Splash Mountain is one of the Magic Kingdom's busiest attractions. There's a reason for that. Uncle Walt's boys have taken a good story and made it better. In 1946, Disney released Song of the South, a story about a rabbit and being chased by a fox and a bear and all the follies that followed.
What makes this ride special is the anticipation of the "Big Drop". Toward the end of the ride there is a 52 foot 45 degree drop which will take your breath away. In fact Disney, always looking to make a little money, snaps your picture right as you start down the "Big Drop". Most people are screaming when the flash happens. It makes for a great picture which you can buy for a measly $49.59 (or something like that.)
Photo by Matthew Cooper
The Pre Show
Waiting in line for some of Disney's rides can be as much fun as the rides themselves. This ride has an interesting line area. It's a good thing, because everyone usually has to wait a while.
The "Mountains" in the Magic Kingdom have the longest rides of all the rides in the Magic Kingdom (except maybe Dumbo).
Here you walk through a nice cool Chickapin Hill. It's covered and cool. It's a nice place to be on a hot Florida afternoon.
Splash Mountain starts out with Br'er Frog telling guests that they will be taking a wet ride with a big drop. The story goes that Mr. Bluebird and Br'er Rabbit are sitting around chatting one day, and the restless Br'er Rabbit decides he needs to leave the safety of the briar patch and find his "Laughing Place". Where he won't be bothered by Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear (say that 5 times fast.)
You make your way through scenes where the rabbit is chased by the fox and the bear. You see how the wily rabbit outwits the slower fox and bear time after time right up to the final fallllllllllllll.
At the end of the ride your reach the Laughing Place. The place where all is peaceful and happy.
Will you get wet on Splash Mountain? Maybe, probably, I don't know. Yes, that's a cop out answer, but it's the truth. If you sit in the front of the ride, you have a descent chance of getting wet, especially if you have very large (like Dad) people riding in the front. You might get soaked.
Riders report everything from not getting wet at all, to getting totally soaked. Most of the time, the soaking doesn't come from the "Big Drop", but from some of the smaller drops and some of the twists and turns. Shoes, purses and camera bags are the items that tend to get the wettest.
You can always put on one of those great Disney World ponchos to stay relatively dry.
Here are some interesting tidbits -
- The drop is a 5 story drop (52 feet) at a 45 degree angle as speeds up to 40 mph
- There is a smaller drop after "Slippin Falls" and 5 total drops along the way
- There are over 100 audio-animatronic figures in the ride
The Whole Ride
Splash Mountain first opened at Walt Disney World in 1992.
- The ride is based on Disney's 1946 release of Song of the South.
- The original ride cost $75 million to develop. One of the most expensive rides at the time.
- It replaced America Sings. Some of the scenery from America Sings was included in the new ride
Photo by WDW Shutterbug
Dad's Ride Information Table
|Description: A log ride through the Song of the South story|
|Height Requirement - 40 inches||Fastpass:Yes||Length of Ride: 12 minutes|
|Type of ride: Plume ride with big drops|
Other Information: There are several big drops that may be disconcerting to small and not so small people.
Fear the "Big Drop"
Photo by Don Sullivan
Are You Tall Enough?
Are you Tall Enough to ride Splash? It's kind of funny, but yes, there is a height requirement to ride.
You have to be at least 40 inches tall to ride.
Dad also has a cool little tool to measure the kids as they grow and keep track of when they are tall enough to ride the rides, like Splash Mountain. I call it Dad's Are You Tall Enough To Ride?...
Every ride at WDW is on this chart. Mount it on the wall and keep track of the kids while they grow.
Splash Mountain is one of the "Big" rides at the Magic Kingdom. It should be one of the centerpieces of any Magic Kingdom plan. Lines get long from early in the morning to late at night. Some ways to avoid lines is to ride first thing in the morning, use FASTPASS, or ride during the parades.
Dad knows Disney World Crowds and has lots of strategies for avoiding them at ...
The Fine Print
Here's some small print information
- Expectant mothers should not ride
- Those with bad necks, backs, high blood pressure, and those that suffer from motion sickness could have an adverse reaction to this ride (now you tell me)
- Guests must be able to transfer from ECV's to ride vehicles
- Service animals are not allowed on the ride.
Right as you start down the "big drop", you see a big flash That's where the big picture is taken. When you exit the ride, you'll see the pictures on screens. Make sure you get the number so you can buy the picture later.
One of the best ways to take a good look at the pictures before you actually buy them (they never look as good as they do on the screens) is to use Disney's PhotoPass program. That way you can take a good look at it when you get home before you purchase anything.
Dad's Bottom Line
It's too bad that all of this great scenery goes to waste on Dad. Being the wimp he is Dad is discomfited (big word) by the 4 early drops waiting for the Big One and misses a great ride. Sorry.