Disneyland's Splash Mountain to close in late May to begin the transformation into Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Apr 12, 2023 in "Disneyland Resort"

Posted: Wednesday April 12, 2023 1:08pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Splash Mountain at Disneyland in California will have its final day of operation May 30, 2023, before it closes to begin the transformation into Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024 at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain in Walt Disney World closed in January, with extensive work on the iconic attraction already underway.

Although the Walt Disney World version appears to have a head start on its Disneyland counterpart, both are planned to open in late 2024.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure is based on the Disney animated movie, 'Princess and the Frog.'

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Nland3165 minutes ago

I had my reservations about this narrative when the ride was opening. I initially thought it would be cheesy, but was genuinely surprised by how effective it ended up being from my own experiences. Every time I’ve been on Guardians, everyone has lifted their hands and follows along with it easy.

Californian Elitist5 minutes ago

Would you look at that? She wasn’t the first person to transition from accounting to creative. Two others did the exact same thing, 10 years prior. So, it’s not all that bizarre.

TP200041 minutes ago

You would've hated how I handled Barry Braverman. Ruthless. :eek:

Californian Elitist47 minutes ago

Some of us are simply choosing not to dwell on the issues with modern Imagineering because doing so is rather pointless.

PiratesMansion49 minutes ago

I don't see anyone here who doesn't understand, or is unaware of the issues modern WDI has with design/attractions/etc. I do see people who are willing to wait and see, some people who want to give Disney the benefit of the doubt but have some doubts based on what we've learned, and those who are (and have been) looking for any reason to condemn this change, as they have been from the moment this was all announced.

Californian Elitist53 minutes ago

Biggety-big MAD.

SuddenStorm1 hour ago

And people don't understand why some of us are terrified at the thought of modern WDI messing with Splash, or any of classic Disneyland for that matter.

LittleBuford1 hour ago

They’re not polite, though. Repeatedly mocking someone when, by your own admission, you know next to nothing of her career or abilities is actually quite vindictive, no matter how clever or seemingly genial your language is. But you do you, I guess.

Epcot81Fan1 hour ago

Today's WDI in a nutshell: We need your hands!!!! Because I'm a raccoon, I don't have hands!!!! So I need your hands to trigger the whatchamacallit which will release the thingamajig!!! Get ready!!! Raise your hands to be scanned or something!!!!

TP20001 hour ago

Let's hope that if this radio message is integral to the plot (but what isn't at this point?), that they invest in very good audio tech that can target a clear and concise message to the crowd. It's loud and chaotic in spaces like that, and most people aren't paying attention. Even in very carefully designed and staged pre-shows nowadays, the dialogue from an animatronic giving us backstory and key plot often just sounds like "Blah-blah-blah recruits, we need your help to blah-blah-blah." If it's just an old-timey radio show playing over the speakers, it's going to need to be very targeted and concise to get the plot point across in the crowded and noisy, narrow hallways of the Splash Mountain queue.

Epcot81Fan1 hour ago

Pixar had that and accomplished both art and incredible profits for years.

TP20001 hour ago

I've thought about this comment for a few moments. I'm not going to stop commenting the way I have been. Just as Walt poked fun at his "Sharp Pencil Boys", we can poke fun at whoever is in charge of PR for this Tiana project. As for executives being off limits of discussion... Since I joined them in the mid 90's, Disneyland fan boards have been vocal and critical of anything and everything that Disneyland releases to the public. And when senior executive names get used in those conversations, it's appropriate because that comes with the territory of being a senior leader. (I would never name a specific hourly CM or low-level supervisor type in criticism, because that's not okay or appropriate, and almost everyone else here does that as well.) Also, I invented the term "Dockers-clad Manager", and that's even better than using a legal name. :cool: But senior executives are different. Thus we have easy name familiarity with Tony Baxter, and Bruce Gordon, and Kim Irvine, and Paul Pressler and Bob Chapek and Bob Gurr and Matt Ouimet and Cynthia Harriss and the TDA President Du Jour (fill in name), all of whom have been criticized or lauded over the years. The best ones get both treatments. Specific to the Tiana project, I will let my polite yet clear concerns about a trained accountant working their way into the role of Creative Executive Producer stand. It's an unusual career path for someone to take, from financial compliance to Saxaphone playing alligators. 🤔

PiratesMansion1 hour ago

Sounds pretty much like same old, same old to me. The only notable difference is that it's attached to what was Splash Mountain. What did they do in the past? Make outrageous claims and/or focus on details almost no one was going to care about, often (but not always) while trying to be inclusive. How is this any different except for the element of the park it is attached to, and that there is a larger market than usual for dunking on Disney because of the unique circumstances of this project?

Kirby861 hour ago

I'd assume the radio message will be played in the barn but both queues aren't exactly blessed with space as you said.