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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

The real reason why water flumes are so popular is because unlike with roller coasters, the most intense part of the narrative can coincide with the most physically intense part of the ride. This ride takes advantage of this to the fullest, and represents storytelling in its perfected form. The music on this ride is iconic and legendary. The scenery is colorful exactly when it needs to be and dark exactly when it needs to be. While the ride does not get you that wet, it does not matter.

I have a very personal connection to this ride. When I was little I was TRAUMATIZED by it because of an experience I had getting stuck on it for 30-45 minutes. So maybe overcoming that anxiety represents something extra for me.

Obviously, this gets a 10/10. Not to be missed.

This is my nostalgia ride. Every time I ride it warms my heart so much. I grew up with the books and music, and this ride does them such justice. I just love it so much. It needs some repair as some animatronics just don't even work anymore. However, it is still just amazing. Love it.
Splash Mountain is (and hopefully always will be) the standard for an E-ticket ride. It's classic Disney fun with thrills, a great story and look. While I wish Disney would be more courageous and take it down more often for shorter periods of time to keep up on maintenance, that's not the rides fault, which (in A-mode) is a stunner.
I've done this ride many times and collecting them all I've seen all the effects on, but not in 1 ride ever. That said this is the best ride anywhere.
The absolute king of log flume and water rides everywhere, Splash Mountain is magic from start to finish. Everything single moment adds up to a top notch Disney experience. It's quite possibly the best ride at Magic Kingdom, if not top 5 of Disney World as a whole. It is incredibly well done, with gorgeous sets and a great soundtrack. I notice so many new details each time I ride that I hadn’t seen before (one of the biggest marks of a great attraction, to me). The drops are super thrilling and will take your breath away, for sure. The atmosphere around this ride builds it up for an outstanding experience. It is better than Disneyland's by a lot, because of double seating rows, and understanding the story much better, as it goes nice and slow through the amazing scenes. What makes a classic, thrilling log flume even better is that, Splash would still be amazing without the flume due to the incredible sets and music along the way, them alone make it one of the best rides at WDW. It really feels like you're in the south away from the real world and in the laughing place. Please do not miss this! Don't let the big drops scare you off, it's over before you know it, and it's so worth riding this not just because of the thrill. It's just the most magical of all Disney and theme park rides. The smells, queue, build up, atmosphere, thrill, scenery, and of course the catchy music make it an absolutely beautiful ride. The best part of this ride is when it's late at night and you just came down the final drop, smiling and soaking wet, as wind blows through your face and your just quietly floating peacefully over Frontierland underneath the Florida moon where everything is perfect, you forget all of your worries, and you're enjoying the magic of Splash Mountain. Then the zip a dee do dah song will make you so happy that it's emotional and you will be overwhelmed by the experience. It's just that magical, I forget all my worries and it's just true Disney magic as you get back to unload. Don't miss Splash Mountain, it's great for all ages, and is perfect in every single way. I simply love it. 10/10
This is a great flume ride. Better than the version in Disneyland, but not quite as spectacular as the version in Tokyo. That said, if you are looking to get good and wet, but still want a great story, this is a terrific ride.
Disney at its best. Wonderful theming, storytelling and atmosphere. The ride is able to offer thrills for the whole family. It manages to get you wet without being uncomfortably soaked. It is also long, which is a real plus nowadays. 10/10
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!
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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