PHOTOS: New Red-Orange Plants Installed on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom

Shannen Ace

Tiana's Bayou Adventure mountain construction

PHOTOS: New Red-Orange Plants Installed on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom

New fake plants have been installed on the side of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom. The attraction is set to open this summer.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Construction

A wide shot of the Tiana's Foods water tower in the distance at Magic Kingdom.

Disney added a Louis photo op to the construction walls in Frontierland after announcing the opening timeframe. Beyond the construction walls, the former Splash Mountain façade has been transformed into a Louisiana swamp.

A closer shot of the vines that wrap up the water tower.

Vines wrap up the legs of the Tiana’s Foods water tower. It was installed back in June 2023. According to the ride’s backstory, Tiana founded the co-op soon after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.”

Scaffolding up around the mill on Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

Some scaffolding remains up around the mill, which guests ascend through at the start of the ride. A weathervane designed by a Louisiana blacksmith is atop the mill. The front of the building was repainted and the roof was covered with moss.

More scaffolding up on the left side of the salt dome.

We saw several crew members on the side of the salt dome mountain. They seem to still be sculpting rock.

A close-up of crew members working on rock sculpting.

This is where most of the scaffolding remains on the mountain, too. We could also hear work behind the mountain.

A wide shot of the salt dome.

During our Tuesday trip, we didn’t see activity around the ride’s famous drop. But this past weekend, we did see logs poised at the top of the drop.

Log at top of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Disney has been testing the ride vehicles and periodically filling parts of the flume with water. The vehicles are recycled from Splash Mountain but have been refurbished.

The entrance to the Briar Patch.

The windows and doors of the Briar Patch, the Splash Mountain gift shop, remain boarded up and blocked off.

A wide shot of construction walls around the Frontierland Train Station.

During work on the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure queue, crews have also been constructing new stairwells for the Frontierland train station. Construction walls and rolling planters block work around the train station, which is still operational.

Flagstone path in the queue of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Guests can walk behind the train station, through part of the new queue made of flagstones. Small construction boxes cover some elements behind wrought iron railings. The only thing for guests to access back here is a restroom.

Construction on the side of the salt dome.

We can see some construction work on the side of the mountain from the queue. A new fence was installed next to the ride flume earlier during construction.

Close-up of new plants installed on the side of the salt dome.

This is where new plants were installed. Green vines run up the cliffside. They appear to have red or orange flowers, or maybe peppers.

Peppers are featured on Tiana’s Foods signage in honor of the co-op’s line of hot sauces. As a potential connection to Tiana’s Bayou Adventures, peppers returned to the Native American village on Rivers of America last year.

Temporary fencing in the lagoon splashdown of Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

Down next to the flume after the drop, temporary fencing now blocks the Cast Member stairwell.

Another angle of the temporary fencing, and a log stationed under the bridge.

We saw logs in one of the tunnels under the bridge. There was minimal water in the flume, likely just from rain.

A crew member walking around in the lagoon area.

We saw a crew member in this area but no significant work.

A wide shot of a crew member walking around the lagoon.

Also check out the most recent construction update for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Disneyland, which will open later in 2024.

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