Disney recently updated its websites to include details on the highly-anticipated new attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Set to open in late 2024, this musical boat ride continues the story of Tiana, Naveen, and their friends from the beloved 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog”.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be one of the flagship attractions in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park. It replaces the former Splash Mountain log flume ride. The storyline picks up about a year after the events of the film, with Tiana having expanded her successful restaurant business into an employee-owned cooperative called “Tiana’s Foods”.
During Mardi Gras season, Tiana realizes there’s a mix-up with the preparations for the big celebration and a key ingredient is missing. She invites guests along on a musical adventure through the bayou to find what’s needed for the party. The attraction promises to feature new music, characters, and classic favorites from the movie.
Queue and Facilities
The Disneyland website details what guests can expect to discover inside the ride’s queue. Tiana has renovated an old salt mine into the new headquarters and teaching kitchen for Tiana’s Foods. Vibrant artwork from local artists adorns the walls. Inside the kitchen area, riders will see party preparations underway – food is being cooked, employees are loading crates with beignets, and more. The queue sets the stage for the adventure ahead.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a water flume ride, much like the former Splash Mountain. After boarding log boats, guests journey into the bayou with Tiana and friends to find the missing ingredient. Highlights include:
A lively original song composed for the ride
Appearances by classic characters like Louis, Mama Odie, and more
17 new characters created just for this story
Immersive Cajun environments and scenes on the bayou
Zydeco music and New Orleans-inspired sounds
Advanced audio-animatronic figures with lifelike movements
The ride promises to be a vibrant, musical celebration capturing the heart and soul of New Orleans.
New Storyline Details
While the full ride experience is being kept secret for now, Disney revealed some tidbits about the storyline:
Tiana has converted an aging salt mine into a farm and teaching kitchen for her new business
On the bayou journey, guests will discover singing critters that have a role in the celebration
A key party ingredient somehow went missing back at Tiana’s Foods
There will be unexpected twists and turns along the way
The missing item, new friends, and zany mishaps will all factor into the adventure.
In addition to Tiana, Naveen, and Louis, the ride will feature other familiar characters:
Charlotte La Bouff
Big Daddy La Bouff
Eudora (Tiana’s mother)
The King and Queen of Maldonia
Prince Ralphie (Naveen’s little brother)
Plus, 17 new characters are being created just for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Concept art shows a rabbit playing washboard, turtle with harmonica, otter on fiddle, and more.
With an original storyline picking up after the film, new music, advanced animatronics, and nods to New Orleans flavor, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure aims to transport guests into an immersive adventure in the bayou. Riders will join a beloved cast of characters on a quest for a missing ingredient that takes some surprising twists across the swamps of Louisiana. The ride promises to continue Tiana’s story in an innovative way, bringing her ambitious, inspiring spirit to life. As Disneyland prepares to welcome guests into her reimagined world late next year, the countdown is on for the Mardi Gras celebration of a lifetime.