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Splash Mountain
Tucked away in the corner of Disneyland called Critter Country, is a ride unlike any other in Disneyland: Splash Mountain. I love Splash Mountain! It is one of the very coolest rides I've ever been on. Many Disneyland guests head for Splash Mountain the first chance they get. Is it the singing bears? Brer Rabbit's carefree yet adventurous spirit? Maybe it's the five- story, 54 foot drop at the end? What draws people to this thrilling ride?

The entry to Splash Mountain
The entry to Splash Mountain

We all have our own reasons. I personally like the feeling you get when you drop at the end. Your log floats along, when suddenly it plunges you straight down into a foggy pit. Yep. That's gotta be it. Or maybe it's the fact that all throughout the ride there are unexpected twists, turns, lunges and surprises. Oh, it's got to be the feeling you get in your tummy when you fall. That really gets my adrenaline going. Even though I've been on it many times, there's always a feeling of anxiety and suspense that goes hand- in- hand with stepping into a Splash Mountain log.

Being one of Disneyland's most popular rides, Splash Mountain usually has a considerably long line. I would recommend getting a FastPass if the line is over 30- 40 minutes long. The best times to go on without a FastPass are early in the morning and late at night. It is a great way to cool down in the heat of the day, though.

Ticket art  Disney
Ticket art Disney

The last time I went on Splash Mountain I was with my best friend, Katie. Disneyland was getting ready to close when we got on. We ended up running back through the line to catch one of the very last rides of the night. It was great. However, you can't always just rush through the treehouse queue. Splash Mountain is based on stories from Disney's movie "Song of the South" While you are in line, be sure to look around and read the signs. They are an important part of the ride. It's not the same if you don't read the story.

Once you are on the ride, hold on! It doesn't seem too wild at first, but pretty soon you'll encounter your first surprise. The inside of the ride is so amazing, that you'll be absorbed in the music and scenery, and the dips will take you totally off guard. Once the thrills start, the fun will keep coming until the very last inch of the ride has been covered.

Many of the characters from the former Disneyland attraction "America Sings" were put into Splash Mountain in time for its opening day on July 17, 1989. Many of them sing and dance on the steamboat that appears near the end of Splash Mountain. When you ride the Disneyland Railroad out of New Orleans Square you can catch a glimpse of this scene...

The final drop at Splash Mountain
The final drop at Splash Mountain

When you ride down the big drop at the end, there is a camera that takes your picture. You can preview your picture and buy it if you like it. You can buy a frame with it, a key chain, or other assorted photo- related items, or you can just buy the print in a folding paper frame. Last year, my dad came along on a school field trip to Disneyland. I persuaded him to ride on Splash Mountain with me, and we bought the picture as proof that he had gone on it. If it weren't for the picture, my mom would not believe Dad went on Splash Mountain with me!

Don't do anything inappropriate for your picture because it won't come out! Disneyland quickly previews the pictures before they put them up on the screens where you see them.

If you want to go on Splash Mountain, but your little brother or sister is too scared to ride it, you can always ask for a rider switch pass so that you can go on with Mom once, then with Dad. This is a good reason to go on Splash Mountain twice! To read more about the rider switch pass, click here.

This ride totally rocks! If you enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean, but thirst for more adventure, I would definitely recommend going on Splash Mountain.

Ciao!

~Jewel


Have any questions, comments or suggestions? Send them to me at coolkids@mouseplanet.com. I'd love to hear from you!


Jewel's FastFact: The shield above the entrance to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride reads "Toadi Acceleratio Semper Absurda." This translates to: "Speeding with Toad is always absurd."

Splash Mountain

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jewel
Hi!
My name is Jewel.

I am 13 years old, and a typical junior high student. I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. My family and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we go quite often. I love school, and science has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am in band and hope to be involved in music for the rest of my life.

Right now, my career goal is to become a deejay. In my mind, that is the coolest job in the world! My hobbies include: listening to and playing music, reading, writing, messing around on the computer and hanging out at Disneyland. We have seven cats (four of them found us), a black Labrador, and I have a goldfish.


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