Scaffolding has come down from the barn in the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure queue at Magic Kingdom, fully revealing half of the completed mural.
Earlier this month, Disney Parks Blog shared that the mural was designed by Louisiana artist Malaika Favorite. it’s inspired by murals and artwork on New Orleans buildings. It’s split into two sections on either side of the barn doors that guests enter through.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Mural
Half of the mural is visible from the Walt Disney World Railroad station in Frontierland. During our last construction update, the mural was still blocked by scaffolding.
We can now clearly see Tiana’s friend Louis the alligator, playing his trumpet in the upper left corner. Colorful lines with music notes swirl from his trumpet down through the rest of the mural.
Around Louis are various plants and bayou scenery.
Birds are on the bottom half, adding their notes to the song.
The rest of the mural is only visible from the ground and behind construction walls, but scaffolding no longer covers it. This half of the mural depicts faces among the swirling music.
A figure — possibly Tiana herself — is at the top of this side of the mural, playing a guitar.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Disney announced “The Princess and the Frog”-inspired retheme of Splash Mountain in 2020 and the name Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in 2022.
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. At Destination D23, Disney shared a look at a Louis animatronic.
There will be multiple Tiana audio-animatronics, and she will sport a new adventuring outfit. In June, Disney shared video of a live performer wearing the outfit, suggesting Tiana will appear in her adventuring gear off the attraction, too.
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).
What do you think of this completed half of the queue mural? Are you excited to see the full picture once completed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.