Splash Mountain Merchandise Flying Off Park Shelves
Since opening on July 17, 1989 at Disneyland, Splash Mountain has made a “splash” in the hearts of Disney fans. Ever since the announcement came that Splash Mountain (at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom) was being re-imagined with inspiration from “The Princess and the Frog” film fans have had strong opinions both ways on the matter. But from either viewpoint we can all agree that Splash Mountain has played a big role in the parks.
Splash Mountain Merchandise
Today Walt Disney World Cast Members have been invited back to preview Magic Kingdom park and we have been lucky enough to share photos throughout the day. One of the big draws this morning has been to the Splash Mountain Merchandise store (aka Splashdown Photos). As you can imagine the lines have been quite long for Disney fans to get a hold of memorabilia of the soon-to-be replaces story line of the Splash Mountain attraction.
Cast Members and their guests have been enduring long lines to enter the store. These queues have wrapped around the building trying to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols.
Once inside many patrons are finding that many of the more popular items have already been picked over.
The queue normally set aside for the On-ride Photo Pick-Up Area is being utilized for Splash Mountain Merchandise transactions. Signage is now displayed overhead letting guests know that contactless payment is now being accepted.
As I mentioned above, Splash Mountain will soon be home to Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. There is no word yet on the timeline for when the new re-themeing will take place.
Here are some fun Splash Mountain facts to help you have a Zip‐A-Dee‐Doo‐Dah Day:
- Splash Mountain was the first thrilling water flume ride created for a Disney theme park. In fact, at the time of its opening, the attraction had the longest flume ride drop in the world!
- The original working title of Splash Mountain was the “Zip-A-Dee River Run.”
- There are more than 100 colorful critters in the attraction.
- The woodsy architecture in and around Splash Mountain is rounder, softer and more cartoon-like than typical human construction.
- Color plays a major role in setting the mood of each interior scene. At the beginning of the attraction, the colors are bright and gradually become darker as Brer Rabbit gets into more and more trouble. Vibrant, festive colors are used once again following Brer Rabbit’s escape.
- The large cast of singing Audio-Animatronics figures in the Splash Mountain finale originally made their Disneyland park debut in America Sings, where they performed traditional and patriotic melodies in Tomorrowland from 1974 to 1988. Disney Legend Marc Davis, who was one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” designed many of them.
- In 1988, during the construction of Splash Mountain at Disneyland, Bear Country became known as Critter Country.
Splash Mountain Merchandise Source Credit: Disney
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