Since the announcement of the attraction back in 2020, Imagineers have been working hard designing an immersive experience inspired buy the Walt Disney Animations Studios film “The Princess and the Frog” as well as the heart and culture of New Orleans. There were additional details and sneak peeks which were also shared during the D23 Expo in September of this year.
Today, Disney Parks Blog shared a first look at a new scene and some brand new characters that they have created specifically for this attraction. Carmen Smith, Senior Vice President of Creative Development said, “In Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, you’ll 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. This new scene is the thrilling moment you first drop into the bayou and encounter some friends both new and familiar. “
She shared this picture (above) which shows fireflies will lighting up the night as they invite you deeper into the bayou … which almost looks like they’re waving you forward. What cannot be seen in this picture is that beautiful zydeco music will fill the air. Zydeco is a special blend of rhythm and blues that was born in Louisiana. Hearing it will make you feel like you’ve truly stepped into Tiana’s world.
In this world you’ll find Louis, who explains where this amazing music is coming from. Tiana made some new friends out in the bayou made up of a band full of adorable critters, including an otter, a rabbit, a racoon, a beaver, a turtle and others. These band members sing and play instruments made of natural materials they’ve found in the bayou. She also hinted that, “It feels like they may have a bigger role to play in this story … but we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.”
Zydeco brings together the sounds and styles of many cultures, like in so many musical genres. Disney and their Imagineers wanted that spirit reflected in this scene (and throughout the attraction) so that all our guests feel welcome to join in the celebration. She also added, “It’s emblematic of what we’re always striving for with our attractions – bringing people of different backgrounds together through timeless Disney stories. This new musical adventure provides us with a song sheet to write that concept into reality.”
When Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens, it will take you on a journey inspired by the story and characters from the hit film, picking up where that story left off. Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort will be closed starting Jan. 23, 2023, in order for them to prepare for this new experience and the many exciting updates ahead and to help them begin the next phase of this attraction’s development. Information about Splash Mountain at Disneyland Resort will be shared at a later date.