posted on September 6th, 2010 by Garth Vaughan, Photographer, Walt Disney World
One thing about taking photographs on Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World is you never need to tell people what to do.
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Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
Can you imagine going down the big drop on Splash mountain facing backwards!
Been there done that (rode it backwards I mean). I was young and stupid and almost got kicked out of the park. I guess that is what happens when you are a teenager and Big Thunder, Space Mountain, and Indiana Jones are all closed for refurbishment. You ride Splash 15 times and finally decide to flip around in your seat on the last drop. Only problem is Disney doesn’t take kindly to you standing up on the conveyor belt at the end of the ride. Can’t say I blame them.
Nice shot! Covers just about all the possible reactions!
haha, i remember the first year i went with my family since it had opened in 1994, i was five and my cousin was four at the time. When our grandmother went to take us on it, we got as far as the queue entrance and were told we were too shor…t to ride! We spent the rest of the day crying! Ive since had many happy memories of riding splash mountain after dragging my grandmother on, as my mum couldnt ride due to health problems. Unfortuntely these days I have to ride alone, but i always think of her sitting next to me in spirit when I ride :’)
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Any way you would let me know what lens and what setting you had your camera on for this picture? looks almost fish-eye but not quite. Was it ‘photoshop’ed?? Thanks!!
The lens was a 20 mm lens on a full frame or c-mos sensor. I set the iso sensitivity low (100). I set the camera on shutter speed priority and have the shutter speed as slow as I am willing to go so to get the maximum motion blur 1/100 in this case. I also have an assistant hold a flash of to the side and tell the flash to underexpose by 1 stop. This freezes the subjects but does not overpower the sun.
My whole life I was scared and hated rides with any sort of drop, but my first time at Disney World, in my twenties (I know!), I was determined to go on every single ride in every park. Splash Mountain was the very first one. I shook like a leaf all the way through. “Save me!” I shouted to the characters. “I’ll help you catch Brer Rabbit if you just get me outta here!”
A little kid in the flume with us tried to be consoling. “It’s okay,” he assured me. “It’s not that scary.”
I screamed every time we hit one of the smaller drops. Then we started up, and up, and I almost cried. We hit the top and my friend tried to point out the view, but I didn’t really notice, seeing as my heart pretty much stopped right then and there.
And then we hit the bottom, and I was still alive! The whole thing was just so ridiculous that I laughed all the way to the exit.
I’ve ridden it many times since then and it’s almost always our first stop in the Magic Kingdom. I still get a little nervous, but I’ll never forget that first wonderfully stupidly terrifying time.
I LOVE Splash Mountain.!!! Just this past August my husband and I went to Disney World to celebrate my graduation and we didn’t have any kids with us. I was nervous about the ride. I didn’t want to get wet, which was a joke since I was soaked when I got off of there. As for our picture? We were in the very last row of the log and my husband ducked down so he wouldn’t get wet and I had my arms up with a huge smile….thanks to Brier Rabbit and his “Laughing Place”. Note to the Imagineers: Instead of getting one single picture of the entire boat there should be individual pictures taken of each person or persons so they can really personalize the experience. The same can be held through Hollywood Tower of Terror, Aerosmith, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, the test track, Mission Mars, and especially in the water parks. There should be as few of people as possible around the subjects so that there are no distractions and the pictures are great.
Jessica, it looks like it might be an ultra-wide-angle lense. Maybe cropped at the sides. Probably at a low iso like 100 as the sides are blurred suggesting that the boat is in motion. (You can set it to stop this but then their faces wouldn’t make sense if the boat were stopped!)
Jessica and Jennifer, I’m wondering if this is the stationary camera on the ride that takes shots of people as they begin to descend on the ride? It would be interesting to know if this is true and if so, would the camera settings change depending on the time of day, and how that happens?
We love Splash Mountain! Last November my family of 2 girls (6 and 8) and my husband went on our yearly visit to Disneyland. It was the first “thrill” ride that my 6 year old was able to get on because of her height. She was so excited. We had such a good time and we bought the picture which was hilarious. We were all visible and we looked so funny. This November we are going again and she is 1/2″ away from being able to go on Indiana Jones! Grow girl, grow!
I was on Splash Mountain with my husband and son (11 years old) and I kept asking: “Is this the really big and scary drop?” They were like “No! It’s not!” When I went down I screamed really loudly! Good times…
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