If you have ever been to Disney then you know all about Splash Mountain… or do you? Did you know that Splash Mountain officially opened it’s doors in Disneyland on July 17, 1989, however it wasn’t until three years later on July 17, 1992 that it made a soft debut at Magic Kingdom in Disney World? Splash Mountain has a home at 3 of the Disney parks: Disneyland in California, Disney World in Florida, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan and each variation beholds virtually identical scenes and layouts. Check out these other interesting facts and secrets:
- Splash Mountain’s proper name is Chick-a-Pin Hill. That’s right, based on the 1946 Disney story “Song of the South” Splash Mountain is the place where Brer Fox and Brer Bear are seen concocting their plans to catch Brer Rabbit.
- The animals in the attraction are inspired by Disneyland’s America Sings. At the time, Splash Mountain was one of the most expensive projects enacted by the Walt Disney company and had a budget that grew to $75 million! In order to save money they closed down America sings and used the characters from that attraction in Splash Mountain.
- The final drop is 50 feet! Before descending into the briar patch you will reach a speed of 40 mph while descending 50 feet!
- Disney World Splash Mountain has more drops than Disneyland. Splash Mountain in Florida has 4 drops while California only has 3.
- Disney World’s version is also the longest of the Splash Mountain rides by almost 2 minutes! The Disneyland version takes about 9 minutes and 18 seconds to complete the ride in comparison to Tokyo Disneyland at 10 minutes and Disney World at 10 minutes and 41 seconds.
- Upon exiting the ride be sure to keep an eye out for Br-er Rabbit’s home in the gift shop. It can be found near the ceiling, but don’t worry it isn’t hard to find.
- There are about 10 Hidden Mickey’s in the Disney World version of the attraction. One can be found in the queue, six on the ride, and at least three when you exit. Have you found all 10? I will give you a clue to one of them: Just as you pass Brer Frog be on the look out for fishing bobbers that form a Hidden Mickey.
- Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah is the official theme song to the ride. It took a choir of 75 cast members to record this piece for the final scene of the ride.
- It wasn’t until 2011 that the rides in Tokyo and Florida received safety bars. According to an Orlando Sentinel article the bars were added to increased the safety of riders and to combat guests trying to leave the ride early. Although safety bars were considered earlier they were rejected for fear of slowing down the loading and unloading process.
- Getting wet is not optional. The ride uses a staggering 950,000 gallons of water to keep the mountain splashing. Although you will most likely get wet no matter where you sit, the closer to the front you are the wetter you will be.
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