PHOTOS: Fake Trees Installed at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom

Shannen Ace

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PHOTOS: Fake Trees Installed at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom

Crews add more greenery to the façade of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure every day as they also work on the salt mine mountaintop and other details of the new Magic Kingdom attraction.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Mountain

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take place after the events of “The Princess and the Frog,” when Tiana has founded the co-op Tiana’s Foods.

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Three new fake trees have been installed at the base of the mountain.

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It looks like longer branches will be installed on the trees later, as there are openings on the current short branches.

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The trees are around the Tiana’s Foods water tower.

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The front of the millhouse has received new paneling, closing up the space between the slanted rooves.

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The top of the mountain is being formed after the removal of the Splash Mountain tree. It’s gray right now as it is sculpted.

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The mountain is looking a lot greener, thanks to fake moss and grass covering the rockwork.

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Two tall lights illuminated the top of the mountain while crew members were working.

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Scrims and tarps have previously blocked the mountaintop from view, but we got a good look at the rockwork this week.

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During our last visit, we heard one crew member telling others to make it look more like multiple smaller rocks instead of a few big boulders.

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Three crew members were on the mountaintop during this visit, working on the rocks.

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Disney is hoping to make the mountain look more like the bayous of Louisiana.

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Red spraypaint on one rock (on the right in the above photo) suggests it may be torn off or greenery may be added to it.

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Scaffolding covers nearly the entire mountain that’s visible to guests.

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We can also see the mountaintop from the other side of the Frontierland train station.

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After sculpting is complete, workers will paint the mountaintop to blend in with the brown rock and cover it in greenery.

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We saw one crew member soldering at these new railings next to the ride track.

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From here, we can also see DensGlass sheathing on the raised section of the queue behind the barn.

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After the ride’s famous drop, guests go under a bridge and loop around a small peninsula of land.

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Under the bridge is new scaffolding.

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A row of vertical poles run on one side of the ride track.

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We saw workers near the bottom of the ride’s drop, seemingly working on the texture of the rockwork.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Queue

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In addition to the ride itself, the queue is getting a major update.

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We previously shared a closer look at the completed mural on the barn, which was unveiled when scaffolding came down.

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Only half of the mural is properly visible.

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The other half also appears to be complete, but is blocked from view by trees and construction walls.

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From the train station, we can better see the sheathing on the back of the barn, as well as black scrim and exposed steel beams.

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In front of the train station, the exit ramp was destroyed to be reconstructed. For now, guests exiting the train station go back down the entrance ramp.

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A framework is in place for the new ramp.

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Crews have been excavating this area.

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A short brick wall encircles some pavement directly under the train station.

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There are other short walls created with small rocks.

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Back near the barn, we’ve been watching as more brick walls came together around planters.

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There are more bricks staged in front of the short walls to be installed later.

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There is a row of large Knaack toolboxes further back in the queue.

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Crew members were working on a wire framework behind a tree.

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It seems like work will continue on the queue in sections.

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Once this area is complete, crews will move further and further back.

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A large pile of bricks is on the right side of the construction site. There’s also another short wall of rocks.

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Several crew members were gathered next to the barn.

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They were excavating the ground in front of the barn.

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More of those circular wire frames were sitting on the ground nearby. We could also see a sign that might read “laser in use” taped to a pole.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in late 2024 at both Magic Kingdom and Disneyland.

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  • Shannen Ace

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