Disney Ride Closed Shortly After Woman Died on Board

in Disneyland Resort

Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox in Splash Mountain

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Multiple guest and Disney cast member reports allege that in the years before Splash Mountain closed, Disneyland Resort covered up a death on the ride. Witnesses observed blood, medical personnel, and clean-up teams on the scene.

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain closed at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort this year to make way for a total Princess and the Frog (2009) retheme: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The Princess Tiana version of the attraction is scheduled to open at Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park in late 2024!

The log flume ride was widely considered racist for its ties to Song of the South (1946), a film banned for its sanitized portrayal of Black American life post-Civil War. Tokyo Disneyland is now the only Disney park operating a Splash Mountain attraction worldwide.

Splash Mountain ride exterior in the daytime
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“Drop into a whimsical world filled with classic characters and songs on this thrilling log-flume adventure,” Disneyland Resort once wrote of the ride. “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!”

Alleged Death & Cover Up

This week, multiple Disneyland Park cast members and guests shared accounts of an alleged death on Splash Mountain in 2016. One claimed numerous cast members were forever traumatized by the incident, but The Walt Disney Company successfully settled out of court with the impacted family.

Interior of Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland
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“A lady and her family came into the after she had surgery, supposedly,” Reddit user u/bluizzo recalled. “She asked the Attractions CM if she can go on the ride, not sure if she explained that she recently had surgery or not. Lady goes on the ride. At the last drop, she fell unconscious. They pull into Unload. They realize that was she’s unresponsive.”

“They called for help, but while waiting there was a Paramedic from Canada on vacation in line that came to help and try resuscitate her,” they continued. “She died there. Stitches or staples popped and she bled out. Custodial friend was one of the few doing the cleaning up and he said inside the Log was a never ending clean up of blood. The CMs and the Lead were traumatized that day.”

In another comment, the former Disney cast member shared a coworker’s account of the incident.

brer bear brer rabbit splash mountain
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“There was a trail of blood leading all the way down the exit to backstage,” they wrote. “…The log was drenched in the two back seats with pools of blood. We cleaned what we could, but too much blood got into the cracks and the drains. I heard that when they opened the log, everyone took several steps back because there was a massive amount of blood inside.”

“The attraction opened less than an hour after we finished,” the custodial cast member added. “We went back to our normal shifts and finished out the night like normal… My view of the company never recovered from that.”

Other Disney cast members confirmed their story.

A wide shot of the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in California.
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“It was a huge mess (in terms of operations and protocol handling) backstage,” u/Ionan89 wrote.

One Disney Parks fan dug up an old post from 2016, confirming a “trail of blood” around Splash Mountain after the ride closed suddenly.

“Apparently, a woman who had recently went through an operation rode Splash Mountain when her stitches opened up during the ride,” one guest wrote at the time.

The Walt Disney Company never confirmed this alleged death on Splash Mountain at Disneyland Resort. All Disney cast member and guest accounts are unverified.

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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