I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t ride Splash Mountain nearly enough. I could blame it on the camera equipment—and that would be mostly true—but really it comes down to the fact that I enjoy simply being at Disneyland enough that riding anything is supplemental. Most of my time is spent observing my surroundings and how people interact with them.CONTINUE READING
For some, Splash Mountain is the highlight of a hot summer, providing a sweet respite from the heat. As much as I enjoy the ride, my favorite thing about this mountain is the way it glows at sunset. The peak itself almost seems ablaze. Beneath the cool cast trees of Critter Country it is truly a sight to behold.
Leaving Critter Country one day I noticed that the perilous plunge (no Knott’s Berry Farm reference intended) of Splash Mountain was filling up with steam between logs. Each log full of screaming riders would cause the steam to disappear with a rush of air and a splash. Within moments the steam would almost completely conceal the water flowing behind it. I was quite intrigued by this phenomenon and perhaps it’s not as rare of an occurrence as it seemed to me to be. I stood there for quite a while waiting for a moment like this all the same.
Critter Country is one of those areas at Disneyland that can be a really peaceful escape from the crowds. I took this picture late one night while Splash Mountain was still closed, which left a wonderful tranquil feeling to the glow on Brer Rabbit. It was one of those Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah kind of nights. Of course, now that Splash Mountain is open again from its long refurbishment, there’s a whole lot more reason to take a trip to Critter Country. And rumor has it, it’s wetter than ever!