Just in time for Mardi Gras, the construction walls around Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom have received an update. We learned this morning that the Magic Kingdom version of the ride will open this summer.
Construction Walls Updated at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
The same art from the Louis photo op at Disneyland construction walls has arrived at Magic Kingdom. This photo op can be found on a wall near the parade gate next door.
It features Louis the alligator playing his trumpet. A floating drum, saxophone, tambourine, and umbrella are in front of him for guests to pose with. “Come join the party” is among music notes along the top. The Tiana’s Bayou Adventure logo with “Coming Summer 2024” is in the top right corner.
Next to the photo op is a newspaper clipping with the headline “Louis is on his way to the party!” It tells guests to “Join the parade by posing in front of the umbrella or an instrument for a photo!” There’s an example image with silhouettes of guests with the umbrella and instruments.
Mardi Gras posters have also been added all along the construction walls.
These feature images of a singer resembling Tiana and two musicians. They read:
Book your bands for Mardi Gras season
Brought to you by The Association of New Orleans Square Musicians
New Orleans Square is the land in Disneyland where Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be located. In Magic Kingdom, the ride is in Frontierland.
In November 2023, the construction walls were decorated with posters advertising Tiana’s Foods. According to the story of the attraction, Tiana’s Foods is the employee-owned co-op that Tiana founded after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.” It is headquartered inside the “salt mine.” New pepper props were added to the Native American village along Rivers of America in late November 2023, possibly as a tie-in to the future attraction.
The posters say that Tiana’s Foods “turns every gathering into a party!” and “turns neighbors into fine friends!” On the attraction, guests will join Tiana in the bayou on her search for a special ingredient for her Mardi Gras celebration.
Scaffolding Removed From Salt Mine
Most recently, we saw crews removing scaffolding from the exterior of the attraction, with others working on the faux foliage. Scaffolding is now completely gone from the ride’s drop.
The flume of the drop, devoid of water, and the opening in the salt mine are clearly visible. Significant foliage has been added to the former Splash Mountain to make it look more like a salt mine in Louisiana.
In early January, a few of Mama Odie’s bottle lanterns were added to the opening where guests will emerge for the ride’s drop, indicating that guests may have to “Dig A Little Deeper” before plunging down.
The ride’s audio-animatronics will sport physical faces over screen-based ones, and the voice cast of the original film will reprise their roles. Imagineers shared a look at a Tiana animatronic.
A specific opening date hasn’t been announced for Disneyland, though Disney did include the reimagined ride on a recent list of projects stating that it would indeed open in 2024.