Brand New Details for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Disney World

As the summer of 2024 approaches, Walt Disney World is gearing up for the highly anticipated opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a reimagined attraction replacing the iconic Splash Mountain. This all-new experience promises to transport guests into the vibrant world of “The Princess and the Frog,” immersing them in the rich culture and traditions of New Orleans. With an opening date set for June 28, 2024, at Magic Kingdom, excitement is building for this magical journey through the bayou. Here’s everything you need to know before embarking on this thrilling adventure.


The Story Behind Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure ride picks up where the beloved Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog” left off. After achieving her dream of opening the successful Tiana’s Palace restaurant, Princess Tiana has ventured into a new culinary endeavor called “Tiana’s Foods.” This employee-owned co-op is nestled within an old salt mine, featuring a boutique farm, a working kitchen, and an educational area dedicated to teaching the art of cooking and gardening.

As the story unfolds, it’s Mardi Gras season, and Tiana is preparing to host a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans. However, she realizes she’s missing a key ingredient for her special dish. Guests will join Tiana and her fun-loving friend Louis the Alligator on an adventure through the bayou to find the missing component, encountering familiar faces and making new friends along the way.


Immersive Audio-Animatronics and Music

One of the most exciting aspects of Disney World Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is the introduction of cutting-edge audio-animatronics figures. Disney Imagineers have created dozens of highly detailed and expressive characters, including Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and a host of new critter friends. These animatronics boast an incredible range of motion, facial expressions, and personality, bringing the bayou to life like never before.

The attraction will also feature a captivating musical score, blending new original compositions with beloved tunes from “The Princess and the Frog.” Grammy Award-winning New Orleans musicians PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard have contributed their talents, ensuring an authentic and immersive auditory experience.


The Thrilling Ride Experience

While the overall ride experience will be reimagined, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will retain the iconic 50-foot drop that made Splash Mountain a fan favorite. As guests embark on their journey, they’ll float through the bayou, encountering lively musical critters and their handcrafted instruments before plunging down the exhilarating drop, culminating in an indoor finale celebrating Tiana’s Mardi Gras party.


Virtual Queue and Lightning Lane Access

To manage the anticipated high demand, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will utilize a virtual queue system during its initial opening days. Guests can request to join the virtual queue via the My Disney Experience app at 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. While a standby queue will not be available initially, Disney expects to open one soon after the attraction’s debut.

Additionally, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be included in the Disney Genie+ service, allowing guests to purchase Lightning Lane access and bypass the regular queue. Pricing and availability will be updated on the day of your visit through the My Disney Experience app.


Commemorative Merchandise and Dining Offerings

No Disney experience would be complete without commemorative merchandise and themed dining offerings. Starting on June 28, guests can find Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and “The Princess and the Frog”-inspired merchandise collections at the Emporium in Magic Kingdom.

Shortly after the attraction’s debut, these items will also be available at the Critter Co-Op in Frontierland. As for dining, guests can indulge in Tiana’s Famous Beignets, light and fluffy treats drizzled with honey and powdered sugar, available for a limited time at Golden Oak Outpost and The Friar’s Nook.


PhotoPass Opportunities and Memory Maker

Disney’s PhotoPass Service will capture magical moments throughout your journey on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Guests can purchase the Memory Maker package to download all their Disney PhotoPass photos taken during their vacation, including the special attraction photo from this new experience.


Final Thoughts

With its immersive storytelling, cutting-edge technology, and authentic New Orleans flair, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure promises to be a standout addition to Walt Disney World’s lineup of attractions. As the opening date of June 28, 2024, draws near, guests can look forward to embarking on an unforgettable adventure through the bayou, celebrating the rich culture and traditions that inspired “The Princess and the Frog.” Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the world of Tiana, this attraction is sure to captivate and delight visitors of all ages. Get ready to “drop on in” and let the good times roll!