Description And Comments

Splash Mountain tells the story of Br’er Rabbit, who goes off in search of adventure and finds it . . . along with a hungry fox and bear. Steep chutes and animatronics alternate with at least one special effect for each of the senses. The ride covers more than half a mile, splashing through swamps, caves, and backwoods bayous before climaxing in a five-story plunge and Br’er Rabbit’s triumphant return home. More than 100 Audio-Animatronic characters, including Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear, and Br’er Fox, regale riders with songs, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Touring Tips

This happy, exciting, adventuresome ride vies with Space Mountain in Tomorrowland and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland as the park's most popular attraction. Crowds build fast in the morning, and waits of more than 2 hours can be expected once the park fills on busy days. Get in line first thing, certainly no later than 45 minutes after the park opens during warmer months. Long lines will persist all day.

If you have only a day to see the Magic Kingdom, make Fastpass+ reservations in advance for around 9:30 a.m. at Big Thunder Mountain, and around 3:30 p.m. at Space Mountain. Then on the day of your visit, ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as soon as the park opens and hotfoot it to Splash Mountain to ride immediately. Your Fastpass+ reservation for Big Thunder will be valid by the time you’re done, and you will have completed 3 of the park’s 4 headliners in about an hour.

If you have two mornings, do the Fantasyland and Frontierland attractions— Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad—on one day and Space Mountain the next. Spreading your visits over two mornings eliminates a lot of walking.

Other Fastpass+ strategies combining the park’s mountains with other headliner attractions have been incorporated into our Magic Kingdom touring plans

If you ride in the front seat, you almost certainly will get wet. Riders elsewhere get splashed but usually not doused. Since you don’t know which seat you’ll be assigned, go prepared. On a cool day, carry a plastic garbage bag and tear holes in the bottom and sides to make a water-resistant (not waterproof) sack dress (be sure to tuck the bag under your bottom). Or store a change of clothes, including footwear, in one of the park’s rental lockers. Leave your camera or smartphone with a nonriding member of your group or wrap it in plastic. For any attraction where there’s a distinct possibility of getting soaked, wear Tevas or some other type of waterproof sandal, and change back to regular shoes after the ride.

The scariest part of this adventure ride is the steep chute you see when standing in line, but the drop looks worse than it is. Despite reassurances, however, many children wig out when they see it. A mom from Grand Rapids, Michigan, recalls her kids’ rather unique reaction:

We discovered after the fact that our children thought they would go under water after the drop and tried to hold their breath throughout the ride in preparation. They were really too preoccupied to enjoy the clever story.

Ride Through Video

Splash Mountain Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Splash Mountain when you visit on a day with a given Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Splash Mountain Wait Times.

Attraction Photos

Special Comments

40" minimum height requirement; children younger than age 7 must ride with an adult. Switching-off option provided.

Many preschoolers are too short to ride, and others freak out when they see it from the waiting line. Among preschoolers who actually ride, most love it.

Special Needs

Disney Dish with Jim Hill

This Idea Didn’t Make a Splash

When Tony Baxter came up with the Splash Mountain idea back in 1983, he wanted to name the ride “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah River Run,” tying it to the hit song from Song of the South. But then–Disney CEO Michael Eisner hated the name, preferring to keep the “mountain” theme going for Disney’s thrill rides.

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