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Disneyland Article
Last Chance To Ride Splash Mountain As Closure Countdown Begins

Splash Mountain
ID:
TMS-5280
Source:
Orange County Register
Author:
Brady Macdonald
Dateline:
May 25, 2023
Posted:
June 7, 2023
Status:
Current
The countdown clock has begun ticking toward the final day of Splash Mountain when Disneyland visitors are expected to wait in hourslong lines to bid farewell to the classic attraction and scoop up souvenir water from their last rides.

The last chance to ride Splash Mountain at Disneyland will be Tuesday, May 30 — the day after the busy Memorial Day weekend comes to an end.

At press time, Disneyland reservations for Tuesday were unavailable for daily tickets and Magic Key annual passholders.

The Splash Mountain attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will undergo “Princess and the Frog” makeovers and return in 2024 as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Splash Mountain wait times could stretch to nearly four hours at the Anaheim theme park if the Florida sister park is any guide.

Magic Kingdom visitors waited in record-setting lines that reached 220 minutes on the final day of operation for Splash Mountain in January.

Disneyland will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday — the last day of operations for Splash Mountain. Disneyland tradition holds that if you are in the queue at closing time you get to ride — even if the wait time extends after the park is officially closed.

Splash Mountain offers Lightning Lane access for visitors who purchase the Disney Genie+ skip-the-line service. The Single Rider queue for the attraction has been discontinued.

The Splash Mountain faithful at the Magic Kingdom treated the water scooped from the log ride flume like it was holy water blessed by the Pope at the Vatican.

Die-hard fans sold Splash Mountain water from the last day of operations at Disney World for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

Dozens of listings popped up on eBay for “Splash Mountain Water” after the Magic Kingdom log ride closed on Jan. 22 for a yearlong transformation of the attraction into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Buyers bid more than $200 on eBay for four ounces of Splash Mountain water from the last day of the ride. Sellers offered similar amounts of Splash Mountain water for the buy-it-now price of $149.

Disneyland safety rules and signage warn riders to keep their hands and arms inside the vehicle. Violators may be asked to leave the park.

The reimagining of the Splash Mountain rides will remove thematic elements related to “Song of the South” — the controversial 1940s animated film criticized for perpetuating racist stereotypes that has been disowned by Disney.

The twin Tiana’s Bayou Adventure rides will tell an extension of the “Princess and the Frog” story that picks up after the final kiss between Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. The new backstory for Splash Mountain will follow Tiana and Louis the trumpet-playing alligator as they prepare for their first Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana’s takeover of New Orleans Square and nearby Critter Country has already begun.

In February, Disneyland began transforming the French Market restaurant in New Orleans Square into Tiana’s Palace — the New Orleans restaurant run by Tiana in the “Princess and the Frog” animated film.

Eudora’s Chic Boutique retail store opened in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square in September. The Tiana-themed store is named for the seamstress mother of the animated Disney princess.

 
Attractions Referenced

Splash Mountain

Tianas Bayou Adventure

 
Restaurants Referenced

French Market

Tiana’s Palace

 
Shops Referenced

Eudora’s Chic Boutique

 
Lands Referenced

Critter Country

New Orleans Square

 
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