We have all the details on a new scene and new characters in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure log flume ride when it opens in 2024. We also now have a closing date for one of the two Splash Mountain rides being replaced.
Based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “The Princess and the Frog”, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take guests to Louisiana along with Princess Tiana and Louis the alligator during carnival season, as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans.
The scene above starts as soon as you drop into the Bayou. You’ll likely first notice many blinking lights up in the trees. Of course, if you’ve seen “The Princess and the Frog”, you’ll know these lights are actually fireflies. You’ll also hear the sounds of zydeco music (a special blend of rhythm and blues that started in Louisiana). Then you’ll float by Louis, who will tells you where the music is coming from, then you’ll see for yourself as you come upon Princess Tiana in her new explorer outfit, and the source of the melody, a group of (animatronic) critters singing and playing with instruments made from things they found in the forest. They are:
Jazzy Forest Friends in New Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Scene
“Like so many musical genres, zydeco brings together the sounds and styles of many cultures,” said Disney Imagineer Carmen Smith. “We wanted that spirit reflected in this scene, and throughout the attraction, so that all our guests feel welcome to join in the celebration. It’s emblematic of what we’re always striving for with our attractions – bringing people of different backgrounds together through timeless Disney stories. This new musical adventure provides us with a song sheet to write that concept into reality.” We’re told these critter friends of Tiana also play a bigger role in the attraction.
Here are some more in-story details we learned about the ride:
• The Tiara on top of the water tower outside the ride was placed there in 1927.
• The name of Tiana’s company is Tiana’s Foods, and it’s an employee-owned business. The employees all wear aprons with the Tiana’s Foods logo on them.
• The “mountain” is an old salt mine and dome. Salt domes form when salt gets into overlying rocks, pushing upwards into overlying sediments. The Imagineers based it off the Avery Island Salt Mine in Louisiana, which closed earlier this year.
Of course, to make way for the new attraction at Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Splash Mountain must close. Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom will be closed starting Jan. 23, 2023. The closing date for Splash Mountain at Disneyland will be shared at a later date. The new ride is expected to keep the same ride path and drops that Splash Mountain has.
For even more about the new ride, watch the below presentation from Disney’s D23 Expo, as well our video of the full exterior model.