The Magic Kingdom braille map has been updated with a new look and no longer includes Splash Mountain.
Magic Kingdom Braille Map
The braille map can be found mounted over a railing in front of the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, just off Main Street, U.S.A.
The map has been made simpler, with attractions and other venues now labeled individually instead of with lists to the sides. Each land is also now color-coded — even though the braille is for guests with vision impairment, it can of course also be used by any guest, making sense on multiple levels.
For comparison, here is what the previous braille map looked like. It was becoming exceptionally worn.
The color-coded sections of the map also have different textures, so the user can tell if a building is in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland by touch, for example.
A key with the textures is in the bottom left corner.
Splash Mountain is no longer on the map and neither is Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The map will presumably be updated again to include Tiana’s Bayou Adventure after it opens.
Splash Mountain closed permanently in January 2023 at Magic Kingdom. Check out our photos and video from “the last splash” and read our complete history of Splash Mountain. The ride permanently closed in May at Disneyland, too.
Water and rocks also have their own textures on the map.
EPCOT was the first park at Walt Disney World to receive this style update, when Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind was added to the map.
Be sure to read our guide to accessibility at Walt Disney World as well.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure picks up after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.” In 1927, Tiana founded the Tiana’s Foods co-ops, which is located in a salt mine, where cultivators grow crops along the waters. During Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Tiana and alligator Louis venture into the bayou to find animal friends. They’re preparing a special Mardi Gras celebration for the people of New Orleans.
The scene depicted in the above concept art is “the thrilling moment you first drop into the bayou and encounter some friends both new and familiar.” Louis and a band of animals will be playing zydeco music, a blend of rhythm and blues that was created in Louisiana. The band of animal friends includes an otter, a rabbit, a raccoon, a beaver, and a turtle playing instruments made from natural bayou elements.
The ride will feature 17 new characters, including Prince Naveen’s younger brother, Ralphie. The Splash Mountain track will remain, but the attraction will get new set dressing and audio-animatronics. There will be multiple Tiana audio-animatronics, and she will have a new adventuring outfit.
The exterior landscaping is being made to look more like the Louisiana bayou, and a Tiana’s Foods water tower will be installed soon.
The queue and attraction music is being arranged by award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard, who will mix classic songs from the movie with New Orleans classics and original compositions. The scent of beignets is also set to be pumped throughout the queue.
Some of the original cast will be providing their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), Michael Leon Wooley (Louis), and Jennifer Lewis (Mama Odie). Concept art shows Mama Odie in the crow’s nest of her crashed ship home, with bottle lights hanging around her.
What do you think of this new map? Does it improve accessibility needs and concerns for your upcoming trips? Are you excited for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? Let us know in the comments.