Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Disney Song #27: Splash Mountain Medley

The Facts:
  • Composers: Robert MacGimsey, Ray Gilbert, Allie Wrubel 
  • Year: 1946 (the links above are more modern arrangements)
  • Key: several

Heard In: 
Song of the South / Splash Mountain

Background / Personal Connection:
This is fun because we get to talk about Splash Mountain, my favorite Magic Kingdom ride of all time.  I'm not much of a roller coaster person -- I used to be more adventurous but now I tend to avoid the big ones.  But I've never met the flume ride I couldn't handle. And Splash Mountain is a ton of fun and so much more than just the big drop at the end.

Splash Mountain is based on the 1946 Disney movie Song of the South which in turn was based on the Uncle Remus tales by Joel Chandler Harris.  The ride takes you through a whimsical critter-land and introduces you to Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Rabbit (the hero). The build-up is excellent with several smaller drops and then the ominous ascent up the big hill as the two villainous vultures look on.  Then the giant drop occurs (to symbolize Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch) and we're greeted with a hero's welcome as some alligators and southern belle birds (I guess you could call them) sing Zip A Dee Doo Dah on a steamboat.  Great ending to a great ride.  And the bluegrass/banjo score is fantastic, topped off by the classic Zip A Dee Doo Dah. 

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