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Disney World Orlando Florida - Attraction: Splash Mountain
Advantages: Scenery if superb
Disadvantages: You can get very wet
Splash Mountain, Disney, Orlando, Florida.
You will find this great ride in Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida it is at the back of the park behind Cinderella's castle, in the Wild West and Deep South themed Frontier Land, the Magic Kingdom is separated into seven of these themed lands.
I have written in detail about the queuing system in the Disney Parks and in particular the Fast Pass system in my review of the Big Thunder Mountain ride which is also in the Magic Kingdom, so I will not bore those who have read that review by repeating myself but I would advise anyone visiting any of the Disney parks to read that review and use the Fast Pass system as it really can make things so easy.
This is one of my favourite rides ever, a log flume style water ride. I am not particularly brave when it comes to roller coasters etc and I don't have the best stomach for them either, that said I will go on most at least once.
What makes the water type rides a big favourite of mine is there inability to turn you upside down and put your body through very unnatural loops?
The queues for this ride can be huge so take advantage of the fast Pass especially in hot summer months as the start of the queue is outside.
I think this ride appealed so much to me as I can remember as a young child owning a book on Brer Rabbit and his adventures which is what the ride itself is themed on.
Or more accurately the 1946 Disney cartoon Song of the South.
Another tip from us is to buy a cheap plastic poncho from a supermarket that you can pack in your bag or pocket for these water rides as you will get very wet and although it can be fun on a really hot day it isn't when it takes you hours to dry out.
So after getting very close to the front of the queue and laughing at those unfortunate soaking people who are leaving the ride it is a good time to take out your poncho and put it on. You will sit in pairs in your eight seater open top log before floating off onto what is a very clever and beautifully scenic journey.
The first part of the ride is jolly cartoon scenery as you follow the story of the main characters Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox plus others. You float through some small dips and slides and follow Brer Fox's attempts to capture Brer Rabbit, the scenery on this part of the ride is very clever and well put together and it must be fantastic for children (I know I love it) .
As the ride goes on it becomes darker and scarier as Brer Fox eventually traps Brer Rabbit. At this point you are aware that the water is getting louder and there are screams coming from in front of you until eventually you find your log at the top of Splash mountain and you slide over the edge down a 5 storey drop at 45 degrees into a mist shrouded pool, it feels like you are falling over a cliff and really gets your heart racing, this is where you can get very wet.
After this the ride returns to its fun, happy way's as we find Brer Rabbit has escaped the clutches of Brer Fox, before retuning your log to the end / start of the ride ( we went on when it was quiet last time and they let us stay on and ride again).
Now is the time the get out of your floating log and laugh smugly at others who 5 minutes earlier thought you looked stupid, which in fairness you did but at least you are not stud there in wet pants.
Height restrictions are 3ft 4in / 101cm.
I love this ride and would give it 7 out of 10 for thrills and 8 out of 10 for scenery design and interest.
Summary: Fantastic ride
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