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Splash Mountain Review
The second-most-popular thrill ride after Space Mountain, this log-flume water ride was based on animated sequences in Disney's 1946 film Song of the South. Here the Audio-Animatronics creations of Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Brer Fox, and a menagerie of other Brer beasts frolic in bright, cartoonlike settings. Settle into the eight-person hollowed-out logs, and the fun begins.
As the boat carries you up the mountain, Brer Rabbit's silhouette hops merrily ahead to the tune of the ride's theme song, "Time to Be Moving Along." Every time some critter makes a grab for the bunny, your log boat drops out of reach. But Brer Fox has been studying his book How to Catch a Rabbit, and our lop-eared friend looks as if he's destined for the pot. Things don't look so good for the flumers, either. You get one heart-stopping pause at the top of the mountain—just long enough to grab the safety bar—and then the boat plummets about five stories at a 45-degree angle into a large, wet briar patch. It's enough to reach speeds of 40 mph—and makes you feel weightless. Clench your teeth and smile: as you begin to drop, a flashbulb pops. Another photographic memento for sale as you "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" your way to the next ride.
You may get wet, so plan accordingly. If you need to use Baby Swap you can take the young ones to a play area in a cave under the ride. This ride isn't appropriate if you're pregnant or have heart, back, or neck problems. For people with disabilities: You must be able to step into the ride vehicle and walk short distances. Service animals aren't permitted. Plan to use Fastpass or ride when the park opens, during meal or parade times.
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