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Critter Country: Small but Sweet

Despite being the smallest of all the areas at Disneyland, Critter Country still features two great attractions; Splash Mountain and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

 

Splash Mountain

The Splash Mountain Drop

 

Ride Specifications

– Ride Type: Thrilling Flume Ride, Dark (In Parts)

– Height Requirements: 102 cm

– Ride Duration: Max. 10 minutes

– Area: Critter Country

– Fastpass: Yes

-Rider Switch: Yes

– Year Opened: 1989

– Recommendation: Must do! (If you don’t mind big Drops)

– Hours: Open-Close

– Average Queue Time: Summer – 45-60 Minutes, Winter – (5-20 Minutes)

 

Ride Overview

If Disney’s plan is to make you whistle and sing ride songs for years after you leave their parks, then they certainly succeed with Splash Mountain. So effective is this strategy that I’m still breaking out into renditions of Zip-a-Dee-Dooh-Dah in the middle of Bunnings, while my daughter skips behind (Alright, sometimes without my daughter too).

Based on the film ‘Song of the South’, Splash Mountain is a visually stunning, log flume ride that takes you on an adventure through one of Uncle Remus’ Stories of Brer Rabbit. It features 103 audio-animatronics, that help tell the story as you go, along with three sizable drops; the last being 15 metres tall.

If we are looking at Australian comparisons, Splash Mountain is very similar (theming aside) in size and ride style as Wild West Falls at Movie World.

 

Ride Description

¬†After boarding your log shaped flume boat, the current and lift hills take you through the pre-show, setting the scene for what’s to come. You will get a look at the final drop along with what can only be described as Crittery scenery. Following a medium sized drop you then enter a cave, where the first Act takes place.

Here, animatronic animals greet you with a very catchy “How Do You Do” song before you splash down again (Only this time you won’t see the drop coming) deeper into the mountain, toward “The Laughing Place.”

This is the beginning of the climax in which we see Brer Rabbit caught by Brer Bear and Brer Fox, with seemingly no hope of escape. On the final lift hill and descent, however, you join our heroine as he leaps into the thorn riddled briar patch and you get soaked!

Then comes the big Finale; a welcome home party for Brer Rabbit and yourselves, with a chorus of animals, on a show boat, singing Zip-a-Dee-Dooh-Dah. What a treat! If you’re lucky, you might also be able to catch a glimpse of the Disneyland Railroad Train passing through.

 

Verdict

Splash Mountain is a fantastic ride for the whole family. It has enough sizeable drops to keep the thrill seekers happy, while the kids are sure to love the singing and dancing animals. Just know that you will definitely get wet regardless of where you are seated. It is a must do in anyone’s book!

 

Spoiler Alert: Below is a POV of the entire Splash Mountain Ride thanks to The Coaster Views.

 

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

 

Ride Specifications

– Ride Type: Dark, Children

– Height Requirements: No Height Requirments

– Ride Duration: Max. 4 Minutes

– Area: Critter Country

– Fastpass: No

-Rider Switch: No

– Year Opened: 1999

– Recommendation: Good for Kids 8 and Under/Winnie the Pooh Enthusiasts

– Hours: Open-Close

– Average Queue Time: 15-20 minutes.

 

Ride Overview/Description

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is based on the short films made between 1968 and 1977. You travel around in a bee hive shaped vehicle, as some scenes from the animation are acted out with simple animatronics and screens. The soundtrack of the ride is excellent, with the “Heffalumps and Woozles” song from “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day”, featuring heavily. Disney, has also very cleverly included inbuilt play areas in the queue so toddlers/babies can have a little crawl around as you wait.

 

Verdict

Winnie the Pooh is great for young children but is definitely not necessary if children are not in your party, or if they have no interest in Winnie the Pooh. The ride could also be used as a handy activity to do, while waiting for your Splash Mountain Fastpass window to open.

 

Spoiler Alert: Below is the POV for Winnie the Pooh, thanks to Theme Park HD.

 

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