In mid-March, 2010, my family visited Disneyland. My wife, 22 year old son, 17 year old daughter & I. So as time permits, I’ll be posting reviews on the various attractions. Bear in mind, I can’t really post CURRENT impressions of these attractions in regards to how well they work for little children. But I’ve certainly been to Disneyland a few other times over the decades.
SPLASH MOUNTAIN is a real favorite of ours, and based on the lines we experienced, it is a REAL favorite of nearly everyone! Except for INDIANA JONES, no ride had longer waits and I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend that you use the “Fast Pass” system. This allows you to walk up machines that look like low-tech ATMs. You insert your park ticket and a “fast pass” for that ride comes out, telling you when to return later in the day…and not have to stand in much of a line. When we were there, the line was about 60 minutes…but with the “fast pass” we waited less than 10 minutes. You need to get it early, because there is a limit on them. One day, we got our pass around 10am, but it wasn’t good until nearly 3 pm. By 6pm or so, there were no more to be had.
SPLASH MOUNTAIN, at its most simple, is a flume ride. You sit in a log that seats 6 folks and are floated along a watery track, with a few modest drops along the way. Near the end, you climb a tall hill inside the mountain, and emerge to the outside and a lengthy, exciting drop. The drop alone is fun, of course, but this being Disneyland…there is so much more.
The theme of the ride centers around the Brer Rabbit (SONG OF THE SOUTH) stories…which now are virtually unfamiliar to anyone, due to the removal of the movie from circulation. While certainly the film is full of stereotypes that are racist and unacceptable…it’s also full of great folk tales and wonderful animal characters. We meet these characters…Rabbit, Fox, Bear, etc. during the course of our ride, which takes us in and out of the mountain. It’s a gorgeous journey through swampland. And the music playing throughout is fun. The attention to detail in this ride is typical Disney, and even if there weren’t a great drop at the end, it would be worthwhile.
But there IS a drop. As you climb up, the cave you’re in is dark, except for some ravens, who laugh maniacally at your impending doom. The music is foreboding, and frankly, even if you’re experienced with this ride, all this does get your heart racing just a bit. And the drop is GREAT. You get one quick glimpse of the entire park laid out before you (beautiful) and then plummet. While many flume rides have sharper, steeper or longer drops, Disney compensates by plunging you into what looks like a briar patch. They’ve got fog going all the time, so for just a split second, you feel like you’ve disappeared. The ride concludes with a quick journey through “Zip A Dee Do Da” and a celebration with our heroes…but chances are you’re laughing and talking about your experience. And you’re also likely talking about how wet you are.
On this last visit, the whole family went on this ride twice (my son, three times). On one occasion, we got modestly wet and on the other, we were absolutely SOAKED. (Not so much fun at 10 pm on a March evening.) I haven’t figured out yet why sometimes you get drenched and others just modestly sprinkled. I sat in the same seat both times. So PLEASE, be prepared to get wet, and don’t bring unprotected electronic equipment with you on the ride. My wallet was soaked. My socks were soaked. There’s no guarantee that you will get this wet, but you MIGHT!
If you can only ride it once during your visit, try for an evening ride. The early part of the journey circles you around the outside of the mountain, and it is so pleasant in the evening. A hot summer day wouldn’t be bad either, because getting wet might cool you down.
There are many MUST DO rides in Disneyland. SPLASH MOUNTAIN is right near the top of the list. It’s great for virtually all ages (although make sure your little kids really want to do it…if they DO chicken out at the last second, I’ve found that the employees helping to load the rides will let your kids sit in the loading area while the adults ride…but that was years ago, and I’m not sure they’ll let that slide anymore). It is, simply, Disneyland at its best.
Splash Mountain - WARNING: YOU MAY GET WET! Splash Mountain, one of the Magic Kingdom's famous Mountains, is an exciting water flume ride and so much more. Anyone who has waited in line to ride Splash Mountain may have noticed the large number of warning signs that exist. For whatever reason the folks at Disney World want to make sure that you realize you may get wet on this water based attraction. The signs start appearing at the entrance … more
Corporate Description: Splash Mountain, a popular flume ride at Magic Kingdom theme park, offers big thrills to big kids, teens and adults.On Splash Mountain, Gotta Be Movin' OnSay goodbye to Br'er Rabbit; he's leaving his home in search of a little more adventure, a bit of fortune and his laughing place—where he can live the life that suits him best.Watch as he outwits Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox, escapes their clutches and slips out of sticky situations. Plummet into dark caves and tumble over gentle waterfalls… until Br'er Rabbit's taunting catches up to him—and he's finally caught!From the confines of Br'er Fox's cave at the top of Chickapin Hill on Splash Mountain, Br'er Rabbit tricks Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox one more time. Don't throw me down, down, down into the briar-brimmed pond, he pleads. Anyplace but there!Of course, this is exactly what they do. Follow him as he plummets over the mountain peak on a 5-story (52.5 feet) fall that ends in a massive splashdown into the refreshing pond: Br'er Rabbit's home, his laughing place.After this ultimate plunge, drift past more southern critters aboard a lively Mississippi riverboat. Sing along with them, for it's a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day! Everyone has a Laughing Place—maybe Splash Mountain is yours.The BackstoryThe wise Br'er Frog has a premonition: if Br'er Rabbit leaves his comfortable briar-patch home on Splash Mountain—protected by the prickly plants and dense, thorny vines—he'll be caught by Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox for ...