Former Splash Mountain site gets first touch of ‘Tiana’s Bayou Adventure’

Overnight on June 27, 2023 Walt Disney Imagineering installed the tiara-topped water tower that will be the centerpiece for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The attraction, scheduled to open in 2024 at Magic Kingdom Park, will take guests on a musical adventure inspired by the beloved story and characters from the fan-favorite film “The Princess and the Frog.” (Olga Thompson, Photographer) (Courtesy: Olga Thompson, Photographer)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom Park has a new look this week, after the centerpiece of “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” was installed at the former Splash Mountain site.

Walt Disney World Imagineering installed the tiara themed water tower on Monday night.

The popular attraction officially closed in January for refurbishments.

It is set to be transformed into a Mardi Gras celebration by Disney Imagineers, based on the animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” The new name will be “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” after Disney’s first black princess, Tiana.

The Splash Mountain attraction was originally based on the controversial Disney film, “Song of the South,” which critics say portrays racial stereotypes.

The change will give Princess Tiana a permanent new home at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort and also at Disneyland Park in California.

“She’s leading us on an adventure of discovery. It’s a musical. It’s gonna be joyous. And I think our guests are gonna absolutely love it. And for people who are from this area, we want them to feel like they are at home when they step into the attraction,” said Charita Carter, Executive Creative Producer for The Walt Disney Company.

The grand opening for “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” is set for late 2024.

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