In late January, we reported numerous updates about construction on the former Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. The ride closed on January 23 to make way for Princess and the Frog (2009) themed Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Construction walls boasting the logo of a salt dome company in the new ride’s storyline went up immediately.
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On Wednesday, a Magic Kingdom Guest shared a photo of a new addition to the construction walls surrounding Splash Mountain in Frontierland. New Orleans and Mardi Gras-inspired colors make up the logo: “Tiana’s Foods – Employee Owned, Coming Soon!”
New ‘Tiana’s Foods’ signage added to walls surrounding Splash Mountain
New ‘Tiana’s Foods’ signage added to walls surrounding Splash Mountain from WaltDisneyWorld
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take place after the events of Princess and the Frog as the Disney Princess runs her dream restaurant. Voice actors Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), Jenifer Lewis (Mama Odie), and Michael Leon Wooley (Louis the Alligator) will return to voice their characters. Keith David is not expected to reprise his role as villainous Dr. Facilier.
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Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will also make their way to Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort, alongside a themed boutique and Quick Service restaurant. However, a closing date for the Southern California version of the log flume ride has yet to be announced. Splash Mountain will remain in Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Fans shouldn’t expect to see tributes to Br’er Rabbit and friends on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Splash Mountain was based on the highly-controversial and widely-banned Song of the South (1946), which presents an oversimplified and white-washed version of Post-Civil War life for Black Americans. The ride has long been critiqued for its connections to racist imagery, and Disney Imagineers allege that few, if any, props from the attraction will be reused.
Are you excited about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure?