BREAKING: Opening Date Announced for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

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BREAKING: Opening Date Announced for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

Disney has announced the summer 2024 opening date for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Opening Date

Magic Kingdom Tiana's Bayou Adventure attraction poster

Disney revealed that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open on June 28, 2024.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a retheme of the former Splash Mountain ride. It uses the same ride system, though it has been overhauled both inside and out.

Splash Mountain closed permanently in January 2023 at Walt Disney World. It closed permanently at Disneyland in May 2023. The Californian version of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open “later in 2024.” Read our complete history of Splash Mountain for a look back at the classic log flume ride.

Tiana animatronic in adventure attire

Disney says that in the upcoming attraction, guests will “join Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis during Mardi Gras season as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans.” 

The attraction takes place after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.” Tiana’s Foods is an employee-owned community food co-op established by Tiana in 1927, following the success of her restaurant, Tiana’s Palace. The co-op is housed inside a salt mine, with growers planting crops along the old Splash Mountain waterway. Guests will ascend through a mill house built into the side of the mountain.

Original “The Princess and the Frog” cast members are returning to voice their characters. Tiana has a new adventuring outfit which at least one audio-animatronic will sport. There will also be audio-animatronics of Louis, Charlotte, and more.

Read the official press release below.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (TBD, 2024) – “Drop on in” with Princess Tiana this summer, as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure invites guests to join beloved characters Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and all-new friends on a thrilling adventure, all set against the music and excitement of a New Orleans celebration. This new attraction will feature dozens of Audio-Animatronics figures, a foot-tapping soundtrack, and a celebration where everyone’s welcome.

They got music, it’s always playin’

Music is at the heart of New Orleans, and guests will be tapping their toes all throughout the attraction thanks in part to adorable critters, who play instruments made of natural materials found in the bayou. Tiana’s new friends include an otter, a rabbit, a racoon, a beaver, a turtle and more. Their spirited stylings will turn the bayou into a party with Zydeco, Rara, and Afro-Cuban music authentic to the region of New Orleans. There will be new, original music alongside favorite tunes from the film, created in collaboration with award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard.

In addition to musical critters, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure welcomes talent voices from the film as they reprise their roles, including Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie, Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis, and the one and only Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana.

Grab somebody, come on down

As guests float through the cypress trees and Spanish moss of a beautiful Louisiana bayou, they may see some familiar faces as part of the dozens of entirely new Audio-Animatronics figures. Along with Princess Tiana, Louis and Mama Odie, keep an eye out for Eudora, Charlotte, Prince Ralphie, Prince Naveen and others. Between Disney’s iconic storytelling, technologically advanced Audio-Animatronics figures, and a thrilling 50-foot drop, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has enough fun for everyone!

As Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog” makes its home in the Crescent City, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is more stuffed with authentic NOLA artistry than Charlotte is with Tiana’s “man-catching” beignets! Artwork from Louisiana artist Malaika Favorite will delight guests as part of the queue, and guests can see an original metalwork weathervane from third-generation master blacksmith, Darryl Reeves and his apprentice, Karina Roca. New Orleans artist Sharika Mahdi’s artwork has inspired the attraction from the beginning. And, for some lagniappe (a “little extra”) guests will have a nose full of the sweet scent of beignets being kept warm in the oven – reminiscent of strolling through the French Quarter – as part of the attraction queue.

Dreams do come true in New Orleans

The heart of Tiana’s story reminds guests that everyone has the potential to make their dreams a reality. With teams of Imagineers, Disney Animation artists, cast members and Louisiana artisans working together, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is sure to pass a good time when it opens at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on June 28, 2024, and later in 2024 at Disneyland Park in California!

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1 thought on “BREAKING: Opening Date Announced for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom”

  1. Are there likely to be soft openings in the build up to this date? We arrive on 6/11 and leave on 6/29, so doesn’t give us much chance to ride it, without soft openings

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