The Princess and the Frog Splash Mountain retheme finally has a name and an opening timeline!
We’re officially “almost there!”
Today, The Princess and the Frog fans rejoiced after hearing the announcement that the long-awaited attraction will be opening in late 2024.
Disney first announced their plans for the project back in June 2020, and fans have patiently waited to hear more about this major change. This good news is a welcome treat for guests, who are both reluctant to let fan-favorite Splash Mountain go and excited to welcome a new ride to the parks.
But the news doesn’t stop here—let’s “dig a little deeper” to get all the juicy details!
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
The new name? Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. And we can’t wait to ride!
Described by Disney as “a love letter to New Orleans”, this attraction isn’t just about Tiana and her friends. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will honor not only the rich musical influence and stunning natural world of The Big Easy but also greater concepts such as Black joy and the power of community.
Today, Disney Parks shared footage from a recent research trip to New Orleans that Imagineers embarked on to gather a sense of the tone and style for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure:
Charita Carter, executive producer of relevancy activations at Walt Disney Imagineering said of the concept, “Guests are in for a true treat with local flavor when Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024. In many ways, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a love letter to New Orleans. Like the musical city that inspired this attraction, Tiana’s second act is about a community working in harmony to achieve something extraordinary. She reminds us of an immutable truth we can all relate to: ‘if you do your best each and every day, good things are sure to come your way.’ And that’s a melody we can all sing along to!”
Princess and the Frog Ride Theme
Guests are in for a true treat with local flavor when Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024.
But what’s the plot?
On this musical journey through the Lousiana bayou, guests will follow along with their favorite Princess and the Frog characters as they anticipate the annual Mardi Gras festivities!
Now we know why Tiana’s boat appears to be full of Mardis Gras decorations in the concept art (above) that was released in 2020!
As you brave the swamp, keep an eye out for brand new characters and original songs that honor the birthplace of jazz. Are you excited to see what sparks that pivotal moment when you mount the big hill? What kinds of Mardis Gras decor can we expect in the Laughing Place area? There are so many possibilities… now that’s a recipe for a great attraction!
A New Look for Tiana
Tiana is on an adventure here, and that calls for some pants. Disney just released new artwork to show off Tiana’s new look for her bayou adventure:
When Will the Splash Mountain Retheme Start?
Although Splash Mountain has been a fan-favorite for parkgoers for decades, we have faith that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a fitting replacement and soon-to-be Disney classic.
With many guests flooding the parks in recent years post-pandemic, many are holding onto their ride photos—knowing that they may be their last. Don’t worry, you’ll still get a splash with Tiana during that Mardis Gras celebration!
Disney has yet to confirm the closing date for Splash Mountain, although guests can assume that Splash Mountain’s swan song will occur within the next year and a half. Until then, everything is satisfactory!