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‘Vandalism’ at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

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Work has well been underway for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at both Disneyland Park in Anaheim and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. It is still expected to meet the 2024 timeline at each Disney theme park.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

The reimagined Splash Mountain ride will maintain most of the track layout from the original attraction but will change its storyline, audio-animatronics, and overall theme. Gone will be any and all references to Song of the South, including Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear.

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In their place will be Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Prince Naveen, the jazz-loving alligator Louis, and several other characters either featured in The Princess and the Frog or inspired by the film. In addition, many of the voice actors from The Princess and the Frog will be returning, including Jenifer Lewis and Bruno Campos.

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The former Splash Mountain has also seen the tree stump removed from the peak, the addition of a Tiana’s Foods water tower, and a retheming of the ride queue as well. Instead of a journey going up the mountain with Brer Rabbit on his adventure, you will be joining Princess Tiana through a salt mine as she prepares for a special Mardis Gras celebration.

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Paint at the Queue

Captured by users on social media appears to be a mural of some sort painted on the yellow barn featured in the ride’s queue. Although it looks like from this image that it doesn’t fit the style or theme of The Princess and the Frog, other Disney news outlets have confirmed it is a purposeful, vibrant mural.

The “yellow barn” is the building that was the former queue entrance to Splash Mountain. It’s unclear exactly what the finished mural will look like, but one must imagine it will be reminiscent of something you may see in 1920s New Orleans. Closer images show many faces of people and even musical notes.

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Of course, we will ALL get to see what the final version of the ride and queue will look like. Presumably, the day the new attraction opens will be big for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort fans (although it is scheduled to open on a different day at each Disney Park).

 

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)