Tiana’s Bayou adventure comes to life in new video

Disney Imagineers has released a new teaser video showcasing the cultural influence and new design elements of the new attraction Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will replace Splash Mountain at Disney World and Disneyland in 2024. The famous lazy river is based on Song of the South (1946) and tells the story of the animated parts of the journey with some minor edits.

While the movie is incredibly controversial and something the Walt Disney Company would like to forget about, Splash Mountain has become a favorite fan attraction, with many lamenting its removal.

Splash Mountain attraction
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However, there are still plenty of people who are enthusiastic about the rebranding. The ride features many bayou critters and beloved characters from The Princess and the Frog (2009), as Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis the jazz-loving alligator and Mama Odie. It can even make the villainous Dr. Facillier, despite his dramatic death at the end of the film.

The Imagineers behind the project are more than excited to show the world their hard work, so much so that they’ve released a video showing their progress.

Tiana’s Bayou adventure turns into one big Mardi Gras party

The video begins with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Executive Creative Producer Charita Carter introducing Mardi Gras to the audience and what it means for the ride and The Princess and the Frog As a whole.

To get into the spirit of the movie, Disney Imagineers working on the ride traveled to New Orleans to participate in the unique celebration, learning about the bright colors, rhythmic music and what it means to the community.

A close-up of the outdoor model for Tiana's Bayou Adventure
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The video also showed previous concept art and close-ups of an exterior model for the ride. This time they showed the model during the day and at night.

During the day there seems to be a lot more plants and greenery than there used to be at Splash Mountain. There’s also a brand new water tower that shows off the logo of Tiana’s new restaurant.

A close-up of the exterior model of the Tiana's Bayou Adventure at night
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Meanwhile, the outside has many bright lights at night that resemble fireflies and show off the flowers in the water. Most impressively, there are many bright lights coming out of the opening at the top of the drop.

Overall, it looks like a lot of love and talent went into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. While Splash Mountain may be missed, no one can deny that this new attraction looks magical.

Are you excited about Tiana’s Bayou adventure? What interests you most? Let us know in the comments below.

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