Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Toy Log Hints at Canceled Homage to Splash Mountain

Shannen Ace

A hand holding a small toy log ride with anthropomorphic animal characters rests in the foreground. In the background, amidst packaged toys and a printed image of a smiling character, an Auto Draft display can be seen on the store shelf.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Toy Log Hints at Canceled Homage to Splash Mountain

Among the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure merchandise available at Magic Kingdom is a toy that hints at a potentially lost Splash Mountain reference.

We found it for sale in the Emporium, but it will likely also be for sale in Critter Co-Op once the store opens.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Toy Log – $12.99

A hand holding a small toy log ride with anthropomorphic animal characters rests in the foreground. In the background, amidst packaged toys and a printed image of a smiling character, an Auto Draft display can be seen on the store shelf.

The toy resembles one of the ride’s log vehicles. Three critters — Rufus the Turtle, Sebastián the Louisiana Black Bear, and Phina the Gray Fox — sit in the seats. And a rabbit head is on the front of the vehicle.

Hand holding a toy featuring two cartoon characters in a log boat, as if an auto draft of playful adventure.

A full-body Br’er Rabbit figure used to be on the front of the Splash Mountain logs in Magic Kingdom, as seen in the photo below. Just Br’er Rabbit’s head was on the logs in Disneyland and the toy seems inspired by those logs specifically.

splash mountain refurb 2

For Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the rabbit figures were removed from the logs and were not replaced with a different figure. The toy suggests that Disney was originally planning to keep the rabbits as an homage to Splash Mountain. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure also features critters, including Gritty the Rabbit, so it would have made sense. But it seems Disney decided to remove the figures at the last minute and it was too late to change the design of the log toy.

There is a Splash Mountain tribute in the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure queue.

Read more about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and check out more merchandise.

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