Disney fans are mourning the closure of the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney World, but some souvenirs from the Guest-favorite ride can be dangerous–or even deadly.
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Splash Mountain opened at Magic Kingdom in October 1992, and for more than 30 years, the Guest-favorite attraction brought smiles, laughter and thrills to dozens upon dozens of log flumes full of visitors–day in and day out.
But in June 2020, after activists demanded that the attraction be removed, Disney Parks announced that the Splash Mountain rides at both Disney World and the Disneyland Resort in California were to be permanently closed and reimagined into a new experience inspired by Disney’s Princess and the Frog. More than 2 1/2 years later, Disney World’s rendition of the ride has finally been closed forever.
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But fans of the attraction are struggling with “good-bye,” and as such, many of them have taken to selling makeshift souvenirs from the ride online on eBay–some for thousands of dollars. Among those “souvenir” items on eBay are pages and pages of listings for water taken from the Splash Mountain attraction–many of them for water supposedly drawn from the ride’s waterways on the very last day the ride operated, Sunday, January 22, 2023.
And while it might seem those buying and selling the so-called souvenirs have plenty of sunshine’s headin’ their way, a warning from the World Health Organization says danger, sickness, and possibly death could be heading their way instead.
A viral video from 2022 shows a Guest bottling water from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. The video then shows the Guest at home, boiling the water in a pan with noodles on her stove. But a warning from the World Health Organization says that ingesting contaminated water can cause serious illness and diseases like Hepatitis A, dysentery, and cholera, among others.
The message from WHO is very clear: don’t drink this water–or cook with it or brush your teeth with it.
According to The Takeout, water from the attraction may contain bacteria, urine, brain-dissolving amoeba, and other disgusting ingredients. Another video online features a former Cast Member talking about things that can be in the water at the Splash Mountain attraction. The Cast Member named a few: coffee, bird poop, spit, hydraulic fluid, and others. She added that the water is chemically treated; drinking it could have disastrous consequences.
And that’s assuming it’s actually Splash Mountain water–and not water from someone’s kitchen faucet at home.