Fans of the popular Splash Mountain ride in the Magic Kingdom and fans of the 2009 animated Disney princess film The Princess and the Frog will be interested to learn that the new Princess and the Frog ride replacing the popular water ride Splash Mountain has finally gotten an official name and a more accurate estimate for its opening date!
The Essence Festival of Culture just took place in New Orleans, Louisiana (where The Princess and the Frog is set, which is appropriate since Princess Tiana is from New Orleans and opens up a New Orleans restaurant), and Disney announced during the Essence Festival that the Walt Disney Imagineering ride is going to be called “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure”!
While many Disney princess fans would have thought that the Disney princess and chef Tiana had already had a bayou adventure when she was turned into a frog by Dr. Facilier and had to break the spell alongside Prince Naveen, it’s apparent that there are more adventures to be had in the bayous of Louisiana.
Although an exact date for the opening of the ride (and a closing date for Splash Mountain, since obviously, the ride will be closing down permanently well in advance of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure’s opening date) has not been announced, it was revealed during the Essence Festival of Culture that Magic Kingdom visitors can expect the ride to be open sometime towards the end of the year in 2024.
So if you’re a fan of Splash Mountain who is trying to get in as many rides on Splash Mountain as possible, you probably still have at least some of 2023 before Splash Mountain closes and Walt Disney Imagineering gets to work building the new New Orleans-based ride!
We’ve already seen a teaser image for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure that clearly shows Princess Tiana heading back into the bayou with Prince Naveen. According to the Disney Parks Blog, “Picking up where the film left off, Guests will join Princess Tiana, Naveen and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome. Along the way, Guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film as they are brought into the next chapter of Tiana’s story.”
The ride, which is coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park, is meant to be “a love letter to New Orleans”!