Crane onsite at Tiana's Bayou Adventure in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Jan 31, 2023 in "Tiana's Bayou Adventure"

Crane at Tiana's Bayou Adventure
Posted: Tuesday January 31, 2023 12:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Crews are working throughout the former Splash Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom as work continues on the early stages of the re-imagining of the flume ride into Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

This morning a crane is onsite lifting what appears to be scaffolding parts into various sections of the mountain.

Elsewhere, Imagineers are walking the ride path and marking various sections for attention.

A section has been cut into the rockwork near the splash-down area.

The former Splash Mountain will reopen in late 2024 as Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

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imagineer9747 minutes ago

I hope the finale is great, but Dusty Sage gets excited about a lot of things, no matter what they actually are.

Homemade Imagineering56 minutes ago

Thanks for the clarification, a lackluster finale would also contradict Dusty Sage’s claims of the finale being something worth getting excited about

MerlinTheGoat2 hours ago

It was splasharchive. They have a twitter account, but it was from their account on this forum some pages back where they claimed almost all of the old figures would be scrapped. This included the finale, which they said would only contain 6 AA's in total, entirely new ones. I am still skeptical of at least some of these claims. I initially heard they would be keeping quite a few of the original figures. But disregarding this and assuming it's almost all new figures, their claim about the finale is also based on clearly unfinished 3D renders. One of the renders is a wide shot of the entire new finale, and it doesn't even contain ANY characters at all. Another shows Eudora and Charlotte on the lefthand side in a separate gazebo structure (where the swamp boys used to be). Two of the other shots are of the same exact platform, but with different characters in each one. One shows Naveen and Ralphie, the other has Tiana and Louis. The latter of which has models that are in the t-pose used by CGI models before they've been given a pose. They were clearly just using these to do some basic testing for character configurations. Big Daddy and Naveen's parents aren't present in these renders, despite being confirmed. When I pointed this out, splasharchive changed his claim to there being 9 figures in the finale instead of 6 (though the original tweet still says 6). It appears that archive was getting their information by counting how many figures are present in the leaked renders they acquired. The problem is that these renders are clearly very incomplete and were still being used to test out AA configurations. Not as a means of showing what the completed version of this finale would look like. But given this incomplete nature and the fact that they're missing at least three confirmed major characters, they aren't adequate evidence for assuming the amount of figures that will appear in the final product, nor for assuming Disney has scrapped all of the old figures yet. There are also a large number of landings and platforms that are unoccupied in these renders. Ones that I don't understand the existence for unless they're going to contain other figures. The restaurant facade from the movie is completely different and doesn't have these platforms, these platforms are ride-specific additions. Tiana, Naveen, Ralphie and Louis all appear to be occupying the lowest threshold platform in the renders (unless their placement is altered in the final version). Eudora and Charlotte are located on the separate gazebo building on the left. Even adding Big Daddy and Naveen's parents would not come close to filling in all of the extra platforms they've built on this facade. You would think if they went to the trouble of building all of these unique extra spaces that clearly look like they are supposed to contain characters, they would put characters in them...

Brer Panther4 hours ago

No. My only source is @BrerFoxesBayouAdventure mentioning it in another thread. Maybe they have the tweet?

Homemade Imagineering15 hours ago

Do you have a link to the tweet?

James Alucobond15 hours ago

I'm not entirely sold on the current cap being better than the stump, but I do vastly prefer the artificial trees to the briar patch, which always looked plainly metallic and unattractive to me.

Disney Analyst18 hours ago

I actually think in general the mountain is looking better than it ever did, despite the loss of the tip top. The new paint scheme, moss, and trees is really creating a beautiful new weenie.

Incomudro18 hours ago

I do like the greenery. Makes me wonder if Splash would have been more green given where it takes place in the film, but did they made it more barren to blend with the western look of Frontierland?

Vegas Disney Fan18 hours ago

This is looking better every day, still not a fan of the yellow but maybe that will come together as it nears completion too. Looks really good, the exterior reminds me of 7DMT, and that’s meant as a big compliment.

Brer Panther18 hours ago

Apparently someone on Twitter claimed that all of the America Sings animatronics in the Disneyland version were scrapped. Does anyone know if there's any truth to that?

UNCgolf20 hours ago

This is why I point to NRJ as probably the best use of screens/projections of any WDW ride. There are other issues with NRJ, but it does a great job using them to add kinetic background movement. You're looking at physical sets, but then you see animals etc. moving along in the background in a way that really adds to the scenes.

celluloid20 hours ago

What are bets on behind the scenes shots anymore than what was shown in September? You would think they would want some B roll things to show for The Christmas Parade, but that is coming so soon and footage is already shot for it. Next year they can brag after it is open I guess.

yensidtlaw196922 hours ago

Everything here is a work in progress. The flowers will be extended in time.