It seems hard to believe, but after 30 years as a Magic Kingdom staple, Splash Mountain officially closed on January 23, 2023. The day before it closed, the line rarely got below three hours, with some people even snagging water from the ride to sell on sites like eBay. The decision by Disney to change Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was a controversial one, but one that is giving Disney another ride based on an incredibly popular animated film (The Princess and the Frog). The new attraction is slated to open in late 2024.
While it will be sad to head to the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Park and not see Br’er Bear, Br’er Fox, and the residents of the Briar Patch, did you know that you will always be able to see Br’er Rabbit? I know, I had no idea either!
Instagrammer Katie (@disney22katie) shared an image that Br’er Rabbit is actually an integral part of the mountain that makes Splash Mountain. The tree trunk at the top of the mountain is Br’er Rabbit’s ears, then if you look down to the left, you can see Br’er Rabbit’s eyes and nose. That means that, no matter what the attraction becomes in the future, Br’er Rabbit will be there.
How did I never notice this? Did you?
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At this time, Splash Mountain is closed at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom, but is still open in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort. Disney has not announced when Splash Mountain will close at Disneyland Park, but it is expected to be in the next couple of months. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open at both Resorts in late 2024.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take place immediately after the film, telling the story of how Tiana has purchased an old salt mine and turned it into her own food production area. She is throwing a party to thank her friends and family for all of their hard work and support. However, while she is preparing for the party, Princess Tiana realizes that she is missing a secret ingredient.
Guests will head down the bayou with Naveen, Louis, and other recognizable characters from the film to help Tiana find that special ingredient!