Splash Mountain reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Splash Mountain, a flume ride in Critter Country at Disneyland. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
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.
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. - Rob McCullough
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. - Manny Barron
My mother's - who is not a Disneyland fan, or a Disney fan, for that matter - favorite ride. - Mark Kausch
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) - Lexi R
One of my favorite rides out there. Love the theme and the thrill. - Carl Stovall
The drop is definitly the scariest thing in Disneyland. Great ride but wish it was a bit longer. - Sarah Barnes
My favorite ride in the park, it's also the scariest, I love everything from the songs to the awesome drop I absolutly lov ethis ride!!!! - daniel reyes
the ride aspect is perfect. But the scenes are hard to follow and story wise, it's patchy. But I'm coming from Florida where the WDW version tells the story much much better. And the ride is longer in Florida. - Skipper Adam
i LOVE this ride!! HIGHLY recommended this ride! The best log ride ive ever been on! thank you disney! why arnt log rides like this?!?! cuz disneyland is awesome!!! - N O
My most appreciated aspect of this ride is the "double seat" in the back row. I was able to have my daughter sit next to me (so I could hold on to her) - plus we didn't get as wet! :) - Amy Tupper
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