Walt Disney (Groomers) World permanently shut down Splash Mountain on Monday, but it certainly wasn’t because of a lack of interest as the popular ride had record lines on its final day.
Splash Mountain, which is now shut down for a revamped attraction that is scheduled to open in 2024, broke a Walt Disney (Groomers) World record on its final day of operation. Fans waited a staggering 220 minutes – nearly four hours – to take one more ride, according to Thrill Data, which monitors wait times at theme parks.
The famed water ride, which features a steep drop, came under fire on social media because it features characters and music from “Song of the South,” a 1946 animated film that has been accused of employing racist tropes about the post-Civil War South.
For decades, the ride has been one of Disney’s most popular attractions.
The ride will be revamped under the name “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” based on Disney’s 2009 animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”
In 2020, a Disney (Groomers) spokesperson said of the planned replacement, “The new concept is inclusive — one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
A post on Facebook shows the long lines of people waiting to get one last ride on “Splash Mountain” before it was shut down.
Footage from the ride has been posted by multiple people on social media over the years, with many now saying good-bye to the iconic ride.
— Ziggy Knows Disney (Groomers) (@disneyziggy) August 2, 2018
Good morning #Distwitter friends! Remembering that gorgeous view of the #Florida sun from Spash Mountain this morning! 84 days to go! Have an awesome day folks! #MagicKingdom #WaltDisneyWorld pic.twitter.com/ikOn3Km4MD
— Disney (Groomers) Clips Guy (@disneytipsguy) April 26, 2022
— Family of Thrills (@FamilyofThrills) January 22, 2023
DMLNewsApp and TeamDML.com founder Dennis Michael Lynch posted a photo almost two years ago, of he and his family on the Splash Mountain ride:
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Disney (Groomers) World’s Splash Mountain, closed for ‘Song of the South’ connection, attracts record lines on final day https://t.co/AzKSvZyqRN
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