Drinking Disney's Splash Mountain Water Could Be Dangerous

Just last month, Disney World's famed Splash Mountain ride went on its last adventure. Not all hope is lost, though, as the ride is being reimagined as Tiana's Bayou Adventure, per NPR. According to D Is For Disney, Tiana is the name of the main character in "The Princess and The Frog," where she portrays Disney's first Black princess. So why the switch? Turns out, it's contributed to a Change.org petition that deemed the original ride "problematic" as it was based on the 1946 film "Song of the South," USA Today explains. The NAACP called the movie "an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts."

And now, because the internet is, in fact, the internet — folks who showed up on Splash Mountain's final day have bottled and bagged some of its water to sell online, per The New York Times. Although a keepsake may be one thing, the trend took a different turn when TikTok users started drinking Splash Mountain water. Because the park can be expensive, there are some things you should never eat at Disney World, and the Splash Mountain water is one of them — albeit for a different reason.

Contaminated water causes a myriad of problems

If this comes as a surprise to you, it probably shouldn't. Since water from Splash Mountain has found its way to eBay, TikTok users have filmed and posted videos of them drinking water straight from the ride. In fact, one user didn't even wait, scooping out their own water and gulping it whilst on the raft. Those who commented on the video were disgusted at the action. One comment read, "I actually gagged," while another user wrote, "Dudes gonna be throwing up for days."

A Disney World employee, @sthooch, revealed to TikTok the things that have been dumped in the water over the years, giving all the more incentive not to drink it. "Coffee, spit, hydraulic fluid ... most likely bird poop," he revealed. "It's safe to the point that it's chemically treated, that it's not gonna hurt you on the ride [if] you get splashed, and a few drops get in your mouth," he said, going on to say it probably doesn't taste good, and you could get sick if someone drinks it straight up.

If you're unsure of the water filtration status, the World Health Organization warns that you should never drink contaminated water. Potential diseases such as cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid, and polio could occur. If buying the water as a souvenir makes you happy, to each your own. We do recommend, however, not to dump it in your mouth.