First Detailed Look Inside Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World

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'We Call It Imagineering' Tiana's Bayou Adventure sneak peek
Posted: Wednesday May 29, 2024 7:38pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The latest installment of Disney's 'We Call It Imagineering' YouTube series takes us behind the scenes of how music is created for attractions and entertainment and includes the first detailed look inside Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

These first glimpses inside Tiana's Bayou Adventure confirm the mixed use of Audio-Animatronics, detailed physical sets, and projections.

The ride's story marks a new chapter for Tiana as she grows her business and as a thank you to her community for their support, she's throwing a party during Mardi Gras season. When it turns out there's been a mix up in the preparations and she's missing a band, Tiana invites us on a journey through the bayou discovering both friends familiar and anew for this last ingredient – musical critters!

After the thrilling drop, you'll soon approach Tiana and friends at her mansion, where Louis conducts a jazz band filled with all the critters we met on our journey. They play "Special Spice" along with Prince Naveen playing his ukulele and Prince Ralphie the drums. We've discovered the "Special Spice" making this joyful, one-of-a-kind celebration complete is in fact YOU. The melody continues as we approach Mama Odie, who acknowledges that this party wouldn't be what it is without you.

The sneak peek video from Imagineering, which you can watch below, shows the ride's loading area, show scenes, animatronics, the finale scene, and a listen to the all-new original song "Special Spice," composed for the ride by PJ Morton with vocals by Anika Noni Rose, the original voice of Princess Tiana.

Disney has announced preview opportunities for Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom, which will run from June 2 through June 26, 2024, for various groups, including Cast Members, DVC members, media, Club 33 members, and Annual Passholders. The official opening for all guests is set for June 28, 2024.

Watch another short video below from Walt Disney Imagineering that shows more views of the ride during composer PJ Morton's visit.

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FettFan1 minute ago

Test Track also opened, what, an entire year after its initial opening date. But then again, it was a brand new system that Disney designed from scratch. The computers onboard each car would hiccup and not know where the others were, which led to two of them colliding They also used off-the-shelf tires, but something about the rubber composition did not work with the stresses the ride placed on them, which led to them bursting after prolonged use…Disney contracted Goodyear to make specialized tires for them. Again though this is all moot, when you consider that TBA was an established ride system that was untouched. (As far as I can tell, although it does look like the old camel hump during the drop into the laughin’ place isn’t there anymore in every video I’ve seen. Can anyone confirm?)

SilentWindODoom4 minutes ago

You can stay home. Those that have the opposite opinion can go and enjoy and do this fun little thing that you felt the need to reply to twice. No problem.

peter114355 minutes ago

Test Track

FettFan15 minutes ago


EagleScout6101 hour ago

Whoops my bad. I misread that.

LittleBuford2 hours ago

He happens to really like this attraction and wants to celebrate it. That’s absolutely his right.

Kirby862 hours ago

I get it but the question asked rethemed or new.

MickeyLuv'r2 hours ago

Re-read the question. The questions was, "whether it was new or a re-theme." Test Track had a lot of down time. Hagrid's and Rise are the big ones that come to my mind as well. I think Mission:Space also had some downtime. Some of that though was due to people getting sick on it, I think. It was a while ago, so I might not be correct on this point, but I think it took WDW a little while to realize they needed to provide barf bags. Gringott's also initially had some problems, but I think they were resolved fairly quickly. I'm not sure. I recall waiting in a non-moving line back when it was new.

Smiley/OCD2 hours ago

Whoa! You gotta be ABSOLUTELY clear…the AA’s may be technically advanced, (and judging by the B mode and sensor malfunctions even THAT is still questionable), the ride itself is NOT… The optics for this is sooooooo bad…Bob is wearing sunglasses…I guess he really DOES love the Timbuk 3 song “The future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” What a dumpster fire…

MisterPenguin2 hours ago

FEA had tons of issues and wasn't fully reliable until a few months after opening.

aladdin20073 hours ago

they couldn't even build or an add an official beignet stand,,instead they shoehorn it into the westward ho cart or whatever its called,,,,they could have made it worthwhile but no.

EagleScout6104 hours ago

Those are both "new" systems. Hagrid was a full on new attraction and TT2 is a partial rebuild. Tianas is practically unchanged from Splash.

Kirby864 hours ago

Out of the big two? Hagrid’s had its issues. Rise of the Resistance had its issues as well. Other examples look at Top Thrill 2 in Cedar Point. It was opened for a weekend before being indefinitely closed for the time being.

monothingie4 hours ago

Splash was a beloved attraction by almost everyone. TBA is a soulless corporate manifestation that while technically advanced from Splash has none of the magic and charm. There’s no reason to celebrate a downgrade.