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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


In my opinion, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park is the quintessential E-ticket attraction. There is something about plunging down Chick-A-Pin Hill that has made it my “laughing place” for as long as I can remember. Yesterday was not only the 59th anniversary of Disneyland park, it also marked the 25th anniversary of this beloved attraction. Today, I’m positively thrilled to continue “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series with an article from Critter Tales, a newspaper created by the animals of Critter Country, about the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. In honor of the anniversary, enjoy this excerpt by Jasper P. Woodchuck about the story behind my favorite attraction, Splash Mountain.

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Towering up and above everything hereabouts is Splash Mountain. Used to be that once upon a time, Splash Mountain was called Chick-A-Pin Hill …

Nowadays, Brer Rabbit’s been living in a briar patch, deep in the heart of Splash Mountain. And not so long ago, old Brer Rabbit took it into his head that if he’d just up and leave his prickly home in the briar patch, then he’d be able to leave all his troubles behind, as well.

As soon as Brer Fox and Brer Bear got wind that Brer Rabbit was leaving his briar patch and setting out for an adventure, they decided to trap and catch him. Luckily for Brer Rabbit, he was able to trick Brer Bear into springing Brer Fox’s hastily devised rabbit trap. This made Brer Fox so furious that Brer Rabbit decided to play another trick on the two, and he began to tell them about a secret “laughing place” that only he knew about.

Sure enough, Brer Bear and Brer Fox followed that rabbit right to the foot of a twin oak tree … But instead of finding a laughing place, all Brer Bear found was honeybees. Suddenly, the rotted old tree gave way with a snap and pitched Brer Fox and Brer Bear into a darkened, water-filled cavern, buzzing with hundreds of angry bees.

Brer Rabbit laughed and laughed at the prank he’d played on the two scoundrels. Unfortunately for Brer Rabbit, however, he tended to laugh just a little too long at his own joke and before he knew what was happening, Brer Fox captured that hapless hare.

Brer Rabbit was dragged by the ears up to the top of Chick-A-Pin Hill, where Brer Fox’s lair was hidden in a hollowed log that jutted out over the mighty Splash Mountain waterfall. Brer Fox threatened to skin Brer Rabbit, and then to roast and eat him. But thinking quickly, Brer Rabbit told Brer Fox to go ahead and do anything with him he wanted, so long as he didn’t throw him over the waterfall into the Briar Patch.

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Slow-wittted Brer Bear liked the idea and decided that flinging Brer Rabbit into the briar patch was the best thing to be done. Brer Fox tried to prevent him, and in the struggle, all three went over the falls and into the briar patch.

The briar patch is, of course, Brer Rabbit’s home sweet home. All the critters hereabout turned out to congratulate clever Brer Rabbit on having gotten away once again. And while Brer Fox and Brer Bear tried unsuccessfully to untangle themselves from the sharp, prickly briars, Brer Rabbit promised his friends that once and for all he had learned his lesson about leaving home, and that he is going to stay here forever and ever – at least until the urge to go adventuring strikes him once again.

Your obedient reporter,

Jasper P. Woodchuck

What is your favorite memory on Splash Mountain? Leave your response in the comments below!

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Elyza on July 18th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

The very first time I rode Splash Mountain was my first visit to Disneyland. It had been a hot day, but we spent it running around riding all the other rides. I didn’t even realize there was a Critter Country, and we saw Splash Mountain right before midnight. Knowing I had to go on, we ran on and made it through as one of the last to ride for the night. Now having ridden it a ton, it is a totally different experience at night than during the day! Needless to say, I giggled the whole time and was frozen afterward!

 

Tyler Slater on July 21st, 2014 at 2:31 pm

What a great memory, Elyza! Next time, try to experience the attraction during “Fantasmic!” or the fireworks!

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Erika on July 19th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

A few years ago, we brought one of our good friends to Disneyland for the first time. He didn’t know what Splash Mountain was, and had been so preoccupied with conversation that he didn’t see it when we walked past to get in line (it was a rainy day, so the line was short and didn’t wind around past the final drop). We convinced him to sit in front, and I still remember his reaction when we went around that first bend and saw a log full of people hurtling down. He was freaking out (but in a good way, I promise!) It was much fun (and a great photo).

 

Tyler Slater on July 21st, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I love it, Erika – thank you for sharing! I have several on-ride photos throughout the years of plunging down Chick-A-Pin Hill and they all bring a huge smile to my face. :)

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todd on July 21st, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Jasper P. Woodchuck, huh? I thought this story was written by someone else, someone’s Uncle, maybe?

I love Splash Mountain and truly wish there were some way to recognize its origins. When I was a kid I remember watching the movie in the theater in the basement of the Contemporary hotel and loving it.

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Kuleen from TX on July 21st, 2014 at 1:52 pm

By coincidence, my family was at Disneyland when Splash Mountain opened. My brother was the only one that braved the line. His biggest memory of the event is Wil Wheaton being escorted into line in front of him.

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