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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To Know

The grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World is June 28th with Disneyland’s version following later in the year. But what is this new ride and where has Splash Mountain gone? We’ve got ALL the information, photos, AND VIDEO for you about the musical thrill ride opening soon. 

Ride POV: First Look at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!

Get ready to visit the bayou. We’ve got your first nearly full POV video of the new attraction. Step in and prepare for spoilers: 

Did you watch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Tease

Imagineering has been sharing info and teases about the newTiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In the instagram post, grammy-winning musician PJ Morton takes a ride down the bayou to get his first look (and listen) of Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) singing “Special Spice,” the original song he wrote for the new attraction.

“I’ve always been inspired by the big songs of Disney,” PJ said. “I always felt like they were so well-written – timeless – so as a young songwriter I always said I want to write timeless things. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen this way.”

Tiana's Bayou Adventure finale scene

You can meet PJ and watch clips of his ride-through (plus behind-the-scenes video of Anika recording the song) in Episode 2 of “We Call It Imagineering.” We’ve got your shortcut to the preview below. Hit play and it will start at the right spot: 
 

Special Spice Song Download

The song, “Special Spice,” was written for the grand finale of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The song is now available on all streaming platforms. Here’s the Apple Music version.  

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And don’t miss our new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Food Guide:

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Brings A Taste of New Orleans to Walt Disney World!

How to Ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

When Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in Orlando, it will use a virtual queue. Guests can request to join via the My Disney Experience app at 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. Although Disney says a standby queue won’t be available when the ride opens, they expect standby to open “soon after” the opening date. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will also have a Genie+ Lightning Lane entrance.

Walt Disney World annual passholder previews will take place on June 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 20, and will also use a virtual queue. Passholders need to make a park reservation for Magic Kingdom on a preview date to be able to join the 7 a.m. virtual queue. They can make a reservation for any park on a preview day to be able to join the 1 p.m. virtual queue. Passholders don’t need to enter a theme park before they request to join a virtual queue.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Eligible Disney Vacation Club Members can also attend previews of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure on June 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. and June 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration opened on May 16 at 10 a.m. ET (pre-registration is required). 

To attend the previews, DVC members who are eligible for Membership Extras benefits must hold a qualifying Disney Resort reservation using their Membership. All guests on the resort reservation as of May 12, 2024, must have a valid theme park admission and reservation for Magic Kingdom (unless otherwise noted on your admission type).

One last way to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure before it’s official opening day is a D23 Gold Member event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on June 22. Tickets are $60 (+ $7 processing fee per ticket) and go on sale on May 16 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

During the exclusive event, D23 Gold Members and their guests can ride the attraction as many times as they want.

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D23 Gold Member Event Ticket Includes:

  • Entry to Magic Kingdom Park (for event hours only)
  • Light refreshments
  • Exclusive entry to D23 preview experience of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
  • One D23-exclusive Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Commemorative Pin
  • Live jazz performances

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to being the ride’s grand opening day in Orlando, it’s also the date when new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and “The Princess and the Frog”-inspired merchandise hits the shelves at the Emporium at Magic Kingdom. The merch will be available soon after at Critter Co-Op in Frontierland.

Tiana’s Famous Beignets covered with honey and powdered sugar will be available starting on June 28 (but for a limited time) at Golden Oak Outpost and The Friar’s Nook.

Walt Disney World beignets

Everything We Know About Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

We’ve been closely following along as Imagineers reveal more and more details about the all-new “Princess and the Frog” storyline taking over the classic Splash Mountain.

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The ride promises a musical adventure through a magical New Orleans bayou filled with musical critters. Let’s take a look at the story, characters, music, Imagineering process, concept art and details of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure… including some amazing images of the animatronics!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Attraction Poster

The Walt Disney World attraction poster contains many elements you’d expect to see in an attraction poster, such as characters, a view of the show building, and the star of the attraction front and center (in her work clothes instead of a princess gown).

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An Animatronic Extravaganza 

When Splash Mountain opened in July of 1989, it was filled with all sorts of limited movement animatronic figures, but the not-so-closely-held secret was that many of those figures were recycled from the 1974 America Sings attraction. Thankfully, rather than recycling the same 50-year-old animatronics for a third time, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure goes big with dozens of large-scale, highly functional human animatronics and loads of smaller-scale animated animal figures. 

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Tiana’s outfits reflect the adventure she’s on. 

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Our own Dusty Sage was able to visit Imagineering on April 2nd, 2024, and got to see some of the new figures (many of them moving and even reciting their dialogue). According to Dusty, they are slightly larger than real-life and have an incredible range of motion, facial expression, and character. 

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Dusty reported there are numerous Tiana figures scheduled for the Disneyland version of the ride, most of them completed and some of them being tested, but the Louis figures were also numbered (he counted at least 15 of them). And while we’ll clearly be seeing more of Tiana and Louis than any other characters in the ride (they are joining us on our adventure after all), there are other characters who will pop up as well. 

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Prince Naveen is dashing and playing a ukulele. His little brother Ralphie will be found playing the drums. 

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In addition to Tiana, Louis, Naveen, Ralphie, and Mama Odie… Tiana’s mother Eudora makes an appearance, as does Charlotte, her father, the king and queen of Maldonia, and other characters from the Princess and the Frog.  

If you’re worried the new ride won’t have as impressive a cast of characters as Splash Mountain, all those incredible human animatronics being added will be joined by loads of whimsical animals as well.

A Bayou Of Critters

Our entrepreneurial princess has invited us on a romp through the bayou in search of a “missing ingredient.” It seems that Princess Tiana planned a big Mardi Gras party, but thanks to a miscommunication between Prince Naveen and Louis the alligator, she finds herself without a band. And thus, we set out to find our missing ingredient… MUSIC… courtesy of adorable bayou critters!

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The first group of musical critters we meet are a six-piece Zydeco band that plays us onto our bayou adventure: Timoléon the otter, Rufus the turtle, Gritty the rabbit, Byhalia the beaver, Beau the opossum, and Apollo the raccoon.

You will find Beau, Apollo, and Rufus plushes once the attraction opens.

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Providing the music for the ride’s “grand finale” Mardi Gras party is a second group of critters specializing in Rara, a musical style originating from Haiti that is also part of New Orleans’ musical landscape. 

You’ll notice several of the animals are family members. Claude, Bernadette, and Sebastían are a family of Louisiana Black Bears, and Octavia and Pawpaw are a granddaughter-grandfather bobcat duo.

The final group of musical critters is a quartet of frogs who will bring Afro-Cuban music to the bayou.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Frogs

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The new critter characters were designed by Laura West, a lead concept designer with Walt Disney Imagineering. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Last Drop: Splash Mountain Gone But Not Forgotten

The popular Splash Mountain water flume ride, which entertained visitors at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, has taken its final plunge on both coasts. Walt Disney World’s version closed its doors on Jan. 23, 2023, while Disneyland bid farewell to the attraction months later on May 30th. As the closure approached, fans patiently endured extensive wait times of up to 4 hours, eager to experience the classic ride one last time.

Its replacement, “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” will open June 28, 2024, in Magic Kingdom, and the Disneyland version will follow later in 2024 (we’re hoping for early Fall).

Relive the final days of Splash Mountain, along with beautiful photos and video: 

A Photo Farewell to Splash Mountain

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Attraction Story          

Set in the world of Disney’s animated “The Princess and the Frog” film, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction will take guests on a journey that unfolds after the events of the original film. Following the success of Tiana’s Palace restaurant, Princess Tiana ventures into a new culinary endeavor called “Tiana’s Foods.”

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According to the story, Tiana has nestled her business within an old salt mine. This unique enterprise encompasses a multifaceted space that includes a boutique farm, a working kitchen, and an educational area aimed at teaching the art of cooking and gardening to visitors of all ages. Tiana and her dedicated colleagues at Tiana’s Foods also create delectable products, including their very own line of original hot sauces, adding a touch of spice to their culinary offerings.

Tiana's Foods Original Hot Sauce Label Logo

As guests make their way through the queue, a period radio program fills the airwaves with nostalgic music, occasionally interrupted by an urgent message from the radio host. Tiana is in need of assistance for tonight’s party, and those willing to help are encouraged to head over to Tiana’s Foods. The enticing scent of freshly prepared beignets, Tiana’s signature dish, wafts through the attraction’s queue, immersing guests in the culinary delights they are about to experience.

Tiana's Foods Brand Label Logo

Upon arriving at Tiana’s Foods, visitors are greeted by a vibrant display of artwork created by local artists, setting the stage for the grand finale—an extravagant Mardi Gras party. The entire facility buzzes with activity as preparations are underway, with plenty of Tiana’s famous beignets in sight. However, a mix-up in the party arrangements unfolds, and a vital ingredient goes missing… the music!

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First show scene in the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in which guests meet a new cast of characters. In this musical scene, Tiana welcomes you to the bayou as Louis plays his trumpet next to a band of critters playing zydeco music on found objects. All around, fireflies and water lilies light up the scene as frogs beckon you deeper into the story. 

Guests are invited to join the adventure and help locate the elusive item. But in this magical world, “ingredient” does not refer solely to food but rather to music, magic, and adventure.

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As depicted in this rendering, Mama Odie jokes with guests along their journey after a special display of her magic in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

The adventure reaches its climax as guests encounter the mystical Mama Odie, a bewitching force who alters the course of the voyage. Mama Odie serves as the catalyst of magic within the ride, showcasing her remarkable abilities before delightfully laughing alongside guests as they float by.

Throughout the attraction, guests are transported to an enchanting evening in the bayou, surrounded by the sights and sounds of its vibrant wildlife. Spanish moss gracefully drapes from trees, while aquatic grasses and weeds reach skyward. The canopies of cypress, oak, and magnolia trees create a captivating ambiance, complemented by cypress knees emerging from the water, lily pads adorning the surface, and a variety of bayou plant and animal life abound.

The journey is brought to life by a multitude of all-new Audio-Animatronics figures featuring native animals such as otters, rabbits, raccoons, beavers, opossums, and frogs. These resourceful critters ingeniously fashion musical instruments from their natural surroundings, forming a delightful part of the adventure’s musical backdrop.

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Unlike the film, Tiana gets to remain in her human form on the ride.

Mesmerizing lighting effects illuminate swarms of fireflies, which guide guests along their path with their ethereal glow. The fireflies lend an enchanting atmosphere to the journey, adding an extra touch of magic to the Bayou Adventure.

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After the thrilling drop, guests will find themselves in a jubilant Mardi Gras celebration at the conclusion of the ride.  

Princess Tiana herself, Disney Legend Anika Noni Rose, stated,

“It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us the Princess and The Frog Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To KnowThe Characters of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will feature a cast of animatronic characters, both new and familiar. Just like the trumpet-playing Louis the Alligator, the ride will come to life with the inclusion of numerous critters showcasing their musical talents. Alongside these fresh additions, visitors will also see well-known characters from “The Princess and the Frog,” including Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis the Alligator, Eudora, Charlotte, and “Big Daddy.”  They’ll also see the King and Queen of Maldonia, and Prince Ralphie, Naveen’s younger brother.

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Jenifer Lewis (Mama Odie) with Tiana

The voice actors from the original film will reprise their roles. Jenifer Lewis will once again lend her voice to Mama Odie, while Bruno Campos will bring back Prince Naveen. Michael-Leon Wooley’s deep and resonant tones will breathe life into the lovable Louis the Alligator. And Anika Noni Rose will reprise her role as the determined and talented Princess Tiana.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To KnowAt one point in the attraction, Princess Tiana will be showcased in a new adventure outfit, paying homage to the fashion trends of the 1920s. Adorned with knickers, boots, and a jacket, Tiana’s bayou ensemble captures the essence of the era. As the adventure unfolds, guests will observe Tiana in various outfits. Her final outfit is not her princess gown, but rather a Mardi Gras-inspired look. 

The Music of Princess and the Frog

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is as much about music as it is about visuals. A medley of tunes from the film “The Princess and the Frog” and new original music compositions will be part of the attraction. The Audio-Animatronics critters in the ride will embody the diverse sounds and cultures of the region.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To KnowGrammy Award-winning musician and New Orleans native PJ Morton has been entrusted with the task of writing, arranging, and producing an original song exclusively for the attraction. He hopes to leave guests with an earworm they’ll exit the attraction humming. PJ is also working on fresh arrangements of songs from “The Princess and the Frog” film, sometimes with new lyrics to better fit into the ride experience.

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PJ Morton at Preservation Hall in New Orleans

Joining PJ Morton in this musical endeavor is Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated musician Terence Blanchard (also hailing from New Orleans). Terence serves as the arranger, producer, and one of the performers for the attraction’s queue music. Terence is handpicking songs from “The Princess and the Frog” film to be included in the queue’s musical mix, as well as incorporating some iconic musical themes from New Orleans itself.

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An image from The Historic New Orleans Collection archives

Throughout the ride, guests will be immersed in the lively rhythms of Zydeco music, a distinctive fusion of rhythm and blues born in the heart of Louisiana. As the melodies fill the air, visitors will be transported to the soul-stirring sounds that have become an integral part of the region’s cultural fabric.

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The Princess and the Frog was released during the holiday season of 2009, that’s just long enough ago that some may not remember the catchy tunes. Listening to these, you can absolutely imagine a version of them in the attraction: 

 

Imagineering Research for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

To ensure an authentic experience, Walt Disney Imagineering embarked on a comprehensive research journey into the vibrant culture of New Orleans for the creation of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Years of meticulous exploration and research were devoted to exploring the city’s museums, restaurants, locations, and wild spaces, allowing the Disney team to gain a deep understanding of the region’s essence. 

The Imagineers share one of their Tiana’s Bayou Adventure research trips: 

One of the artistic influences on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure stems from a collaboration with local artist Sharika Mahdi, an alumna of Young Aspirations Young Artists (YAYA). Walt Disney Imagineering commissioned a series from Sharika featuring stunning artwork inspired by Tiana and her friends, a lively jazz club scene accompanied by a band of frogs, Mama Odie and her “seeing eye snake,” Juju, and a family scene. Elements from Sharika’s artwork have found their way into various scenes within the attraction, most notably the enchanting encounter with Mama Odie, the wise and whimsical guardian of the bayou, and a catalyst for the magic that unfolds on this journey.

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The first piece Sharika Mahdi created for the Imagineers features Tiana, Naveen, and a cast of characters both critter and human
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The 2nd piece in the Sharika Mahdi collection features a bayou jazz club of frogs
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Mama Odie and her “seeing eye snake,” Juju, is the third in the series from Sharika Mahdi
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Sharika Mahdi poses with the fourth and final piece in the series at YAYA Arts Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. In this abstract piece, Tiana and her mother, Eudora, sit on the couch. A portrait of Tiana’s father is on the couch with them. 

Leah Chase, the renowned “Queen of Creole Cuisine” and inspiration for the character Tiana, holds a special place in the hearts of the Imagineers. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, still owned by the Chase family, serves as a connection to New Orleans for the Imagineers and continues to play a role in the development of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Immersing guests in the authentic atmosphere of the era, the attraction queue features posters and signage inspired by newspaper clippings, advertisements, and other media sourced from The Historic New Orleans Collection archives. These carefully curated elements provide a glimpse into the vibrant past of the city and its diverse inhabitants during the 1920s and 30s, the era in which the story takes place.

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Artifacts like this food packaging label offer clues to the origins of the city’s inhabitants during the 1920s. 

Props throughout the attraction reflect the multitude of cultures that have shaped New Orleans’ identity over the years. Artifacts discovered during the research tour offer glimpses into the origins of the city’s inhabitants during the period of the story.

Food and music take center stage in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, as they are crucial elements of the Mardi Gras experience. Set and prop designs draw inspiration from the packaging of food products, culinary instruments, and musical influences encountered during the research phase.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum played a pivotal role in informing and inspiring several scenes and props within the attraction. Notably, Prince Naveen’s little brother, Ralphie, will be seen jamming along on a drum set inspired by a 1920s Leedy bass drum found in the museum’s collection.

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This radio is housed at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, and inspired a prop that guests will see in the attraction queue: a radio playing music and making an announcement that Tiana needs assistance for the party being thrown that evening.

To further honor the city’s vibrant spirit, an authentic radio can be found in the attraction queue, playing music and making announcements regarding Tiana’s need for assistance in preparing for the evening’s party.

At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans, a gathering of key creative minds involved in the attraction’s planning took place. Kenneth Moton, National Correspondent for ABC News, joined Stella Chase Reese, owner of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and daughter of Leah Chase, Carmen Smith, Creative Executive and Vice President of Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering, Charita Carter, Senior Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Marlon West, VFX Supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios. The group discussed the integration of New Orleans’ culture into the ride’s sound and visuals, the utilization of cutting-edge technology, and the profound impact of Tiana’s story over the past decade.

The creative team also took special care when fashioning Tiana’s hairstyle, creating a cut that emphasized the versatility of Black women’s hair:

Our efforts are a tribute to the beauty and dignity of all proud Black women who came before us. And to their great-granddaughters joining us on the journey today, we’re celebrating with you.

Here is a look at the concept art for Tiana:

The Imagineers behind Tiana’s Bayou Adventure are attempting to fuse the essence of New Orleans into every aspect of the attraction, from its visuals and smells to its captivating soundscapes. 

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A look inside a Mardi Gras parade float factory, Mardi Gras World – Dusty Sage
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A visit to New Orlean’s Preservation Hall is like a step back in time! – Dusty Sage

The Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Creative Team

There are hundreds of Imagineers and contractors working on the two Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attractions, but the top talent on the project are featured below. It’s rare for Disney to put their creatives front and center like this, so we do want to make a note of the crew you’ll be seeing much more of in the future. 

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Carmen Smith (Left) with Charita Carter (Right) at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Carmen Smith – Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Development Product/Content & Inclusive Strategies for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP). Carmen is leading the development of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. But she has a major role for all of DPEP where she leads a holistic, global approach to offering more inclusive products and experiences and expanding Disney’s reach, relevance and impact with guests and consumers worldwide. 

Charita Carter – Executive Creative Producer for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Charita is responsible for creating, collaborating on, and developing Disney Parks experiences, from blue-sky ideation through delivery. Under Charita’s oversight, the Scenic Illusion team has been awarded more than 20 patents for Disney. 

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Musician PJ Morton (center) with John Dennis (left) and Ted Robledo (right). Imagineering created a special painting of PJ to commemorate his involvement with the attraction. 

Ted Robledo – Executive Creative Director – Ted provides creative direction for various artistic and engineering disciplines as they bring stories and characters to life for guests at Disney parks worldwide. 

John Dennis – Executive Creative Director, Music. John is responsible for the visioning, creative development and production of music for Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships and more around the world.

PJ Morton – The Grammy-award-winning artist PJ Morton was appointed to help create an original theme song and produce and perform new arrangements of songs from “The Princess and the Frog” film within the new Tiana’s Bayou attraction. 

Terence Blanchard – Terence Blanchard is a seven-time Grammy Winner and twice Oscar-nominated film composer. He is one of jazz’s most esteemed trumpeters and is involved in a range of artistic pursuits. Terence is primarily responsible for the queue music in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Construction

Splash Mountain closed at Disneyland at the end of the day on May 30th, 2023. On its last day, it looked like this: 

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When construction is complete, it will look something like this: 

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Concept art of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure by day

Both version of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure are well under construction with nearly all elements of the old Splash Mountain removed and new Bayou elements added. On one of our recent Magic Kingdom visits, we caught a few glimpses of the external details during construction. Look at those lanterns hanging at the drop’s opening!

In June 2023, Imagineers installed the new signature water tower in front of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World. The tower is adorned with a crown, signifying Tiana’s royal status.  

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A previous image had been released for the tower which will appear in the queue to the attraction:
Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To KnowDisney shared the placing of the tower in a TikTok video:

@disneyparks The Disney Imagineers really got us in the feels with the details on Tiana’s water tower 🥹✨ #Disney #DisneyParks #Tiana #TianasBayouAdventure #BTS #DisneyWorld #MagicKingdom #Imagineering ♬ original sound – Disney Parks

WDW local, Lil Miss EPCOT, posted this amazing photo and video of the tower being trucked over to the Magic Kingdom completely uncovered. Disney loves a little drama 😉

Cast took a photo with the new tower early in the morning before park guests arrived:

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Disneyland’s version of the ride is a few months behind Walt Disney World’s schedule.

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Signage on the construction walls has many guests confused if an attraction is coming or a restaurant. 

Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To Know Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure POV Ride Video & Everything You NEED To KnowNew announcements are coming fast and furious as the attractions near their final phase. At Disneyland, the two previous Splash Mountain themed shops are getting a re-brand. The Briar Patch will become Ray’s Berets, keeping its live fern rooftop. 

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And the half of Pooh Corner nearest the exit to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will become the Critter Club, which shows how the Bayou and Critter Country themes will tie together. 

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The transformation of the mountains have already changed the landscape of Disneyland’s Critter Country and Magic Kingdom’s back corner of Frontierland. 

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With the Magic Kingdom’s attraction now testing ride vehicles, it won’t be long now until we are floating down the bayou for ourselves! 

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Let’s Hear From You

Are you ready to join Tiana, Louis the Alligator, and their friends down on the bayou? Did you make a special trip to ride Splash Mountain one last time? Did you watch our POV? What did you think? Let’s Hear from you!

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More Tiana/Princess and the Frog-related news

A Tiana-themed restaurant took over the old French Market in New Orleans Square at Disneyland: 

Now Open: Tiana’s Palace at Disneyland 👉 Full Details!

And a Tiana themed shop moved into the old dress shop location in New Orleans Square: 

NEW DISNEYLAND SHOP! Eudora’s Chic Boutique Opens in New Orleans Square

The latest Disneyland Project News & Rumors: 

UPDATED! Disneyland Resort Project & Rumor Tracker


Revisions: 

  • Published 6/25/20 and updated with additional images and quotes on 6/26/20 (DS)
  • Updated 8/23/21 with new concept art and story details (DS)
  • Updated 11/30/21 with refurbishment dates (DS)
  • Updated 6/2/22 with opening date (DS)
  • 7Updated 7/1/22 with attraction name and official details (NK)
  • Updated 12/02/22 with new concept art and story details (DS)
  • Updated 2/03/22 concept art and cooking theme details 
  • Updated 4/12/23 with Splash Mountain closing date, Mama Odie artwork, and new attraction details
  • Updated 6/1/23 with new story and design details
  • Updated 6/27/23 with images of the Water Tower being placed
  • Updated 2/13/24 with images of Tiana animatronic and WDW opening timeframe 
  • Updated 3/26/24 with images of new critters and story details, as well as new construction images and testing information
  • Updated 4/2/24 with images and details on the Rara critter band and Walt Disney World’s attraction poster
  • Updated 4/4/24 with animatronic photos and additional details from Dusty’s visit to Imagineering
  • Updated 4/14/24 with the Afro-Cuban frog musicians
  • Updated 5/12/24 with the Walt Disney World Opening Date
  • Updated 5/14/24 with Virtual Queue and Passholder/DVC/D23 Preview information
  • Updated 5/29/24 with first look at the grand finale scene
  • Updated 5/31/24 with teaser video of the final scene and music
  • Updated 6/1/24 with POV ride video
  • Updated 6/4/24 with link to the Foodie Guide
 

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