Disneyland History – Splash Mountain Debut July 17, 1989 – #Disneyland60

Splash Mountain’s Disneyland Debut – July 17, 1989

Splash Mountain debuted on Disneyland’s 34th Anniversary on July 17, 1989.

The attraction is based on the 1946 Disney classic Song of the South and features Br’er Rabbit on an adventure as he leaves the Briar Patch in search of his Laughing Place.  During his adventure he escapes from Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox who want to catch and eat him.

Measuring 87 feet high Splash Mountain became fourth and shortest mountain at Disneyland. The other three mountains are Matterhorn Mountain, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.

Photo Credit: (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Photo Credit: (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Splash Mountain took over two acres of what used to be Indian Village in Frontierland. When Splash Mountain opened so did Critter Country as the Bear Country theme received a much needed update.

Splash Mountain Attraction Model - Disneyland

There are over 100 audio animatronic characters in the attraction. This is a ride like no other as it offers a fun story mixed with a thrill ride.

After the 5 story tall splash down the ride still continues as your log floats into the Zip-a-dee Lady showboat celebration. The characters in this area are from the America Sings attraction in Tomorrowland at the Carousel Theater (1974-1988).

Photo Credit: (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Photo Credit: (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)


Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain 25th Anniversary AP Poster

Splash Mountain will be celebrating its  25th anniversary on July 17, 2014.  If you are an Annual Passholder  you can pick up a special Splash Mountain poster at Disneyland.  Distribution will be across from the Splash Mountain exit, near Pooh Corner.

You May Get Wet

Splash Mountain features 3 dips and a five-story splash down so chances are you are going to get wet.  Do you like to go on Splash Mountain? I love it even though I get off the ride totally soaked. What are your tips for drying off quickly or keeping dry during this ride?

Why I have love Splash Mountain

My family loves this ride, ok I am lying.  My four-year old hates this ride. She went on it once and refuses to go on it ever again….while I know she will change her mind in the future she’s happy to just ride the nearby Winnie the Pooh ride over and over again while her older sister goes on Splash Mountain.

Splash Mountain - Abby Before and After

My husband and my eight year old love this ride.  I enjoy this ride because during those hot Anaheim summer days it is  a great way to cool off.  I also like this ride because I just happened to be in Walt Disney World when the ride was doing a soft opening in July 1992 and my family and I were able to ride it.

I also enjoy the music featuring the Oscar winning song from Song of the South “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” along with the story telling throughout the ride.  It isn’t often that you can mix a nice tranquil log ride with a thrilling splash down at the end and a ride photo.

Splash Mountain Ride Photo - Disneyland

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  1. I think you picked a great placement for this ride. It is one of our favorites and I love going on it and seeing all of the different scenes! Such a great ride

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