Princess Tiana officially makes her Disneyland and Walt Disney World debut. In June 2020, the Disney Imagineering Team announced plans to replace Splash Mountain with a “Princess and the Frog” -themed tour of both Disneyland Park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. On July 1, the parks shared a sneak peek at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the new Louisiana-inspired tour.
Why is Disney replacing Splash Mountain with the princess and the frog?
Plans to recreate the classic amusement park come after criticism from park guests who have pointed out the tour’s racist origins. Disney fans even organized a petition, signed by more than 21,000 people, who insisted the park should change the theme of the trip. “Although the amusement is considered a beloved classic, its history and history is permeated by extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes,” the petition reads. “There is a huge need for diversity in the parks, and that can help fill that need.”
“Tiana is a modern, brave and empowered woman who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what really matters.”
The tour was originally inspired by Disney’s “Song of the South,” a 1946 film that has rightly been criticized for its offensive portrayals of black society. Disney has kept the film confined for decades and excluded it from the range of movies available on Disney +, making the decision to change the Splash Mountains theme long awaited. “The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,” reads the Disney statement.
How will Disney’s new princess and the seed trip be?
According to Disney, the new ride will continue right where the film left off, after Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen’s last kiss. After consulting academics, chefs, musicians and cultural institutions across the French market and Louisiana bayou, Imagineers has come up with an experience that will encourage riders to join Tiana and her trumpet-playing alligator Louis on a “musical adventure” , which celebrates Mardi Gras and includes new original music inspired by the film.
“It’s a great story with a strong protagonist, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and Louisiana bayou.”
“Tiana is a modern, brave and empowered woman who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what really matters,” reads Disney’s statement. “It’s a great story with a strong protagonist, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and Louisiana bayou.”
In August 2021, members of the Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios team met in New Orleans at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Its founder, the late chef Leah Chase, was one of the inspirations for Princess Tiana. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the group gathered “to talk about Tiana’s influence over the past decade and the creative process behind the upcoming attraction, including the next-level technology Imagineers use to bring it to life. Generations of the Chase family welcome welcome us while Chef Dook made some of their famous gumbo. We sat down with Leah’s daughter, Stella Chase Reese, who told us that “The two who come together, music and food, bring joy and happiness to all”, and is not that the truth? “
On July 1, Walt Disney Imagineering representative Charita Carter added that the new ride is a “love letter to New Orleans.” “Like the musical city that inspired this attraction, Tiana’s second act is about a community working in harmony to achieve something extraordinary,” Carter adds. “She reminds us of an unchanging truth that we can all relate to: ‘If you do your best every single day, good things will definitely come your way’. And it’s a tune we can all sing along to! ”
When does Disney’s Princess and the Frog Ride open?
Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” tour is expected to be open to the public by the end of 2024. Take a sneak peek at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – including Princess Tiana herself – and see what a couple of the voice actors from the 2009 film have to say about the trip ahead.