The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is currently undergoing several major changes across the Park.
In Tomorrowland, Disney is preparing to open TRON Lightcycle / Run, the Resort’s newest thrill ride set to begin regular operation in April. Fans of Disney’s Happily Ever Fireworks will be thrilled to learn that the iconic nighttime spectacular is returning this spring. And in Frontierland, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a new attraction based on The Princess and the Frog (2009), is under construction on the site of the former Splash Mountain.
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Splash Mountain permanently closed on January 26, 2023 and construction began immediately as Disney worked to remove theming around the attraction. Shortly after the ride’s closure, we reported that the iconic song from the ride, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” could still be heard outside of the Park, and while this may still be the case, it likely will not be for long as the song has been removed from another location.
With Tiana’s Bayou Adventure set to replace Splash Mountain at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, we are beginning to see pieces of the original attraction removed on the West Coast, too. MouseInfo confirmed that the song has been removed from the finale of the Magic Happens parade, which recently returned to Disneyland Park. While Splash Mountain is still open at Disneyland with no closure date set as of this writing, this follows suit with the process at Walt Disney World, which saw the song removed from the Festival of Fantasy Parade before the ride closed.
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Back at Walt Disney World, construction is well underway in transforming the attraction. We’ve already covered the canals being drained and the removal of sculptures and signage from Splash Mountain, and recently a new image was shared by @WDWDreamfinder, which shows the current state of the Briar Patch:
What remains of the briar patch pic.twitter.com/w9eKFqqUa7
— WDWDreamfinder (@WDWDreamfinder) February 26, 2023
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With Tiana’s Bayou Adventure set to open in 2024 at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, we are expecting to learn of the closing date for Disneyland’s version of the attraction soon. As for Tokyo Disneyland, which also has a Splash Mountain attraction, no closing date or replacement has been announced, and so far, this version of the ride is set to remain open.
As always, we will be back with new developments on the transformation of Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure here on Disney Tips.