Before Wendy shares our review of the Critter Country thrill ride, I wanted to share some history of this anchor attraction. To start, it was created with the concept name Zip-a-Dee River Run. I kind of like the old name but is doesn’t have the same scare appeal as Splash Mountain.
As a kid, I remember seeing my Dad in his southern inspired country costume. As a supervisor of new attractions, this was his current project. I loved the details even as a child, and my Dad always had them to share. Below you will find a few fun facts that you could only know if your Dad helped build Splash Mountain… Or you had access to Wikipedia.
Splash opened in 1989 and was the most expensive ride to date. At the end of the project the final cost came in at roughly $75 million. (That is a lot of soft Mickey Pretzels) Two years later Disney opened Splash at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida and Tokyo Disney. All three rides are almost identical with a few exceptions that make the SoCal version the best. The drop at Disneyland’s version is 53 ft long, a full foot longer then the other two. It also has five drops, compared to the four drops of the others. The time length of the versions in Florida and Tokyo are a minute longer, but at a 9:18 duration ours is the fastest! Fastest=Funnest=Winner of the Best: Log Ride edition.
Ride Review // Wendy
It’s a well-known fact that I DO NOT like to be cold and wet. It might surprise you, then, to know that I am a big fan of Splash Mountain. What is it about this ride that makes me willing to risk the clammy chill of damp socks and jeans?
1) A quality queue – The line isn’t as immersive as Indiana Jones or Haunted Mansion, but I still think it’s got charms. Watching other people hurtle down the waterfall is fun and helps to keep the excitement level high. Throughout the line, bits of rhyme from the Song of the South story are written on the walls. I like to read those, and they help set the tone.
2) Nostalgia – This ride features old characters in an old story, and it’s a fun blast from (to?) the past. Plus, I enjoy my personal nostalgia, remembering the first time I rode this with my dad. A wise, experienced rider (who was about 8 years old) let us know that the first drop, which terrified me, was just the “little” one.
3) The drops – If you’ve been reading faithfully, you know that I adore that stomach-plummeting, breathtaking, dropping sensation. This ride offers several fun drops,culminating in one mega-drop. Fantastic! (BTW, if you haven’t been reading faithfully, what’s the deal? Don’t make me sad. Catch up.)
4) The photo – Ride photos are hilarious and awesome. Plus, thanks to cell phone cameras, it’s super easy to snap a picture of the screen and have a cool souvenir. For free! Rad.
*I still try to ride this on hot days or when I’m about to leave the park. After all, damp jeans are the poo.