Splash Mountain: the Write-Up
Splash Mountain: the Write-Up
Posted Friday, September 7, 2007 at 9:40p Pacific Time
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>Oh, and I shouldn't forget to mention one of the best queues of any amusement park attraction, anywhere. I'm not a fan of waiting in line, but at least the WDW Splash Version has a comfortable and asthetically pleasing line.
If you ever get the opportunity, make sure to visit Tokyo's version of Splash Mountain. It has an absolutely amazing queue where you descend into the heart of the the mountain. Very cool.
Posted By wahooskipper Friday, September 14, 2007 at 12:06p Pacific Time
Somewhere in my "piles of stuff" I have a hard hat with Brer Rabbit mounted on the top that they gave out to those of us who risked the early, cool morning to participate in the Grand Opening.
Oh, and I shouldn't forget to mention one of the best queues of any amusement park attraction, anywhere. I'm not a fan of waiting in line, but at least the WDW Splash Version has a comfortable and asthetically pleasing line.
Posted By gmaletic Friday, September 14, 2007 at 12:01p Pacific Time
>Greg, I was totally horsing around
No problem. I wasn't 100% sure how to interpret it, and I figured I better err on the side of taking it seriously!
Posted By Jim in Merced CA Friday, September 14, 2007 at 11:53a Pacific Time
Greg, I was totally horsing around --- following TDLFANs comment. Nice of you to even consider reading anything I've written.
Posted By Jim in Merced CA Friday, September 14, 2007 at 11:52a Pacific Time
Kidding aside, I enjoyed your write-up, Greg.
Splash Mountian is an odd one for me.
I like the idea of Disney having a log flume, and it is beautifully designed. Love the orange rock and grass that make up the highest peak. It looks great.
But I have never gotten used to all the 'America Sings' characters sort of...shoe-horned into the attraction.
And at the risk of 'thinking about it too much' -- what exactly are those characters doing in that mountain? Do they live there? It appears they do. And if so, do they just stand there and greet people 24/7? 'How do you do?' and so on..
But I digress...
When I first rode it, I was surprised to see so much 'blank area' -- those times when you're floating along outside the mountain.
And the last drop used to scare the heck out of my young daughter, and none of us were that excited about getting wet. Actually drenched. That's not my idea of fun.
So it's a mixed bag. But not a 'have to' attraction. Certainly not waiting more than 10 minutes.
I'll take 'Pirates of the Caribbean' any day of the week over 'Splash Mountain.'
Posted By gmaletic Friday, September 14, 2007 at 11:49a Pacific Time
Hi, Jim--I'm not as familiar with your writing, save for some of your posts that I notice occasionally. (I actually don't spend a ton of time on the forums...it's too much of a time sink for me!) Can you point me to some of your favorite things you've written?
Posted By wahooskipper Friday, September 14, 2007 at 11:46a Pacific Time
I did enjoy that article. Nice job. I was fortunate to be working on the College Program at the opening of Splash. While I didn't work the attraction (I was cruising the rivers in Adventureland) I got many pre-opening rides and even spent a VERY early morning there for the offical "Grand Opening" celebration that included Eisner, Mickey and gang.
It is probably my favorite amusement/theme park attraction anywhere. And, there is nothing better than riding it with a first-timer who is not expecting the "unusual" drop mid-ride.
Posted By Jim in Merced CA Friday, September 14, 2007 at 11:37a Pacific Time
What do you think of my writing, Greg?
Posted By jeffshultz Friday, September 14, 2007 at 11:32a Pacific Time
Credit should probably be given to Knotts Berry Farm, who had a themed log ride a long time prior to Disneyland - one of their more popular attractions I believe.
Posted By TDLFAN Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 8:18p Pacific Time
How about me?
Posted By gmaletic Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 7:25p Pacific Time
>I wish I could write that well :)
You do write that well, but thanks for the compliment!
Posted By Spirit of 74 Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 11:49a Pacific Time
Splash Mountain is a great attraction. It mixes great Disney story-telling, immersive setting, music and special effects ... and some thrills too.
I just wish they'd get rid of the mold colonies growing on the handrails. (Phil, get a toothbrush out and start scrubbing!)
Posted By Doobie Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 10:43a Pacific Time
Greg Maletic wrote this one. I wish I could write that well :)
Posted By MPierce Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 10:29a Pacific Time
It's really hard to find any fault with Splash Mountain in it's design. I think it will always be a must do for most fans of Disney. A very well written piece Doobie.
Posted By vbdad55 Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 8:57a Pacific Time
There is something very calming about floating in the water with that beautiful view while on a thrill ( albeit somewhat mild thrill ) - ride --
Splash has always struck me as one of the best thought out attractions
Posted By Doobie Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 3:28a Pacific Time
Splash Mountain has always been my favorite of the Disneyland (and Magic Kingdom) thrill rides and the view from the top is one of the reasons.