The transformation of Disney’s Splash Mountain appears to be moving speedily along at The Walt Disney World Resort, as just days after Frontierland’s landmark attraction closed its doors, the ride vehicles were spotted being removed from the attraction for reasons not yet clear.
For around 30 years, Disney World Guests boarded the eight-person logs and were whisked away to the Laughin’ Place and then down Chik-a-pin Hill into the briar patch. Each ride was dressed with a Br’er Rabbit hood ornament.
These logs were spotted being removed by @SplashMtn1989, who shared this image on Twitter, saying, “Logs are being removed from Splash Mountain and are being prepped for refurbs at Walt Disney World.”
Logs are being removed from Splash Mountain and are being prepped for refurbs at Walt Disney World #SplashMountain #WaltDisneyWorld #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/ON7zXgyIYm
— SplashMountainArchives (@SplashMtn1989) January 26, 2023
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Splash Mountain’s retheme, the Princess and the Frog-inspired Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is expected to be the same ride system and use the same ride vehicles. So it makes sense that these logs would be removed for some individual refurbishment while its ride track is also taken care of by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to open at Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park in late 2024.
Disney Parks Blog describes the new attraction, in part, as the following,
“Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take guests on a musical adventure inspired by the beloved story and characters from the fan-favorite film. 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.”
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