PHOTOS: Top of Salt Mine Being Rounded Off, Water Tower Taking Shape at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Disneyland

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland continues making progress at Disneyland Park, and a new construction milestone is starting to take shape. Here are the most recent updates.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Construction

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Construction at Disneyland

Now that the iconic Splash Mountain tree that topped off the mountain has been removed, crews are hard at work rounding out the new peak.

The mountain will soon become a salt mine operated by Tiana’s employee-owned co-op, Tiana’s Foods.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Construction at Disneyland Park

Semi-transparent tarp covers the top of the mountain. Slides to transport materials were also recently added to the front and side of the attraction.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Construction at Disneyland Park

Though it might be difficult to tell, you can see that the rockwork is starting to fill out at the top, and is less flat than it was previously.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Construction at Disneyland Park

Crews were actively out and about during our visit.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Construction at Disneyland Park

We also noticed the far right slide led to a new structure that will one day be the Tiana’s Foods water tower. Once finished, the tower will include the logo for Tiana’s Foods and be topped with a decoration resembling Tiana’s lilypad-inspired tiara.

Tiana's Foods Water Tower at Magic Kingdom

Here is a look at what the completed tower looks like at the attraction in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure concept art

The “Princess and the Frog”-inspired retheme of Splash Mountain was first announced in 2020, and the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure name was revealed in 2022.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure picks up after the events of “The Princess and the Frog.” In 1927, Tiana founded the Tiana’s Foods co-ops, which is located in a salt mine, where cultivators grow crops along the waters. During Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Tiana and alligator Louis venture into the bayou to find animal friends. They’re preparing a special Mardi Gras celebration for the people of New Orleans.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure concept art featuring Louis, Tiana, and animal band

The scene depicted in the above concept art is “the thrilling moment you first drop into the bayou and encounter some friends both new and familiar.” Louis and a band of animals will be playing zydeco music, a blend of rhythm and blues that was created in Louisiana. The band of animal friends includes an otter, a rabbit, a raccoon, a beaver, and a turtle playing instruments made from natural bayou elements.

This ride will feature 17 new characters, including Prince Naveen’s younger brother, Ralphie. The Splash Mountain track will remain, but the attraction will get new set dressing and a vast range of new audio-animatronics. There will be multiple Tiana audio-animatronics, and she will sport a new adventuring outfit.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Art

The queue and attraction music is being arranged by award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard, who will mix classic songs from the movie with New Orleans classics and original compositions. The scent of beignets is also set to be pumped throughout the queue.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Concept Art Featuring Mama Odie

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). Concept art shows Mama Odie in the crow’s nest of her crashed ship home, with colorful bottle lights hanging around her.

2024 is the anticipated year for the opening of this re-imagined experience.

Are you excited to see the water tower take shape at this reimagined attraction? Let us know in the comments.

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