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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Ice Gator12 hours ago

People are gonna lose it when they reveal the Dr. Facilier animatronic (only half joking…🙃)

Brer Oswald14 hours ago

I don’t think any of those even compare. New Fantasyland is an overpriced restaurant, an okay Omnimover that’s in DCA, and a kiddie coaster version of Big Thunder. And TRON is a weaker Hagrid’s.

TP200015 hours ago

Yes, at this point it's fairly obvious that something, somehow, was changed and/or removed from this ride at a point that made it too late to do much about. And thus we've got the paper thin and rather pointless plot we have now. The question then becomes, what was changed/removed from this plot and storyline, and why? And here's where it gets scary... was perhaps the original version of this ride even worse, and these last minute changes actually improved the ride to the point we now see today upon its grand opening? Could this have been even worse and we were somehow spared that by swapping in a "Looking for musicians in the bayou" plot instead? The mind boggles at what went on within WDI during 2021-2023 as this ride came to be. o_O

Basketbuddy10117 hours ago

Let's not forget everyone's favorite excuse for shoddy park-related decision-making.

Misted Compass1 day ago

They do tend to over-exaggerate with animatronic counts. I believe their marketing for Rise was even worse, counting all the figures in the stormtrooper room (having even less motion than the critters in TBA)

mickEblu1 day ago

Agreed but I’d add a third one- the lack of an antagonist/ conflict on the final lifthill

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗971 day ago

No this ride is supposed to be constantly relaxing. There's nothing wrong, ever. Even the 52 foot plunge is really nothing at all. WDI in 2024: "There's nothing wrong ever." @Disstevefan1 we need you to make a graphic of this.

Brer Oswald1 day ago

The pacing of the new attraction is objectively terrible. Just like the dialogue. A lot of other complaints are definitely subjective, but those are the two main things I see as fundamental flaws that need to be fixed in an update down the line.

mickEblu1 day ago

6 minutes into the ride is a weird place to get relaxing. At that point you should be in the thick of it. It’s a 10 minute + ride. They had the first 3 minutes outdoors to be relaxing.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

Whatever floats your boat.

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗971 day ago

Lately people have been praising the dead space because it's relaxing, so actually Disneyland is getting the worse version because of this.

Brer Oswald1 day ago

Also, I’m very curious to see how that entire bayou layout it going to look now. The thing about Disneyland Splash is that you could see ahead into future scenes. It never killed the immersion because Brer Rabbit was the only character to appear twice up here, and the second one was obscured. Unless they put in major walls though, it’s going to be pretty easy to see (and hear) Tiana numbers 2, 3 and 4 at the same time.

Brer Oswald1 day ago

This isn’t at all proof of a confirmed story edit. It’s just a different configuration of the figures. Likely because Disneyland’s Splash has less staging space towards the end of the HDYD section, where this animatronic will likely be placed

Ne'er-Do-Well Cad1 day ago

See, even a minor staging adjustment goes a long way toward enhancing the attraction’s sense of humor, charm, whimsy. I know this difference was planned before the fan complaints, but I really hope WDI takes a moment to consider other AA relocations and relatively easy show scene edits that might bolster the existing attraction.