My sources say that a flume ride is for sure in the programs of the DLP future..the question is only if a copy of TDL splash mountain will be built since it would be very expensive: DLs cost was of 80mil$, WDWs 100mil$ and TDLs 120mil$ being the most expensive due to the details on the ride both within the ride and outside on chicapin hill and due to the cost of re-designing the technology so to control (and virtually eliminate during the cold and snowy days of winter) the splash.
I rode all 3 splash mountains around the world and i must say that TDLs version is the best...the AA and the scenery are much more elaborate than at WDW. DL on the other hand uses mostly AA form "America sings" (except for the Brear rabbit, fox and bear figures) therefore limiting the movements of the other AA..but it lacks the scene by scene transition of WDW (in DL you often can see all the inside of the building whilst at WDW every scne is "closed").
TDLs Splash Mountain would be great for DLP but, since managment is very carefull on where they spend the money (but they do spend: toon circuses cost was more than 15mil$) -I just dont see them allowing a 120mil$ budget (and the other versions wouldn t do because of the splash).
We probably will see a more "kid friendly area" in DLP (probably toontown built in the walkway between discoveryland and Fantasyland)or the studios (Toon studios)since small childreen are the main target group for DLPs managment,a nd then a high profile thrill attraction, certainly in the studios, like Tower of Terror, before splash!
Its marketing guys; DLPs target group rotates between small childreen, families and teenagers, with repeat visitors belonging mainly to the 2 and third group they need to adress the children with lands for them (look at "le pays de conte de fee" or the whole Fantasyland..it s beautiful and huge). the teenagers have been content with the 3 roller coasters (BTM; Indy and space) and families are getting all the shows (Tarzan and mulan are incredible, Toon circus pack main street t the extrem).
Repeat visitors, and feench ones most of all, are getting the new studios theme park, geared mainly on their tastes (shows are loved by the french and the coaster will be a major draw for teenagers).
Therefore I suppose (unless the studios is such a big succses that money flaws in so much everything changes) we will again see something for the kids, right after we get some upgrades to the studios (ie: nothing new untill 2005 in DLP after the studios gets TOT, muppets, etc) and only then (IANs target for the 15th anniversary is correct) a flume ride!