No kids allowed on Disneyland's Splash Mountain?

January 17, 2008, 6:29 PM · Got a couple notes today that Disneyland's raised the height requirement on Splash Mountain to... get this... 60 inches.

Update: Disneyland CM writes in to say that the new height restriction applies to the front seat. The old restriction remains for other seats. (Also now mentioned in comments.)

Disneyland's been having problems with Splash Mountain ever since it changed out the logs during a previous rehab. All other Splash Mountains have a two-by-two seating arrangement, with relatively low height requirements. Disneyland's Splash Mountain, which was the original version of the ride, was built with a narrower flume and a traditional single-file log. That meant really lousy ride capacity (since you could get only half as many people in a typical ride unit, compared with the Orlando version).

Trouble is, you can't just slap a wider log on to the ride without pretty much rebuilding the whole thing. So Disney tried a new seating arrangement, with two seats in the back row and individual seating wells for all other rows, as opposed to the benches it had before. But parents can control their kids easier when they are sitting between your legs on a log flume bench. It's hard to have any control over them when they are in a separate seating well. That's led to multiple guest complains and cast members having to deal with squirrelly kids sliding around in their seats.

But five feet? At that point, one wonders if Disney wouldn't get fewer complains by either (a) going back to the old, low-capacity logs or (b) closing the darn thing for six months to rip out the ride flume, widen it and install the Disney World/Tokyo Disneyland-style logs.

Replies (11)

January 17, 2008 at 7:03 PM · WELL....that leaves me out. I am 24 years old and i stand at 4'10". I wonder if they are literally going to be enforcing that height limit on short adults too. I understand the safety point of view, but if I go over there and they wont let me on because i'm too short I will raise HELL! I am not some squirly kid thats going to be sliding around.
January 17, 2008 at 7:05 PM · Questions of the day... Is Greg Emmer still there? (Should one connect the dots between our two Disneyland posts this week?) Are the lawyers out of control? Or is attractions creating a PR nightmare to shake loose money for a needed rehab? Anyone want to set the over/under on how long this requirement lasts?
January 17, 2008 at 10:28 PM · Disneyland website states 40" height requirement and children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a responsible person. Not an adult. Interesting.
January 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM · The new 60" rule is only for the front seat. Too many kids were ducking down under, to not get as wet, and getting hurt. The 40" rule still applies for the rest of the log seats, as well as the needing an adult rule.
January 18, 2008 at 7:11 AM · If the PC brigade have their way then very soon none of the seven dwarfs will be allowed to go on any of the rides unless Snow White rides with them............and that includes their own one.
January 18, 2008 at 8:48 AM · THAT REALLY MAKES ME MAD. They should shut it down and rebuild. This means I literally cannot go to Disneyland anymore.! I have a son who is autistic and has been on that ride for a couple of years now. It is one of his favorites. If he sees other people going and the ride working and he is not allowed on it then he will throw a tantrum so bad that you would have to put him in a straight jacket! THis means I can't go to Disneyland because he will expect to go on that ride. I am so angry at this. He is 54 inches tall. He goes on Space Mtn and coasters that go upside down for god sakes. UGH!!!!!!
I can't believe they did this!
January 18, 2008 at 9:06 AM · I don't understand all the uproar, it's not a God given right to be able to ride every ride. They are doing this for SAFETY reasons, not to piss people off. I will never understand why people complain about not being tall enough or to fat to ride rides. There is a reason you can't ride, it's for your own personal safety and the safety of others. Think of the nightmare if someone was killed, you can't put someone's enjoyment above safety. I'm 6'2, if I went to a park and they said I can't ride because I'm to tall they guess what, I won't ride. I know there not telling me that to single me out, there has to be a good reason for those rules. The previous poster said it makes her Angry? Your angry because they are looking out for you and your child's Safety? Makes no sense to me.
January 18, 2008 at 9:46 AM · READ the comments folks; this only applies to the front seat.
January 18, 2008 at 12:21 PM · Ugh. Disney, it's really simple. Instead of a 60 inch height requirement, do an age requirement. I remember hearing you have to be at least 7 years of age to ride alone on rides at Disneyland (that may not be true). So, why not you must be 7 years of age or older for the front? It's simple.
January 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM · Since this is supposed to fix an issue about immature kids squirming around in the front seat, I agree with some here that this would be better if it were an age requirement, rather than a height requirement. I'm a 21 year old vertically challenged person myself, at 5'2"-ish, so I barely make the height requirement. But if I were just 3 inches shorter, I'd wouldn't be allowed in the front? Seems like a bad rule.

Swap it out for an age requirement, not a height requirement.

January 20, 2008 at 9:18 AM · I can see the dissapointment, I have both a 6 and 8-yo. But as pointed out, the rule is for the front seat only. So in a way, I think really complaining like this sort of exhibits a degree of taking things for granted. People should feel lucky to 1) live in the U.S. as opposed to 99% of the other places in the world, 2) have something as cool as Disneyland in our country, 3) have enough money to afford to go to Disneyland in the first place, 4) being able to ride a cool ride like Splash Mountain at all. I know some people that would simply respond "get a life."

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