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The Mountains of Magic Kingdom - 24 Facts & Secrets

16 - Splash Mountain almost took a completely different turn.

The original planned name for this attraction was actually “Zip-a-Dee River Run”.  So how did we end up with “Splash Mountain”?  Michel Eisner considered changing directions and wanted to promote “Splash”, the new (at that time) mermaid movie with Tom Hanks.  He came up with the name “Splash Mountain” as part of the concept for that direction.  The idea never took off, but the name stuck around!