The Disney fandom is still getting used to the news that Walt Disney World Resort’s Splash Mountain is now permanently closed. Don’t tell Disney, but there is a dose of Splash Mountain that still lives on at Magic Kingdom Park.
On Sunday, January 22, 2023, crowds filled Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland as Disney fans hurried in to experience the Song of the South (1946) attraction one last time. Disney made the controversial decision to strip the nostalgic log flume attraction from its theme due to its effort to provide an inclusive environment for all of its Guests.
Instead, Disney’s Splash Mountain will soon become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in late 2024. Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis the alligator, and other favorite characters from the Disney animated film, The Princess and the Frog (2009) will call the attraction home.
Disney wasted no time as construction walls quickly went up, and the Splash Mountain water was drained on Monday, January 23, 2023. But, while we await the highly-anticipated tour of the bayou with Princess Tiana, it seems like a dose of Br’er Rabbitt, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear’s “Laughin’ Place” lives on within the Disney Park.
Located near the former Splash Mountain exit, Guests will find the “Laughin’ Place” still lives on, welcoming little critters to its sweet yet simple playground. Before Disney took down Splash Mountain’s webpage, it described the Splash Mountain playground as follows:
“An Alternative for Little Critters: Located near the Splash Mountain exit, the Laughin’ Place is a cheery play area designed for children under 40 inches tall who are too small to ride the attraction. Children must be supervised during their visit to the Laughin’ Place.”
Families are currently still able to enjoy the Splash Mountain-inspired playground with images of Br’er Rabbitt close by. We do, however, expect this playground to be removed from its Splash Mountain theme. What we don’t know is if the playground will remain standing with a new The Princess and the Frog theme or if it will be scrapped altogether.
Missing the Splash Mountain? Disney fans can still enjoy a “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Day” at Disneyland Resort as Disneyland Park’s version of Splash Mountain is currently still welcoming Park Guests. Disneyland’s version of Splash Mountain will close and become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, but Disney has not scheduled a closing date for the attraction.
Hop on over and enjoy this sweet Laughin’ Place playground before it’s gone for good!