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Splash Mountain Now Open from Refurbishment in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

After almost 2 months of waiting, the Splash Mountain Refurbishment is now complete and the attraction is back up and running once again in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Splash Mountain Refurbishment Magic Kingdom

(UPDATE 6/25/20): Disney has just announced that Splash Mountain is being re-themed to a Princess and the Frog ride. Read the details here.

(Original Post)

After being closed since January 6, 2020, Splash Mountain is now re-opened at Magic Kingdom Park and was greeted by hundreds of waiting guests even though the temperatures were quite chilly, in the low 50’s this morning.

So far everything is running well on the attraction and the outside looks fantastic, with new paint and various touch-ups on the exterior of the ride! We’ll bring you more updates as soon as we have them.

Here is the original article about the refurbishment…

(UPDATE 1/26/20): Splash Mountain will be closed from January 6 to February 27, 2020, with the attraction currently scheduled to open back up on February 28, 2020.

The refurbishment is already underway with construction walls up around the attraction and the water has also been stopped.

From what we can tell, this is not a huge refurbishment and there won’t be any structural changes to the actual ride, or scene changes either. There will be some aesthetic changes to the outside of the building, however, plus the regular maintenance that all the rides must go through.

Since the refurbishment has begun, we have seen scaffolding up on the outside of Splash Mountain, including the drop area. It looks like Disney is sprucing up the paint on some of the features in that area, and also re-sculpting some of the rockwork too. They want everything looking fresh for the 50th Anniversary, and this is a start.

Hopefully, they take the time to fix some of the broken animatronic figures in the ride that haven’t been working for a while. The Brer Bear and Brer Fox animatronic towards the beginning hasn’t been working for a while and neither has the alligator biting Brer Fox’s tail at the end either.

January and February, of course, is a great time for Splash Mountain to close because those are two of the coldest months in Florida and being a water attraction where people get wet, the timing is perfect. In fact, Disney often tries to time their ride refurbishments with the weather if possible like in this case.

Obviously Disney can’t shut down Splash Mountain until January because of the super busy months of November and December with all the holidays taking place. Therefore we get it in January.

Splash Mountain isn’t the only ride getting a refurbishment in the coming months. Just recently we saw Test Track close down for a few weeks in January, which will be a bigger impact in that park than the Magic Kingdom.

And who the heck knows what’s going on with Primeval Whirl over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s been down since June and has recently moved into “Seasonal Operation.”

When we find out the exact details of the refurbishment to Splash Mountain we’ll update you so stay here at Ziggy Knows Disney for the latest Disney news!

There are many other attractions closing in Disney World for refurbishment, so make sure to read the full list in the link.

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about Splash Mountain closing for refurbishment in January…

  • Does the timing of this closure affect you and your family?
  • How much do you love Splash Mountain?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Monday 6th of July 2020

POC never complained about Splash Mountain before, but now it's racist??! I'm offended that Splash Mountain is now being changed to Princess and the Frog because of George Floyd. What happened to him was wrong; however, he was a criminal. So now, when people are on the ride they will know it was changed for a criminal. How is that sending a good message? Disney is basically stating that thuggish behavior is acceptable and should be celebrated. That's what is appalling and offensive. There is nothing offensive about a bear and rabbit. Nevertheless, if the theme has to be changed, why can it not be changed to Mulan or a Disney Hispanic movie that isn't linked to a criminal?


Friday 12th of March 2021

@Natalie, How is princess and the frog linked to a criminal lol. SOng of the south is a racist movie that depicts inaccurate romanticized relations during the reconstruction period and is finally being replaced. It is being replaced with a movie that features black characters including a princess that literally just follows her dreams. this will hopefully reverse any racism that was projected with the stereotypes in splash mountain. You think she's linked to a criminal just because she's black? wow. sorry that this closure "inconveniences" you.

Susan Carroll

Thursday 11th of June 2020

I hope you do not cave in and rename Splash Mountain. It has been a well loved ride For so many years. No one goes to Disney and thinks racism. Right now this country is falling apart. We aren’t even completely over this pandemic. Somethings need to stay the same. Splash Mountain is loved by so many. You and the rest there at Disney change this ride which one will be next how much is too much. Please leave the ride and the name we all love the same. Thank you


Monday 6th of July 2020

I second this!


Wednesday 26th of February 2020

We are going to Florida at the end of March, long way from Australia and a once in a lifetime trip , I’m trying to figure out fast passes, what is your feeling re ride closures? Do they normally stick to schedule or are they likely to overrun? Many thanks for advice.


Sunday 9th of February 2020

I keep hoping to see news that they are ahead of schedule or something. We'll be at MK for our family's first time on 2/24.


Friday 14th of February 2020

Hi Aaron, thanks for the comment. I hope for your sake they are ahead of schedule, but that's usually phrase that doesn't happen with Disney very often when it comes to refurbishments


Monday 16th of December 2019

Very disappointed. We are taking our family on February vacation. Splash Mountain is a favorite ride if our granddaughters. So disappointed that it will be closed.