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Disney Announces Closure of Critter Country; More ‘Princess and the Frog’ Replacements on the Way

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More significant changes are arriving at Critter Country, and fans have mixed feelings about the situation.

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Disneyland Resort has just unveiled plans for the introduction of two charming new shops, drawing inspiration from the beloved film The Princess and the Frog (2009), soon to grace the quaint streets of Critter Country within Disneyland Park.

These delightful establishments, named Ray’s Berets and Louis’ Critter Club, promise to immerse guests in the enchanting world of Princess Tiana and her friends.

This change seems to be Disney’s way of further immersing the story of Princess and the Frog into Critter Country. However, the sad news is that as part of this exciting development, Critter Country is set to undergo a temporary closure commencing on May 1.

Related: Is Disney’s Critter Country Becoming Obsolete? Fans Fear the Area Is Dwindling Away

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Beloved Disney Park Area to Close

This temporary park area closure marks the beginning of a new chapter for this whimsical corner of the park and the end of an old one. The addition of Ray’s Berets and Louis’ Critter Club not only adds to the allure of Critter Country but also pays homage to the timeless tale of friendship and adventure portrayed in The Princess and the Frog.

Guests can look forward to exploring these new retail destinations, each offering a unique selection of merchandise that captures the spirit of the film and the charm of Critter Country. However, not all guests will feel so excited about these changes. Critter Country is sacred to many fans, and this change will not be welcomed by all.

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According to Disney,

“Ray’s Berets (currently The Briar Patch), will be the best place for guests to shop for headwear, apparel, accessories, toys and more with firefly Raymond and his firefly kin in the coziest cabin in Critter Country. 

Louis’ Critter Club (currently the left-hand side of Pooh Corner) where the friends of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure call this local hot spot their home away from home. Louis’ Critter Club is the place to go for apparel, accessories, home decor and more featuring some of your favorite critters and Princess Tiana! “

What Will This Closure Look Like

As of now, many details about the specific nature of this closure remain up in the air. All we know is that the temporary closure will begin on May 1, 2024, and the entire land will likely reopen alongside the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

The closure of Critter Country may signify a brief pause in the usual hustle and bustle of this beloved area, but it heralds a fresh beginning filled with anticipation for the grand unveiling of these exciting new establishments.

louis, the trumpet-playing alligator from "The Princess and the Frog"

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Disneyland Park continues to enchant visitors with innovative additions that blend seamlessly with its existing attractions, ensuring that every visit is filled with delightful surprises and memorable experiences.

With the temporary closure of Critter Country, guests are encouraged to stay tuned for further updates and announcements regarding this eagerly awaited transformation, which is sure to bring a touch of magic to all who venture into this enchanting realm.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

2 comments

  1. I am getting sick and DAMN! mad at these changes. Just close the whole Damn Park. Domastic trerrorists taking over Walts World. After 60 years, I think I am about ready to quit going. When a Rabbit and a Bear are considered racists, I’m DONE!!!!

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