The sign signifying the entrance to Splash Mountain has finally been removed as the refurbishment into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure begins in full force.
Splash Mountain Entrance Sign Removed
A quick trip into Critter Country revealed the removal of the classic sign at the barn entrance, leaving only a dark patch where it used to hang behind.
The sign was made of redwood and carved by R.L. Blair in 1988. It featured the attraction logo on the bottom with Br’er Rabbit holding his bindle. Previous photos revealed tags indicating that the sign was sent to the Walt Disney Archives.
Now all that’s left are some holes where posts used to be installed.
Splash Mountain closed permanently on May 31 at Disneyland and back in January at Walt Disney World for their transformations into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, opening late next year. The attraction remains operating at Tokyo Disneyland, where a special “Get Wet MAX” version will be operating this summer.
If you’re in the mood for a look back, check out our complete history of Splash Mountain at Disney Parks.
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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure takes place after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.” The Splash Mountain landscaping will be updated to make it look more like a Louisiana bayou. The iconic tree that was included in the original concept art will be removed as it doesn’t fit the new backstory.
While Splash Mountain was part of Critter Country, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be absorbed into the neighboring New Orleans Square. Right now, guests can visit Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets, a shop featuring “The Princess and the Frog” merchandise as well as New Orleans-related items. Tiana’s Palace, replacing French Market Restaurant, is under construction.
The attraction will follow Tiana venturing into the bayou to find animal friends. She’ll be hosting a party for the people of New Orleans, but missing a special ingredient. Some of the original cast will be providing their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), Michael Leon Wooley (Louis), and Jennifer Lewis (Mama Odie).
Recently one of the largest-ever announcements regarding this ride’s interior details was made, indicating 17 uniquely original characters and dozens of new audio-animatronics, along with a musical composition team composed of award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard.