Disney Park Ride Closing Soon After Guest Suffocated Onboard

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Interior of Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland

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Splash Mountain will reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2024. Though no closing date has been announced for the boat ride at Disneyland Park, many fans are clamoring for one last trip into the Br’er Patch.

Related: NEW Princess Tiana Restaurant Coming to Disneyland Alongside Splash Mountain Retheme

Amid reports that Splash Mountain is experiencing maintenance issues and soaking Guests more than usual, many Disney Parks fans are opting for ponchos to keep them dry on the classic ride. Unfortunately, this went horribly wrong for one recent Guest.

Splash Mountain statue of Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox outside the ride
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Related: Disney Shares First Look at Major Splash Mountain Retheme at D23 Expo 

Reddit user u/HEXXIIN shared a photo of their brother on Splash Mountain’s drop being suffocated by his poncho:

Note to self – put ur poncho on the right way or when you drop it will fly up and you might suffocate (my brother on our last trip 😂)

Note to self – put ur poncho on the right way or when you drop it will fly up and you might suffocate (my brother on our last trip 😂) from Disneyland

Thankfully the Guest was able to fix his poncho and left the ride with a great story to tell – and a photo to prove it.

More on Splash Mountain

Disneyland Splash Mountain
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Related: Disney Is Reportedly Retheming Iconic Space Mountain

This classic log flume ride will close at Magic Kingdom on January 23, with a closing date announcement anticipated for Disneyland Park soon.  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 Disneyland:

Drop into a whimsical world filled with classic characters and songs on this thrilling log-flume adventure.

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!

Splash Mountain on a sunny day.
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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.

Will you ride Splash Mountain before it closes?

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 Park operations.

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