It’s the truth, it’s actual! Everything is satisfactual! One of Magic Kingdom’s most iconic rides is Splash Mountain, located in Frontierland. This is one of three thrilling mountains within the park, and for most it’s a pretty memorable attraction! Today we’re sharing six fun facts about this fun water ride.
Gallons of Water
Speaking of water, can you guess how many gallons it takes to keep this famous flume ride flowing? There are 965,000 gallons of water within Splash Mountain’s attraction area! Between the big drops, waterfalls, and sensational splashes, it’s no surprise that it takes so much water to create such a fun attraction.
Disney Imagineers are known for leaving their own little marks on the attractions they were a part of. In Splash Mountain, one Imagineer used an animatronic to exclaim where they went to college! On your way to the final climb, a tiny gopher pops out and exclaims “F-S-U!” To most this may just sound like a sneeze, but this hidden secret can only be found on the Magic Kingdom version of Splash Mountain.
Zip-A-Dee River Run
Did you know Splash Mountain was originally planned to be named Zip-A-Dee River Run? Since the attraction is inspired by Song of the South and features the famous “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah” tune, this name seems pretty fitting! So why the change? The CEO at the time, Michael Eisner was focused on promoting a new movie featuring Tom Hanks called Splash. He though naming the attraction Splash Mountain would be great promotion for the film, and the name just stuck.
52 Foot Plunge
If you think Splash Mountain’s big drop seems pretty long, you’re right! Guests drop 52 feet during that final plunge. To make this thrill even more intense, your log even speeds up to over 40 miles as you make your way into the briar patch. It’s no wonder that there’s such a big splash at the end!
Almost 70 Animatronics
Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox encounter many critters throughout the Splash Mountain storyline, and with all of these critters comes lots of animatronics! There are 68 different audio-animatronics throughout the ride. From turtles and rabbits to frogs and birds, see how many audio-animatronics you can spot the next time you ride!
3 Different Versions
Splash Mountain is not exclusive to just Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. There are actually three different Splash Mountain attractions around the globe! The first version opened in Disneyland in July of 1989, the second opened in Magic Kingdom in July of 1992, and the third version opened in Tokyo Disneyland only a few months later in October of 1992! Each version has its similarities and differences, but it’s agreed that all three are must-do’s when you visit each park.
As you can see, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Splash Mountain! Along with Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain, this thrilling attraction is one of the most popular in Magic Kingdom. Keep these fun facts in mind the next time you ride this iconic attraction!