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All The Details So Far About Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom — Opening Summer 2024

by Mommy Frog on March 20, 2024 Orlando

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While hard to choose, our Frog Family's favorite Disney film has to be ... you guessed it, "The Princess and the Frog!" Tiana's story of hard work and dedication is truly inspirational (plus, it has magic and catchy music — a classic Disney combo). You know that means ... we are so excited for Tiana's Bayou Adventure, a new attraction coming to Magic Kingdom Park in summer 2024! With this exciting update, we said farewell to Splash Mountain Jan. 23, 2023, as it is now closed for the retheming. In summer 2023, the "Tiana's Foods" water tower was installed, complete with its tiara topper. Then, in fall 2023, we got a sneak peek of a colorful mural from the attraction's queue. More recently, in early 2024, a blacksmith-forged weathervane was installed — and on Mardi Gras, Disney confirmed that the attraction will open in summer 2024! Now, as Tiana's new story continues to unfold, we got a brief introduction to the musical critter friends who will join along in the adventure. Here's everything we know about Tiana's Bayou Adventure!

Tiana's Bayou Adventure — Concept art

Overview of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure - Tiara Watertower

Tiana's Bayou Adventure will be a musical adventure boat ride in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom. The attraction picks up right after the end of "The Princess and the Frog" film. In the queue, you'll discover Tiana has expanded her business with Tiana's Foods, an employee-owned cooperative, and transformed an old salt mine into both a farm and kitchen. As they prepare for an exciting Mardi Gras celebration with the community, they discover they are missing a key ingredient. Join Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), Naveen (voiced by Bruno Campos) and alligator Louis (voiced by Michael Leon Wooley) as they journey through the bayou and make lots of new critter friends along the way.

Now, these new critter friends aren't your run-of-the-mill swamp creatures. No, sir! They just so hoppen to be very talented and make up the essential missing ingredient needed for Tiana's party ... a musical band! This Zydeco band is composed of a six-critter crew, each with their own special name and instrument. We've got Rufus the Turtle on the harmonica, Apollo the Racoon squeezing the accordion, Gritty the Rabbit playing the washboard (really a license plate!), Timoléon the Otter sawing the fiddle and Beau the Opossum rocking her upright gourd base. Last, but certainly not least is Byhalia the Beaver. She's keeping the beat as the percussionist and leader of the band. You'll want to listen closely as these adorable critters will be playing a rendition of "Gonna Take You There" — one of our frog-favorite songs from the film.

But that's not all! As you float further down the bayou, you'll encounter another set of animal characters — the Rara musicians! Rara is a form of Haitian folk music that's part of the musical history and culture of New Orleans. Octavia and Pawpaw Bobcat both play the vaksin (a single-note horn instrument), Claude and Bernadette Louisiana Black Bears play the horn, while Sebastián the Louisiana Black Bear cub and Phina the Gray Fox keep time on the drums.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure - Mama Odie

Also joining the celebration is the lovable Mama Odie, once again voiced by the legendary Jenifer Lewis! The 200-year-old Fairy Godmother will illuminate the bayou with her magic for Mardi Gras season and joke with guests along their journey. Frogs "goin' down the bayou" will also get an up-close look at her eccentric belongings and meet her precious "seeing eye snake," Juju.

Other familiar faces you'll see from the film include Tiana's mother, Eudora; Tiana's best friend, Charlotte; Charlotte's papa, "Big Daddy"; Naveen's parents, the King and Queen of Maldonia; and Naveen's younger brother, Prince Ralphie.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure - New Scenes

The Disney teams did extensive research in New Orleans to help capture the soul of Louisiana — including the iconic rhythm and blues music! The attraction will feature original music inspired by songs from the film. Tiana also debuts a new outfit and hairstyle, perfect for a bayou adventure. Plus, we're so frogcited to share that the alluring scent of beignets will be part of the attraction's queue! Yum!

The same attraction will also debut at Disneyland Park in late 2024.

Splash Mountain Refurbishment

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Magic Kingdom - Mural

With the transformation into Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Splash Mountain permanently closed Jan. 23, 2023. The last day of operation was Jan. 22, 2023.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland Resort closed May 31, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure — Logo

When will Tiana's Bayou Adventure open at Magic Kingdom?

Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open in summer 2024 at Magic Kingdom Park. (Disneyland's version will open later in 2024.)

When did Splash Mountain close?

Splash Mountain permanently closed Jan. 23, 2023, to begin the development of the new attraction.

Will the ride be the same at Walt Disney World and Disneyland?

Yes, both versions of Tiana's Bayou Adventure will be the same at Disney World and Disneyland.

What is the height requirement for Tiana's Bayou Adventure?

Riders will need to be 40 inches (102cm) or taller to ride.

Will it be offered on Genie+?

No details have been released on how Tiana's Bayou Adventure will operate upon opening — stay tuned!

Other "Princess and the Frog" Experiences at Disney World

Characters at Disney World — Young girl meeting Tiana

While we await the opening of this fun attraction, there are plenty of wonderful experiences celebrating Tiana. Magic Kingdom is the best place for "The Princess and the Frog" fans. Did you know you can meet Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall? (And during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, she even meets with Naveen!)

Also at Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire on the castle stage features characters from "The Princess and the Frog." Be sure to sing along and have a swinging good time as we "Dig a Little Deeper." Tiana and Naveen are also on the first float of the Festival of Fantasy parade.

For the ultimate royal visit, consider staying at Disney's Port Orleans Resort — Riverside, featuring rooms with nods to "The Princess and the Frog" and even royal guest rooms!

And in the meantime, you can order “Tiana’s Famous Beignets” at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom from Feb. 1 to March 31, 2024.

There are so many exciting attractions coming to Walt Disney World! What are you most excited about?

Related: The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2024

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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