Disney announced the re-theming of Splash Mountain in 2020, but we haven’t heard a ton of updates since then.
So far, we know that the re-themed ride will feature characters from Princess and the Frog with a Mardi Gras finale and a storyline that takes place after the last scene in the movie. And we have BIG NEWS — we finally know what the re-themed ride will be named!
We were invited to attend the ESSENCE Festival of Culture 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where a panel gathered to discuss more details about the Princess and the Frog Splash Mountain re-theme. The panel was moderated by Victoria Uwumarogie, with panel members Charita Carter, Ted Robledo, and Stella Chase.
And guess what! The panel revealed the NEW name for the ride — Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! And that’s not all. They also announced that the ride will officially open in late 2024 in both Disneyland and Disney World! We don’t know yet when Splash Mountain will close for construction.
Walt Disney Imagineers have been traveling to Louisiana to give Tiana’s Bayou Adventure authenticity and inspiration from New Orleans, and Charita Carter, executive producer of relevancy activations at Walt Disney Imagineering, said, “In many ways, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a love letter to New Orleans.”
Disney has previously released concept art and shared that the new story of the ride will take place immediately after the final kiss between Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, with everyone heading out into the bayou for an adventure.
You can learn more about the plans for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure below!
We’ll be watching closely for more updates regarding the closure of Splash Mountain, but if you’re in the mood for a different boat ride in Magic Kingdom, you might want to check out Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Liberty Square Riverboat, and it’s a small world!
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