By now, it’s old news that Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain ride has closed down to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
During a recent D23 Expo event, the Walt Disney Company announced that due to Splash Mountain’s offensive source material combined with the popularity of the Princess and the Frog (2009) film, the classic attraction would be dismantled and a new ride would take its place.
Guests and fans alike had incredibly mixed reactions; many fans were ecstatic to hear that a new ride themed after the Princess and the Frog would come to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World.
However, the other half of the fans were devastated to see the Splash Mountain attraction go.
In Disneyland Park’s Critter Country, Splash Mountain is still running, but it’s running on borrowed time. It was recently revealed that the classic ride will close at the end of the month on May 31.
Over in Walt Disney World, however, Splash Mountain has been closed for months, and Walt Disney Imagineering has already begun dismantling the attraction.
A few days ago, on May 1, some photos were taken, revealing the process.
Bayou Adventure construction (May 1 2023) – Photo credit: DCBaker. Painting of the right side of the mountain is starting. The splashdown area is also nearing completion. pic.twitter.com/GgEzTNWzbI
— WDWDreamfinder (@WDWDreamfinder) May 1, 2023
In these photos, we can see that the iconic mountain is being repainted to fit a bayou theme instead of a briar patch. Not only that, but the ‘splashdown’ area is also nearly done.
In some newer photos taken on May 7, we can see that even more progress has been made on the ride track.
The rockwork after Drop 4 appears to have been completed. Note the cutout for ride system sensors. pic.twitter.com/ct8mQmtLJ5
— WDWDreamfinder (@WDWDreamfinder) May 7, 2023
Stay tuned to Disney Dining for more progress updates on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.