Disney Announces Splash Mountain Will Soon Reopen After Refurbishment Closure

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Disneyland Resort is home to some of the most iconic attractions in the world.

Pirates of the Caribbean, “it’s a small world,” Matterhorn Bobsleds, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure, Peter Pan’s Flight, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Roger Rabbit’s Toon Spin, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Astro Orbiter, Disneyland Railroad, Space Mountain, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are all attractions that can be found at Disneyland Park. This list encompasses beloved attractions, and we could keep going if we wanted to!

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However, one of the most popular attractions found at Disneyland Park has been closed for several weeks.

Disney Parks previously announced that Splash Mountain would be closing on January 10 for refurbishments. While many Disney fans were hoping this refurbishment would mean a retheme featuring Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog (2009), as has been the longstanding expectation for the future of the ride, that will not be the case.

Disneyland announced that the ride would reopen on March 7, 2022, which would confirm no major retheme happening this time around. Disney typically closes Splash Mountain around January and February as a way to undergo scheduled annual maintenance during the time of year in which the attraction is at its lowest popularity.

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Disneyland describes the attraction as:

A Hare-Raising Adventure
Hop inside a hollow log and float through a colorful bayou as you follow happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit to his “laughing place.” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of this wayward hare.

Glide past over 100 talking, singing, storytelling Audio-Animatronics critters who inhabit Splash Mountain and offer up their own slice of down-home culture. Sing along to classic Disney ditties, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Then, brace yourself for the big finale—this musical cruise ends in a thrilling 5-story splashdown!

You Will Get Wet!
This attraction includes 950,000 gallons of water, 3 dips and a 5-story drop. Where you’re seated will determine how wet you’ll get. Riders in the back may experience a sudden splash or spray; those who opt for the front can expect to get soaked.
A Splash of History
Many of the critters in the cast originally made their Disneyland park debut at the classic show America Sings, where they performed patriotic melodies in Tomorrowland from 1974 to 1988.

Splash Mountain
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Over at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Splash Mountain closed for a temporary refurbishment on January 10 as well, but is expected to open nearly a full month earlier on February 11.

Do you want to see Disney retheme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog? 

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