I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE Splash Mountain. It’s one of my two favorite attractions at Walt Disney World (Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is the other). In fact, I do my best to avoid visiting during the usual refurbishment period for this attraction. A trip to Walt Disney World just isn’t the same unless I visit Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit.
Why is Splash Mountain one of my absolute favorite attractions? It’s so much more than run-of-the-mill flume ride: there are hundreds of amazing audio animatronic animals and toe tapping, catchy songs that are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. I dare anyone to frown while their log is floating through the Laughing Place!
Also, while other attractions may be a “one and done” proposition, Splash Mountain is something that you can ride again and again. In fact, one of my favorite memories involves the visit when my family was able to re-ride the attraction without getting off the log. After the third time through, we had had enough – our bottoms were literally numb from sitting in the log for 33 minutes!
Splash Mountain is the perfect way to bookend a day at the Magic Kingdom. This is one of my favorite traditions when I visit. In the morning, while everyone else is making a beeline for Fantasyland, I am free to walk, relatively unimpeded, to the farthest reaches of Frontierland. At night, when things have cooled off, most Guests are enjoying nighttime parades and fireworks. This is to my benefit for two reasons: lines should be shorter, plus, Splash Mountain offers a really fantastic overview of the park at night. If I time it right, I’m able to a get a great view of Cinderella Castle and some fireworks!
DIStracted Tip: Visit Splash Mountain right away and save your FastPass+ selections for other headliner attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Peter Pan’s Flight.
Of course, it’s always fun to be creative with the attraction photo. We have plenty of images of us screaming our heads off (and my Mom ducking … every … single … time. Want evidence? She’s behind me in the picture below!). We have others featuring my sister and me pointing to something off camera or covering our faces in mock terror.
DIStracted Tip: Remember to pack a poncho in your day bag. This comes in handy not only when it rains, but can keep you nice and dry on rides like Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids. I recommend picking up a cheap one before you leave home – Disney charges a pretty penny for their ponchos.
Even though I’ve enjoyed Splash Mountain dozens of times, I’m still counting the days until my log ascends the final hill and Brer Fox again flings me into the Briar Patch!