• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.

Splash Fountain

Disney's Hollywood Studios is, among other things, about celebrating monumental films in the history of Hollywood. The Great Movie Ride pays hommage to such classics as Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones and more while all around the park we see homages to Hollywood stars and early pinnacles of modern film history. Tucked away near the Backlot Tour is a tribute to a film many guests didn't likely see and more unusual is the fact the film has no historical signifigance to Hollywood history and isn't even a major film for the stars of the film. So why is this fountain that pays hommage to the film Splash, in Disney's Hollywood Studios?

The fountain itself was made inside the Studios in the Walt Disney Studios Scenic Shop. The molds used to produce the mermaid and dolphins were originally created for ice sculptures seen in the Disney movie "Herbie Goes Bananas". This mermaid fountain was Darryl Hannah's character's gift to Tom Hanks' character in the movie "Splash". The sequel to the film, "Splash Too", was completely filmed at the then-new Disney-MGM Studios and was the first movie to be filmed at the Studios.

The fountain took a turn for the worse in 2004 when Hurricane Charley caused damage to the statue.  Specifically, the mermaid at the top of the statue was broken off, but Imagineers quickly repaired the statue and it remains on display today.

The fountain is of importance to the early history of the Studios and remains an homage not so much to a great film, but rather to the Studios for producing its first film.

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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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