Disney Adulting Ride Guide: Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is a high-thrill water attraction in Disneyland (CA), Magic Kingdom (FL) and Tokyo Disneyland. The original attraction opened at Disneyland on July 17, 1989. The attraction, while slightly different in each location, retains the same storyline by placing riders into a log plume and through an adventure inspired by the Disney film “Song of the South.” Each attraction shares the tune “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” the characters Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, and the anticipated water drop at the conclusion of the ride.


Quick Overview

  • Rating: Thrill Ride / Water Ride
  • FP Available: Yes
  • Height Requirement: Any Height
  • Single Rider Available: Yes
  • Duration: 10 Minutes
  • Disney Investment: $75M (1987)
  • Top Speed: 40 MPH
  • Largest Drop: 50 FT

The Queue: Splash Mountain

If the name along wasn’t enough to get the gist of what this ride was going to be about, guests have to walk across the main viewing area for the big drop before entering the queue. Signs from Uncle Remus are featured on signs throughout the length of the queue, which winds around a barn structure before reaching the loading area to board a log that carries between 6-7 passengers each.



The Ride: Splash Mountain

The beginning of the ride starts off with a conveyor ascension before lightly dropping off into a gentle float placing riders into scenery inspired by the state of Georgia. Before traveling into the indoor portion or the ride you’ll see a tribute to Bear Country with Rufus snoring away from his cave.

A small drop takes guests into the indoor portion of the rise where Audio-Animatronic animals are singing, “How Do You Do?”. You’ll spot the entire Briar Patch host of characters featuring Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear, and even that sly Br’er Fox. The adventure all leads up to a final drop into a briar patch where an on-ride photo is taken just as the log begins to fall.

The log actually “dives” into the water through an underground runout and the collective weight of the riders on each log is what determines the amount of the splash (and how wet riders will get) at the bottom.


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Unique Facts: Splash Mountain

  • Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland (October 1, 1992) and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (October 2, 1992) were just one day from each other.
  • The name Splash Mountain literally came from the movie “Splash” starring Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah. Disney CEO Michael Eisen wanted to ride to promote the film. Though Imagineering was against this idea, the name was better than the original Zip-a-Dee River Run”
  • There are around 950,000 gallons of water used on Splash Mountain.
  • Just before the final drop, the outline of the rocks make up a hidden Mickey.
  • Splash Mountain is one of the only Disney attractions to have its very own errr, rap?


Disney Adulting Pro-Tip for Riding Splash Mountain

We recommend that you try your luck during a parade or keep an eye on lower wait times. Using a Fastpass (or try taking advantage of Maxpass) is a wise choice, especially because it can run as long as 45-minutes or even 120-minutes during peak summer season or generally warmer days. We don’t usually recommend that you try not to wait longer than 30-minutes but do keep in mind that while the wait time and line may seem long, this is one of the fastest and longest drops offered in a Disney attraction as well as a perfect way to cool off on a hot day in the parks.


Virtual Ride Experience: Splash Mountain

Warning: This is a first-version experience of the actual ride. If you have never ridden the attraction, we strongly recommend not watching this video and experiencing the ride and the magic for yourself in person the first time.

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2 Comments

  1. Taryn on January 29, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Splash Mountain is one of my most favorite Disney attractions EVER! It makes me feel like a little kid!

  2. kristen on January 31, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Splash Mountain is my favourite Disney ride, and I haven’t been on it in almost 10 years!!! When I was able to make it to Disney World, it was closed for refurb or some other reason!! I really hope our schedules line up when I return in 2020!!!

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