Splash Mountain is a log flume ride that you can find at several Disney parks. Tokyo Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Disneyland all feature this attraction. Disneyland was the debut park for Splash Mountain in July 1989, followed by Tokyo Disneyland and Magic Kingdom which opened within days of on another in 1992. We will be discussing the Magic Kingdom version of the ride in this review.
Splash Mountain features stories, characters, songs and from the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South”. Join Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and over 100 of their closest friends on a journey through caves, burrows and tunnels. Along the way, you’ll see several scenes telling the story of Brer Fox and Brer Bear attempting to catch Brer Rabbit. When Brer Rabbit is finally captured he begs Brer Fox to do anything except throw him in the briar patch. Of course, Brer Fox doesn’t realize he has been tricked and sends Brer Rabbit (and guests) over the 52.5 foot plummet right into the briar patch.
After surviving the big drop (oh, and there are a few smaller ones along the way to help ensure you don’t leave the ride dry) you’ll have an opportunity for a sing along. The final musical scene features the Zip-a-Dee Lady, a large showboat featuring several audio animatronics who will lead you in singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.
Shake yourself off, wring out your t-shirt and check out the gift shop. If you are into pressed pennies, there is a machine nearby. Your ride photo is available for purchase (or at least for you to chuckle at). You’ll also find assorted candy and other typical park fare.
Height restriction: must be 40”
Duration of ride: 11 minutes
Fastpass+ available: yes, and recommended
May be too intense for small children
I do enjoy this ride but I do not care to walk around the park wet. I usually throw caution to the wind at some point and jump in line. Splash Mountain is a ride that I always find myself singing along to the songs and happy that I was brave enough to ride.
I have always been super lucky and have never gotten wet on this ride. I have seen some people come off soaked and I feel for them. Splash Mountain is one of my favorite storylines and I love watching Brer Fox and Brer Bear get themselves into trouble every time.
Be sure to get a Fastpass+ for this attraction to avoid longer wait times during the busy season
You WILL get wet on this ride – it’s just a matter of how much. If you plan to take a midday break at your resort make Splash Mountain the last ride before you leave the park. You can dry out and change clothes if need be.
Your photo will be taken as you plunge into the briar patch. Be sure to smile!