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Monday, January 17, 2011

Sometimes You're Going To Get Wet At Disney--Magic Kingdom

This post, no, this series, was the brainchild of the husband over a breakfast of Mickey waffles. I don’t exactly recall where the conversation started, but I do know where it ended. . . with the idea that sometimes you are going to get wet at Disney.

Let’s start with the Magic Kingdom. While there is the obvious attraction, Splash Mountain, where any unsuspecting Disney guest can get wet, or even soaked, there are certainly other places in the Magic Kingdom that provide an opportunity to get wet.

But back to Splash Mountain for a moment. . . One would think that riders get wet on the big drop, the big slide down Slippin’ Falls. Yes, you can get wet there, especially at the bottom. But the big soaker is before that; it is when your log goes in front of Slippin’ Falls and just to the other side of the briar patch, if you are in the right place at the right time a huge spray of water can come your way. If you want a chance to stay dry, sit on the left side of the log, meaning you get in first.

We are purists when it comes to riding water rides.  No ponchos for us.  If it is water ride, then you are taking the risk of getting wet.  That’s part of the attraction, part of the adventure, part of the suspense.  We have ridden Splash Mountain with guests draped in ponchos.  They were so worried about getting wet and staying dry, that they seemed to miss the story—the fun!  And, trust me, I have been soaked so thoroughly by Splash Mountain that it took hours for my denim shorts to dry.  Yeah, not the most comfortable thing, but it is all part of the experience.  And, beside, where else can you walk around with soaked hair and soaked clothes and still have the time of your life?

Now, back to more of the Magic Kingdom. . . Just in Adventureland, there are several opportunities to get wet. There are the Tiki’s between the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House and Jungle Cruse. Sometimes guests get a bit of water spray from the elephants during the Jungle Cruise. There is that spitting camel on Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Sometimes you can feel a bit of a splash during the short drop during Pirates of the Caribbean.

Before Toontown closes on February 11, guests could get wet on Donald’s Boat with it sprays and misters.

There are also misters in Tomorrowland, not too far from Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.

Before Ariel’s Grotto closed to make way for the Fantasyland Expansion, guests could get a little wet there in the sprays.

Another place to get wet is at Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Huh? Yep, it’s during the champagne scene, when the corks come off, guests will feel the “bubbly.”

Have I missed any places to get wet at the Magic Kingdom? If so, please let us know by posting a comment.

Stay tuned for getting wet at EPCOT.

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