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Splash Mountain is a log flume attraction at three Walt Disney Parks that is based on the controversial 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Each Splash Mountain features a large cast of audio-animatronic figures singing portions of the motion picture's soundtrack with a finale of a steep drop into a Briar Patch.
The ride presents scenes taken from the animated segments of Song of the South. It tells the story of the adventures of Br'er Rabbit, a mischievous rabbit who leaves his home at the Briar Patch to look for his laughing place. Unfortunately for him, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, the antagonists of this story, are determined to catch him. The stories are similar but not identical in each of the installations at different parks.
In all three parks, riders are next sent down the big drop into the Briar Patch, into a large pool splashing variable amounts of water onto the riders. Before the riders drop, for anyone entering Frontierland to see, the log vehicle is lead onto a track that it follows until the drop has been completed. This means that during the drop itself, the ride vehicle never touches the water that is falling down the hill. Just beyond the top of the 52 1/2 foot plummet, as the riders realize they are picking up speed into the splash-pond, an on-ride camera takes pictures of the guests in their log. Photos can be purchased after disembarking.
The log drop ends with a splashdown into the pond in the Briar Patch, returning the log to the flume that carries it through the ride. The size of the splash and the amount of water that enters the log wetting the riders is highly variable. When the log is full of riders, especially adults or heavier riders, the splash can be quite large, resulting in riders being soaked. When the log seats are not all filled, or when the log contains mostly children or lightweight adults, the log does not ride as deep and the splash is smaller.
The riders at the very front of the log usually get soaked the most, although the water patterns are unpredictable so sometimes, though rarely, even riders in the back can get soaked while riders in front stay dry. Usually, the soaking is only moderate leading riders to a false sense of confidence that can result in a big surprise if they happen to get fully soaked one time.
After the splash into the pond, the log floats peacefully through the landscape of the mountain scenery and enters a tunnel, into an indoor dark ride segment, featuring a a large cast of audio-animatronic characters singing a medley of songs from the film Song of the South; finally passing a Mississippi River style showboat with a lot of critters singing the ride's main theme song, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, to celebrate Br'er Rabbit's safe return.