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Iconic Ride in Disney Is Officially Being Torn Down

Disneyland Splash Mountain
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The Walt Disney Company is everchanging. Disney Parks constantly introduce fun experiences like dining options, limited-time events, and new attractions. Sometimes it’s in with the new and out with the old, even if it is a favorite Disney ride.

The iconic attraction Splash Mountain closed in Disneyland nearly 30 years after its opening. The official closing date of Disney Splash Mountain was May 31, 2023, leaving fans hopeful for the future attraction. Disney announced the classic ride would be replaced with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Since the closing of Splash Mountain, construction has been underway to make way for Tiana.

Tiana's Bayou

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There’s no turning back now as Disneyland announces demolishing a significant part of the ride.

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Splash Mountain Demolishian

Disney initially announced in 2020 the change for Splash Mountain. Originally, it was more of a reimagining of an attraction, but it has changed into an entirely new ride. “Reportedly, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was initially supposed to utilize the tree feature of the former Splash Mountain, which makes sense considering it is too massive to be removed in a single piece, and it would be logistically easier to work it into the narrative of the ride” Inside The Magic detailed.

Splash Mountain demolition

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Although we all knew the changes were coming, it is still a sight to see with scaffolding surrounding the massive tree. As the pictures show, the scaffolding surrounds the entire attraction, “extending toward the back of the mountain, as work on retheming the ride continues,” Disneyland New Today writes.

The tree is too large to take down in one piece, so the scaffolding supports the demolition as workers take it down piece by piece. Disneyland identifies, “The tree itself is massive and cannot be removed all in one go, so this could take some time.”

Splash Mountain demolition

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While construction continues, Guests can look ahead and look forward to what’s to come. The new attraction is set to open in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Although the iconic attraction is no longer, Disney is hopeful Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be even better than what existed, becoming a new classic ride to the Parks.

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.