The History of Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom

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The History of Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom

Today is the final day to ride Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom as it will be going down tomorrow to start the transition to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Related – New Scene and Characters Coming to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Splash Mountain Opened in the Magic Kingdom on July 17th, 1992.

Inspired by the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South,” the attraction tells the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear.

Several milestones were reached in the history of Disney attractions when Splash Mountain made its debut. For instance, this attraction features more than 70 Audio-Animatronics, which is one of the largest animated casts ever created for a Disney attraction.

Related – Looking back at Splash Mountain before the New Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Retheme

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Splash Mountain also sports one of the biggest animated props ever built with its 35-foot-wide showboat. Also, the 52 ½-foot drop down Chickapin Hill at the end speeds guests at up to 40 miles per hour, one of the fastest speeds achieved at a Disney attraction.

Disney designer Tony Baxter came up with the idea for the attraction while stuck in his car during rush-hour traffic in 1983. 

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in late 2024 at Disney World and Disneyland.

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The attraction will feature an all-new adventure immersing Disney Parks guests in a reimagined version of Princess Tiana’s world. Beginning in 2024, guests at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park in California will have the opportunity to experience the magic, inspired by the rich culture, art and history of the New Orleans community. The announcement was shared during ESSENCE Fest, where a panel of Imagineers discussed how the region’s culture inspired the attraction before guests were treated to a musical performance by the voice of Mama OdieJenifer Lewis.

Are you excited about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? Or do you think Disney should have left Splash Mountain the way it is?


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