Everyone has a favourite Disneyland attraction and for me, it is Splash Mountain. When I was a kid on Disneyland vacations, we’d always enjoy the queue and the ride as a family. It was our “final attraction” tradition. I’m not alone on this since I can see that this very minute (July 3, 1:20 PM) there’s a 75 minute line for Splash Mountain.
My 3 Splash Mountain Tips:
- FastPass or ride it during a parade when lines are shorter.
- On a cooler day, ride it before you leave so you can get into warm clothes sooner.
- Ride it as a family and make it a tradition.
- Don’t force your family to do the shorter “single rider” line – you need the family picture!
- Sing a long to the music.
- Even if you aren’t alone, sing and wave those hands to the music!
My Disneyland Has Always Had Splash Mountain
Being a Canadian, child of the 80’s meant that my first trip in 1989 was after the opening of Splash Mountain. As a 5 year old, I have no memory of Splash Mountain from my first Disneyland vacation. However, I know all of the words to Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, which was recorded almost 40 years before I was born. This leads me to hypothesize that the memory of riding Splash Mountain didn’t stick, but the experience stayed with me in my love of Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.
Final Attraction Tradition
Growing up, we had a family tradition of making Splash Mountain our last attraction of the day. Now that my husband and I have a couple Disney vacations under our belts as parents, we’ve started our own final attraction tradition with It’s A Small World.
In my last family Disneyland vacation as a kiddo (not a parent), I recall complaining that the ride was too much build up until the exciting drop. To this day I think Brer Rabbit heard me utter those words and made sure I’d regret them. As we rode one of the little drops that I found “too slow”, we plunged down it and I got absolutely soaked. This caused roars of laughter and I’ve never again thought or said anything bad about Splash Mountain!
Famous Splash Mountain Photos, or Not
One family trip we were in Disneyland on New Year’s Eve (20 years ago) and we decided we wanted to be the last people to ride Splash Mountain for the year. We planned to get the photographic evidence to prove we rode it at the insane time of 2AM. Everything was working fine and we got on the final log with a young couple in front of us in the log. When the ride was over my parents went to purchase our photo, but it turns out one of the people in front of us flashed their ta-tas at the camera and we weren’t allowed to get a copy. In the end we got a funny story that has lived longer than any picture souvenir would have lasted.
Splash Mountain – Not Just a 52 Foot Drop
Earlier this year, after my munchkin was put to bed, I ran back to Disneyland for just over 1 hour. In that hour, I had to use my Space Mountain FastPass and see everything else I wanted. After Space Mountain I crossed Disneyland to “single ride” Splash Mountain. There was zero wait for “single riders” and I joined a group on their ride. Exiting the ride I noticed that there was no line. I got my picture code, came back and went to walk up and around in the “single riders” line, but a Cast Member told me to just hop on since the loading area was vacant. You may be wondering how the ride, which can boast 2 hour line ups was empty. Lucky for me, the Electrical Parade had just begun and that’s where the masses were. I rode Splash Mountain twice, completely alone, in my own log.
Lonely or Amazing?
Riding Splash Mountain in my own log, by myself was amazing. They asked me to sit in spot “3” and I asked a Cast Member if that meant I would be getting soaked. The response back was, “You should be ok” and I truly was. All the thrills and fun, without getting soaked! In the moment of riding Splash Mountain all by myself I realized that I should have had that on my Bucket List and then did a celebratory dance in achieving this newly added, and newly achieved Bucket List item. I was able to ride and sing along to the music without my brother or my husband complaining about my singing voice. This also had the benefit of nobody ruining my coveted Splash Mountain picture!
January or February Vacation
If you have a January or February vacation to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, be warned that Splash Mountain is typically closed for a short while in these months for routine maintenance. When we went mid-January to Walt Disney World it was closed.
There is a 40 inch height restriction on Splash Mountain. We are hoping by the time my Munchkin is 4 1/2 years old she’ll be tall enough to experience this attraction with us!