Splash Mountain’s rapid transformation at Walt Disney World just hit another small but extremely noticeable milestone. Only shortly after learning that the log-themed boats were being removed for refurbishment, even more-recent photos are now showing that all of the water has been cleared from the attraction.
The images, posted to Facebook by The Main Stree Mouse show the iconic drop down Chik-a-pin hill completely dried up, with the normally-hidden track elements now visible to everyone passing by. Granted, this is not the first time that Splash Mountain has dried up for some needed work. But there was always a sense that the gentle waters would return to carry us back to The Laughin’ Place. The next time we see gallons upon gallons of water cascading down the dominating facade, it will be carrying us deep into the bayou for an adventure with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, and the jazz-loving alligator Louis.
The photographers shared the pictures, remarking that the area was filled with an eerie silence. The screams and splashes that were once part of the overall soundtrack for that far corner of Frontierland are now missing and will remain missing for almost two full years.
Splash Mountain water has ironically been a rather poignant discussion topic, as fans attempt to sell the small samples they gathered from their last day with Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox for astonishingly large amounts of money. And we at Disney Fanatic decided to have a little fun with the die-hard fans’ strange attachment to the water as well.
With the rivers dried up, Walt Disney Imagineers will most likely be able to maneuver much better during the transformation process to create Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and tend to all operating systems that take the daily beatings from the log boats below the waterline.
One can only hope that when the attraction finished its transformation, it will be in the best condition as we have ever seen it.
Splash Mountain closed for the last time at Walt Disney World Resort on January 22. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to open at Magic Kingdom Park in late 2024. For the time being, Splash Mountain is still open at Disneyland Park in Southern California, and Tokyo Disneyland.
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