Splash Mountain combines animatronics, water, great music and a 53-foot drop to create an unbeatable experience. Like any popular ride, it’s important to know when to ride Splash Mountain. Let’s take a deeper look at this ride, and then we’ll share a few tips to keep you out of the long lines.
Splash Mountain History
Log plume rides are a common amusement park attraction, so originally many Disney executives weren’t too thrilled about Splash Mountain. But the Bear Country area of Disneyland had grown stale, and something had to be done. So the story of Br’er Rabbit, an old character from Song of the South, was incorporated into the ride, and the ride was eventually given the green light in Disney World as well.
The ride opened at Disney World in 1992, adding another major attraction to the left section of the park that only had two thrill rides, Thunder Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. For the last 20+ years, Splash has been one of the most popular attractions in all of the Magic Kingdom
The ride itself is rather long, lasting over 10 minutes. It starts with a slow journey through the world of Br’er Rabbit and his conflicts with Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. The majority of the ride is slow-moving, with little action taking place, so sit back, take in the atmosphere and don’t expect action until the end. Kids love the story-line, and the combination of music and atmosphere is what separates this log plume ride from similar rides in other amusement parks.
The build-up to the 53 foot drop comes right at the end, and there is a good chance you may get wet! In the hot months, Disney also uses this time to spray water out onto the bridge that overlooks the drop. You’ll notice that the water that hits the bridge doesn’t actually come from the splash of the car, but is sprayed out every 2 or 3 drops. The bridge can get quite wet so watch your step as you go across it.
Splash Mountain Tips
During the heat of the day, splash mountain wait times can get quite high, especially during the busy summer months. That being said, in our touring guide, we have you visit splash mountain in the early afternoon, when crowds are getting crazy. Why?
If you get to the park early, you want to get fantasyland out of the way first. From that point, we recommend either going to Tomorrowland or to Frontierland, where Splash Mountain is located. Which one you pick, largely depends on where you are going to eat. We don’t want you to waste your time or energy walking across the park, so decide where you are eating lunch, and make your decision based on that.
Splash Mountain is always a good choice for a fastpass. Ideally, Splash would be your 3rd and final fastpass and you’d be riding it around 12pm. After that, you’d be free to open your app and get additional fastpasses. (Tip: As soon as you get through the fastpass line, open your app and book that 4th fastpass)
If you don’t like getting wet, I would recommend skipping this ride, or riding in the middle. The front row will get wet, but it’s very rare that someone gets absolutely drenched on this ride. Typically the wettest people are those standing on the bridge.
Another great time to ride Splash Mountain is late at night in the final hours before closing. Since this ride is in the back of the park, many people have already made their way towards the front or will have started to leave after the firework show. You can often find very low wait times at night.
Next, let’s take a look at some of the other rides and attractions in the Magic Kingdom!
Park - Magic Kingdom
Park Section - Frontierland
Height Requirement - 40 inches
Ride Type - Log Flume (Wet!)
FP+ - Fastpass Eligible