Guests on Disney’s Splash Mountain ride got a little more wet and wild than they anticipated when a log boat began sinking. This marks the third time the ride has had a boat begin sinking in the past two years. The first in August 2020 and the second in April 2022.
During the August 2020 incident, one of the passengers shared a video on Twitter and said, “so we got out of our boat because it was sinking while we were stuck there and the Disney World employee decided to tell us that we should’ve stayed in the boat but it went under as soon as we all stepped out… nice #DisneyWorld #splashmountain #MagicKingdom #disney not okay????”
A video of the most recent malfunction was caught on camera by Ted Klein who was in the boat behind the one that sank and according to Fox News, he shared the video on the Annual Passholders – Walt Disney World Facebook Group. The video has now been widely shared across YouTube. The video was first shared by Fox35 Orlando.
Klein captioned the video, “So, this just happened on Splash Mountain. They went down the big drop with their boat halfway sunk and they were trying to get someone’s attention before they started going up. This is at the very end of the ride. They were lucky that they only got wet.”
The video shows passengers toward the end of the ride hoisting each other onto the platform and others jumping to the platform. There were children in the boat, which makes this incident all the more concerning.
Splash Mountain is supposed to get updated soon and rebranded after calls to remove the “Song of the South” theme that critics have called a racist stereotype.
In a press release, Disney said, “The all-new adventure which will bring guests into the world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film ‘The Princess and the Frog’ like never before is coming to Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland Park in California in late 2024.”
Disney imagineers even went to Louisiana, where the movie was based, to get a feel for the theme they were trying to capture. The ride will take over where the 2009 movie left off.
Disney said, “Along the way, guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film as they are brought into the next chapter of Tiana’s story.”