You’ll recognize this scene as one early on in the show building of the attraction, establishing Br’er Rabbit’s need for excitement and adventure. You come across two younger bunnies looking out from their country home to the fields. “Look yonder! There goes Br’er Rabbit,” says the rabbit on the steps. The scene then pans over to a distant hill, where the silhouette of Br’er Rabbit chased by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear appears via projection. You then pass by the other young rabbit, who follows up by saying, “…being chased by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear.”
This effect has been missing for quite some time now, making the dialogue somewhat confusing given that there was a key element gone from the scene. Now, the effect has not only been restored, but it’s in crisp HD, with the characters running across the hill at full speed. You can watch the effect in the tweet embedded above.
To see what the broken effect looked like up until now, you can check out one of our latest Magic Kingdom livestreams. Below is a video with the exact time code where the scene starts:
So despite the imminent loss of the attraction, it seems Walt Disney World continues to boost the ride’s popularity through spontaneous merchandise releases and now, increased maintenance, ensuring that everything stays “Satisfactual” through to the bitter end.
Are you looking forward to taking a few more rides on Splash Mountain, especially given the newly restored effects? Let us know in the comments!