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Disney’s Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Deemed Unsafe for Small Children

A colorful illustration depicts a nighttime bayou scene with fireflies. A group of people in a log boat ride down the river, passing animated animals playing instruments on a dock. A woman stands on the riverbank, engaging passengers and ensuring they meet the Disney height requirement for the ride. Tiana's Bayou Adventure.
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Arriving soon at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort is Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a magical journey into the heart of New Orleans and the enchanting world of Princess Tiana. Next month, guests will be able to step into the vibrant bayou landscape, where the spirit of jazz and the magic of Disney come together to create an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages.

As guests embark on this exciting adventure, they will be immersed in the sights and sounds of the Louisiana Bayou, brought to life with the meticulous attention to detail that Disney Imagineers are renowned for. From the lush greenery to the playful critters that inhabit the swamp, every element of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is designed to transport you to a place of wonder and delight.

Related: Disney Announces Opening Date for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Animatronic

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As the star of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Tiana holds a special place in the hearts of fans around the world. At Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, you can interact with her in person, hear inspiring tales of her adventures, and perhaps even learn a thing or two about following your dreams with perseverance and grace.

With so many young children who idolize her, it is certain that fans will be flocking to the ride when it opens.

Fan Favorite Princess Bring Big Crowds

Princess Tiana has so many fans and is one of Disney’s most popular characters in the parks. With hundreds of little girls and boys lining up to meet her every day, it’s practically certain that the demand for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be high. However, as fans gear up for the exciting release up ahead, it is essential for families to note that this opening might unfortunately not be safe for their younger riders.

While the ride is totally safe for riders above 40 inches, those who fall below that mark will be restricted from riding the attraction. Regardless of what a big fan they are of Princess Tiana, the ride is truly not safe for small riders. The height restriction, which is shown on the ride’s website, is implemented due to the ride’s large 50-foot drop that happens at the end.

An enchanting nighttime scene of a whimsical village with a glowing waterfall, vibrant plants, and illuminated windows of cozy cottages nestled among trees in the Magic Kingdom.

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Any guest who rode Splash Mountain will know that this ride drop is no joke. For tiny bodies, it is a concern of Disney’s that they could slide between the restraints. The height requirement helps reduce the likelihood of such an issue.

What Little Guests Can Do Instead

While this news might be earth-shattering for all the young fans who are eager to experience this ride, there is an upside. The area surrounding Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will be fully themed after the movie as well, offering a different kind of theme park experience for fans.

Mama Odie Tiana's Bayou Adventure

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Even though they may be a bummer for some fans, ride height requirements are truly Disney’s way of showing they care about the safety of every guest who enters the theme parks. There are numerous rides at Disney that accept riders of all ages and sizes, which is great news for guests looking to keep their little ones entertained.

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. Absolutely brilliant Disney. You design a ride around a cartoon movie that small children CAN’T GO ON. The stupidity that Disney has been showing lately is beyond normal. Just another misstep in the “new” Disney

    • SweetCaroline74

      The height restriction is identical to Splash Mountain’s… it’s the same ride, different theme! They didn’t make the drop bigger.

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