Splash Mountain is Closing!
Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World will close starting January 23, 2023 to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will open in late 2024.
This means the final day to ride Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom will be January 22, 2023. Disney also shared new concept art and details of a scene that will be included in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, along with some of the new characters that are being introduced.
This new scene is the thrilling moment you first drop into the bayou and encounter some friends both new and familiar.
Fireflies will light up the night and invite you deeper into the bayou. Zydeco music will also fill the air, which is a special blend of rhythm and blues that was born in Louisiana. Here you’ll find Louis, who will also explain where this music is coming from.
As detailed by Disney, “Like so many musical genres, zydeco brings together the sounds and styles of many cultures. We wanted that spirit reflected in this scene (and throughout the attraction) so that all our guests feel welcome to join in the celebration.”
They continued, “It’s emblematic of what we’re always striving for with our attractions – bringing people of different backgrounds together through timeless Disney stories. This new musical adventure provides us with a song sheet to write that concept into reality. “ Tiana has also made some new friends – a band full of adorable critters, including an otter, a rabbit, a raccoon, a beaver, a turtle and others.
The band members sing and play instruments made of natural materials they found in the bayou. Disney teased about these new characters, “It feels like they may have a bigger role to play in this story … but we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.”
Stay tuned for additional information about the closing of Splash Mountain at Disneyland, which will be shared at a later date. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is also set to open in late 2024 at Disneyland Park.
You can read more about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and see other concept art here.