Splash Mountain Disneyland is set to undergo a transformation and later reopen as Tiana’s Bayou.
While no official closure date has been determined, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to open sometime in 2024. The retheme will be based on the 2009 Disney film “Princess and the Frog.”
“An exciting refresh is coming soon! Splash Mountain will undergo a transformation—and will reopen in late 2024 as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a whimsical attraction inspired by The ‘Princess and the Frog,'” reads the park’s website.
The ride’s Disney World counterpart closed to guests in late January, and construction started immediately. That ride will also reopen at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure sometime next year.
The storyline for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to pick up right after the end of “Princess and the Frog.” The ride will follow the success of Tiana’s restaurant and takes place inside a salt mine that houses a food co-op named Tiana’s Foods. Guests will ascend through the mill house built into the side of the mountain as growers plant crops along the way.
Riders will follow along as Tiana ventures into the Louisiana Bayou to search for a special ingredient.
Disney announced in the summer of 2020 that Splash Mountain would be rethemed, removing references to the controversial film Song of the South. The film has been widely criticized for its racist stereotypes and romanticizing the relationship between slaves and their white masters.