New Splash Mountain/Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Rumor

Splash Mountain Exterior Shot
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In the past year, Disney Park fans have seen the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland Park in Anaheim and the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort close permanently. Both versions of the iconic water flume attraction are set to be rethemed around Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (2009).

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The Princess and the Frog

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

The new ride will feature original audio animatronics based on characters from the animated film, such as Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, and the jazz loving alligator Louis. It will also contain original Disney characters and have a plot that follows their story after the movie ends.

Rendering of Mama Odie on Tiana's Bayou Adventure

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It will also contain original music inspired by the film.

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The new ride will follow the same ride system and track layout as Splash Mountain, including the five-story plunge at the end. But some online rumors have signaled that the end finale for the theme Park ride won’t exactly be the same.

Retheme Rumor

According to Splash Mountain Archives on Twitter, the final audio animatronic scene with the large riverboat will be “drastically altered.”


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Many have speculated that the riverboat would remain due to The Princess and the Frog (2009) taking place in New Orleans – providing a perfect chance to include the concept of a Mississippi riverboat.

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The new rumor is that the finale scene of Splash Mountain, where the characters from Song of the South (1946) sing the Oscar-winning number “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” will now feature a facade of Tiana’s Palace.

Tiana's Palace

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Although we cannot officially confirm this detail, nor has Disney commented on specific changes, we are labeling it a rumor. It could easily be true, but Walt Disney Imagineering will likely keep any and all changes very close to the chest as they want the mystery of the attraction to maintain.

The new attraction – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – will debut at Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom Park in 2024, although specific dates have yet to be announced.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)