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Splash Mountain

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At A Glance Log Flume style ride which looks much more scary than it actually is. A good family ride, though young children may be too small to ride.

Splash Mountain was introduced to Walt Disney World in 1992, and ever since then has been one of The Magic Kingdom's most popular rides, and it's always likely to be busy, so expect some form of queue no matter when you plan to visit it. To really appreciate Splash Mountain fully, you need to be aware of the story line of the 1946 Disney film "Song of the South", but not knowing the storyline doesn't detract from the attraction in any way.

After loading into a boat you gently sweep away from the loading area, and gradually climb past scenes from the Song of the South, featuring Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, as Brer Rabbit tries to find his "Laughin' place". After passing through the twists and tunnels for what seems like a few minutes you finally emerge into daylight over five storeys up, where you're plunged down a slope into the Briar patch (pool) below.

At 52 feet, Splash Mountain's main drop isn't actually all that big compared to some of the flume rides around, and at 45-degrees it's certainly not the steepest, though it feels like a near vertical drop while you're going down at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. As well as the large drop at the end of the ride, there are three more relatively tame drops before the main one.

It's one ride in which you're quite likely to get wet (though not too wet so don't worry). It also has various ride restrictions because of the flume element, and shouldn't be ridden by anyone suffering from a heart condition, or neck or back problems. There's also a ride-height restriction of 40 inches minimum which may prevent small children from being able to ride it.



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