Splash Mountain, located in Frontierland of the Magic Kingdom, is one of the must-do rides of the entire park. Only the foolish will miss taking this ride in (unless it is cold out, and even then the ride tends to attract quite a few riders).
Willing guests board a log flume two per row, with 4 rows and are sent on their watery way. A few small lifts and drops are encountered along with many characters such as Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Bear treating you to some familier songs like “How Do You Do” and “Ev’rybody Has A Laughing Place”. If you have ever seen the 1946 Walt Disney movie Song of the South, then you will recognize the origin of this tale.
Winding in and out of the mountain as well as many colorful scenes, eventually you make your way up the third and longest lift. At the top you are treated to an amazing view Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain before plunging to the bottom of a 45 degree 52 foot drop that accelerates you to almost 40 mph before slowing at the bottom once you hit the water. Potential riders here take note, the front and right side passengers tend to take most of the splash, so if you are trying to keep it dry, opt for the rear or left side.
With the big drop over with, you are treated to one final musical scene showing that Br’er Rabbit escaped the clutches of the bad Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox.
“Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah” is heard all around you before the ride comes to an end.
Water weary riders can opt to don a poncho before boarding.
For those trivia lovers, the Disney World version of the ride is 2600 ft long and opened in 1992, three years after the original opened in Disneyland.
To take a ride in Splash Mountain at home, click on the video above (thanks to EmarB for providing it).