PHOTOS: Scaffolding Reaches the Top of Splash Mountain During Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Transformation at Disneyland

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Scaffolding Reaches the Top of Splash Mountain During Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Transformation at Disneyland

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Scaffolding Reaches the Top of Splash Mountain During Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Transformation at Disneyland

Scaffolding now reaches the top of Splash Mountain in Disneyland as the attraction is transformed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Splash Mountain Scaffolding

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The scaffolding covers the tree at the top of the mountain, which will eventually be removed, just like its Florida counterpart.

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Scrim is wrapped around the top layer of scaffolding to keep workers protected.

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A set of metal stairs leads up the front and center of the mountain. More scaffolding wraps around the sides of the façade.

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Due to construction, the back of Pooh Corner is blocked off.

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We can see some scaffolding acting as a railing next to the ride’s flume.

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Entrance signage was removed soon after the closure, but otherwise, there hasn’t been much construction at the barn.

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The construction walls feature Tiana’s Foods signs and Southern Dome Salt Company stamps. There is also a photo op featuring Louis the alligator from “The Princess and the Frog.”

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Behind a tree, we could see a sort of wooden slide leading down from the scaffolding.

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This is probably for sending debris and materials down — not for fun on work breaks.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland closed permanently on May 31. Read our complete history of Splash Mountain at Disney Parks here.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure concept art

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.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure concept art featuring Louis, Tiana, and animal band

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.

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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.

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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.

Are you excited for this transformation? Let us know in the comments.

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