Disney reveals key storyline and Audio-Animatronic musical critters to appear in Tiana's Bayou Adventure

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Posted: Tuesday March 26, 2024 10:11am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Imagineering Executive creative director of Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Ted Robledo, has shared an inside look at a key story element and the new musical critters that will be part of Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

In the bayou, Princess Tiana is getting ready to throw a big party, but there's been a bit of a mix-up between Prince Naveen and Louis, and the princess suddenly finds herself in need of a band. A true Mardi Gras celebration isn't complete without music. Riders will follow Tiana and Louis into the bayou in a last-minute search for this essential missing ingredient for her party — musical critters!

In the first critter encounter, guests discover a group of critter musicians playing a rendition of "Gonna Take You There" from "The Princess and the Frog."

Ted says, "This raucous Zydeco musical recipe of fiddle, accordion, washboard, and other instrument voices will have you singing along as you float down the river under dancing fireflies."

The familiar melody is being played on charming makeshift instruments constructed from natural materials and some human-made found objects.

Here are some of the adorable musicians that bring the scene to life:

Byhalia the Beaver – Byhalia doesn't just build dams; she helps build musical instruments using natural materials from the bayou. As a strong-willed percussionist, it's safe to say Byhalia is the heartbeat of the band, as well as a natural designer and engineer.

Gritty the Rabbit – Always willing to dig a little deeper to help others, Gritty plays the washboard (a found automobile license plate) with a high-energy flair. It's the perfect instrument for someone who's often overzealous and digs to relieve her nerves.

Beau the Opossum – Seeing limitless possibilities, no one finds more wonder in the bayou and the sounds of zydeco music than Beau. All she knows is beauty, especially her own. You can find her plucking out the low notes with her upright gourd bass, which of course, involves some musical dexterity with her tail.

Apollo the Raccoon – Apollo loves transforming abandoned objects into works of musical art – like his squeezebox. He's full of energy and storytelling, especially about the objects he finds in the bayou. He's particularly close with Rufus and appreciates Rufus' calm demeanor.

Rufus the Turtle – Rufus may be a turtle, but he's quick to jump into rhythm with his harmonica. He's also the first to join in on new adventures! He's genuine and sincere but may come across as a little sarcastic at times with his habitual sighing. Rufus loves going on adventures with Apollo.

Timoléon the Otter – He's the eldest of the band, but Timoléon's fiddle-playing is inspired by all the 'kids' he spends his time around while in the bayou. When he's not sawing out a jig, he's famous for telling stories of days long ago about his explorations of every corner of the bayou.

Beau, Apollo and Rufus will also soon be available in the form of huggable plushies for you to take home.

Watch the video below to see behind the scenes at Imagineering as the characters are designed. 

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donaldtoo16 minutes ago

Yea, the “Disney ‘splaining” will be annoying if kept. It’s not like the majority (;)) of us great unwashed masses are gonna’ get to the end of the attraction and go “duhhh…?! 🥴“

DisneyDodo22 minutes ago

Yes, 7DMT does have slightly lower capacity than Tron, but I think that actually works against it from an ILL perspective, since it means Disney can sell fewer ILL passes for 7DMT than it can for Tron. I’m actually surprised Disney hasn’t moved Tron off VQ by now simply for the proposes of assessing its true ILL demand before TBA opens. That’s actually making me second-guess my assumption that MK won’t have multiple VQs and/or 3 ILLs.

donaldtoo43 minutes ago

Surferboy5674 hours ago

Pokémon land CONFIRMED.

donaldtoo5 hours ago

aladdin20075 hours ago

Do they still have the monorail cards? I got one several years ago but haven't seen them since.

Centauri Space Station5 hours ago

Disney has plenty of cards they do, from transportation cards to Space 220.

ToTBellHop7 hours ago

I don’t know that it would increase sales much, but satisfaction? Sure. If a family with little kids gets that, they’ll think Genie was worth it. They won’t care if all they get the rest of the day is Pooh and PhilharMagic. It will also free up capacity for Peter Pan Lightning Lanes since that’s a similar crowd and has very low capacity.

UNCgolf7 hours ago

My guess is that 7DMT will have higher demand than TRON once the VQ is removed for a variety of reasons -- the two main being that 7DMT has a lower hourly capacity (I think, not 100% sure on this) and it has a larger rider base (i.e. there are more people who interested in riding 7DMT than TRON). TRON is much newer, though, so it's possible they leave it on ILL and hope 7DMT moving to Genie+ increases Genie+ sales.

TheCoasterNerd9 hours ago

Well that would explain it lol

McMickeyWorld9 hours ago

I hadn't finished watching it xddddddd

TheCoasterNerd9 hours ago

I'm not saying the cards. I think they're neat. Although I wish I could get some lol. I'm talking about the end - "the opening date will be-"

DisneyDodo9 hours ago

I assumed that Tron ILL generates more profit than does 7DMT, but it’s possible I was wrong about that, in which case I can definitely see them keeping 7DMT ILL and moving Tron to G+. My main point was that I am guessing they will go with 2 ILLs rather than 3 because I imagine Disney would not generate as much revenue from the 3rd ILL as they would from the increase in demand and capacity for G+ if it moves there.