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  • Splash Mountain urban legend...

    I've heard the following urban legend a few times but have never had it confirmed by somebody in the know.

    During construction of Splash Mountain the time came for test runs using sand bags. After multiple successful runs with the sand bags imagineers and engineers decided to do a test run with live bodies. During one of the test runs with live bodies or perhaps on the first run the riders were either thrown from the log or were somehow seriously injured breaking bones and such (the legend usually states it was a collarbone). The test delayed opening for some time in which the angle on the big drop was reduced.

    Is this true? Or has anybody else heard it?

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    Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

    Haven't heard it, and I doubt it.

    If anything like this happened, it must have been in Florida. I know there was a death on Splash Mountain in Florida in 2000... but that's it.
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      Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

      Well I heard the myth right after opening of Splash Mountain in the late 80's and WDW's version was not open yet.

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        Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

        sounds a lot like the Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin urban legend to me....
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        • #5
          Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

          Not true, it would be impossible to change the angle of decent that far into construction. It's an urban legend to explain why the ride opened late, just like the supposed toning down of the HM...

          False at DL, WDW, and Tokyo.


          The more you know. :smart:
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          • #6
            Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

            yeah...it pretty much covers all Disney urban legends (snopes.com comes in real handy sometimes)
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            • #7
              Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

              The only legend I've heard about Splash, was that opening was delayed so the barred "spillways" could be installed on the sides of the track at various locations. This last-minute "re-design" was due to Michael Eisner ruining his suit when he went to ride it during it's final testing phase.
              Last edited by Disneyphile; 07-19-2005, 12:50 PM.
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                Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                whats the roger rabbit myth?






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                • #9
                  Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                  Biggest problem I heard about on the last drop was that the dummies came down with big thorns in their heads.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                    My HS Jazz Band was in DL playing in the first few months 89. They used to give the kids private tours through the tunnels and backstage areas. I remember asking the guides what the new ride was going to be...they said it should have already been open, but they ran tests with sandbags and "we're trying to find a way to slow it down." He may have just been feeding us a line, or maybe it's a distortion of the Eisner story. ("Slow it down" because the splash is too big?)

                    Anyway, I've never heard that...and it would be on Snopes if it were widespread- whether true or false.

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                      Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                      I recall a special on the Disney Channel when it was built. Eisner himself had stated it opened late because it went a little to fast, and you got a little too wet.



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                      • #12
                        Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                        Originally posted by HarajukuBoy
                        Eisner himself had stated it opened late because it went a little to fast, and you got a little too wet.
                        Hmm. Then it could very well be that Eisner ruined his Armani......

                        Also, with closed sides, the current would be much stronger, making the ride faster.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                          I would figure this is a lie.. no one does a live bosy test after sandbaggs.. thats what the dummies are for...

                          (empty, sanbags,drummies.. Michel eisner.. then everyone else.. LOL)

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                            Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                            Originally posted by Evan-500
                            whats the roger rabbit myth?
                            I should rephrase it as the "Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin" myth...essentially I've seen some back and forth about whether or not the inspiration for the ride cars was in fact based on some imagineers putting a Teacup onto the Pinnochio ride and trying it out....I've read where Tony Baxter has said he did it...and I've also heard that engineering wise that would have been impossible...
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                            • #15
                              Re: Splash Mountain urban legend...

                              Originally posted by DiRTyBuNNy
                              I should rephrase it as the "Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin" myth...essentially I've seen some back and forth about whether or not the inspiration for the ride cars was in fact based on some imagineers putting a Teacup onto the Pinnochio ride and trying it out....I've read where Tony Baxter has said he did it...and I've also heard that engineering wise that would have been impossible...
                              I saw this stated in the Disney Magazine when the ride first opened.

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