- This theatre is large and air conditioned! When it’s hot outside, this is a great place to cool off.
- Once you are inside the pre show area, you can expect about a 10 minute wait before you move into the main theatre.
- The theatre can get dark. If young children are scared of dark places, you may want to bring a small keychain size flashlight to comfort the kids.
- This attraction is perfect for the entire family- old and young!
- Guests may remain in wheelchairs and ECVs. Assistive listening and reflective captioning are available.
- You can find the Country Bears greeting guests in the park from time to time. Check with guest relations if you want to meet these guys!
- In 2002, Disney released a movie, The Country Bears, loosely based on this attraction.
Splash Mountain is one of my favorite rides at Walt Disney World. This attraction is located in Frontierland beside Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Splash Mountain opened July 17, 1992, and the Official Dedication was held October 2. This ride is a very unique ride that uses over 100 animatronics who sing and tell the story of Br’er Rabbit during the “dark ride” portion of the ride, it includes the thrills of a 5 story drop, it’s a flume ride that’s approximately 1/2 mile long that WILL get you wet, and is 11 minutes long!
This attraction is based on the 1946 Disney classic “Song of the South.” The story is about Br’er Rabbit leaving his briar patch home looking for adventure while trying to escape from and outwit Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox and ultimately finding his laughing place. Throughout this ride you’ll hear the following songs:
- “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place”
- “How Do You Do?”
- While this ride is perfect for families with children, tweens, teens, and adults, you do have to be 40 inches tall to ride.
- Parents can use the “rider switch” option for families who have children too short or too scared to ride.
- This attraction is on my “must do” list each time I visit Magic Kingdom! Make plans accordingly: head straight there as you enter the park or plan for a FastPass+.
- This attraction is typically closed during January or February for refurbishment. Check refurbishment schedules prior to your trip to see if this will be an option for your family.
- You WILL get wet on this ride, no doubt! If you sit in the front, expect to get soaked. If you are in the back you may get sprayed, but you will get wet. Some people wear ponchos on this ride to try to stay as dry as possible.
- This is a great ride for a hot day in Florida to help cool you off. In winter or cool evenings, however, you may be chilly after exiting this ride
- Expectant mothers, those with heart conditions, motion sickness, and back or neck problems should not ride.
- Guests in wheelchairs must be able to transfer to the log boats in order to ride this attraction.
- Just before you head down the final drop, your photo will be taken! You can view and purchase your photo at the exit.
- There is a play place, in the shade, near the queue to this ride. If you have younger children who can’t ride, this is a great place to hang out while the rest of your party enjoys this attraction.
Tom Sawyer Island is located in Frontierland in the middle of the Rivers of America. It opened in Magic Kingdom in 1973. You travel to the island on a log raft. Once on the island, you’ll find lots of trails and paths to follow leading you to Harper’s Mill, Potter’s Mill, Tom Sawyer Scavage Fort, Injun Joe’s Cave, Fort Langhorn and more.
This imaginary place pays homage to the stories about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn written by Mark Twain. Children of all ages will enjoy this hidden gem in the Magic Kingdom. Adults can reminisce about the days they were reading about Tom and Huck, building forts in the backyard and exploring through the woods. Children can run around and pretend to be in the adventures of Tom and Huck throughout the island. While the kids are playing, parents can sit in rocking chairs and take in the scenery while sipping on a cool drink. Or they can immerse themselves in the imaginary play themselves!
Our families favorite parts of Tom Sawyer Island are the caves and secret tunnels, Fort Langhorn and the barrel bridge. My son at age 3 spent at least an hour on the island and didn’t want to leave!
One interesting bit about this attraction is how influential Walt Disney was in creating the original attraction in Disneyland in 1956. This attraction is the only one designed by Walt Disney himself. Walt loved the world Mark Twain created in his works and he was not happy with the original design of the island. Days before construction was to begin on the original attraction, he went home and re-imagined the landscape design adding the caves, inlets, and coves and changing the shape of the island. The island at Disneyland today is what Walt created that night.
- This attraction closes at dusk.
- Guests must be ambulatory. This island is not wheelchair friendly.
- Children must be accompanied and supervised at all times. There are many secret tunnels, dark caves and twist and turns where children can easily get lost or scared.
- Younger children will appreciate this attraction more than teenagers and adults. Teens will probably want to skip it.
- Restrooms are located on the island at the raft landing and at Fort Langhorn.
- Many people believe once you see and experience Tom Sawyer Island, there is no reason to return. I disagree! I think this is a hidden gem at Walt Disney World!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is located in Frontierland at Walt Disney World. This attraction claims to be “the wildest ride in the wilderness!” It opened in the fall of 1980 and has been a favorite ever since.
The legend behind this ride is a fun story! According to the Disney legend, this mountain is full of gold but a flood has kept the people of Tumbleweed from mining the remaining gold. Before the gold prospectors leave for dry land, they have a party at the saloon to celebrate the gold they have found. They don’t seem to be too worried about being washed away in the flood though!
This 3 1/2 minute roller coaster will take you on twists and turns through the town of Tumbleweed. Guests will board a train and experience this mining town in an exciting way. While this is not the scariest roller coaster, it is a lot of fun. Some people even say it’s too rough and it jostles them too much. I would say it’s a pretty tame coaster and a good first roller coaster experience for children. Speeds reach about 25 mph. While riding, try to keep an eye out for the saloon where the prospectors are partying. Also be on the lookout for a billy goat, a family of possums, chickens, donkeys and miners!
In 2012, Disney added an interactive queue to this attraction. While I have not experienced this, I have read about it! Guests can turn cranks and push plungers to detonate explosions on the mountain. I know my son will LOVE this addition.
|the view of BTMR from the Walt Disney World Railroad|
- There is a 40″ minimum height requirement and children younger than age 7 must ride with an adult. Rider swap is an option.
- Melissa from Disney on Wheels offers her experience riding as a wheelchair user. Guests in wheelchairs and ECVs must transfer from their chair to the train car.
- Secure ALL loose items- hats, glasses, cameras, etc. You don’t want to lose these in the twists and turns.
- Ride after dark if you can! The night views are great and if you time it just right, you can see Wishes! while you ride.
- For a more tame ride, request a front seat. For a more thrilling ride, the back car is the best!
I have a long list of favorite snacks and foods from Walt Disney World. Most of my favorites seem to be shaped like Mickey Mouse. On our last trip, we made at least three trips to the pretzel cart in Frontierland, across from the Diamond Horseshoe in Magic Kingdom. There was something special about these Mickey shaped treats!
At this cart you can find my favorite, Mickey Pretzels, for $4.50. You can also get a churro here. While I do love a good churro, I haven’t had one from this location before. These will cost you $3.75. A tad cheaper, but not as good and definitely not Mickey shaped! In addition to the churro and pretzel, you can get chocolate dipper or cheese sauce for $1.00. There are also beverages at this location: bottled water, bottled soft drinks, smartwater and drink accessories (toppers and straps).
Have you had a Mickey Pretzel from Frontierland before? What did you think? Do you eat it plain, with cheese sauce, with mustard or another creative way? I’d love to hear in the comments!!