PHOTOS, VIDEO: Brer Bear’s Tail Returns to Splash Mountain, More Fixed – A Maintenance Success Story

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Less than 2 weeks after WDWNT.com introduced the Weekly Walt Disney World Maintenance Report, we have a major success story to report.

Brer Bear’s tail has been missing from this scene at Splash Mountain since at least the early 2000’s. Just days after we started the weekly maintenance report post, it has returned!

Our story doesn’t end there. Most of the other maintenance issues we reported for Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom were also fixed this week. We’ll detail these in next week’s report on Wednesday.

The true heroes of our story are those who made this happen. Whoever within the Walt Disney Company made this happen should be commended for bringing this attraction back to its expected standard. Myself and every park guest have you, however many were involved, to thank for a beautiful looking ride that reminds us why we love the parks so much.

We also need to thank so many of you who supported the creation of the weekly report. We hope to bring you more stories like this on a regular basis.

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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factcheck

So you’re taking credit for this? You’re unbelievable.

TM
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TM

I’m so glad to hear this! One thing that wasn’t on your Fix-It Felix list was the bridge “drop” feature in Kilimanjaro Safaris. Is this broken or have they discontinued the effect because they no longer use the poacher storyline there?

Amanda
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Amanda

This worked last week. I don’t believe it does it every time though. Honestly not sure if it’s supposed to. But in May, sept and this past week it worked while we were there. Multiple times.

SJames
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SJames

Wow, this is fantastic! Gives one such hope that the company is truly listening to us loyal fans who care deeply about preserving the parks for posterity! Keep up the great work!

Paco Martinez
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Paco Martinez

Yayyyyy!!!!
Finally, so happy that this reports of maintenance are being fixed! Continue doing this, now we now they’re hearing you!

JimmyV
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JimmyV

I know I’ve ridden Splash several times in the last 15 years, and Beer Bear has been in this scene very time I rode it. You’re talking about Orlando, right? I don’t understand.

Shamu show standards
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Shamu show standards

I thought for sure the tale was on the black market with the hands of Buzzy!

Living with the land had multiple issues with animals in the rainforest scene and the farm scene.

In Spaceship Earth the paperboy is now turned away from guests and no longer moves. He has been like that for years. The space projection scene is so bright that you can see the safety railings and the triangles from the tiles

Robert Trujillo
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Robert Trujillo

First world problems

Ashley
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Ashley

Thank you so much for this! I’ve been going to WDW fairly regularly since I was literally a baby, and when I moved to FL of course I got an annual pass. I thought that I was losing my mind when I rode Splash Mountain the last few times I was there bc it seemed like everything was disjointed, and out of sync. I am really looking forward to my next visit to see the changes!

J C
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J C

The fact that these issues weren’t fixed until they were exposed in a fan blog shows the complete lack of operational leadership at the parks.

If Iger and his stooges had to ride the monorail to work everyday, how long do you think it would take to replace them??

Nate
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Nate

Congratulations WDWNT! It’s unfortunate it takes social media embarrassment to invoke action but in the end, good is being done and coming from it. Can’t wait to see the weekly report!

Crista
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Crista

Wow! Good work! That’s great! When you pay so much to see these attractions, it’s nice to have them in full working order. I have no doubt it’s due to the article. People do it all the time on their local news. They take a story to the nightly news, and lo and behold, resolution. Power of the press! And yes, it is a first world problem for sure. I am very thankful to be where I am.

Linda
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Linda

Thanks for keeping us updated on the repairs. I really think it’s such a great idea to keep the list in the public eye and hope that the WDW management stays on top of getting the repairs done on a timely basis. Ignore the people who leave nasty comments Tom, know that most of us really do appreciate the effort that you put into keeping us updated on all things Disney.

Tom Thankless
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Tom Thankless

Tom, don’t worry about or respond to the negative comments on this. This was a great idea and you doing great work. If management cant get a grip on it, its got to start somewhere.

Melanie B.
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Melanie B.

Very cool! Did they fix the water effects in the Laughing Place segment as well? Would love to see the jumping water doing its thing again!

Can’t stop thinking about the 400 ponytail holders at the summit of Everest as well, hopefully someone sweeps them up. I would volunteer if I lived closer LOL!!!

Scott Towell
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Scott Towell

Congratulation, Tom! Personally, I love the “Maintenance” posts. No issue can be addressed if it’s un-known or un-appreciated. Good work!

Josh
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Josh

Was it gone because it looked like a dingleberry or, worse, his manly bits? Cause that’s what it looks like.