Disney’s new name for Splash Mountain officially announced

Disney has announced that Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World and Disneyland will become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in 2024 and bring some The Princess and the Frog magic with it to the theme parks.

As announced at ESSENCEFestival, guests will be able to visit Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park in California, and it promises to “pay homage to the rich culture and history of the New Orleans community.”

“Walt Disney Imagineers have traveled frequently to Louisiana while conducting extensive research to ensure Tiana’s Bayou Adventure preserves the heart and soul of the town that inspired Princess Tiana’s story,” writes Disney Parks Blog. “From exploring the French market and bayou to consulting with academics, chefs, musicians and cultural institutions, Imagineers received inspiration from across the region and learned from local experts along the way. .”

“In many ways, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a love letter to New Orleans,” said Charita Carter, Executive Producer of Relevance Activations at Walt Disney Imagineering. “Like the musical city that inspired this attraction, Tiana’s second act is about a community working in harmony to achieve something extraordinary. It reminds us of an enduring truth we can all relate to: ‘if you do your better every day, good things are sure to happen to you.” And it’s a tune we can all sing along to!

The new attraction will also be a “celebration of black joy as we bring Tiana’s story to its roots” and Disney is proud to “carry the story of Princess Tiana forward in our parks.”

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was first announced in 2020 and will pick up where the events of the film left off. Guests will join Princess Tiana, Naveen and Louis the jazz-loving alligator as they prepare to host a Mardi Gras celebration where “everyone is welcome”. There will also be appearances from familiar faces and original music inspired by songs from the film.

Splash Mountain debuted at Disneyland in 1989 before coming to Tokyo Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in 1992. The ride is based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South, which Disney chose not to air on Disney+ because it is “not appropriate in today’s world”. world.”

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