I know that when Splash was about to open people were getting WAY too wet, so they toned it down.
Over the years I have noticed that the final drop is really the drop that get's you the least wet. I'm sure you have all noticed the same. Also, being as I have ridden the ride MANY, MANY times I figured it would be okay to take my new video camera on the ride.
I have video taped on the ride in the past, never had any problems. But since I got a new camera and I had been getting great footage all weekend I wanted some new Splash footage as well.
The ride started out like any Splash ride. I was seating in row #4 behind my kids and wife. Down the first drop, a couple of splashes. 2nd drop, a little more. Down into the "Laughing Place" a little more and as always, the smallest drop on the ride got us more wet. But nothing major.
Heading up the lift for the final drop into the briar patch I set up the camera so I could get footage of the drop, but then get the camera down as to minimize wetness. I figured holding the camera against my chest would be the best defense.
The camera can stand a little moisture.
Good plan right? WRONG!!!
So down the hill we go. As soon as we enter the Briar patch, camera off and against my shirt. Through the drop and were okay. Then ... the turn. Turn to the right and BAM, a HUGE splash heading right for row #4 and my chest, right where my camera is.
I have NEVER gotten this wet on Splash Mountain before. I think the only ride I have EVER gotten this wet on would be Perilous Plunge at Knott's.
This is the result:
Has this happened to anybody else lately? Was this a fluke? We saw some other people getting off the ride just as soaked as I was.