Sign in or Join the Community!

Splash Mountain

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Flume Ride
Minimum height to ride: 40 inches

Robert Niles
Editor

Photo of Splash Mountain

See all photos | Submit Photo

Published: February 14, 2015

Afraid of upsetting modern racial sensitivity, Disney has kept its once-popular "Song of the South" under wraps for decades. But Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear and and the winsome "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" have entertained far too many people for Disney to condemn them to cultural obscurity, too. And, by the way, Disneyland really needed a flume ride, too.... So the company whipped up "Splash Mountain," a delightful musical tour that revives the tunes and characters of "Song of the South" in a thrill ride environment freed from the racial baggage and presumed stereotypes of Uncle Remus' tales.

If you've not seen "Song of the South," here's the story: Br'er Fox is trying to catch Br'er Rabbit, with the help of Br'er Bear. Br'er Rabbit, who lives in the Briar Patch, is a bit of a ne'er-do-well, always looking for his Laughin' Place. One day, Br'er Fox manages to grab Br'er Rabbit, who pleads for his life, begging not to be thrown into the Briar Patch. Brer Fox falls for this bit of reverse psychology, and throws him over the falls into the Briar Patch, where Br'er Rabbit escapes and meets up with all his friends for a colorful finale on Doo-Dah Landing.

Robert Parker
Yes, you might get wet! Visit the candy shop when you get off. It does have some things you can't get anywhere else!
Sebastian K
Splash Mountain is one of my favorite attractions at the Disneyland Resort and has my personal favorite "single rider line" of all the Disney attractions in Anaheim. The theming is beautiful and the ride has a decent thrill to it. Also, that indoor drop did have a little surprise to me as it has a feature that most log flumes stray away from.
Mark Kausch
My mother's - who is not a Disneyland fan, or a Disney fan, for that matter - favorite ride. Especially nice when it's hot outside.
David Matecki
Still one of my favorites. Because it was so hot on my trip I would say this beats all.
James Rao
Writer
A lesser version of the attraction at WDW, and often, just as broken. Still, one of the best flume rides in the world.
Bryce McGibeny
Great attraction. Similar to the one I'm used to in WDW, but missing some scenes it seems. What I did like was the fact that there were no lap bars, which made it all the more thrilling.
Rob McCullough
I grew up in Georgia and as such know the uncle Remus stories well. I also have ridden the MK version so I was suprised at how poorly the story is presented in the DL version. Still a fun ride but big lack of story development.
Manny Barron
This ride is such a joy. From the drops including the big one to the scenes depicted within the mountain, this ride delivers. As with the rest of Critter Country this has a nice rustic feel to it and the music is really catchy, in a good way. The final drop is always great fun. As for getting wet, sitting in the front will get you soaked while people in the back may just get lightly splashed.
Lexi R
This is a great log flume ride, second only to Splash Mountain at WDW. If you have been on the attraction in Florida, the one at WDL is a bit disappointing. As mentioned before this model is shorter and the story is not as clear. It also seems to me that this ride stops the logs more often, not sure if it is a blocking issue because of the shorter course, more riders trying to stand up, or having issues loading. With that being said, the ride still beats any Six Flags or Cedar Fair attempts at a themed log flume by a mile. (8/10)
Carl Stovall
One of my favorite rides out there. Love the theme and the thrill.


Register and log in to leave a comment, too!

More attraction and restaurant ratings:

Most Popular U.S. Theme Parks

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disneyland
Epcot
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood

Popular International Parks

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Paris
Universal Studios Japan
Hong Kong Disneyland
Europa Park
Efteling
Walt Disney Studios Paris
Universal Studios Singapore

Features, News and Advice

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Theme Park Insider Awards
What's Under Construction for 2015/6?
How to Stay Safe at a Theme Park

Books and Shirts

Theme Park Insider Visits Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Theme Park Insider Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Stories from a Theme Park Insider Get Theme Park Insider Shirts and Hoodies

Archives

2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2011 · 2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006 · 2005 (Dec 27-31) · 2005 (Jan-Dec 26) · 2004