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Working Splash Mountain Model

This AMAZING working 1/87th scale model of Disneyland's Splash Mountain was built by one of our readers. Matt Camisa began building it two years ago and it’s approximately 64% complete today.

There are 300+ hand painted guests. Matt expects to need 500 more by the time the model is completed.

The model is complete with 16 hand-sculpted and cast boats.

It’s even wired with lights for a nighttime atmosphere.

Let’s go go back in time to the early stages of the model-building process.

Check out that superb craftsmanship. Look at all those individual shingles.

And finally, watch the model in action. Look at the moving logs!


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Reader Comments (28)

INCREDIBLE! Just amazing. I love all the little details over every square inch.

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBAMBOO

Absolutely breathtaking!

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric


October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

I'm curious. Approx how many hours up to this point? Really great work, by the way.

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilliam stephenson

Wow! The detail is truly amazing!

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Very impressive!

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Cozart

WOW- that's all I can say!

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMouse Ears Mom


October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTMH

Do you plan on putting it in any public display, I would love to see it up close.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFabian

Mitch, thank you very much again for posting pics of my model. I would also like to say thanks to all of the people who have said nice things about it. All of this fame has gone to my head...I can't even get in the room where it resides anymore to continue to work on it! haha In response to a few of the posts: As far as how many hours have been spent on it I really couldn't say ...the mechanical side of the project which is shown in the end of the Youtube video is actually the second one that I did based on poor reliability and or poor engineering on my part! The first one actually had all of the flume built before I started over. That my friends chewed up a lot of time. As far as displaying it somewhere I would love to put it on permanent loan if it was in some sort of context that made sense.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermjcamisa

Is there a site or blog where we can follow the progress of this great project?

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I really wish I had talent. This is absolutely incredible!!!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess

By the way, I have a great tip for giving stones, rocks and that kind of things a rough texture. Use a toothbrush! It works even better if there's some clumps of clay on the hairs so you can make irregulair dents instead of only some small holes.
I hope you find this tip helpfull.

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

What great attention to detail. Awesome!

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Imbordino

hey guys, I decided to try and make a construction blog for the project.....I HOPE it can be found at twitter! @mjcamisa

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermjcamisa

That's a great model of Splash Mountain. The detail is awesome. Good job on this!

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKen Alegre

That is incredible! O.o

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertikiroomfan

Seems like it must have taken a team of people with different talents to creat this, not just one. Great, great job.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSallyStruthers

Beautiful! What a commitment! Is this going to include the interior of the ride as well (maybe in a cutaway exterior or something), or just the exterior? Regardless, that's fantastic. The best place for it, in my opinion, would be the Walt Disney Family Museum. When you approach the room to look at it there, there should be a spot where you catch your first glimpse of it through a replica of Tony Baxter's new window on Main Street. ;-)


November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

this is so cool! Ive always wanted to make models/ dioramas whats a good place to start? any kits for beginners you like?

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Hello Mr. Camisa! Amazing talent!! I just stumble across this post while doing some research for my12 year old son. This is exactly what he wants to do. All he does is build models with whatever he can find. Or, he will create 3D paper models. It's almost like an obsession. Can you offer any tips on how to help him with his passion. Materials to buy, classes??? Does he gear himself towards Architectural Design or Engineering? His dream is to be a Disney Imagineer:) I'm lost as to how to help him achieve his dream. I've put him in some art classes that he has loved. But there isn't a lot out there with 3D art and model building for a 12 year old. If you have the time or could send some links to check out. I would love it. You can even email me at
Thank you so much!!

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Fielding

It's great to relive the Splash project through Matts model and see my load unload building finish Architectural concept in 3D, instead of my drawings.

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRusty

Oh man, what a FANTASTIC job! The detail is so amazing - how you got everything captured so perfectly is beyond me. The log going around the flume is a real hoot! I look forward to seeing its completion. I'll forward this to some friends; I know they'll love it as much as I do!

Made my night!

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex George

Wow! That looks amazing!

This is so beautiful

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterD-Tekenaar

You´re an ARTIST!!! Beautiful.

November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Hi! Here is a regarding to recommend for 60th anniversary for Disneyland Park.
1. DINOSAUR (new ride for Tomorrowland) to replace Disneyland INNOVENTIONS and since Disneyland closed Innoventions in Tomorrowland attraction in Disneyland Park in California Anaheim and so DINOSAUR is best way to replacement from INNOVENTIONS to reopen the ride as exactlt same type scenes, rides that happened at Walt Disney World in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Florida was opened and so it is time for DINOSAUR ride to reopen to replace at INNOVENTIONS this year at Disneyland.

2. SPLASH MOUNTAIN is best to change to REPLACE bring back "THE COUNTRY BEARS SHOW" this year 2015 announce it to make permanently close SPLASH MOUNTAIN forever to make way for original THE COUNTRY BEARS SHOW to be replacing back to Critter Country into BEAR COUNTRY again in return at Disneyland Park.

Because I don't really like Splash Mountain at all, it was unsafety issue with no seatbelts, no safety bars and this log flume ride really bothers me and my a lot of my friends, and co-workers and my parents, and that's why we are sick and tired of Splash Mountain and we really wanted Splash Mountain to remove it and replace something like to bring THE COUNTRY BEARS Show in this time for new replacement for The Country Bears Jamboree show to new replacement from Splash Mountain!!!
So Splash Mountain is better way to be taken down forever!!! We're sick of Splash Mountain and so long time Country Bears show to replace Splash Mountain into make way for new return for the Country Bears show?


4. BRING BACK "CAPTAIN EO" at Disneyland Park at Tomorrowland Theater as best Magic Eye Theater with same 3D/4D glasses, best digital laser-cycle effects, wind effects and ride fun bouncing seats with floors movement with the best attraction original special effects version of Return of the CAPTAIN EO starring Michael Jackson as best musical numbers, dancing and space adventure and best attraction that I wanted Disneyland to bring CAPTAIN EO back at Disneyland and have remain Captain EO forever at Disneyland into the best longest attraction at all time the way it should be that I always love and support Captain EO. (Instead of as “Captain EO TRIBUTE”, just original title as “CAPTAIN EO”) (as still same special effects in 2010 version ride to restored without the word TRIBUTE but just CAPTAIN EO instead, right after sneak preview Tomorrowland film is done and permanently bring CAPTAIN EO and keep Captain EO into magic eye theater forever in Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park this year 2015 and forever always remain CAPTAIN EO forever!!!
Because I don't like other movies or sneak previews that I never accept to go BUT except Captain EO is the only part that I always attend at Disneyland the most than others.

These are all 3 ideas of best thoughts for regarding and inquiries for Disneyland Park in best new 60th anniversary to have this new celebrating to be inspire these?

Jeffrey Baek

+1 (949) 422-0750

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey Baek

Does it work with water?

January 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVitor M

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