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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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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.

Reviews

Sucks.
Wow. What can I say about my beloved Splash Mountain, there are no words! Absolutely love it! It's my favorite ride in Magic Kingdom, and the best log flume in this world. It blends the best of a dark ride and a thrill ride - those are my favorite types of rides! How can anyone go to Disney without Splash Mountain? As for getting wet, I always get wet when you're about to climb up the second lift hill when another log is coming down the big drop. Duck when you're at that moment. But really: soak me, I don't care. I LOVE SPLASH MOUNTAIN!
My favorite Disney ride I've ridden. It is just the most magical of all of Disney rides. The ride is best at night when you are just floating serenely over Frontierland beneath the Florida moon. I don't know what else to say about it. I love it. 10/10
This is the definition of what Disney does best, cute little story with cute little characters , and amazing theming. When ever I think of WDW I think of splash mountain , even more than the castle to be honest. It has amazing sets, amazing Automactronics , catchy song and a great drop, what else could you ask for ?
Splash Mountain (WDW, DLR, TDR) is indeed the best, most thrilling log chute anywhere, and I've been on tons.
It's got a great storyline, you get really wet and the ani-matronics are cool. The final drop is thrilling but there is also a good drop in the dark (near the middle of the ride) that is also pretty good. Though at times it does seem that the ride drags on forever, and in my opinion is just a tad overhyped, but still a great ride. Rating: (8/10)
best Water Flume ever! Ride has a great story and the animatronics are great. This is one of Disney's best rides ever.
Best ride in the magic kingdom, especially at night with the fireworks going off, love this ride.
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.
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.


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