Everything You Need To Know About Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

A brand new ride is opening at Magic Kingdom in Disney World and Disneyland Park soon – well…kind of! The popular attraction, Splash Mountain, closed at both parks in 2023 to make way for a completely reimagined ride – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! Once completed, the new ride will take guests on a brand new adventure with Tiana and other characters from Disney’s 2009 film, The Princess and the Frog. But, before you hop on the ride, there’s a lot you need to know. From details about the ride, to state-of-the-art technology, to whether the attraction will be included in Disney Genie+, and more, here’s everything you need to know about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in both Disney World and Disneyland.

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About Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a reimagined log flume attraction coming to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park, based on The Princess and the Frog. The ride is set to replace what was once known as Splash Mountain in 2024 at both parks with new characters and a brand new storyline. Here are the basic details to know before you ride:

  • Type: Water ride
  • Ride Length: Lasts about 11 to 12 minutes
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches (or 102 cm) minimum height required to ride
  • Ages: Kids, Pre-teens/Teenagers, and Adults
  • Restrictions: Not yet known
  • Disney PhotoPass Attraction Photo Op: Yes (taken on the final drop)

Ride Experience

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Queue

Goodbye, Splash Mountain and hello Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! Disney has completely transformed the queue to transport you to New Orleans from the second you get in line. With the smell of fresh beignets (which will be pumped into the queue with special scent technology) and the sound of reimagined New Orleans classics in the background, you’ll enter the queue and start learning all about what Princess Tiana and her friends have been up to since we left off with them at the end of the movie.

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It turns out that Tiana has built her own employee-owned company called Tiana’s Foods inside of an old large salt dome (a.k.a. the “mountain” of Splash Mountain). You’ll notice that that land around the salt mine now grows veggies, spices, and herbs for Tiana’s recipes in the outdoor portion of the queue. And, as you make your way through the line, you’ll walk through the main offices for Tiana’s Foods learning about the relationship Tiana has with her parents and what made her into the person she is today.

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Be sure to look at all the authentic details that Disney has implemented from their research in New Orleans and listen to the audio and music playing overhead! Disney shared that these both will play a “central role in the experience.”

Ride Technology

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will feature a blend of practical lighting, digital lighting, and scenic paint to create one of the most immersive experiences of any Disney ride. The ride technology is state-of-the-art and includes audio-animatronics of various characters from the movie, such as Tiana, Louis, the “critter band,” Charlotte La Bouff, Ralphie, Mama Odie, and Juju (Mama Odie’s pet snake).

As some of the most technologically advanced audio-animatronics created by Disney, they are designed to bring the attraction to life and are incredibly realistic. The movements and expressions of the characters are synchronized with the dialogue and music so you’ll feel like you’re actually seeing the characters you know and love in real life!

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The Backstory

The attraction picks up the story of The Princess and the Frog just after the final kiss in the movie. And, you’re invited to join Princess Tiana and Louis on a brand new musical adventure featuring some of your favorite songs from the movie (plus new ones!) as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras celebration.

The story of the attraction takes place during New Orleans’ Carnival season. And, Tiana is hosting a Mardi Gras Party for her community. Tiana realized that she’s missing a key ingredient and she needs help finding it – that’s where YOU come in! Guests will join Tiana and Louis on a trip to the bayou, where they meet all sorts of new friends who have a special role to play at the party. In total, the attraction will feature seventeen characters. This includes Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis, Mama Odie, Eudora (Tiana’s mom), Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” the King and Queen of Maldonia, Naveen’s brother Prince Ralphie, and an all-new band of musical critters (which were created exclusively for the ride).

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The Music

The music in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be one of the highlights of the attraction. Of course, there are plenty of songs that you’ll likely recognize if you’ve seen The Princess and the Frog. This includes “Almost There,” “Down in New Orleans,” and “When We’re Human.” But, there will also be some brand new music that was created exclusively for the ride! The music will be a mix of jazz, blues, and gospel, which is a reflection of the New Orleans culture and the film’s setting.

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Opening Timeline

Disney has revealed that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will officially open in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on June 28th, 2024! However, there are a few ways to experience the new ride early if you’re a D23 Gold Member, Disney Vacation Club Member, or a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder.

According to Disney’s official announcement, the ride is set to open “later in 2024” in Disneyland. No specific date has been given yet. For now, Splash Mountain remains closed while it is transformed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Exclusive Preview Opportunities

There are several exclusive preview opportunities available for eligible guests, including D23 Gold Members, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

D23 Gold Members can purchase tickets for a special Tiana’s Bayou Adventure event on June 22nd at Magic Kingdom. The preview event will start at 6:30PM and include exclusive access to the new attraction. Tickets for this event cost $60 plus a $7 fee and became available for purchase on May 16th. Currently, tickets are sold out, but check back frequently in case more are released before the event.

If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member with a resort reservation, you can register for a preview of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure on June 12th or June 19th. This exclusive preview opportunity is only available to eligible guests, and registration opened on May 16th.

And, finally, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can also get a sneak peek of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Preview dates include June 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 20th. A virtual queue will be used for the previews. Annual Passholders can join at 7AM or 1PM on the day of their visit though the My Disney Experience app. Just note that a Park Pass Reservation is required.

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How to Ride

If you’re planning to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, there are a few things you need to know. Here’s a breakdown of the different ways to experience the ride:

Disney Genie+

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be included as a Lightning Lane entrance with the purchase of Disney Genie+ (Disney’s new paid way to skip the lines at several attractions throughout each park). You can buy Disney Genie+ through the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit to Magic Kingdom beginning at 12AM. We recommend making your purchase prior to 7AM so that you get a Lightning Lane reservation when they first become available (at 7AM on the day of your visit). Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is sure to be a popular ride. So, be sure to make this attraction your priority when using Genie+ even if the return time isn’t until much later in the day.

Learn more about our Genie+ strategies and tips before you visit here!

Virtual Queue

When Tiana’s Bayou Adventure first opens on June 28th, 2024, it will use a virtual queue. Disney has not shared how long they plan to use the virtual queue after the ride originally opens. So, be sure to confirm that no standby line is available before you visit.

To join the virtual queue, you’ll need to sign up for it through the My Disney Experience app at one of two times on the day of your visit – 7AM or 1PM. Just keep in mind that you will need to have already entered the park to be able to sign up for the 1PM virtual queue. And, if you don’t get a spot in the line at either time, you won’t be able to ride the attraction that day.

Also note that you can only join one virtual queue at a time, so joining the queue for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure means that you will not be able to join the virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run until after you’ve redeemed your return time for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Standby Line

While a standby queue will not be available during the attraction’s initial opening days, Disney has shared that they expect to open a standby queue soon after. Check back later to see if the standby line is available when you visit. However, keep in mind that Disney Genie+ options will likely provide a faster and more efficient experience.

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Attraction Merchandise

In addition to the brand new attraction, there will also be brand new Princess and the Frog merchandise available at both Disney World and Disneyland! From apparel to accessories, there’s something for everyone, and here’s where you can find it:

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Starting June 28th, you can find the collections for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and The Princess and the Frog-inspired merchandise at the Emporium at Magic Kingdom. This includes a variety of items such as t-shirts, hats, plush toys, Mama Odie’s Hot Sauce, and Dooky Chase’s Seasonings. Shortly after the attraction opens, the merchandise will also be available at Critter Co-Op in Frontierland.

Disneyland Park

Disneyland is also getting in on the action with changes to two gift shops in Critter Country. A new store called Ray’s Berets (which is named after the firefly from Princess and the Frog) will be replacing The Briar Patch. Here, you’ll be able to shop for headwear, apparel, accessories, toys, and more. And, then on the left-hand side of Pooh Corner, you’ll find the new Louis’ Critter Club. It will have apparel, accessories, and home decor featuring “some of your favorite critters” and Princess Tiana. The other side of Pooh Corner will still be where you can find Hundred Acre Wood treats and souvenirs.

Critter Country temporarily closed on May 1st, 2024, and remains closed to make way for these changes.

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Limited Time Food and Beverage Offerings in Disney World

If you’re planning to visit Disney World soon to ride the new attraction, you’re in luck! Among the food and beverage offerings available for a limited time will be Tiana’s Famous Beignets. These light, sweet, and fluffy beignets are drizzled with honey and powdered sugar, making them the perfect treat to celebrate the grand opening of the new ride. They will be available for a limited time starting on opening day at Golden Oak Outpost and The Friar’s Nook.

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And, here are all the other sweet treats, drinks, and snacks that you can try in Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, and select Disney World Resort hotels in honor of the ride opening!

Magic Kingdom

Golden Oak Outpost (Available June 28th through September 6th)  

  • Hot Honey Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries: Chicken nuggets tossed in hot sauce-honey served with New Orleans olive relish and Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries 
  • Shrimp Gumbo with Sweet Potato Fries: Shrimp and Andouille sausage gumbo topped with Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries
  • Tiana’s Famous Beignets: Light, sweet, and fluffy beignets with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey 

Pinocchio Village Haus (Available June 28th through September 6th; mobile order available)  

  • Peach Cobbler: Cinnamon panna cotta, peach cobbler, brown sugar streusel, and whipped cream with a Tiana chocolate piece 

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Available June 28th through September 6th)  

  • Butter Pecan Praline Sundae: Butter pecan ice cream topped with praline sauce, spiced pecans, and whipped cream  

The Plaza Restaurant (Available June 28th through September 6th)  

  • Tiana’s Chantilly Cake: Vanilla chiffon cake, lemon chantilly, and fresh strawberries topped with a fondant flower and a Tiana chocolate piece 

The Friar’s Nook and Outdoor Vending Locations near Cinderella Castle (Available starting June 28th, while supplies last)  

  • Princess Tiana Sipper (Limit two per person, per transaction)  

Main Street Confectionery (Available starting June 28th)  

  • Tiana’s Sweet Popcorn Serenade: Caramel popcorn with praline pecans, M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies, pretzel pieces, and dark chocolatey drizzle 
  • Tiana’s Bayou Crunch: Cajun cheddar popcorn with M&M’S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies, cheddar crackers, pretzel pieces, and white chocolatey drizzle  
  • Green Apple Gummi Frogs
  • Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts 

Critter Co-Op (Coming soon)

  • Green Apple Gummi Frogs
  • Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts 

Disney Springs  

Amorette’s Patisserie (Available June 28 through July 31; mobile order available)  

  • Over the Bayou Cake Bar: Vanilla cake bar

Available at Various Locations Throughout Walt Disney World Resort 

  • Bayou Lavender Lemonade: Minute Maid Premium Lemonade with flavors of lavender inspired by New Orleans’ influence on American cuisine; available June 28th through September 6th at the following locations:
    • Dockside Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios  
    • The Plaza Restaurant and The Friar’s Nook at Magic Kingdom Park 
    • Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs (Available June 28 through July 31 only)  
    • Beaches Pool Bar and Courtyard Pool Bar at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa  
    • Mardi Grogs Pool Bar at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Crisped Rice Cereal Treat Lily Padavailable June 28th through September 6th at the following locations: 
    • Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park
    • Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park 
    • Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs 
    • Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs 
    • Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park 
    • Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk 
    • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
  • Pecan Praline Caramel Appleavailable June 28th through September 6th at the following locations:
    • Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park 
    • Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park 
    • Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs 
    • Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs 
    • Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park 
    • Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk  
    • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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