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Did Guests Push This Classic Attraction to Its Limit?

As Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain takes its final bow, Walt Disney World wastes no time in giving Princess Tiana the spotlight in the Disney Park. Everything from official maps to other attractions have been altered, showcasing the arrival of a new Princess and the Frog (2009) themed attraction.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure

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With so many diehard Splash Mountain fans devastated that their favorite attraction is making a final splash, it can feel like the classic ride is changing entirely. It’s only becoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, getting a new theme, new decorations, new music, a new story, and new animatronics. In short, all of the changes will be cosmetic, and the classic log flume format will remain.

Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

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However, we’re hoping for some unnoticed changes to be made to the log flumes themselves. In the past year, there were at least three different incidents where a log flume sank shortly before or after the ride’s climax. On the one hand, we must consider that Splash Mountain is decades old, and the ride vehicles have been in use nonstop during those decades.

On the other hand, Walt Disney World isn’t just the “Most Magical Place on Earth” but also one of the safest. Log flumes sinking and ruining clothes, technology, and other personal belongings isn’t a good look, and it doesn’t make Guests feel very safe.

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Luckily, there seemed to be a latency period where log flumes were no longer sinking…until Splash Mountain’s final day of operations.

One Guest, in particular, was trying to record their final Splash Mountain experience. However, before they could reach the Laughing Place, the log flume stopped entirely, and everybody had to be evacuated.

Splash Mountain

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This specific experience leads us to ask: has Splash Mountain been pushed to its limits? As Walt Disney Imagineering begins turning the attraction into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, we’re certainly hoping the Disney magic and refurbishments extend to the ride vehicles!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.