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Everything You Need To Know About Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Opening

Updated: Jun 9

It’s almost time for that sweet, sweet drop again.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure attraction at Disney World
Credit: Bennett Stoops, Photographer

We’ve all been walking past the gutted remains of Disney’s Splash Mountain for nearly a year now wondering when exactly Disney would reopen the ride as the rethemed The Princess and the Frog attraction. Well, dear water ride lover, the time has almost come to enjoy that 50-foot drop in the Florida heat once again.


Disney World has finally announced the date of the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opening — so here’s everything you need to know about when it’s open and how you can ride it. 

When Is Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Opening?

Disney announced that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open on June 28, 2024, in Magic Kingdom.

How Is Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Different Than Splash Mountain? 

Though many of us loved the concept of the water attraction at Magic Kingdom, the theming of Splash Mountain had a checkered past routed in racism. We won’t dive too deeply into the Song of the South theming, but Disney’s CEO Bob Iger knew the company was long overdue to cut ties with the movie and subsequent Disney World attraction.

In 2020, Disney announced its plans to retheme the attraction as a musical ride through the bayous of Louisiana. In 2023, Splash Mountain officially closed at Disney World and the Imagineers began The Princess and the Frog retheming project to create Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. 

Credit: Walt Disney World
Tiana animatronic from Tiana's bayou adventure at Disney World

While the overall ride structure will remain the same — including the iconic log cars and 50-foot drop at the end of the attraction — the entire story and music will be overhauled. Instead of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” guests will now hear new renditions of songs from The Princess and the Frog performed by the new audio-animatronics created for the attraction — like Tiana, Mama Odie, and Louis.

Will Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Have a Virtual Queue? 

Many of Disney’s newer attractions — like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Tron Lightcycle Run — have adopted the virtual queue system, which allows guests to join a virtual line beginning at 7 a.m. with another chance to join at 1 p.m. This system allows guests to enjoy other attractions while they wait for their boarding group to be called, instead of standing in line for hours for the new attraction.


Disney has announced that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will have a virtual queue for the first few days after opening. However, they say they “expect to open a standby queue soon” after June 28.


To join the virtual queue, make sure you have the MyDisneyExperience app downloaded on your phone and all members of your party are linked. Then, at 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. click “Join Virtual Queue,” confirm your party for the one you wish to join, and tap “Join Queue.” If you get in the queue, you’ll be notified when your boarding group is called, and you’ll be able to join the physical queue at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.


The only downside to the virtual queue is that you cannot ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure more than one time per day. Once the standby line opens, obviously, this won’t be a problem — however, we’d expect long waits for the first few months.


Will Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Have Lightning Lane? 

Yes, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be available as a Lightning Lane option, in addition to the virtual queue. And, unlike Tron and Cosmic Rewind, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be included in the Genie+ service — so, you won’t have to purchase an individual Lightning Lane to ride.

Will Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Have PhotoPass?

Of course! Tiana’s Bayou Adventure photo spot is the same as Splash Mountain’s: during the final drop. Be sure to smile for the camera and check your MyDisneyExperience app to see the photo with a cameo from Ray. 

Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World
Credit: Olga Thompson, Photographer

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

In addition to the attraction, Disney will drop new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and The Princess and the Frog merch at the Emporium in Magic Kingdom. Eventually, you’ll be able to find the merchandise closer to the attraction at Critter Co-Op in Frontierland.

Lastly, a new attraction means new food, of course! Tiana’s Beignets are finally making it into the parks. The tasty fried dough used to only be available at Scat Cat's Club Café in Disney’s Port Oreleans French Quarter. However, beginning June 28, both Golden Oak Outpost will sell beignets doused in powdered sugar and honey, alongside new gumbo and hot honey chicken offerings.

Pinocchio Village Haus, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, The Plaza Restaurant, The Friar's Nook, and Main Street Confectionery will also have special Tiana-themed menu items through September 6. Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Co. is releasing Disney Tiana Bayou Beignet-flavored grounds for the opening. The honey- and powdered sugar-flavored coffee will be available at The Landing at Disney Springs or on Joffrey’s website.

Once Critter Co-Op opens, more The Princess and the Frog-themed foods will be available for purchase, too.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland

It’s important to note that while Disney World’s Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is opening on June 28, Disneyland’s attraction is still closed for refurbishment. Disneyland has not announced its opening date yet but notes that it will open in 2024.

However, while you wait for the water attraction at Disneyland, you can check out Tiana’s Place restaurant that’s open now in New Orleans Square.

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