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Imagineers seen testing Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Splash Mountain

by Tharin White

In a stoke of luck, we happened to be placed behind lead Walt Disney Imagineers on Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World, who appeared to be audio testing Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the attraction replacing Splash Mountain.

Walt Disney Imaginers testing Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Splash Mountain.

During the ride we noticed they appeared to be audio testing Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. While we could not hear what the riders were saying, we do know many of them to be Walt Disney Imagineers working on the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction, including one noticeable figure, Charita Carter, Executive Creative Producer for Relevancy Activations at Walt Disney Imagineering, who has been leading this project.

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Also in the boat is Ted Robledo, Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering. We believe this group also includes Carmen Smith, Senior Vice President Creative Development Content-Products & Inclusive Strategies at Walt Disney Imagineering.


Executive Imagineers testing Tiana's Bayou Adventure point towards possible changes for the upcoming attraction, which replaces Splash Mountain.

We believe this ride-through was to listen to new attraction audio as a group. Several of the riders were wearing headphones and there was a smartphone and an MP3 device they were connected to.


MP3 device being used to presumably test ride audio for upcoming Tiana's Bayou Adventure attraction.

This device (seen above) was used each time the Imagineering team went into a new scene of the attraction. As we know, the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure ride will have the same ride path layout as the current Splash Mountain. So we assumed the Imagineers were listening to the upcoming attraction audio in real time. That doesn’t necessarily mean the ride audio is final and the music is ready to go though. Since we can’t hear what’s playing, this is an assumption, but one we’re pretty confident about.


Smart phone with indistinguishable wording being used by Walt Disney Imagineering Executives while testing Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Unfortunately, we were not able to see with our eyes (or the camera) what the audio devices said. But we can confirm this group of Disney Executives and Imagineers were continually pointing at specific ride scenes, animatronics, and props.


Backstage docking area at Splash Mountain.

As we turned the final corner into the unload area, we were given this view of the docking zone for the Splash Mountain log flumes. The attraction had been down all morning with no water running, and we were stopped numerous times during our ride. At first we thought this could have all been due to ride issues, but we now wonder if the attraction opened late to let Walt Disney Imagineers do a walkthrough for further testing.


Learn more about this upcoming attraction, which will debut at Magic Kingdom park in Florida and Disneyland Park in California in 2024, in the link above.

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10 comments

BC January 22, 2023 - 9:38 pm

“Executive Creative Producer for Relevancy Activations” ???

This company must be incredibly profitable to afford such a thing

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Satoshi January 23, 2023 - 6:24 am

I honestly cannot see myself going to Disney all that much in the future. Between this and all the other poor decisions they’ve been making, I can’t see myself supporting these parks much longer. They’ve slowly been removing many of my favorite things about the parks. In this decade alone, we’ve lost The Great Movie Ride, the California Tower of Terror (though I hear Guardians is good), and now Splash Mountain. The ride track is staying, but the name is far less epic-sounding and memorable, imo. A little over ten years ago, they also threw out Magic Kingdom’s Snow White, which was another favorite of mine as a kid. I hear even a number of entertainment options have suffered, as well. As far as rides go, all they really have left that I care about at WDW are The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, Test Track, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Jungle Cruise, Rock N’ Rollercoaster, Everest, Space Mountain, and Dinosaur. I’m interested in Pandora, Galaxy’s Edge, Runaway Railway, TRON, and Cosmic Rewind, but I just can’t see myself going back there all that much after, say, one or two more trips just to try out those experiences.

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Wuffball January 23, 2023 - 12:31 pm

Can’t wait to see them ruin this redo, too.

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Man of truth January 23, 2023 - 1:29 pm

Didn’t FL file plans to have splash mountain made a historic landmark, in cordnenice with the new county laws? I mean disney did dig there own grave so if it passes its there own fault.

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Man of granmmar January 23, 2023 - 5:30 pm

Their* Not sure what grave they dug

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Yusef B January 23, 2023 - 6:55 pm

That’s hilarious. As-if any govt. entity could designate private property a “historical landmark” without the request or permission of the private owners. I hope you’re being sarcastic.

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F.S. January 24, 2023 - 2:15 am

@Man of truth

“Didn’t FL file plans to have splash mountain made a historic landmark…?”

No, of course not. That “Florida sues” nonsense was a fake story that originated from a satire news website. You really need to be more discerning of what you read on the internet.

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DISNEY LOVER January 24, 2023 - 8:53 am

It’s the same ride, they just changed the scenery. Everyone is saying they’re gonna stop going to Disney because they’re taking away all these old rides. Well they are probably older. Disney is about done with them. Disney is focusing there parks where the money is. And that’s today’s generation. With that said I don’t agree with some of Disney’s choices but if you are a business , and your job is to keep making money on something that’s been around for decades, then you will probably understand some of the changes they are making.

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Elizabeth January 24, 2023 - 11:12 am

There. Their. They’re. 3 different words, 3 different meanings, 3 different spellings.

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Mort January 25, 2023 - 2:11 am

Splash mountain is my fave ride BUT princess and the frog is my favourite movie. I can’t wait. Well done Disney for keeping with the times

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