Construction is well underway on the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction at Disneyland. During a recent visit, we heard heavy work going on and spotted the removal of one of the ride’s birdhouses.
Splash Mountain Construction
Construction crews were out and actively working on the scaffolding during our visit.
Loud banging noises could be heard, as well as the sound of chainsaws and other equipment.
With the iconic Splash Mountain tree now completely removed, the updated rounded hilltop can now take shape.
You can also see in this photo that one of the ride’s birdhouses is being removed.
Earlier this summer, there was scaffolding on this small hill leading up to the ride path, but it has since been removed.
Do you have any observations on the latest construction progress for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? Are you sad to see the birdhouses start to come down? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
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.
This 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 a vast range of new audio-animatronics. There will be multiple Tiana audio-animatronics, and she will sport a new adventuring outfit.
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 colorful bottle lights hanging around her.
2024 is the anticipated year for the opening of this re-imagined experience.