

Around the bend, Br'er Bear is caught is hanging from a tree, while an annoyed Br'er Fox stands by. Next to Br'er Fox is a book that reads, "How to Catch a Rabbit". Across the path, Br'er Rabbit hops by and laughs at the duo that's chasing him. Br'er Rabbit has a few different lines of dialog for this scene:

  • You boys can't catch me, why my Laughin' Place is where I'm bound
  • Br'er Fox, no need to get hung up over Br'er Bear, you need a good dose of my Laughin' Place
  • You fella's could use a good laugh, Let's go down to my Laughin' Place

The music changes around the bend as Br'er Frog is lying on top of a crocodile singing "Laughin' Place". The logs pass by the homes of other animals and signs point us to the Laughin' Place. Before the drop into the Laughin' Place, Br'er Bear has his head stuck in the rocks while he's standing on Br'er Fox's shoulders.

The log continues into a dark cave where it drops down, then up over a small lip before dropping again into the Laughin' Place. Beehives line the Laughin' Place and Br'er Bear can be seen rolling around with his head in a beehive. Br'er Rabbit is nearby laughing on the ground while Br'er Fox stands overhead holding a beehive.

This is followed by another small drop into Br'er Fox's Laughin' Place. Turtles, Frogs and Gophers are playing in the water and hopping water can be seen on both sides of the log. At a previous point in the attraction's history, water would jump over the track and lead the boat through Br'er Fox's Laughin' Place.

Before guests round the corner, signs warn of us danger ahead. Br'er Fox has captured Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Rabbit's torso is trapped inside a beehive, and Br'er Fox is holding him by the ears. Br'er Rabbit pleads for for Br'er Fox to let him go. The log continues beneath two sinister ravens into Br'er Fox's Lair that cycle through multiple phrases:

  • Everybody's got a laughin' place... maybe this one is yours. And wait til you see that old Br'er Rabbit, he sure ain't laughin' no more.
  • If you found finally found your laughin' place, how come you aren't laughing?
  • That Br'er Rabbit, he learned his lesson all right, but I'm afraid he learned it too late
  • Laughin' place... We've got your laughin' place right up here
  • So, you're looking for a laughin' place, eh? We'll show you a laughin' place!
  • Time to be turnin' around... if only you could!

The log begins it's ascent and Br'er Fox can be heard threatening Br'er Rabbit...

Br'er Fox: You know Br'er Rabbit I think I'll just have to hang ya!
Br'er Rabbit: That's alright Br'er Fox, hangs me if you gotta, but please... PLEASE don't fling me in that briar patch!

Br'er Fox: Well Br'er Rabbit I thinks I'll just have to skin ya!
Br'er Rabbit: Go ahead Br'er Fox, skin me if you like b...b...b...but please don't fling me in that briar patch!

Br'er Fox: Well now Br'er Rabbit maybe I'll just have to roast ya!
Br'er Rabbit: Y...y...y...yes sir Br'er Fox, you go right ahead and roast me, but whatever you do, please don't fling me in that briar patch!

On the dark portion of the ascent, guests hear the Br'er Fox line, and then towards the top Br'er Rabbit is visible to say his line. At the very top of the hill, Br'er Bear can be heard saying, "Briar patch?" It's at this point that the log drops down the 50 foot plunge passing underneath the Briar patch. The reality is that Br'er Rabbit had tricked Br'er Fox because he had been "born in bred" in the briar patch.

After a short section outside, the log passes by a waterfall and after a short drop continues into the riverboat scene. A large banner welcomes Br'er Rabbit home and a collection of animals are singing and dancing to "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah". A trio of crocodiles sing on one side of the log while many more animals are singing and dancing on a riverboat that rocks back and forth in the water. Next to the riverboat, guests see Br'er Bear with his head tucked into the briar patch as Br'er Fox balances on his backside and Br'er Crocodile pulls at his tail. Br'er Fox blames Br'er Bear for the mistake and also yells at him to stop singing. Around the bend, Br'er Rabbit is singing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" with Br'er Roadrunner:

Together: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay...
Br'er Rabbit: Home sweet home is the lesson today
Br'er Rabbit (speaking): My oh my... Born and bred in the briar patch and I'm here to stay

Br'er Rabbit: I'm through with moving on now, it's where I'm born... and bred in! The briar patch is where I'm headed.
Together: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay,
Br'er Rabbit: I'm back in my home now, and I'm sure gonna stay!
Br'er roadrunner (speaking): I told you Br'er Rabbit there ain't no place far enough to run from trouble
Together: Home sweet home is the lesson today
Br'er Rabbit (speaking): Don't you worry Mr. Bluebird, I learned my lesson
Br'er roadrunner (speaking): The briar patch is where you were born, and the briar patch is where you're going to stay
Br'er Rabbit (speaking): One of these days I gotta thank Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear for flingings me back home to my briar patch

Together: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay
Br'er Rabbit: I'm back in my home now, and I'm gonna stay!

Br'er Rabbit (speaking): My oh my... Born and bred in the briar patch and I'm here to stay
Br'er Roadrunner (speaking): I'm glad you made it home safe and sound this time Br'er Rabbit

Together: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay
Br'er Rabbit: I'm sure glad to be here...
Br'er Roadrunner: ...And he's here to stay

Together: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay...
Br'er Rabbit: Home sweet home...
Br'er Roadrunner: ...Is the lesson today

Br'er Rabbit (speaking): Don't you worry Mr. Bluebird, I learned my lesson
Br'er Roadrunner (speaking): I'm glad you made it home safe and sound this time Br'er Rabbit

Br'er Rabbit: Mr Bluebird on my shoulder, it's the truth...
Br'er Roadrunner: it's the truth...
Br'er Rabbit: it's actual...
Br'er Roadrunner: it's actual...
Together: Everything is satisfactual

Together: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay, Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Before unloading, there are two painted walls that read, "It's the Truth... It's Actual..." and "Everything is Satisfactual". After the signs, the logs turn back into the load station.

 

Technical Notes

As a water ride, maintenance is a large issue on Splash Mountain. It typically goes down for refurbishment for at least a month in January and/or February every year.

 

Similar Attractions

The vehicles are unique to this attraction but elements of the ride are similar to Pirates of the Caribbean. While thematically different, the two attractions feature animatronic driven stories as well as thrills. The drops in Splash Mountain are larger than Pirates of the Caribbean, and guests get wetter on Splash Mountain as well.

Kali River Rapids is also comparable, but the vehicles are substantially different. Guests typically get more wet on Kali River Rapids than they do on Splash Mountain.

 

Videos

The below video is used with permission from the YouTube channel Virtual Disney World. These videos allow users to manipulate the camera a full 360 degrees using their cursor or directional arrows on their computer. Users on a smartphone or tablet can also manipulate the camera by moving their device in the direction they wish to look.

 

Music

 

Street Address

4485 Caribbean Way

 

Significant Personnel

Originally conceived by Imagineer Tony Baxter for Disneyland

 

Photos