By Lisa Green
“Everybody’s got a laughing place (high ho!).
A laughing place to go-ho-ho! (high ho!).
Take that frown, turn it upside down
And you’ll find yours we say-hey-hey.
And soon you’ll find you’re here to stay!” – Everybody has a Laughing Place – Splash Mountain
Whenever we visit the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, The
Fam and I love the mountains! Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain and the
twin peaks of Frontierland – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash
Mountain. A visit to the Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be complete without
hitting these three rides at least one time.
The strategy for our mountain conquering expedition
always involves arriving before the park opens and heading for
Frontierland first – we’ll hit Splash and Big Thunder before the standby
grow too long (more than 30 minutes), then use a FastPass later in the
day for Space Mountain (if necessary). I’ve mentioned before our
best-loved things about Big Thunder and I’ll save Space Mountain for another day – right now, I present to you….
FIVE Great things about Splash Mountain (Note: must be 40″ to ride):
1. It’s one of the most highly themed rides in the World! So. Many. Details – This ride (based on the 1946 Disney movie Song of the South) tells
the story of Br’er Fox’s attempts to capture Br’er Rabbit. Of course,
Br’er Fox is assisted by his bumbling side-kick, Br’er Bear. Following
along on their adventures adds an extra element of fun to this
attraction – which lasts a whopping TEN minutes!
2. Dark ride, log flume!
It’s a dark ride, but unlike most (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the
Caribbean, Space Mountain) – this is not a scary ride! It’s a bit like
riding in a little log boat through a cartoon. Br’er Frog starts the
ride off with a little speculation about what he thinks will happen. As
you bob along, you’ll meet a great number of adorable musical creatures
who add to the tale. As you go, a couple of little dips and drops
prepare you for the main event: The 50 foot plunge! At 40 miles an
hour! Yes, you will get wet, but it’s totally worth it!
3. SO many animatronics. In addition to the main Br’er characters,
Mr. Bluebird and many other birds are singing and playing instruments,
there are frogs, turtles (riding geysers), ‘possums, gophers – just
bunches of creatures to see and hear….and that’s not all!
4. Little houses, little mailboxes, little clothes drying on the line
– the animals aren’t the only fantastic details that make up this great
ride. There are honeybees, briar patches, even a huge paddle-wheeler-grand-finale! This ride’s got everything and…
5. Catchy tunes! Along with The Laughing Place song and other great
tunes, who doesn’t love Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah? There’s enough variety of
happy music, it doesn’t get monotonous (I’m not pointing fingers
*cough*smallworld*cough). And the songs add so much to the experience,
you’ll find yourself toe-tapping and singing along.
My oh my, what a wonderful day!
Welcoming back Br’er Rabbit today.
We always knew that he’d get away.”
What do YOU love most about Splash Mountain?
This article was originally posted on Lisa's Living a Disney Life Blog
Editor's Note: Lisa can also be found co-hosting The Disney Exchange Podcast along with Dave Hodges and myself! - Nick