Will Walt Disney Imagineering Add Splash Mountain Easter Eggs to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure?

princess tiana animatronic (left), splash mountain (right)
Credit: Disney/ Canva

Walt Disney Imagineering is no stranger to hiding easter eggs within attractions, often referencing the former attraction’s legacy. Now, Disney fans are wondering: will the Imagineers do the same with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure?

tiana's bayou adventure disney world

Credit: Disney

If you ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom Park, and you look closely when you pass through Owl’s broken house, you will see a picture of Mr. Toad giving Owl the deed to the ride area.

That is because Winnie the Pooh’s ride was originally Walt Disney World’s version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, which is still active at Disneyland Park in Southern California. It is a subtle yet touching easter egg to a key ride and character in Disney history.

Mr. Toad, Owl, Disney World

Credit: ITM

Now that Splash Mountain has begun its transformation to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in both Frontierland and Critter Country, this Disney Fanatic is left wondering if any easter eggs alluding to the former ride will be added to the new scenes.

The easter eggs do not have to be obvious, either. For example, the animatronics in the final house scene on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are reportedly from the princess’s original attraction, Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

princess and the frog "Dig a Little Deeper" mama odie

Credit: Disney

Not only that, but a Kylo Ren animatronic in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance was supposedly the Wicked Witch of the West in the now-extinct Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

But, there have been reports that none of the Splash Mountain animatronics are going to be joined with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, the jazz-loving alligator Louis, and all of their other friends.

princess tiana, princess and the frog

Credit: Disney

Personally, this Disney Fanatic can see at least one picture remaining in the queue that either loosely alludes to the ride or shows Princess Tiana with Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. Or, perhaps the best one would be some sort of signage in the ride pointing “offstage” with directions to The Laughin’ Place or Briar Patch.

It’s worth noting, though, that due to Splash Mountain’s problematic source material and the entire controversy revolving around the attraction’s retheme, Walt Disney Imagineering may decide not to include any easter eggs.

princess and the frog, young tiana and her family

Credit: Disney

At this time of this article’s initial publications, there are no official plans announced by Walt Disney Imagineering to put Splash Mountain easter eggs in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. But there’s still some time left between now and the ride’s opening, so who knows what news will be discovered over the next few months!

In the meantime, Disney’s Splash Mountain still lives on at Tokyo Disneyland.

Br'er Rabbit, Splash Mountain

Credit: Disney

Are you looking forward to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure? Tell us about it in the comments below for a chance to be featured in a Disney Fanatic article!

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.