Splash Mountain will reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in 2024 at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. The retheme is controversial among fans, but one thing is certain: Princess and the Frog (2009) is making its mark on the Disney Parks.
Ahead of the retheme, many fans have expressed disappointment in the state of Splash Mountain as they ride it for the last time. For a while, one B’rer Rabbit animatronic at Walt Disney World Resort was missing an ear. Though that issue was later fixed, Reddit user u/WrongLander reports that the Magic Kingdom ride is still in “depressingly sorry” condition.
The Guest noted that they understand the Magic Kingdom ride will be transformed into Princess Tiana’s Louisiana bayou, but “the state it is in is horrendous.”
Almost half of the animatronics were allegedly missing, and those present weren’t working. The Guest called Splash Mountain “truly, truly depressing:”
The singing geese were stuck with their mouths permanently open. The first and second Brer Fox figures were motionless. The jumping Brer Rabbit is gone. The possums hanging from the ceiling are gone. Brer Frog is motionless. The bee cavern is now pitch black, so you can’t see anything, and there is no audio.
The Laughing Place is empty, most figures have been removed, and the fountains no longer function. The moles and turtles in the holes are motionless. There is no audio in the scene where Brer Rabbit is caught (the figures lip sync in silence).
Several animals in the finale are slumped over. There is no audio when the baddies are gnashed by the gator. The final Brer Rabbit is motionless.
Splash Mountain went down for its annual refurbishment in January, but Walt Disney World Resort hasn’t released further plans to fix the water ride ahead of its permanent closure.
More on Splash Mountain
No closing date has been publicly announced for Splash Mountain in Frontierland at Walt Disney World Resort or Critter Country at Disneyland Resort. The Song of the South (1946) ride will remain the same at Tokyo Disneyland, though the Disney Park recently removed the ride’s anthem, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from its music loop. From Disney:
Drop into a whimsical world filled with classic characters and songs on this thrilling log-flume adventure.
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!
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.
Have you noticed any maintenance issues on Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park or Magic Kingdom?
Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Parks operations.