Yes, I'm back in the Magic Kingdom again (can you tell which is my favorite park?). Now we're going to head over to Frontierland and Splash Mountain!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every amusement park has a log flume ride. But the Disney truth is that it's not an amusement park, it's a THEME park and therefore, it's log flume is so much more than just a ride.
Located inside of Chickapin Hill:
Splash Mountain takes you to and through the lands of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear:
as well as numerous other Brer Kin, including your MC, Brer Frog:
This is some of my favorite theming in a ride, simply because of the level of detail throughout the queue line, but it is dark and can be confining to those that are claustrophobic. There are stairs as well, so those with bad knees might want to beware:
But they still warn you with this very appropo sign:
As well as this one:
that you MAY get wet (I guarantee you will at some point, even if not in the big drop)!
The ride loading queue is also another one of my favorites and you definitely get on in a hurry once you make it to this point:
I find it neat that you've just wound your way in and out of buildings and a mountain, and yet the queue loading area is open to the outdoors:
Good 'ole Brer Frog is there to see you off on your adventure to find Brer Rabbit's Laughing Place:
Which, ironically, is a bit of a ways off yet:
There is a water spout feature that comes over the entrance back into the mountain and I tend to get more wet here than on the big drop. Don't know why that is. It is an intermittent spurt, but it always seems to go off at the exact moment I get even with it!
There are several little drops before you get to the big one...here's one of them:
And more scenery along the way:
This is another place I get wet a lot...there is tremendous backsplash from the sides and you can see it building before we got there.
There is a whole "leap frog" water feature in here somewhere, but it is really hard to get pictures in for some reason.
Brer Fox and Brer Bear up to no good:
and Brer Rabbit has had enough, so he's headin' off to his laughin' place:
Brer Bear's butt always seems to be in your face:
I absolutely LOVE the little possums in the tree up ahead, but I've never been able to get a decent shot of them:
Bear butt alert!
Poor little Brer Rabbit can't get away though...Brer Fox catches up to him:
Scary times must be ahead because the crows want to show you "their" laughin place:
Which happens to be at the bottom of Chickapin Hill via the flying exit:
But you ain't done yet...there's still more to see and the remainder of the ride does dry you off a bit:
'cause, hi ho, hi ho, it's back into the mountain you go!
To a hero's welcome home:
and more Brer butt!
Welcome to the Briar Patch!
everythang is sat-is-factual!
And, then, after a 10 minute ride (how many log flumes do you know that is 10 minutes long?), it's time to disembark:
so how about a bit o' rabbit butt versus bear butt?
Of course you exit through a store:
Where you get your on-ride photos. Every blue moon, they have really cool Brer merchandise, but it's not often. I have managed to get a plush Brer Rabbit, but never Bear or Fox (and I have a thing for Brer Bear).
But even when you're outside, that sly Brer Fox and Brer Bear are STILL looking for that wascally wabbit!