Opening timeframe and name announced for the Princess and the Frog remake of Splash Mountain

Jul 01, 2022 in "Splash Mountain"

Tiana's Bayou Adventure coming to Walt Disney World
Posted: Friday July 1, 2022 11:49am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that the Princess and the Frog remake of Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain will open in late 2024 as "Tiana's Bayou Adventure."

Although we now have an approximate opening date and official name for The Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort Splash Mountain reimagining, Disney stopped short of announcing its closing date.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure will take Guests on a musical adventure inspired by the beloved story and characters from the fan-favorite film. Picking up where the film left off, Guests will join Princess Tiana, Naveen and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome. Along the way, Guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film as they are brought into the next chapter of Tiana's story.

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The project is being led by Charita Carter, who most recently worked on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. Splash Mountain creater Tony Baxter will serve as a creative adviser for the makeover.

Disney announced the project back in June 2020 and said at that time, "The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year."

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Haymarket20082 days ago

Dear lord, the project is happening. Whether you like it or not, it is a central focus of the upcoming D23 and there is no going back now.

The Mom2 days ago

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khlaylav2 days ago

To be honest, it might be smarter to close this thread until there's news. It's just a ton of talking in circles at this point.

disneyfireman2 days ago

I have an old military friend that works in Burbank. And has so since 1993….So that’s as far as I’ll go…..but make no mistake. There is major pushback to this re theme. It’s not just unpopular with Disney fans. But also white collar people with some power. Amd literally 99% of Disney parks employees. I guess I should have said Burbank. But some people don’t know that’s where Disney is headquartered. So i always say. Anaheim.

erasure fan12 days ago

The sad part is this would be right up Disney's alley. Only Disney would be dumb enough and arrogant enough to try and play this re-skin as something to compete with a whole new park. And at this point, it's a good possibility. Because at the pace that Disney does anything, the re-skin is about all they could have ready by the time Epic U opens.

BuzzedPotatoHead892 days ago

Just out of curiosity where are you hearing this from? Not doubting you per se just seems like an odd choice to start with given the needed work to the surrounding area thematically. Only reasons I can speculate of why they’d prioritize WDW over DL is: 1) TDO’s desire to dump/replace some of these AAs for more cost efficiency purposes which have less historical connection than the AS originals; 2) TDO feels the need to get a new attraction up soon by late summer/Fall 2024 coinciding with potential soft opening of EU.

LittleBuford2 days ago

Oh, I've no doubt they will, for the reason you indicate. I just happen to dislike it (along with most of Randy Newman's songs for Disney and Pixar, I have to say).

Midwest Elitist2 days ago

It's the closest to Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah they have from PatF, so I hope they do include it.

crazy4disney2 days ago

And the optics for removing it can be argued by some & many that its just as terrible… figured you were able to voice your opinion. I should be able to voice mine. But im not sure how either of our comments have anything to do with the actual ride beyond a delay?

LittleBuford2 days ago

Delays aren't all that surprising, but there is no conceivable way for Disney to cancel the retheme at this stage. The optics of such a move would be beyond terrible for the company.

disneyfireman2 days ago

So on a side note out of Anaheim rumour mill. The re theme may be a little longer off than planned. As May not even start at either park untill 24. If that’s the case. There is time to stop it all together. The more time goes by. The more time common sense may enter the fools head that came up with the idea to begin with. This is like the re theme no one ask for or wants.

LittleBuford2 days ago

Posted more than a year ago: Again, I admit to having stepped outside these boundaries on multiple occasions myself. Sometimes, my posts are deleted as a result. But we all know—because we have been told time and again—that we are not supposed to debate the whys and wherefores of the project. I suspect such off-topic (or topic-adjacent) discussion would be tolerated more if it didn't veer off into political debate, but that simply hasn't proved possible in this thread.

LittleBuford2 days ago

If this thread were about whether the ride should be rethemed, such posts would be appropriate. But it is instead a thread about the retheme itself. The project is happening, and that's the basis on which discussion is meant to proceed. I'm not sure if this analogy is helpful, but imagine how irrelevant it would be if multiple posters kept making a case for the preservation/return of Ellen's Energy Adventures in the Cosmic Rewind thread. At a certain point, we have to shift gears and accept the present reality.

the_rich2 days ago

Because it will invariably lead to another discussion about should it or shouldn't it. But you know that already. The moderators already said they don't want that. You're using them to give an opinion about the validity of the retheme.