Splash Mountain

by josh on May 14, 2010

Opened: October 2, 1992

Location: In the back of Frontierland to the left of the entrance to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Extra Magic Hours: No

FastPass+: Yes – high priority. Consider making it one of your three pre-selected experiences.

Type: Log flume

Similar To: Unique, though the drop is similar to other log flume rides

Requirements: Must be 40” or taller

Scary Factor: Medium.  The “big drop” is clearly visible to all Disney World visitors and may make some guests apprehensive about riding.  It’s really not that bad though and if you could handle any of Disney’s other roller coasters or a similar attraction at another theme park then you should be fine.  The drop is a little over 50 feet at a 45 degree angle and is a lot more fun than it is uncomfortable or unpleasant.  Even people who adamantly “hate” roller coasters enjoy Splash Mountain.

What to Expect: There is a lot more to Splash Mountain than “just a drop.”  The ride is actually about 12 minutes long and follows the story of Br’er Rabbit as he attempts to leave the briar patch in search of his “laughing place.”  First, you’ll have to make it through the queue, which is mostly covered but not particularly interesting.  Once you make it to the front of the line, you will board the log flume which has four rows of two people, for a total of up to eight riders per log.  Once aboard, your flume will take you slowly through a series of scenes featuring more than 100 animatronic characters.

The following contains spoilers:

There are three small drops before the “grand drop” at the end of the ride. Look for the vultures and the long incline up. It’s all downhill from there.

How to Stay Dry and Not Lose Anything: You won’t get anywhere near as wet as you would on Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom, but riders sitting in the front row may still get a healthy dose of water.  Put purses, cameras, phone, and other electronics in a plastic bag of some kind.  A shopping bag would do the trick and you can request one from any shop if you need one.  Secure any hats or loose glasses because they have a tendency to fly away.

Where to Sit: The animatronic scenes occur throughout the attraction on both sides, so riders in any row have a good view of what’s going on around them.  Riders in the front row have the best view, but also risk getting the most wet after the drop.  Request the back row for the best chance of staying dry or the front row for the best view.

When To Go: Visit before 10:30am or in the final hour of operation when temperatures are 85+ degrees. In cooler temperatures, visit before 11am or after 7pm.

Expect to Wait: Waits of 10 minutes or less are common before 10am, regardless of season.  After 10am, waits will build to 40+ minutes depending on season and temperature.  When temperatures are 85+, expect peak waits in the 60 to 100 minute range.  When the high is 75 or lower, peak waits are usually closer to 30 minutes unless overall crowd level is an 8+, in which case waits will still be 60+ minutes even with the low temps.

Length: 12 minutes

Rating: 10/10

Commentary: Splash Mountain is one of Disney’s most prolific attractions and a must-do for all visitors tall enough to ride. Don’t let the drop scare you off.

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Ben December 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I hear Splash Mountain is closing Jan 2nd for a few months of repairs. Are they always on time with the closing of rides for something like this? We get into town and will be at MK on the 2nd, wondering if there’s any hope they might not close it that day. Does that happen often or not likely?

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Shannon May 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Splash Mountain also has know of the catchiest tunes of any WDW ride. I can have it stuck in my head for the rest of my trip……

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