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Splash Mountain

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Flume ride
Minimum height to ride: 40 inches

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Published: December 16, 2013

Splash Mountain rises over Frontierland, just north of Adventureland's Caribbean Plaza. It's a classic long flume ride that also tells the Brer Rabbit story from Disney's long-buried movie Song of the South.

Song of the South mixed live action with animation back in the 1950s to tell Joel Chandler Harris' "Uncle Remus" stories. Despite the movie's innovative technique, Disney no longer sells nor screens it, in large part do to concerns that the film's African-American narrator evokes minstrel stereotypes. That put Disney is a bit of a spot, though, because the film's signature tune, "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" is one of the all-time Disney greats.

Enter Splash Mountain. In the late 1980s, Disney's designers had the idea of using the film's Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox animated characters in a musical log flume ride, which would allow them to spotlight "Zip A Dee Do Dah" and other beloved songs and scenes from the film, while avoiding all the controversy surrounding the movie that launched them.

Don't mind the backstory, though. Fans love the ride for what it is, a musical romp with fun characters, some nifty twists and bumps in the middle of the mountain, and a big, soaking wet, 40-miles-per-hour, 52-foot drop at the end. Well, not quite the end. You've still got a rousing musical finale to drift through on your way back to the loading station.

David Bethune
This is the king of all log flume rides and it shows. It's fun, it's wet but not too wet, and it's full of great animatronics and storytelling. Compare this with a ride-through video of, say, Universal's flume ride and you'll see why Disney parks still take the prize in attendance and fan loyalty. This ride shows the love! Put it on your Magic Kingdomm shortlist.
Sarah Bebb
True Disney magic. Everything about this ride is amazing in every way. The atmosphere it builds is truly outstanding, it really feels like you're in the deep south watching these characters interact. That final drop is thrilling, but not as bad as it looks from the ground. It's over in an instant and you're soaking wet. A great ride for all ages, do not miss Splash Mountain.
Kevin Erlendsson
Who couldn't like this ride? The first 5-6 minutes kind of set the stage for the rest of the ride. The cleverly placed jokes in the scenery bring me smiles, and the big drop- in my opinion- is not even the best part. The songs are very catchy, and you'll be singing about your laughing place for the rest of the day.
Owen  Scott
Favorite water ride ever. Nuff said
Jeff Krinock
I enjoyed this, but the Disneyland version is my favorite.


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