Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is getting closer to opening in Magic Kingdom!
This Princess and the Frog-themed attraction is being built in both Disney World and Disneyland, and will officially start welcoming guests later this year. We’ve been keeping up with every single update Disney has announced but with every day bringing us closer and closer to the opening, we thought we’d dive into everything we know about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!
We’re breaking down everything we know about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom!
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will pick up the story of The Princess and the Frog “after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”
So, what exactly happens next? Well, when the film itself ends, Princess Tiana makes her dream come true when she opens her very own restaurant, Tiana’s Palace, along with becoming the owner of Tiana’s Foods — and a giant salt mine!
It all starts in the queue, where you’ll be able to smell fresh beignets and hear the sounds of New Orleans. Inside the yellow barn in the queue is where the Tiana’s Foods offices are located!
The story of the attraction picks up during New Orleans’ Carnival season, and Tiana is hosting a Mardi Gras Party for the people of New Orleans — the community that has supported her successful restaurant. But Tiana realizes that the party is “missing a key ingredient” and she needs help finding it — which is where you come in!
The Height Requirement
Disney World has updated the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure page on their website, and it has revealed an important piece of information about the ride — the height requirement! This was previously unknown, but now we can confirm that the ride will have the same restrictions that Splash Mountain did.
According to the Disney World website, the height requirement for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be 40 inches or 102 centimeters! This means older kiddos should have no problem riding with their parents. Little ones will have to stay behind until they meet that listed height!
The Easter Eggs
Disney has confirmed that the ride will feature a few different hidden nods to Splash Mountain! We know that they’ll be reusing the ride vehicles and the same track, but we also know that much of the interior ride architecture has been retained, including rocks and boulders — but the vegetation is being replaced with flora and fauna native to New Orleans.
Imagineers confirmed that there may be more Splash Mountain Easter eggs in store throughout the rest of the ride, including stone arches — but we’ll have to wait to hear new announcements!
As far as actual ride tech goes, we learned that several Tiana audio-animatronics will be used throughout the ride! We’ll get to see just how they’ve chosen to bring her to life. It’ll be like Tiana is actually talking to us and taking us along on this journey.
The advanced animatronics in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure are state of the art and are said to be like the ones used in Frozen Ever After in Hong Kong Disneyland. There will also be an animatronic for Louis, the jazz-playin’ alligator that we all love, along with some swamp animals that make up a band.
The Opening Timeline
The ride is projected to open in late 2024 in both Disney World and Disneyland — at least according to the original announcement. But, we’ve been seeing signs that Tiana’s could open even earlier than anticipated — at least in Disney World.
In a recent blog post, Disney removed the word “late” and stated that the ride is just opening in 2024. With Disney typically being pretty specific about their use of language, we can’t help but think this may be a good sign.
As far as the ride construction goes, well, we think we’ve spotted some good signs over there too. Disney recently started adding all the incredible and lush foliage to the exterior of the ride which we had previously seen in the concept art. It’s hard to tell there was ever even another ride here with how much they’ve added!
And, that’s about all we know about this new ride coming to Magic Kingdom. Of course, we’ll be keeping up with all the latest announcements from Disney, so stay tuned to DFB for even more news about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!
Will you be riding Tiana’s Bayou Adventure when it opens? Tell us in the comments!