Splash Mountain | Disneyland

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

Splash Mountain (Disneyland)
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Splash Mountain is a beloved and iconic attraction located in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in California. This log-flume ride, known for its thrilling drops, whimsical characters, and memorable music, offers an adventure that combines storytelling, nostalgia, and a refreshing splash of excitement.

The journey begins as guests board hollowed-out logs and set off on an adventure inspired by the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South.” You’ll be accompanied by the charming characters of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear as you navigate the picturesque and lush scenery of Critter Country. The attraction’s storyline revolves around Br’er Rabbit’s misadventures as he tries to escape from the clutches of the cunning Br’er Fox.

Splash Mountain is famous for its catchy and infectious soundtrack, featuring the unforgettable song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” This musical element adds to the attraction’s charm, and guests often find themselves humming along as they journey through the various scenes.

The highlight of Splash Mountain, of course, is the thrilling drop at the end of the ride. As your log boat climbs to the top of Chickapin Hill, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of Disneyland Park. Then, with a heart-pounding plunge, you’ll plummet down a five-story waterfall, creating a thrilling and refreshing splash that leaves riders exhilarated and sometimes a little wetter than they expected.

The combination of the charming story, memorable characters, and the thrill of the drop makes Splash Mountain a classic Disneyland experience that appeals to guests of all ages. It’s especially popular on warm California days when the cooling splashdown provides welcome relief from the sun.

Splash Mountain is not just an exciting ride but also a testament to Disney’s storytelling prowess, bringing a classic film to life in a way that immerses guests in the whimsical world of Critter Country. For those looking for a memorable adventure and a refreshing splash, Splash Mountain is a must-visit attraction at Disneyland Park.

Fun Facts

  • Splash Mountain is based on the movie Song of the South; a movie Disney has refused to release since the 1980’s (when the ride opened).
  • The original name of the ride was supposed to be Zip-a-Dee River Run, but the name was changed at the last minute to help promote the Disney (Touchstone) film Splash
  • The ride’s climatic drop is 50 feet.
  • Top ride speed is 40 mph.
  • There are 950,000 gallons of water running through the ride.
  • There is a hidden Mickey in the final scene of the ride. There is a pink cloud floating above the Zip-A-Dee-Lady riverboat that looks like Mickey laying on his back.
  • If you want to get really wet on this ride, sit in the front. If you are looking for less of a soaking, sit in the rear of the ride vehicle.

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.