In the summer of 2020, Disney announced that it would permanently close its popular Splash Mountain attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World and replace it with a new attraction based on the animated film. The Princess and the Frog. Two years later, they’ve revealed new details about the ride — and the rough timetable of when it’ll be coming to both Disney parks.
The ride is called ‘Tiana’s Bayou Adventure’. Disney isn’t tearing down Splash Mountain; instead, the basic layout and driving mechanics are kept, with the current theme and animatronics removed in favor of those who like the characters of The Princess and the Frog.
Here’s how Disney Parks Blog describes the updated ride:
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure takes guests on a musical adventure inspired by the beloved story and characters from fans’ favorite movie. Picking up where the movie left off, the guests join Princess Tiana, Naveen and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure across the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras party where all are welcome. Along the way, guests will meet familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the movie as they are taken into the next chapter of Tiana’s story.
In this video you can see some of the research that went into creating the new attraction:
While Splash Mountain remains a popular attraction at Disney parks, the movie it’s based on is, Song of the South, has long been buried differently by the company for its stereotypical and racist depictions of African Americans. (If you’ve never watched Song of the South – that has kept Disney out of circulation for decades because they don’t want people to watch it – everything you want to know about the film can be found here.)
This new attraction allows Disney to maintain the popular drops and structure of the log flume, while updating the ride’s contents to suit modern tastes. The company says the updated attraction will come “Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland Park in California” in late 2024.