Splash Mountain is often regarded as one of the best rides at Disney. When you consider the fact that it’s the only “water rollercoaster” at the parks, though, it makes sense. As a matter of fact, it always has a long lineup!
As of 2019, the attraction is at three different Disney Parks—Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland. While they vary slightly, they all feature the same characters and story.
On this page, we will be going over some interesting facts that you might not have known about the ride.
- 1. An Imagineer Came Up With the Idea When He Was Stuck in Traffic
- 2. Splash Mountain Cost $75 Million to Build
- 3. The Grand Opening Didn’t Go As Planned
- 4. Many People Have Exposed Themselves in the On-Ride Photographs
- 5. Br’er Rabbit is Voiced By the Same Man in America’s Funniest Home Videos
- 6. There is a Tank Behind Splash Mountain That Holds 1 Million Gallons of Water
- 7. Cast Members Drain the Water Every Night
- 8. Riders Can Get Splash Mountain Ziplock Bags
- 9. Splash Mountain Funko Pops are a Thing
- 10. How Wet You Get Depends on a Few Things
- 11. You Have to be Taller than 5 Feet to Sit in the Front Seat
- 12. The Ride Features Two Vultures From the America Sings Attraction
1. An Imagineer Came Up With the Idea When He Was Stuck in Traffic
Tony Baxter, a Disney Imagineer, came up with the idea of making the attraction while stuck in traffic in 1983.
Bothered that Bear Country Land was always empty, he wanted to add a new ride to the area, one that would attract more guests. Eventually, he decided to use Song of the South as the basis for the ride.
2. Splash Mountain Cost $75 Million to Build
Construction for Splash Mountain began in the spring of 1987. With a budget of $75 million (approx. $166 million in 2019), it became one of the most expensive undertakings created by the Walt Disney Company.
To give you a better idea of how much that is, Disneyland itself was built for $17 million in 1955 (around $80 million in the late 1980s).
3. The Grand Opening Didn’t Go As Planned
The ride eventually opened on July 17, 1989. To the disappointment of many, however, the grand opening did not go as planned.
For one thing, riders—mainly company executives—were getting drenched instead of just being sprayed. Because of this, Imagineers had to redesign the logs so that water would be less likely to go onboard.
As a result, the opening date was pushed back several months.
4. Many People Have Exposed Themselves in the On-Ride Photographs
Towards the end of the ride, a photo is taken as the log begins its descent to the bottom of the hill. Despite close monitoring by cast members, many riders have taken that opportunity to expose themselves by flashing their breasts at the camera.
Perhaps even more interesting, is the fact that these photographs were collected on a site called “Flash Mountain” in the 1990s.
5. Br’er Rabbit is Voiced By the Same Man in America’s Funniest Home Videos
Bri’er Rabbit, the protagonist of the ride, is voiced by Jess Harnell, the same man who has announced America’s Funniest Home Videos since 1998. Not only that, but he lent his voice to Wakko Warner, one of the Warner Brothers in Animaniacs.
6. There is a Tank Behind Splash Mountain That Holds 1 Million Gallons of Water
There is a huge reservoir behind the attraction—one that holds up to one million gallons of water! For those who are curious, it is used to regulate water throughout the ride.
Despite being so large, many are unaware that it exists due to the fact that it is kept out of view. Curious about how it looks? You can see it for yourself if you go on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour!
7. Cast Members Drain the Water Every Night
Splash Mountain is allegedly drained every night for cleaning purposes. Believe it or not, cast members are able to drain all 965,000 gallons of water in approx. five minutes!
Refilling takes a little longer though, at around 20 minutes. You’d be surprised to see just how different the ride is without any water! It’s almost like Space Mountain with the lights on.
8. Riders Can Get Splash Mountain Ziplock Bags
In 2018, Disney began to offer custom Splash Mountain ziplock bags to riders. While they can be used to keep your phone or keys dry, many have been taking them home as special souvenirs.
As cool as they are, though, they have sparked a bit of controversy—that is, many people have found it to be counterintuitive as the company recently eliminated plastic straws in attempts to be more environmentally friendly.
9. Splash Mountain Funko Pops are a Thing
Last summer, Disney released a special Br’er Bear and Br’er Rabbit Splash Mountain Funko Pop at the parks, which proved to be a huge hit. At one point, they had over 300 people in line waiting to buy one from the store!
Due to the fact that each person was allowed to buy up to 10, however, they quickly sold out.
10. How Wet You Get Depends on a Few Things
If you’ve ridden on Splash Mountain more than once, you’ve probably noticed that you don’t always get soaked. The truth is, there are a few things that determine how wet you will get on the ride.
For starters, you have to take into consideration the weight of the log (and the riders inside). The heavier it is in the front, the more it will dip into the water, if that makes sense.
According to some people, the “splash factor” is also changed based on how cold it is outside. However, this has not been confirmed.
11. You Have to be Taller than 5 Feet to Sit in the Front Seat
Due to safety concerns, riders must be taller than 5ft to sit in the front seat. Don’t worry, though, as long as you’re over 40 inches, you can go on the ride—you’ll just be seated behind someone a little taller.
If you don’t want to get drenched, that might also be a good thing as the person in the front tends to get wetter!
12. The Ride Features Two Vultures From the America Sings Attraction
If you pay attention, you’ll notice that there are two vultures at Splash Mountain. Known as the Boothill Boys, they were originally a part of America Sings, an attraction that featured a group of singing animatronics.
Following its closure in 1988, they were moved over to Splash Mountain. If you pay attention, you might even be able to hear their dialogue before you go down the descent!
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