Brer Rabbit Finds His Laughing Place Inside Splash Mountain

It’s no secret that Florida can get pretty hot in the summertime, but fortunately there are plenty of ways for overheated guests to cool off at Walt Disney World. One of the most fun of these options is located in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland. Combining an indoor animatronic dark ride with a splash-tacular flume drop, “Splash Mountain” is one of the park’s most popular attractions, especially when the weather is warm. However, it’s likely that the vast majority of those who enjoy this ride have never seen the Disney movie in which Brer Rabbit and many of its other characters first appeared.

Released in 1946, Walt Disney’s “Song of the South” was predominantly a live action film about the friendship between a boy named Johnny and African-American storyteller Uncle Remus, but the film also featured several animated sequences illustrating the various tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear that Uncle Remus would tell his young friend. In addition to it’s cast of characters, many of the elements from these scenes, including the briar patch, laughing place, and even the memorable music (most notably the Academy Award-winning “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”) would later be incorporated into “Splash Mountain” as well. “Song of the South” has long been a controversial film due to its presentation African-Americans stereotypes and idyllic portrayal of life in the South during the era following the Civil War, which has resulted in it being locked away in the Disney Vault for decades. However, thanks to “Splash Mountain,” Brer Rabbit and company were able to gain a second life as Audio-Animatronic characters and continue to make each day a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Day for Magic Kingdom guests looking to take the plunge down its 50-foot drop.

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