LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Having previously announced that Splash Mountain will undergo a “redesign” in the coming years, Disney has confirmed that the ride at its Florida theme park will be temporarily closing in January 2023.
The popular attraction will then be relaunched as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in late 2024.
“Since announcing the attraction in 2020, Imagineers have worked hard to design an immersive experience inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios film ‘The Princess and the Frog’ and the heart and culture of New Orleans,” wrote Carmen Smith, an executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, in a blog post published Friday.
News that the ride would be “reimagined” using elements from the 2009 Disney film The Princess and the Frog was first announced in June 2020, and additional details – including the new name – were released announced in July 2022.
In November, a Disney Parks official said the redesign was accelerating.
The attraction will pick up where the story of The Princess and the Frog left off, according to the blog.
“In Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, join Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis during Mardi Gras season as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans,” reads the Disney Parks Blog.
The ride will also feature zydeco music, a blend of rhythm and blues that originated in Louisiana.
Additional information about Splash Mountain at Disneyland will be released at a later date as indicated in the blog post. A closing date for Splash Mountain at Disneyland has yet to be announced.
The decision to redesign Splash Mountain came amid an earlier social media outcry to change the attraction, which originally featured elements from Disney’s controversial 1946 film Song of the South. The film, which had been heavily criticized for its portrayal of black people, came back into the limelight amid civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd.
“The redesign of Splash Mountain is particularly meaningful today,” a Disney Parks representative wrote in a blog post in June 2020. “The new concept is comprehensive—one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”
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