Splash Mountain will be renamed Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and the renovated attraction will debut at Disneyland and Disney World in late 2024.
In a blog post, Carmen Smith, SVP, Creative Development – Product/Content & Inclusive Strategies at Disney, confirmed the intentions.
Disney announced in 2020 that it will redesign the ride, disclosing the news as protests against racial inequality erupted throughout the country. Splash Mountain was inspired on the Uncle Remus Br’er Rabbit fable from the studio’s divisive 1946 film Song of the South. According to Smith’s tweet and an accompanying YouTube video, the objective of Imagineers in this new endeavor is to pay honor to New Orleans’ history and legacy.
The new tie-in will be The Princess and the Frog, a 2009 animated picture from Disney. The updated version of the flume ride will continue the tale of the film beyond the climactic kiss, following Princess Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) and Louis as they prepare for their first Mardi Gras performance. Rose is working on the project.
“Walt Disney Imagineers have been frequent travelers to Louisiana while conducting extensive research to ensure Tiana’s Bayou Adventure preserves the heart and soul of the city that inspired Princess Tiana’s story,” Smith wrote. “From exploring the French Market and the bayou, to consulting with academics, chefs, musicians and cultural institutions, Imagineers have received inspiration from all over the region and learned from local experts along the way.”
The updated version of the attraction debuted during the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was characterized as a “love letter to New Orleans” by Charita Carter, executive producer of relevance activations at Walt Disney Imagineering. She continued,
“Like the musical city that inspired this attraction, Tiana’s second act is about a community working in harmony to achieve something extraordinary.”
The grand opening for “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” is set for late 2024.
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