Orlando/SoCal Theme Park Showdown: Splash Mountain vs. Splash Mountain
Written by Robert Niles
Let's head out to the laughing place for today's last vote in the Theme Park Insider Orlando/Southern California Showdown. Which version of Disney's Splash Mountain is your favorite - Disneyland's original, or Walt Disney World's? Consider whatever details you'd like - setting, decor, ride, narrative, or whatever petty individual bias you'd like to throw into the mix. The vote will be open for 24 hours.Tweet
Disneyland's Splash Mountain: Critter Country
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain: Frontierland
The differences? Do you like to sit in single file on a flume ride, or side-by-side? That's been the big difference between these two versions of Disney's theme park-reincarnation of "Song of the South." The Disneyland original, which debuted in July 1989, features traditional single-file seating (except now in the back row, where an adult and child may sit together), while the Walt Disney World version, which opened in October 1992, offers side-by-side seating. That allows the Florida version of the ride to put through more visitors per hour than the Disneyland version, which typically translates to shorter waits.
On both rides, you follow the story of Brer Rabbit and his attempt to escape Brer Fox, ultimately leading to Brer Fox throwing Brer Rabbit (and you) down the waterfall into the Brier Patch. Feel free to further break down the match-up in the comments.
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