It looks like workers are digging a little deeper as work continues to transform Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. No sooner did guests take their last ride on this beloved attraction last month, construction workers descended upon it to begin preparations for its transformation.
Scaffolding bridges have been put up at the hairpin turn after the final drop, and construction workers have been observed working on the entrance to the riverboat scene, the final scene of the former attraction.
From this view, it is also easy to see that the trough the ride vehicles traveled in has been drained and already looks bone-dry.
Looking up at the top of the final drop, a large black draping has been placed over the top of the track. It’s unclear if this might be a safety precaution or something else.
At the bottom of the drop, some of the metal track still remains, but a large section of it has been removed.
As we reported last week, a large hole has been cut into the rockwork. At the time, we were not sure if this was the start of rockwork demolition or an access point to the ride system. Now we can see that a wire meshing has been placed over the hole and it extends a couple of feet on either side.
To the right of the metal plate in the trough, the orange reference markings noted in a previous story are still present.
Yesterday, we reported that more Tiana theming has been appearing throughout the attraction. Placed on the construction walls, which resemble crates, are signs advertising Tiana’s Foods. The yellow, green, and purple signs state that Tiana’s Foods – Employee Owned – Coming Soon! This is all in support of the attraction’s backstory.
In this photo, we can still see what the façade of the attraction still looks like. However, in the photo below – based on the model of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – the tree, at the top of Chickapin Hill – has also been removed. The branches and thorns will also be removed at some point and replaced with landscaping more befitting of the bayou.
Despite the removal of increasing portions of Splash Mountain, there is still a substantial amount of the attraction remaining.
The attraction sign, at the entrance, along with the Lighting Lane and Standby Entrance signs is still visible over the construction walls.
The statue of Br’er Bear and Br’er Rabbit, which is in front of the Frontierland Train Station bridge, can be seen peeking out from the construction walls. Br’er Fox is too low and is hidden behind the walls.
It won’t be long before the last of Splash Mountain’s signs and decor disappear. If you’re looking to get a last look and a few photos, now would be the time before the go. Possibly the next time you’ll be able to see any remnants of this attraction will be at a D23 Expo or traveling Disney exhibit, if at all.
As seen in the model below, when Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens guests will see a large water tower to the right as they look at the attraction. The ironwork on top of the water tower is reminiscent of Tiana’s lilypad crown.
Yesterday, we saw the crane fully extended behind the attraction. Today, we noticed that it is down.
A brief inspection of the previous queue showed that the charming birdhouses hanging from the trees are no longer present. The “Br’er Fox Wanted” sign has also been taken down. The photo below displays what was there previously.
In this scale model of the upcoming attraction, we can see what the queue will possibly look like. It appears to have the same layout, but with appropriate theming.
It also looks like workers were also busy taking apart the inside of the current queue.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024.
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Check out our continuing coverage of the Splash Mountain – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure transformation:
- ‘Tiana’s Foods’ Signs Added to Splash Mountain Construction Walls at Magic Kingdom
- Splash Mountain Pressed Penny Machines Return to Magic Kingdom
- PHOTOS: Laughin’ Place Sign Removed From Splash Mountain Play Area in Magic Kingdom
- PHOTOS: Crane Arrives at Splash Mountain as Disney Starts Tearing Through Façade to Create Tiana’s Bayou Adventure