10. Splash Mountain was almost completly different
Splash mountain was originally meant to be named Zip-a-dee River run. However Michael Eisner decided he wanted to promote the movie “Splash” starring Tom Hanks. He came up with the name “Splash Mountain”, and it stuck.
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the History and Story of the Haunted Mansion
The History and Story of the Haunted Mansion
9. Different Drops
Disney has a Splsh Mountain at three different parks, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney, and all thre drops are 52 ft. Even though all the drops are the same height they do vary though in steepness which means you get a different ride experience at each park.
8. You May Get wet more than once
Of course you know that you may get wet when going down the big drop on Splash Mountain, but there are actually several ways throughout the ride that you may be soaked. There are geysers that shoot out water, blacksplash from the 3 drops, waterfalls that spray over the side of the log vehicle and more. Think of it this way there are over 950,000 gallons of water used on this attrations, and some of that is bound to get on you during your journey.
7. Song of the South
Splash Mountain is inspired by the controversial movie Song of the South. This movie has received a lot of bad press throughout the years for being racially offensive. Because Disney has tried to distance itself from this movie it is quite hard to find, and you will not find it avaiable for download, or for sale unless you find a VHS tape that has been around awhile. The ride of course does not focus on any of the controversies, and sticks to just the story of Brer Rabbit.
6. THE LOG FLUME TURNS INTO A COASTER DURING THE RIDE
rly complete the 52 foot drop into the Briar patch the lof flume transitions into a roller coaster. During the laughing place scene in the cavern the track transitions so that you can be pulled up the mountain cave. This is the only time besides the obvious ascent to the final drop that you are not in the water. Of course this all happens quite suddenly in the dark so you probably will not even notice it.
5. Your On Ride Photos Are Monitored
Cast members have the resonsibility of pre screening all on ride photos. They then trash all of the ones that Disney deems inappropriate. This will include anything unsafe, rude hand signs, and lewd behavior ( girls lift their shirts up all the time on this ride), and any PDA that Disney also deems inappropriate.
4. on ride restraints are new
The log flumes of Splash Mountain did not always have restraint bars on them. Up until 2011 you sat in the flume unrestrained which made the 52ft descent a bit more thrilling. You would actually rise up out of your seat a bit if you kept your hands up on your trip down the mountain. The restraints were necessary to prevent people from trying to exit the ride vehicle ( someone actually dies trying to do just this in 2000).
3. More songs then just zip-a-dee-do-dah
There are actually 4 different songs you will hear while traveling through the Brier Patch and after your eventually escape from the laughing place. The soundtrack starts with “How Do You Do”, then transitions into “Everybody’s Got a Laughing Place”. You then hear “Burrow’s Lament” as you start your ascent up the mountain. You then splash down into the Brier Patch and hear the classic catchy toon Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.
2. Hidden Mickey
Near the Zip-a-Dee lady there are some clouds in the sky. One of the larger ones is actually in the shape of Mickey Mouse. This hidden Mickey is prjected onto the wall, and can not only be seen on the ride, but also from the Walt Disney World railroad as you venture from Main Street to Frontierland.
1. Inspired By Traffic
Splash Mountain was actually inspired by being in traffic. Imagineer Tony Baxter was stuck in a traffic jam in Anaheim CA in 1983 when he suddenly though of a new ride idea. The ride America Sings was about to close down, and so he thought why not reuse the animatronics for something else.