The Splash Mountain Roof Once Collapsed and the Ride Never Closed

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There are all manner of crazy things that happen at Disney Parks around the world. From a car driving down the stairs at Walt Disney World Resort’s Wilderness Lodge to souvenirs being stolen from strollers to logs sinking on Splash Mountainrepeatedly, in fact — there’s no shortage of wild tales.

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However, above it all, at Walt Disney World Resort, safety standards are of the utmost importance, and Disney has long asserted that both Guests’ and Cast Members’ well-being is the company’s top concern.

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Therefore, it can be assumed that when a ride repair isn’t done quite how one would expect, Disney undoubtedly has a reason and has taken Guests’ safety into consideration.

A Cast Member recently shared another Splash Mountain story that involved a collapsing roof — and a repair that was quite unexpected.

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As the Cast Member recounted the situation:

“Used to work at Splash Mountain and one time, the ceiling collapsed on the logs with Guests in it. They just put a tarp over the hole and kept running the ride. I never rode it again after that.”

While the employee was alarmed by the fix, it is worth noting that Disney’s safety inspectors undoubtedly deemed the ride safe for normal operations.

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Furthermore, it is not known how long ago this incident occurred — the popular log flume attraction is due to receive a retheme in the very near future. It will change from it’s current Song of the South theme to a Princess and the Frog theme starring Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, and other characters from the 2009 Walt Disney Animation Studios film.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is slated to open in 2024.

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The official description of the current version of Splash Mountain reads:

A Hare-Raising Ride
Gently drift through a colorful Southern bayou along with happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit as he looks for his “laughing place.” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of this wayward hare.

Glide by over 100 adorable Audio-Animatronics geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees, alligators and other down-home critters as they sing classic Disney ditties, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place.”

Then hang on to your hats—this delightful musical cruise ends in an exciting 5-story splashdown into a thorny Briar Patch!

What do you think about this Splash Mountain incident?

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