After almost years of anticipation and speculation, Disney Parks has finally announced when Guests and Fans will have to say goodbye to the Briar Patch.
On Friday, December 2, Disney Parks announced that the iconic attraction Splash Mountain will permanently close at Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort on January 23, 2023.
The news was included in an announcement that said, in part,
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take you on a journey inspired by the story and characters from the hit film, picking up where that story left off. In preparation for this new experience and the many exciting updates ahead, Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort will be closed starting Jan. 23, 2023, so we can begin the next phase of this attraction’s development. Additional information about Splash Mountain at Disneyland Resort will be shared at a later date.
BREAKING NEWS: We’re one step closer to going down the bayou as Walt Disney Imagineering reveals a new scene from Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! ?✨ Come on down to the Disney Parks Blog for the inside scoop: https://t.co/Fiq50z4K37 pic.twitter.com/aC12qu8GYW
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 2, 2022
Presented in much greater detail at the 2022 D23 Expo in September, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take over the remains of Chick-a-pin Hill with New Orleans Style. Disney confirmed that the ride would take place after the events of the animated film Disney’s Princess and the Frog and feature the original voice actors. Guests will join Tiana, Navene, and the jazz-loving alligator Louis as they prepare for a special Mardi Gras celebration. The slow cruise through the bayou will also introduce fans to new characters as well as some special Louisiana zydeco music.
The new ride will also bring changes to Disneyland’s New Orleans Square with the addition of a new restaurant and boutique.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to open at both Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park in 2024. Fans who are still committed to Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox will still have the chance to experience Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disney Resort.