Amusing Monday: Odd poses on Splash Mountain

Every so often, a group of people will get a photo idea and jump on a ride called Splash Mountain. Remember Splash Mountain, the popular log-flume attraction at Disneyland and other Disney parks?

How about a game of Monopoly just before you drop over a cliff and into the water with a big splash? Is there a better time to read a newspaper? Or shave? Or offer a marriage proposal to your loved one?

These staged events have been captured on the ride’s camera near the end of the trip. If you are in the photo, apparently the ride’s staff is willing to sell you the picture. Some people, as we can see here, have gone to some lengths to get a funny picture.

It appears the identity of these people is lost, and I’m not sure how these photos were collected. But these same pictures can be found on many websites with a few variations. One site is Imgur. A few additional photos are added in Heavy, with slight changes in Twisted Sifter.

Even for those who don’t wish to take a crazy photo, Splash Mountain remains popular at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The ride has an interesting history, because many of the characters are from the 1946 Disney movie “Song of the South.” The Audio-Animatronics figures originally were pulled from a ride called American Sings, which came closer to the movie but was not attracting much of a crowd. That ride was shut down and dismembered to help hold down the cost of Splash Mountain, which was over budget during construction in 1988.

That’s how Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear became part of the Splash Mountain experience. By the way, “Song of the South,” which is based on Uncle Remus stories, has never been fully released on home video, apparently because of racial sensitivities, according to Wikipedia.

2 thoughts on “Amusing Monday: Odd poses on Splash Mountain

  1. You missed the best one of all, Flash Mountain. Not appropriate for work or kids so I won’t include the actual URL but add a .com and you’ll be there. ;-)

  2. To tell you the truth, Robin, I stumbled on the website you mention while researching this “Amusing Monday” entry. While looking into the goofy pictures — such as people playing games as they go over the waterfall — I wanted to know if all of these pictures were real or if some were “Photoshopped,” so I checked on the website Snopes, which spends a lot of time tracking down urban myths and hoaxes.

    I found nothing about these numerous odd poses at Splash Mountain, but Snopes did confirm the existence of the flasher photos. After consulting with others, I decided against directing people to the website or even mentioning it.

    For those interested, here’s the entry from Snopes:

    “Yes, some women pull up their tops (or have them unexpectedly pulled up by their male companions), exposing their breasts to the camera as they hurtle down the waterfall. No, you won’t see these pictures as you exit the ride, because a cast member will prevent them from appearing on the screen. Yes, some of these pictures have been sneaked out and posted on the Internet. No, you won’t find them here.”

    It appears that the Snopes entry is out of date, however. An Associated Press story published in the Seattle Times May 5, 2009, says Disney will no longer watch for guests who feel the need to flash their breasts for souvenir photos. The screening had been going on for about 10 years when it was stopped. As the story states:

    “Disney confirmed Tuesday that it has reassigned employees at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure who watched for breast-baring riders because ‘actual inappropriate behaviors by guests are rare.’ Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the changes took effect Sunday at Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Space Mountain and California Screamin’.”

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