If you wander by Splash Mountain located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom you might wonder what all of the commotion is about. Every few seconds a log full of guests plunge down Chick-A-Pin Hill and into a briar patch sending up a big splash of water. From the outside this might appear to be just another flume with a Disney spin but treat yourself to a ride and you’ll find out why it’s one of the best themed, most beloved attractions in all of Walt Disney World.
Sitting in the back of Frontierland, Splash Mountain is one of 3 attractions that make up Disney’s Mountain Range The attraction is based on the 1946 Disney classic Song of the South and features the tale of Br’er Rabbit and friends as he goes looking for his laughing place. Along his adventure he’ll meet up with a little bit of trouble and you’re along for the ride.
The attraction is filled with over 100 wonderful audio-animatronic animals, award winning music and the journey is actually about a half mile long so this is more than just a quick drop down a hill.
Once loaded in your log you’ll begin your journey to the top of Chick-A-Pin Hill. From the top you’ll meander around the outside with a beautiful view of the Magic Kingdom. Once inside the mountain you’ll cruise through the woods and bayous to meet some of Br’er Rabbits friends (and those that are out to get him). Look up, down and all around. The attention to detail on this attraction is spectacular and every time you ride you’ll see something new. I won’t spoil any surprises but just know the drop you see from the outside is not the only drop you’ll experience! Several different scenes inside the mountain continue to tell the story. Br’er Rabbit is caught and thrown into the briar patch…which just happens to be 52 feet down. Smile – you’ll have the opportunity to purchase photos of your plunge! After the excitement of the drop our rabbit has finally learned his lesson and we take part in a Zip A Dee Doo Dah celebration!
While almost everyone on the log will get wet where you sit will make a big difference. Those in the back will get damp while those in the front may get soaked. TIP: Purchase cheap, disposable ponchos from the dollar store before you leave home. They are great for Splash Mountain (or pop up rain showers on Florida afternoons) and then simply throw them away when you are finished.
For a completely different experience try this attraction at night!
My name is Susan Heidenrich and I am a Disney Destination Specialist with Travel with the Magic. Are you ready to begin planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland or a Disney cruise? I’d love to help and my planning services are always complementary. Email me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com or follow me on facebook