BREAKING: Splash Mountain is Moving to Universal Studios

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Splash Mountain is by far the most popular attraction at Disney World of all time. It truly begs the question why would Disney close the ride? While that decision will never make sense to anyone, there is no need to worry. Splash Mountain will still live on in Florida. In fact, Splash Mountain is coming to Universal Studios in Florida, replacing Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls!

Splash Mountain moving to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure
Splash Mountain moving to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is located in Toon Lagoon at Islands of Adventure. This area is full of attractions based on popular cartoons. In this case, Ripsaw Falls is based on Dudley-Do Right, which is a character in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The fact that we need a paragraph to explain the background says a lot about this ride and ultimately why it’s closing permanently.

Splash Mountain Replacing Rip Saw Falls

For Universal Studios fans, it’s a sad sight to Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls closing permanently. However, Disney fans are excited that Splash Mountain will have a new home. Ripsaw Falls will be rethemed into Splash Mountain. This is extremely fitting as Splash Mountain and Ripsaw Falls are both log flume rides. Riders take a seat in their log and go on an adventure. Ripsaw Falls will get you wetter than Splash Mountain, but the theme is not as good.

Rip Saw Falls closed to make way for Splash Mountain
Rip Saw Falls drained and closed to make way for Splash Mountain. Photo via @bioreconstruct Twitter.

With Universal’s acquisition of Splash Mountain, guests will soon experience the story of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear at Islands of Adventure. The ride will not be an exact replica of the Disney World version, however, it will tell a very similar story. This is the description according to Disney. “Hop inside a hollow log and float through a colorful bayou as you follow happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit to his “laughing place.” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of this wayward hare.” The new ride at Universal will follow the same storyline. In fact, Universal is buying most of the Splash Mountain props from Disney and will use them in the ride. 

This is certainly a surprise to most people that Universal is acquiring a seemingly controversial ride and adding it to their theme park. However, the journey has already begun. Universal closed is draining the water from Ripsaw Falls. The refurbishment and retheme to Splash Mountain will then take close to a year, but will certainly be worth it. Guests are already chomping at the bit to get back on Splash Mountain again.

Why is Universal Studios Acquiring Splash Mountain?

Why would Universal want to acquire such a controversial ride? Because they know fans love it. This is something Disney either missed or didn’t care about. We assume the latter, given the outcry from guests around the closure. It’s so controversial that the Florida government was suing to keep Splash Mountain open as we reported here.

Splash Mountain replacing Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure
Splash Mountain replacing Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure

It’s obvious Splash Mountain is a massively popular attraction and Universal isn’t stupid. They continue to create great rides and are sucking the life out of Disney. Maybe if Disney didn’t play stupid games, they wouldn’t win stupid prizes. This is similar to them forcing us to “eat ze bugs” as we reported here. Disney had plans to retheme Pirates of the Caribbean into Splash Mountain as we reported here, but that seems to be off the table now.

Disney continues to make big mistakes and upset their fan base. Oh well, it’s their business. In hindsight, it’s a good thing Universal didn’t get acquired by them as we reported here. Universal Studios isn’t messing around. They know how popular Splash Mountain and Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah are and they will capitalize on it by bringing it to their world-class theme park in Florida.

What do you think of Universal Studios adding Splash Mountain to their park? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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1 month ago

Splash Mountain is one of the best rides at Magic Kingdom. I don’t understand how they can let it go or give it up or sell it. Wake up Disney!!! Walt is rolling around in his grave. Universal, if you get this ride, I’ll be there looking for Slippin Falls and all the gang

12 days ago
Reply to  Kara

This is definitely fake news…

1 month ago

Why make a website dedicated to spreading fake Disney news? Seems like a waste of time.

1 day ago

Where does universal even announce that this is happening?