- “Yay-hey! We found the shortest way to Rainbow River!”
Role in the series
Rainbow River first appeared in the episode "Surfin' Turf" While going down the Blue River Jake and his crew accompanied by Marina needed to find a short cut to catch up to Captain Hook and Mr. Smee who've stolen Izzy's surfboard. The young pirates go down the Blue River in order to reach Rainbow River, when they spot Hook and Smee fleeing down the Red River into the Rainbow River from Tick-Tock the Crocodile. However, the villainous duo gets caught in Rainbow Falls current but quickly grab onto some low hanging vines leaving Izzy's surfboard to the falls. Jake and his crew along with Marina soon arrive. Jake and Marina quickly swim up to the board before it goes down the falls and just before they do Izzy throws her pixie dust onto the surfboard allowing Jake and Marina to fly through the sky on it. After the ride, Jake and his crew drop Marina off back at Mermaid Lagoon and continue surfing. While they're surfing, Hook frees himself from the vine only to be chased away by the crocodile.
Rainbow River is featured in the storybook adaptation of Surfin' Turf based on the episode of the same name,When Marina giving Izzy surfing lessons only when Captain Hook steals Jake's surfboard, Jake and the crew rush to retrieve the board before it goes over Rainbow Falls and becomes a pile of splintered wood.
In the Disney Junior book Mama Hook Knows Best: A Pirate Parent's Favorite Fables,one of the stories Mama Hook reminisces about her son and Mr. Smee carrying a large plunder of treasure at Rainbow River.