Who’s ready to go on down the bayou with Princess Tiana and friends now that Splash Mountain has officially taken its final plunge?
In June 2020 Disney announced the closure of the popular, yet problematic, water ride at Magic Kingdom, while also announcing it would be reimagined as a Princess and the Frog attraction called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!
The updated attraction picks up after the end of the 2009 movie, so guests will follow along with Princess Tiana in human form.
Those on the ride will even get to see as she and jazz-loving alligator Louis go on a musical adventure as they prepare to host a Mardi Gras celebration for the people of New Orleans.
Here is our complete guide to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is slated to open in Summer 2024.
Before we get too far into it, make sure you check out our guide on the Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for information on every attraction and show at Magic Kingdom.
Description: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a slow-moving boat ride that we suspect will be similar in a few ways to Splash Mountain. Stay tuned for more details once we are able to ride it ourselves after it opens in 2024.
You will find Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Frontierland to the left of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Here’s the location on the map.
How to Ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
As we receive more details on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, we will update this information.
But, while Splash Mountain was open, guests could access the ride by entering the Standby Line or the Lightning Lane (only available with the purchase of Genie+).
We don’t anticipate Tiana’s Bayou Adventure having a Single Rider line (Splash never did).
We’re confident in saying that upon opening, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be very much in high demand. There’s no doubt the ride will accrue long waits.
There’s even a chance the attraction will utilize a virtual queue, just like we’ve seen with other new rides at Disney World when they first opened (TRON Lightcycle / Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind).
Do I Need Genie+ to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure?
While Disney hasn’t confirmed this, we expect that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will most likely have a Lightning Lane (possibly even an Individual Lightning Lane), as we’ve seen with other newly opened attractions.
We will update this section once we have more information.
Rider Switch/Child Swap
Rider Switch was offered for Splash Mountain, allowing guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.
What to Expect when you Ride
Since Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a new attraction, we anticipate it could have a virtual queue as we’ve seen with other newly opened attractions. Disney has not confirmed this.
As for the queue itself, Disney has released the following about the storyline guests can expect to see:
The queue will show how Tiana continues to grow her restaurant business with “Tiana’s Foods,” an employee-owned cooperative.
Tiana has transformed an aging salt mine and built a beloved brand, along with help from her mom, Eudora, Naveen, Louis, and fellow owners of the cooperative. She revived the old salt mine and the surrounding land, growing vegetables, herbs, and spices for recipes.
As described by Disney, “Complete with a boutique farm and both a working and teaching kitchen, Tiana’s Foods is where Tiana and her colleagues create all sorts of new products that they are bringing to the world, including a line of original hot sauces.”
Enter the reason for the party Tiana is throwing during Mardi Gras, she wants to thank her family and friends and the entire community for all the support they’ve given.
Per Disney, “When it turns out there’s been a bit of a mix-up with the party preparations, Tiana invites us to meet her at Tiana’s Foods to help with the missing ingredient for the party.”
“When we arrive, we may see that Tiana spruced up the company’s facilities with vibrant art from local artists,” Disney notes. “Food for the party is being prepared and beignets are being loaded into crates for the celebration. All kinds of preparations are underway for the journey into the bayou with Tiana, along with new and familiar friends from the animated film.”
The scent of beignets being prepared for the party will also be part of the attraction queue.
Terence Blanchard, who played Louis the Alligator’s trumpet parts in the film, is working with Disney on the music for the queue.
As detailed by Laughing Place on June 1, 2023, “There will be a radio show playing in the queue that talks about the celebration we’re about to visit and informs us that Tiana needs assistance. The radio playing it is based on c. 1930 Avrin radio and record player combination.”
According to concept art for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, released by Disney late last year, the ride vehicles look to be the same ones used by Splash Mountain.
Each boat has a total of four rows, which could fit two adults or possibly two adults and a small child.
Accessibility information for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure hasn’t been released yet, but we assume it will be similar to Splash Mountain, which was as follows:
For those in wheelchairs and ECVs, you could park as close as needed to the boarding area, then transfer to the boat.
Mobility devices were moved to the other side after boarding, and you’d return to the same place when the ride is over, where you could then get back into your wheelchair or ECV.
Service animals were also not allowed on Splash Mountain.
Since photos were taken during the final drop on Splash Mountain, we expect the same will happen on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
For those with MagicBands or MagicBand+ with a linked Memory Maker account or if you are an Annual Passholder, the photo is uploaded automatically to your My Disney Experience account.
If Tiana’s Bayou Adventure follows the same track as Splash Mountain, it will be a slow-moving boat ride with several little drops and a large drop right at the end that can cause motion sickness.
If you experience motion sickness in general, check out our guide on motion sickness for any Walt Disney attraction.
On the Ride
At the end of last year, Disney released new information about what guests can expect from Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
Princess Tiana and Louis are preparing to host a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. As you travel through the bayou, meeting Tiana’s other friends, zydeco music, a special Louisiana-born blend of rhythm and blues, brings you further into the world of New Orleans.
Prince Naveen’s little brother Ralphie will be a part of the attraction as an Audio Animatronic playing the drums, a 1920s Leedy bass drum set. According to The DIS, “The Imagineers also confirmed that both Ralphie and the drum set will be physical Audio-Animatronics.”
This music will play a large part in the ride as Disney said that, “zydeco brings together the sounds and styles of many cultures. We wanted that spirit reflected … throughout the attraction so that all our guests feel welcome to join in the celebration.”
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will have 17 new characters, all Audio-Animatronics, the DIS also reported. This includes the critter band playing zydeco music and Tiana herself, as previewed below by Disney in February 2024.
As you can see below, “Mama Odie jokes with guests along their journey after a special display of her magic.” Actress Jenifer Lewis, who starred as the voice of Mama Odie in the original film, is returning to her role for the attraction.
Additional talent voices from the film reprising their roles, including Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana.
Familiar faces from the film such as Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis, Eudora, Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” the King and Queen of Maldonia, and Prince Ralphie will all be part of the ride.
Speaking of Naveen, he will apparently play more light-hearted and funny role in the story.
The ride will also “touch on some new themes,” per Laughing Place. These include:
- Background o Tiana’s dad as a WWI veteran and his experience fighting for his country as an African American
- Information on Tiana’s designing dresses for Charlotte and other clients in the community
- New representation of the other nationalities that make up New Orleans including Philippines, Mexico, Caribbean, nations of Africa and China
- Tiana will have more new costumes and hairstyles beyond her above look
As we learn new details about the experience, we will continue to update this page.
Is Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Kid-Friendly?
While Splash Mountain did feature some darker scenes throughout the ride that may have scared smaller children, we do not yet know if the same will be the case for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
The 5-story drop at the end is fast and could easily scare younger audiences. Also, if you or your children do not like getting wet, we recommend avoiding it.
We have a full guide on several other things that might scare little ones at WDW.
Strollers are not allowed in most queues at Walt Disney World. Instead, you’ll need to park your stroller in the designated stroller parking area.
For Splash Mountain, strollers could be parked closer to the queue entrance, while also up above near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
At the time of the retheming announcement, Disney stated, “The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
In July 2022, it was confirmed that Splash Mountain would become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, inspired by the 2009 animated film, The Princess and the Frog.
The new attraction is slated to open in Summer 2024.
Other Fun Details
Once we’re able to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, we will share fun details, like Easter Eggs. Stay tuned!