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Old 12 Jan 18, 10:02 AM  
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Things you may not know about Disney's Splash Mountain

inline imageSome of the Many secrets of Disney's Splash Mountain.

1. The name for this ride was originally going to be called 'Zip-a-Dee River Run', the name Splash Mountain came about due to Michael Eisner wanting to promote the new (at the time) mermaid movie called 'Splash'. The concept didn't really work out but the Splash Mountain name stuck.

2. The attraction is based on a movie called 'Song of the South', Disney has distanced itself from this movie due to it being racially offensive. None of the offensive racial elements were ever included in the ride, the ride just focused on the stories told by Uncle Remus.

3. You may get wet! With around 950,000 gallons of water in this attraction the chances of staying dry are very low and you are likely to get splashed (Soaked). If you want to increase your chances of staying relatively dry then sit on the left side of the log, this is because the logs often come to a stop next to waterfalls located on the right. Also the closer you are to the front the more chance of getting an extra soaking.



4. At the loading station you may have noticed an old lantern that flashes from time to time, this is actually a safety feature and indicates to the Cast Members that the logs are about to move in the loading station.

5. The main drop on Splash Mountain is 52.5 feet (60 ft in Tokyo) with the logs travelling as fast as 40mph at an angle or around 45 degrees.

6. In part of the ride there is a Gopher that pops out of the ceiling and sounds like he is sneezing, if you listen carefully he is actually saying 'FSU', this is a tribute to Florida State University, the university that some of the Disney imagineers attended.

7. When the ride was first opened people were getting too wet and Disney had to make the logs lighter to reduce the soaking.

8. The attraction features 3 catchy songs. You'll hear 'How Do You Do', 'Everybody's Got a Laughing Place' and 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah'.

9. Splash Mountain is a Log Flume ride, yes? Well actually it is both a Log Flume and a Rollercoaster ride. The free floating logs join a rollercoaster type track to accomplish the big drop, after the climb and fall the logs once again become free floating.

10. The original Log Flumes didn't have any restraints, restraints were added in 2011, mainly to prevent riders from exiting the logs too early.

11. The original version of Splash Mountain opened at Disneyland on 17th July, 1989. Tokyo Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions opened within a day of each other in October of 1992.

12. Imagineer Tony Baxter apparently came up with the idea for Splash Mountain whilst stuck in traffic.

13. Both the Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland attractions are located in Critter Country. Walt Disney Worlds version of Splash Mountain is located in Frontierland.

14. The Zip-A-Dee Lady showboat at Disneyland is the largest animated prop created for an attraction measuring 50 feet wide and 30 feet high. Walt Disney Worlds version of this showboat measures 36 feet wide and 22 feet high.

15. The splash at the bottom of the main fall isn't caused just by the log flume, Disney uses water cannons to create the illusion of a bigger splash.

16. Until 2009 there used to be a cast member that had the responsibility to check every on ride picture to make sure any inappropriate pictures were deleted before being displayed on the public screens, this job seems to have been removed as part of Disney's cut backs!

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Interesting, thanks for sharing, I love this ride and can't till June to go on it with my grandaughters and will look out for no4!
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Many of the characters in it were originally from a previous show called "America Sings":


Show actually starts 27 seconds into the video

Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox were added to the cast along with Brer Frog - the narrator, who replaces Uncle Remus from the film.

Just before you plunge look for the Hidden Mickey. It's a side on profile on your left. In this photo it has been highlighted by the photographer to emphasise it more:



There are other Hidden Mickets throughout the ride - the most obvious one is a fishing float near the picnic basket:



A less obvious one is the cloud in the sky behind the riverboat in the finale:

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No 16, I have a blurred photo on my photopass account on mde on seven dwarfs . The couple in front decided to be obscene but its in the original photodisc. Perhaps they should fetch the checker back .
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I'm quite proud of this photo taken with a camera (not phone). Camera safely secured with a lanyard wrapped round my wrist.

Before the days when the logs had restraints as well




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Great pic Mick!

We just love SM, my favourite ride at WDW. Think we must in have ridden it about 7 times last time we went.
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Brilliant, love hearing the stories behind the rides & this is one of my favourites 😊
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Here one I read else where 😂

The drops are different at all 3 of the Disney parks.
The height of the drops at each of the 3 locations that have Splash Mountain (California, Florida and Tokyo), but the amount of drops and the details of the drops themselves are different. The drops are at varying steepness, creating different ride experiences depending on which one you ride. I think this means that we all need to go to all of these locations and ride each one so we can decide which one is better!
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