The ride will be reimagined as “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” set to open in 2024.
Orlando, Ark. Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain, as we know it now, will close on January 23, 2023.
Park-goers will have another chance to return to the thrilling log flume ride, but not until 2024, when it will be reimagined as Tiana’s Bio Adventure.
Park announced In closing on Friday, he shared details of the “Princess and the Frog”-inspired improvisation.
Disney’s design team traveled to New Orleans to research the ride “in an effort to stay authentic to the story setting,” Carmen Smith, senior vice president of creative development for product/content and integrated strategies, told the Disney Parks Blog. wrote on
Smith gave a first look at some of the new characters we can look forward to seeing on the ride, including a jazz-loving alligator named Louis and, of course, Princess Tiana.
Fireflies will guide riders through the journey of Princess Tiana and Louis as they prepare to celebrate Mardi Gras for the people of New Orleans. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will also feature a style of music unique to the vibrant energy of New Orleans called zydeco, described as “a unique blend of rhythm and blues.”
According to Disney, Tiana’s bio-adventure won’t just retell the story of “The Princess and the Frog” — it will explore an all-new adventure featuring the beloved characters from the animated film.
The attraction was first announced in 2020, at a time when fans and petitions called for Disney to scrap the “Song of the South” theme, citing the 1946 film as one of the company’s most popular attractions. Considered a racist film.
It’s unclear when the Splash Mountain ride will close at California’s Disneyland Resort, but Tiana’s Bio Adventure is slated to debut at both parks in 2024.