Now that Disney World has officially closed Splash Mountain, some Disney fans are trying to capture the magic for as long as possible by selling water they claim is from a long ride.
On Sunday (January 22), the Orlando, Florida attraction had its last day of operation. The ride – which opened at Magic Kingdom in October 1992 – closed for good to make way for a new attraction called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure based on the 2009 animated film The princess and the Frog.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to launch in 2024.
Splash Mountain fans waited nearly four hours in line to enjoy the attraction for the last time on Sunday, while a petition to save Splash Mountain reached 99,062 of its target of 150,000 signatures. Some Disney aficionados took it a step further when multiple “Splash Mountain water” listings popped up on eBay this week.
A fan sold a 4-ounce jar of Splash Mountain water for $149.95 on January 24. Another person traded a Ziplock bag filled with water – and marked with the Splash Mountains final operation date of January 22, 2023 – for $25.
“Water from Disney’s Splash Mountain on 1/22/2023, last day of riding!” reads another auction listing for a water-filled mason jar that sells for $63.
One eBay user even made fun of all the Splash Mountain fans selling water from the site’s attractions when they listed a Splash Mountain bag filled with “tap water from my sink” for $25,000.
“This is obviously just for fun and to make fun of people who are actually selling ride water,” they wrote. “I’m a Disney fan, but come on, is the world so doomed that people buy water on the ride. Smh, if you really want that water, buy it. I’ll even do free shipping!”
In 2020, the Splash Mountain ride received a lot of criticism after Disney fans pointed out its “racist” connection to the 1946 movie Southern song. Southern song it is regarded as one of Disney’s most controversial films due to its stereotypical depictions of black people and its romantic portrayal of the antebellum South during the Reconstruction era.
The film has never been released on any home video format in the US and is not available for streaming on Disney+ due to its “outdated cultural depictions,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Splash Mountain features animated characters from the movie: Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear, as well as the most famous song from the movie, “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”. In June 2020 – following the Black Lives Matter protests – Disney announced it would be replacing the Splash Mountain ride with a coaster inspired by the 2009 ride The princess and the Frogand will no longer play the song “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” in their resorts.