As you can see in the new image above, the story of the reimagined attraction will take place after the final kiss, as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure — hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration, featuring original music inspired by songs from the animated film. Tiana will lead the way on this journey, and guests will be able to encounter friends old and new along the way as well.
As part of this reveal, a gathering was recently held at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans — founder Leah Chase was one of the inspirations for Princess Tiana — to talk about Tiana’s impact and the creative process behind the retheme.
The roundtable consisted of Kenneth Moton, national correspondent for ABC News; 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. You can watch the conversation in the video below:
An early source of inspiration for the retheme also came from Sharika Mahdi — visual artist, art educator, and alumna of the Young Aspirations Young Artists (YAYA) Arts Center in New Orleans — who was commissioned to create a series of four original paintings to inspire Imagineers, and one of these was shared today.
To celebrate these new developments on the retheme, Disney has announced a $50,000 donation to the New Orleans center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional, pre-professional arts training center offering instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, classics instrumental music, jazz instrumental music, classical vocal music, drama, musical theatre, theatre design, visual arts and creative writing.
What do you think of these updates for the reimagining of Splash Mountain to “The Princess and the Frog”? Are you excited to see what comes next? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.