Could Big Changes Be Coming to Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland?

Disney recently announced that Splash Mountain would officially make its final splash in January 2023 before closing so construction on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure can begin!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is based on The Princess and the Frog (2009). One of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ last traditionally animated movies, The Princess and the Frog quickly became a fan-favorite film due to the inclusivity of a black Disney Princess, the creative storytelling, and the whimsical setting: New Orleans.

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Fans are constantly comparing and contrasting the different Disney Parks in the United States, but most Disney fans can agree upon one thing: Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom are the most similar due to the classic Disney rides.

For example, Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom each have their own versions of classic attractions, such as Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Haunted Mansion. One of the glaring differences between the two versions is their location.

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Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain is located in Frontierland, while Disneyland’s version is in Critter County. Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean is in Adventureland, while Disneyland’s is in New Orleans Square.  Lastly, Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion is in Liberty Square, while Disneyland’s version is in New Orleans square.

With the addition of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, some fans are wondering if a section of Frontierland could be altered into New Orleans Square.

There would be a couple of issues with this. For one, the layout would prove challenging and confusing. Although Splash Mountain is located nearby The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad lies in between them and is closer to the spooky attraction. This would make it difficult to re-create New Orleans Square and including The Haunted Mansion within its perimeters.

Not only that, but Pirates of the Caribbean is further into Adventureland, making it impossible to bridge any gaps between the three attractions.


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Another issue with this is the design of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. Because Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is located in New Orleans Square, the mansion’s design is very New Orleans- from the plantation-styled facade to the iron fencing. But in Walt Disney World, the Haunted Mansion doesn’t necessarily look like it’s from historic New Orleans, making it difficult to accept as a mansion located in the swampy, rural outskirts of the Louisiana city.

However, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure taking place in New Orleans does raise some questions and speculations. Not only that, but it’s sure to have Guests visiting both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park confused, seeing as neither attraction is located in New Orleans Square.

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Will Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom welcome New Orleans Square as a new themed land? Only time will tell. Until then, we invite Disney fans to continue speculating and making their own theories! DisneyTips will keep readers updated on the latest Disney news regarding the situation.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.