“ One of the Magic Kingdom's major attractions is Splash Mountain. Based on the 1946 Walt Disney film, "Song of the South", this ride features the antics of Brer Fox and Brer Bear's attempts to catch the wily Brer Rabbit as he looks for his laughing place. Over 100 Audio-animatronic figures entertain you as your log boat winds its way through caves, swamps and bayous, and down three minor drops before climaxing with a 52 foot plunge through the briar patch after Brer Rabbit outfoxes Brer Fox. „
Splash Mountain is log flume style attraction located in the Magic Kingdom park within the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. There are also versions of this rides in some of the other Magic Kingdom parks (e.g Paris).
Depending on the time of year you go you may encounted a large queue for this ride in Florida as although it has been there for many years it still remains a very popular attraction. The longest queue I ever saw for this ride was 3 hours! If you plan it right and get there first thing in the morning or get a Disney fastpass for the attraction you can cut this queue time.
If you do have to queue its not so bad, as with all Disney attractions the queue area is well themed and has various things to look at that will help pass the time. A substantial section of the queue is under shelter too, which is great if your visiting at a hot time of year.
Once you reach the front of the queue a cast member will place you in a row ready to get on to the boat. The ride seats 8 people in four rows of 2. The restraints are large padded bars that pull down over your front. One thing im sure you will notice when you sit down is that there is a fair amount of water already in the boat - this gives you a pretty good indication that you are going to get pretty wet!
The ride begins by taking you through an indoor themed area based on Disney's film the song of the south (Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Brer Fox etc). I have yet to see the film but still thoroughly enjoy the ride. The ride tells the story of Brer Rabbit who leaves home looking for a laughin place. Brer Bear and Brer Fox are chasing after him trying to catch him.
You go through several cheerfully themed indoor areas, that have animatronic animals singing and dancing songs from the movie. As the villians in the film (brer bear and brer fox) chase after the rabbit you encounter some darker scenes that involve several short drops. From memory I think 2 of these are inside and in the dark.
Towards the end of the ride Brer Rabbit manages to outsmart the villains and they end up falling down in the briar patch. Riders follow this fall with the rides biggest drop (which is visable on the way to get to the ride). A photo is taken as you drop and you can purchase this after the ride.
An Indoor Segmant follows after the ride which shows Brer Rabbit returning to his "home sweet home" and is finished off by the annoyingly catchy zip a dee doo dah song which no doubt you will find stuck in your head.
I personally love this ride, I think it is brilliantly themed and has lots of happy scenes and catchy songs. It has just enough drops to make the ride that bit more entertaining too. The final big drop is quite steep but the padded bar makes you feel very secure. My 70 year old Nan loves the ride so it cant be that scary!!
This is one of the tallest attractions in the Magic Kingdom Park at WDW in Florida. Located in Frontierland and neighbour to runaway mine train themed ride, Big Thunder Mountain. Splash Mountain is a great version of the classic log flume ride.
The queueing for this ride is more often than not up at the hour mark so make use of the fast pass facility if you don't love waiting. A good time to ride is when everyone else is distracted by parades and fireworks if you've seen these once, its worth hopping on attractions like this and Big Thunder instead.
Generally speaking this is a slow paced ride where you get spectacular views of the park, an occasional nice cooling splash of water and lots of fun country style music. Based on the Song of the South Brer Rabbit segments, children are treated to well designed sets and moving characters including Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Essentially you take the role of Brer Rabbit using a boat as your vehicle to escape from the clutches of Brer Fox and Brer Bear. The boat takes you all around the 'creek' where you encounter a great number of creatures who are all happy to say 'How Do You Do.' Brer Fox and Brer Bear are on the hunt for you and desperate to catch you and you narrowly escape them a number of times seeing how they planned to trap you. One of the faster moments on the ride is when you are in a dark chamber illuminated by little bees and hives and you go over a series of speed bump style hills in quick succession.
This ride is not however fun for any child/adult scared of heights as after a series of mini dips you finally will plunge down the high point pictured next to this review into a mean looking briar patch. As you descend towards the patch a flash occurs, you may want to pull silly faces/lift your arms up for a second to pretend you're braver than you are when you get home etc.
You emerge safe but incredibly wet from the briar patch and all of your friends are there to welcome you back from the clutches of Brer Fox and Brer Bear in an enchantingly cheerful room with a model riverboat and dancing creatures with the refrain of Zip a Dee Doo Dah playing as you return to the docking area and are then able to exit the ride.
You walk round and enter the photo screen area where shots from recent rides are displayed, if you wish to buy your photo use your photo pass to have the picture scanned and then decide if you want to buy it. They cost in the region of $15 and I have known many a person position their loved ones on the bridge by the drop to take a picture as their boat falls but you'd need a pretty good zoom to make sure it was them.
From here you follow a path into a gift shop with a range of souvenirs from your ride and brer rabbit themed gifts. It also sells beautiful wooden pieces some of which are a little too big to stow in your hand luggage. You can also access this shop from outside the ride so if you haven't been able to ride you can at least browse in here. You can buy your photo from here or from anywhere else across the Magic Kingdom that sells photos you can also order any of the photos on your photo pass when you get home.
If your child is under 40" tall they won't be able to ride, I remember being very happy aged 7 when I was tall enough to ride, I rode it as many times as I could and still visit once a day when I'm in the Magic Kingdom because it is so much fun. The ride is also not suitable for people with neck, back, heart conditions or who are pregnant. This is due to the force of the drop but obviously it depends on your specific condition.
The ride is a great way to cool off from the Florida heat though and you will dry off quite quickly. Of course you have the option of a waterproof poncho, personally I enjoy riding this when its raining or after a day at the waterparks. That way I'm already wet and don't have to worry about getting other rides wet. If you're looking for a thrilling ride at the Magic Kingdom where you can also get wet and be moving slowly enough to appreciate the scenery this is definitely one for you.
Splash Mountain is located in the Magic Kingdom park at Disneyworld Orlando in the Frontierland section of the park. As you approach the entrance to the ride you will hear the music of banjo's and harmonica's giving you a feel for the theme of Splash Mountain and Frontierland.
HISTORY OF THE RIDE
Splash Mountain opened in the Magic Kingdom on 2nd October 1992. It is based upon the Walt Disney film 'Song of the South' made in 1946. There are three versions of this ride, one being at Orlando and the others at California and Tokyo, they all slightly vary. Splash Mountain is due to open at Disneyland Paris between 2012-2014.
A BIT ABOUT THE RIDE
Splash Mountain is a fun, thrilling water flume ride that follows the story of Br'er Rabbit as he leaves his Briar Patch in search of 'the laughing place'.
You will begin by boarding a 8-seater hollowed out log, seating two to a row. If you are with a child they will allow three to a row. For a full soaking experience you can request a front row seat or alternatively sit on the right hand side of the log.
The story begins by Br'er Frog welcoming the riders as you climb the first hill, the log will take a small dip and then enter the water. Watch out as you enter the barn as you may get soaked by the splash of the riders from the big drop! You will then enter the fun, musical adventure of animatronics as Br'er Rabbit outsmarts the Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear as he escapes their attempts to capture him. This is all to the uplifting 'How Do You Do?' soundtrack. This journey will lead you over small waterfalls and through dark caves and caverns until Br'er Rabbit is finally caught. The mood takes a bit of a dark turn as the music changes to 'Ev'rybody has a Laughing Place' and the light dims. You will then begin your steep climb up 'Slippin Falls' whilst hearing the screams from the logs which preceed you, you will then see the vultures above you waiting for your demise (scary stuff!). As you reach the peak, you will see the light from outside before plummiting 5 storeys (52.5ft) at a 45 degree angle reaching speeds of 40mph into the refreshing pool below! Horray, Br'er Rabbit tricked the Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear into throwing him over the waterfall, he has now escaped their clutches and entered the 'laughing place'. You will then enter another cave full of animatronics where you will see the Br'er Fox and Bear trying to escape from a ravenous alligator all to the happy 'zip-a-dee-doo-da' before returning back to the loading station. As you exit the ride you will get your chance to view your on-ride photo which you can purchase.
A LITTLE TIP
This ride is very popular so queues can be immense, either ride early as soon as you get to the park in the morning or collect a fast pass from the machines to the side of the entrance for Splash Mountain. These passes are free, so simply enter you park pass into the slot to recieve your fast pass with the designated time in which you can return to the ride with little or no queuing!!
This is my favourite ride in the Magic Kingdom, it combines a fun story with a happy soundtrack and topped off with the thrill of the drops. The ride lasts for a duration of roughly ten minutes which is nice as most rides are over so quickly. This ride is suitable for children, teens and adults which is what makes it such a popular ride. You have to be at least 40 inches to ride and some parts may be a bit scary for children so use your discretion. Overall, this is a great ride, one not to be missed!!
Magic Kingdom in Orlando is my favourite of the theme parks that Florida as to off.
It is however more family orientated than universal, so the rides are pretty tame here but none the less it does have 3 excellent rides one of them being Splash Mountain.
It is similar to the log flume , but in true Disney style it has a very big twist, you board the ride and follow, with mini dips and splashes you are waiting for the final plunge down the mountain. Be prepared to get absolutely soaked, you come will come of this ride dripping wet.
The downside to this ride is that it is extremely popular and we have queued for around 40 minutes for this ride, but occasionally we have used the fast pass queue where you get a passs to come back later and walk to the front of the queue.
A must have for all thrill seeking families that wish to get soaking wet.
As we a lot of roller coasters at Disney there are height restrictions on this ride so you would need to check before boarding, but they do a child swap where on goes on and leaves the other outside and then they swap.
I always expected that the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida would be for kids... and to be honest, in the most part it is. Alot of the rides are focused on children and it doesnt have the white knuckle thrill rides that Universal and the like have.... but it does have the 3 mountains: - Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain is my favourite.
Its basically a log flume.... but as Disney always does - it has a twist. You board your carriage and follow Brer Rabbit throughout the ride as Brer Bear and Brer Fox try to catch him. The ride is filled with animatronic animals that are singing and dancing and keep you entertained whilst you take mini dips and splashes and anticipate that all exciting final plunge down splash mountain.
The only bad thing about this ride is that it is one of the only decent adult rides within the Magic Kingdom - meaning queueing time can be atrocious. My advice - as soon as you hit the parks head over to this ride and get a fast pass. Theres a machine just outside that you can pop your ticket into and it gives you a fastpass ticket alloting you a time that you can come back a queue jump. Fastpass is free and if you do this early on in the day - then the chances are that you can go and fastpass one of the other Mountain rides for later in the day (you can only fastpass one ride at a time) meaning that you'll hardly have to queue for any.
Another tip is that the Disney parks do parent swap passes on rides like this that are too big for the little ones. Ask the guy working the fastpass gate and he'll give you a parent swap pass - one of you can go on whilst the other waits outside - then just hand back your parent swap pass and your good to get right on the ride in the fastpass line.
This is definately one ride worth trying if your visiting the magic kingdom... and it will help you to tolerate the 17 times your kids will make you go on 'its a small world'!!
One final word.... be prepared to get wet!
I had read a lot about this ride before I actually saw it as I wanted to prepare myself as I can get a bit scared of big drops, but it didn't prepare me for how big it looks when you're standing in front of it.
When you approach the ride you can see the final drop and hear the screams as people go over the edge. You can stand in front and watch them plunge down and see the huge amount of water spray up as they hit the bottom. Due to this it took me a long time to work up the courage to actually go on this ride.
The first time I rode it I didn't take in much of the detail as I was trying to keep myself calm and all I could think about was the huge drop at the end. When I got my first ride out of the way and realised it wasn't as bad as it looked I went on again and actually appreciated everything.
As with all Disney rides, the queuing area is very well themed and is just as much a part of the attraction as the ride itself. You wind your way in and out of the mountain before you reach the loading area. Queues can get pretty long but you can get a Fastpass for this ride. This means you put your ticket in a machine and it gives you a card with a time window on. If you return within this time frame you go in the fast pass queue and basically get to the front of the line.
When you get to the loading area you board log boats that hold 8 passengers. The ride lasts about 8 minutes and tells the story of Brer Rabbit from the Disney movie Song Of The South. You float past various different scenes showing Brer's Rabbit, Bear, and Fox. Disney felt it inappropriate to show Uncle Remus so he has been replaced by Brer Frog. The ride features all the catchy songs from the film such as "Zip a Dee Doo Dah", "How Do You Do" and "Everybody's Got A Laughing Place." I love to sing along while I ride partly to keep me calm before the drops and partly to annoy my Husband.
There are five plunges in total if you count the little ones as well, they gradually increase in size until the final drop. This is about 5 storeys tall and you will reach around 40mph. As you get to the top of the hill before the final plunge if you keep your eyes open you have a lovely view over the park. As you drop you are thrown back in your seat and I always seem to bang my head quite hard on the headrest. We've found over the many times we have ridden this that the nearer you are to the front the wetter you will get. It never bothers me though as it's so hot you dry off really quickly. You also get your photo taken as you go down the drop, we've never bought ours though as they are quite expensive.
It's a lovely family ride if your children are brave enough. If you don't want to get wet wear a poncho or cut a head hole in a bin bag.
Disney World Florida is home to one of the most enjoyable classic rides. Splash Mountain is located in Frontierland's west end, between Pecos Bill's restaurant and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Splash Mountain is based on the Walt Disney film "Song of the South" (1946) where Brer Rabbit leaves his briar patch home in search of a new adventure, only to be followed by Brer Fox and Brer Bear. You follow Brer Rabbit and see how he outwits his followers but for the grand finale, just when you think Brer Rabbits game is finally up, you plunge with Brer Rabbit from the top of Chickapin Hill, down five stories into the briar patch. (Remember to smile for the camera!)
This great little ride is one of the more popular rides so make sure to get there early or alternatively use the Fast Pass system that Disney now use. More than 65 Audio-Animatronics fill the attraction to create all the woderful charachters. YOU WILL GET WET on this ride - if you want to get soaked, head for the front of the log flume! The ride is gentle and good fun for both kids and adults!
For those family members not wanting to ride, there is a bridge where you can watch riders plummet down Chickapin Hill. This is a great place for photos but be warned that the splash from the plummet can also soak the viewing area!
Expectant mothers, those with heart conditions, and back or neck problems and those under 40 inches cannot ride.
Splash Mountain is one of the best rides in Disney World Florida and is found in the Magic Kingdom in Frontier land. Splash Mountain is a water based log flume style ride, it is set on the film "Song of the South" which was ofcourse a Disney film and was released in 1946.
This is one of the longest rides in Disney and lasts over 10 minutes, though you are never bored with all the drops turns and ofcourse the brightly coloured and well told story going on all aroung you.
The ride shows Brer Rabbit going on a mission to find his 'laughing place' and while this is going on Brer Fox and Brer Bear decide to try and catch him.
There are afew small drops in this ride, however when the story hits its best when Brer Rabbit escapes Brer Foxes watch, there is a 50 foot drop, which you may get very wet during, especially if you are sitting at the front of the ride.
I think that this is a great ride for all the family, though smaller children may be scared in parts of the ride and they may also not like the drops, especially the 50 foot one. However the story in between is great fun, and the ride lasts so long that you get a real good 10 minute sit down. This ride is available for fastpass useage, this means you can use your park ticket to assign you a time to skip the queue later that day, go do some of the other rides, come back at your time and join the special shorter fastpass queue, this service is really handy with the busier rides it is available for.
If you ever have the pleasure to visit Disney World Florida this ride is a must on the to do list!
Splash Mountain, Disney, Orlando, Florida.
You will find this great ride in Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida it is at the back of the park behind Cinderella's castle, in the Wild West and Deep South themed Frontier Land, the Magic Kingdom is separated into seven of these themed lands.
I have written in detail about the queuing system in the Disney Parks and in particular the Fast Pass system in my review of the Big Thunder Mountain ride which is also in the Magic Kingdom, so I will not bore those who have read that review by repeating myself but I would advise anyone visiting any of the Disney parks to read that review and use the Fast Pass system as it really can make things so easy.
This is one of my favourite rides ever, a log flume style water ride. I am not particularly brave when it comes to roller coasters etc and I don't have the best stomach for them either, that said I will go on most at least once.
What makes the water type rides a big favourite of mine is there inability to turn you upside down and put your body through very unnatural loops?
The queues for this ride can be huge so take advantage of the fast Pass especially in hot summer months as the start of the queue is outside.
I think this ride appealed so much to me as I can remember as a young child owning a book on Brer Rabbit and his adventures which is what the ride itself is themed on.
Or more accurately the 1946 Disney cartoon Song of the South.
Another tip from us is to buy a cheap plastic poncho from a supermarket that you can pack in your bag or pocket for these water rides as you will get very wet and although it can be fun on a really hot day it isn't when it takes you hours to dry out.
So after getting very close to the front of the queue and laughing at those unfortunate soaking people who are leaving the ride it is a good time to take out your poncho and put it on. You will sit in pairs in your eight seater open top log before floating off onto what is a very clever and beautifully scenic journey.
The first part of the ride is jolly cartoon scenery as you follow the story of the main characters Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox plus others. You float through some small dips and slides and follow Brer Fox's attempts to capture Brer Rabbit, the scenery on this part of the ride is very clever and well put together and it must be fantastic for children (I know I love it) .
As the ride goes on it becomes darker and scarier as Brer Fox eventually traps Brer Rabbit. At this point you are aware that the water is getting louder and there are screams coming from in front of you until eventually you find your log at the top of Splash mountain and you slide over the edge down a 5 storey drop at 45 degrees into a mist shrouded pool, it feels like you are falling over a cliff and really gets your heart racing, this is where you can get very wet.
After this the ride returns to its fun, happy way's as we find Brer Rabbit has escaped the clutches of Brer Fox, before retuning your log to the end / start of the ride ( we went on when it was quiet last time and they let us stay on and ride again).
Now is the time the get out of your floating log and laugh smugly at others who 5 minutes earlier thought you looked stupid, which in fairness you did but at least you are not stud there in wet pants.
Height restrictions are 3ft 4in / 101cm.
I love this ride and would give it 7 out of 10 for thrills and 8 out of 10 for scenery design and interest.
I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida almost every year for 22 years. Our trip always includes a visit to the Magic Kingdom, and Splash Mountain is the ride we look forward to the most. As the longest ride in Disney (around 10minutes I believe), you really feel like you're getting you're money's worth ($71 per 1-day ticket), as the ride takes you through various scenes depicting the adventures of brer rabbit, featuring music/singing from Songs of the South (zippadee-doo-dah, etc.). As well as drifting peacefully from scene to scene in 3-person log boats, there are several mini-drops, which are gentle enough for everyone, and end in a fun little splash. The big drop is the thing that might put some people off. However, I must say that it looks a lot higher and scarier than it is. It's still grreat fun, and gives a few butterflies in your stomach, but certainly not enough to make you feel queasy. I have not known a single person to come off the ride having not enjoyed it.
Even during peaks times and seasons, the queue goes rather quickly, and even more so if you get a FASTPASS, which you collect at the fastpass machines (completely free), and come back at the specified time slot. This will get you on the ride virtually straight away.
This ride is perfect for all ages, fun for both the thrill seekers and the less adventurous members of your party.
Disney World in Florida is made up of a number of theme parks, one of these is the Magic Kingdom. The two most prominant rides within this park are Space Mountain and the ride this review will focus on, Splash Mountain.
Splash mountain as it name suggests is based around water so be prepared to get slightly wet. You start the ride in a log boat and it seems like quite a clam relaxing boat ride for the first 30 seconds going through various caves & cabins as well as a few small drops. But this is nothing compared to the big climax which follows.
This involves a 50 foot plunge down the big mountain ending in a massive splah in the water at the bottom. I loved the ride, the build up is really good before a fabulous finish. Depending where you sit on the boat, the wetter you'll get. I noticed that the person right at the front will probably end up as the wettest.
This ride is alot of fun and one which is suitable for the whole family. The only problem is as it's very popular, you can sometimes queue up for it for a number of hours.