PHOTOS: Scaffolding Comes Down from the Front of the Mountaintop, More Flagstone Installation Preparation at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Scaffolding Comes Down from the Front of the Mountaintop, More Flagstone Installation Preparation at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom

As flowers and foliage continue to blossom and grow at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, we stopped by Magic Kingdom to check out progress on the upcoming “Princess and the Frog” retheming of Splash Mountain. Construction crews have been hard at work on the queue and mountaintop, and we noticed some progress since our last update.

Frontierland Station & Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Queue

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Queue

Construction continues in the portion of the queue by the large yellow barn. Here, we can see that the area directly in front of the barn has been cleared even more than our last update, possibly to make way for more flagstone to be added.

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Behind the construction walls off to the right, you can see the recently installed flagstone. This pathway is open to guests, but for now, the only thing behind the train station that guests can visit is a restroom.

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Here, we can see what looks like more flagstone has been piled in the further back sections of queue, ready for installation.

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Looking down from the train station, we can see that work is progressing by the new exit stairs.

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Here, what was previously a small patch of concrete is now being laid with bricks in a herringbone pattern.

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New vertical beams have been added to the perimeter walls of the train station’s exit stairs.

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Over to the left past the stairs, it looks like dirt has been piled over the red concrete in this area. Large stacks of cinderblocks line the construction walls.

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The row of stones in this section appears to have gotten longer, now lining more of the excavated dirt.

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On this day, we also saw that the Laughin’ Place play area in the former Splash Mountain queue was indeed demolished. You can read more about that here.

Flume

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The flume was bone dry during our visit. Lately, rain has kept at least some water in this section of the ride as construction goes on.

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Not much has changed in the flume area since our last update, but we did notice that it was much cleaner than usual.

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Scaffolding and tarp still remain inside both tunnels.

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Here, you can see not one, but two platforms for crew members doing work on the leftmost tunnel.

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The large rocks that previously sat under this platform have been moved off to the side of the ride path. The scaffolding of the platform itself has also been reduced.

Mountain

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For the past few weeks, various foliage has been added to the fake trees around the Tiana’s Foods water tower, including spindly Spanish moss.

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The tarp that previously covered some floral sections of the front and left side of the mountaintop has been removed.

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In addition, scaffolding around the front of the mountaintop has also come down, revealing the lush, green trees that guests will pass beneath as they travel down the drop.

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You can really get a sense of just how much scaffolding has come down when looking at the mountain from the side.

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Some of the scaffolding to the front right side of the mountain has also come down.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in late 2024. Check out our most recent construction update from Disneyland.

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