Guests Spot Disney’s Splash Mountain Without the Water, Ride Emptied

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The Disneyland Resort is filled with so many classic and iconic rides. From “it’s a small world” Peter Pan’s light, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Matterhorn Bobsleds, or Roger Rabit’s Cartoon Spin, Disneyland offers Guests some true quality themed Disney entertainment.

Possibly one of the most iconic attractions ever created also resides at Disneyland as well as Walt Disney World and this ride is sure to soak you, or is it?

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The iconic ride is set for an extreme makeover very soon however. Few things are more talked about in the Disney community than the upcoming retheming of Splash Mountain. Announced back in the Summer of 2020, this retheme would turn the quite “problematic” Song of the South (1946) theme into a story based on Disney’s The Princess and the Frog from 2009.

While Splash Mountain is a very iconic and beloved attraction and has become one of the most recognizable rides in the world, the basis for the ride does come from a film that Disney has done its best to hide. Disney’s Song of the South (1946) is a film that many have deemed racist for its depictions of the Reconstruction-era American South.

The film has been effectively erased from Disney’s ever-expanding catalog of animated films, though with enough digging, you are sure to find it online. While slightly sad, we at Inside the Magic couldn’t be more excited for the new ride, now called “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” which will be opening in 2024. 

An official poster announcing Tiana's Bayou Adventure, opening late 2024.
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However, everyone knows that you’re bound to get wet on Disney’s Splash Mountain, no matter the theme. One Guest spotted the iconic attraction running without this key element recently and it is such a weird sight!

You can see the post below that includes the full video:

caught splash on water pump activation mode today.

caught splash on water pump activation mode today. from Disneyland

As you can see, the attraction seemed to be activating one of its “water pumps.” This is not the first time we have seen is ride operate without water, juts going to show how amazing Disney Imagineering truly is.

Splash Mountain is a highly-talked-about attraction due to the recent controversy surrounding the ride. Announced back in 2020, Disney officially revealed its plan to retheme Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World to the theme and story of the animated Disney film, The Princess and the Frog (2009). Although this decision wasn’t popular with some Guests, many are looking forward to experiencing Splash Mountain in a brand new and more inclusive way. No dates have been announced for the project yet. More on that here.

More on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain here:

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.

What’s your favorite Disneyland attraction?

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