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Today in Disney History: Splash Mountain Opened at Disneyland Park in 1989

Michael Ramirez

by , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Since opening on July 17, 1989, Splash Mountain has made a “splash” in the hearts of Disneyland Resort guests.

Dancers in front of Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

One of the most recognized landmarks at Disneyland park, this magnificent mountain towers 87 feet above Critter Country. On this beloved attraction, you depart on a journey inside of a hollowed out log and are transported into the world of Brer Rabbit. You quickly join the adventures of Brer Rabbit as he leaves his home and is pursued by Brer Fox and Brer Bear. The attraction features iconic songs, including “How Do You Do?”, “The Laughin’ Place” and the Academy Award®‐winning ʺZip‐A-Dee‐Doo‐Dah.ʺ

Inside Splash Mountain ride

As you travel through backwoods swamps and bayous, your adventure culminates in a high-speed 52‐foot drop (more than five stories) at a 45‐degree angle!

Inside Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland park

Here are some fun facts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic attraction:

  • Splash Mountain was the first thrilling water flume ride created for a Disney theme park. In fact, at the time of its opening, the attraction had the longest flume ride drop in the world!
  • The original working title of Splash Mountain was the “Zip-A-Dee River Run.”
  • There are more than 100 colorful critters in the attraction.
  • The woodsy architecture in and around Splash Mountain is rounder, softer and more cartoon-like than typical human construction.
  • Color plays a major role in setting the mood of each interior scene. At the beginning of the attraction, the colors are bright and gradually become darker as Brer Rabbit gets into more and more trouble. Vibrant, festive colors are used once again following Brer Rabbit’s escape.
  • The large cast of singing Audio-Animatronics figures in the Splash Mountain finale originally made their Disneyland park debut in America Sings, where they performed traditional and patriotic melodies in Tomorrowland from 1974 to 1988. Disney Legend Marc Davis, who was one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” designed many of them.
  • In 1988, during the construction of Splash Mountain at Disneyland, Bear Country became known as Critter Country.

Hopefully you can Zip (A-Dee-Do-Dah) on over to Disneyland park to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Splash Mountain!

Comments

  • While it’s probably best the song didn’t make it in to the attraction itself, I’ll always fondly remember the Splash Mountain rap that was once used promoted the then-new attraction. Z-z-z-z-z-zip! Splish splash!