Sign in or Join the Community!

Theme Park Insider YouTubeFacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+Email Newsletter
Home Park guides Hotel reviews Saving money Travel tips 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: 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.

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
Jaiden Cohen
AAs and first 8 minutes of the ride are bad. The drop is the best part. Does not beat Dudley Do Right's and Jurassic Park as Orlando's best water rides. 7.5/10
Jeff Krinock
I enjoyed this, but the Disneyland version is my favorite.
Nick McKaig
I grew up riding this ride and it is still great! A classic Disney attraction that is a must-ride for any theme park goer. Updates over the years have kept the riding experience great. 9/10.


Register and log in to leave a comment, too!

More attraction and restaurant ratings: