Disney World's 'Splash Mountain' sinks for THIRD time: Guests struggle to escape sinking log

Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Louisiana to conduct research for the rebranding of the ride, which will pick up from where the 2009 movie left off


                            Disney World's 'Splash Mountain' sinks for THIRD time: Guests struggle to escape sinking log
A video shows guests attempting to hop out of the vehicle as Disney World's 'Splash Mountain' log ride sank for the third time in two years (screenshot/[email protected] and Jacqueline Nell/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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According to a video posted to social media, another Splash Mountain log has sunk at Magic Kingdom, marking the third time this has happened since August 2020. The video recorded by Ted Klein was shared on the Annual Passholders – Walt Disney World Facebook Group. He was in the log that followed the sinking vehicle. His wife, Jennifer Jean, says her whole family was on the boat behind it and saw what was happening. The video, first shared by FOX 35 Orlando, shows a log ride vehicle submerged in water, still moving, as guests attempt to hop out of the vehicle. A second log bumps into the back of the sunken log and appears to hit guests.

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"So, this just happened on Splash Mountain," Klein captioned the clip. "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." As reported by Inside the Magic, guests who were evacuated, received dry clothing and were given free Lightning Lane passes. Walt Disney World has not made any official comments related to this incident.

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A Twitter user @MagicbandManiac tweeted a video related to the incident while captioning, "Another splash mountain ride vehicle sinking??? Is this like the 3rd one now?"


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In 2020, @Skyelaringsroll posted a similar video of her ride vehicle sinking on Twitter. "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????," she wrote. 

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California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World announced they would remodel Splash Mountain on June 25, 2020, amid calls to remove what critics called "racist stereotypes" from the 'Song of the South' theme. In a news release by Disney Parks blog, 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."

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People scream as they ride on the Splash Mountain ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom November 11, 2001 in Orlando, Florida.
People scream as they ride on the Splash Mountain ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on November 11, 2001, in Orlando, Florida (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Louisiana to conduct research for the rebranding of the ride. Disney also said that the new attraction will preserve “the heart and soul of the city that inspired Princess Tiana’s story.” The ride will pick up from where the 2009 movie left off and follow Princess Tiana, Naveen, and the jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare for a Mardi Gras celebration. Splash Mountain has been in Walt Disney World since 1992 and in Disneyland since 1989. 'Song of the South' was released in 1946 and re-released in theaters in 1986.

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