My featured ride this week is........not going to be for everyone.....but we LOVE it anyway.....and our whole family can finally go on it!
This is usually the one of our firsts when visiting the Magic Kingdom. The kids love it and so do I. Funny story - when I was a kid I was TERRIFIED of anything that was considered a thrill ride. This included Splash Mountain, but I went on it anyway. It is so much more than just a log flume ride. I was scared, yes, but I got off and wanted to go on again just to enjoy all the fun that it has to offer. And nothing is like that first time you ride it!
What I love about this ride...We love the theme and the soundtrack of this great ride. A downside - it has a height requirement. You must be 40 inches to ride this ride and they strictly measure. Don't try and trick them with high hair or big shoes, etc they know the tricks! (Why do I mention this? Because people do it...I know I know!) BUT the plus you can utilize the Rider Switch so no worries if you have a little one! Be warned that there is a BIG drop and several smaller drops throughout the ride, so if you have a child that will be truly terrified of this take that into account. This is one of the things I love about it. So much fun! What I hated as a kid I love now and luckily so do my kiddos! The music on this ride and the fact that it is more than just your normal log flume ride is, I think, what makes it so special. I don't want to spoil much of this ride for those that have never rode it because well...like I said there is nothing like that first ride!!
What is this ride all about...Themed after the Disney Movie Song of the South Splash Mountain tells the story of Br'er Rabbit as he gets chased by Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear and as he outsmarts them. You "land" in several different parts of the story and are serenaded by great songs - How do you do?, Everybody Has a Laughing Place, and Zip-a-dee Do-dah. (A Disney classic!)
The ride is located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. The Walt Disney World Railroad station is right next to it and looks into the Zip-a-dee Do-dah section of the ride. One of the most popular rides in the park, it is equipped with Disney's Fastpass. Especially in the summer and hot times in Disney the line can be long, so be sure to get a fastpass! You will get WET!! (Which is why my husband is not really a fan!) They close the ride every January, so take that into account. One year they did an extended closure that I hadn't known about when booking a trip for February. Knowing it is my daughter's favorite ride I pushed our trip back by a few days to be sure it would be open when we were there. This past closure they added lap bars for safety. Also I have been told that they disabled the cannon that shot water on to boats really soaking you, not sure if this is true or not!