The fencing surrounding the Splash Mountain queue at Magic Kingdom has started to be taken down as the ride is converted into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
Splash Mountain Queue
Only the vertical supports remain after the removal of the horizontal fence posts.
Some of the posts have blue marks on them, indicating they will also be removed, if you look closely.
Although none of the trees have been cut down yet, we have seen colored string wrapped around trees that will be removed.
The birdhouses in the queue were among the first themed components to be taken out after Splash Mountain was permanently closed.
Since then, the majority of construction has been done on the mountain and in the area surrounding the ride flume, with very little work being done in the queue.
The old fence posts are currently stacked close to the dirt pile, which is encircled by temporary net fencing, as seen from the Walt Disney World Railroad train.
The posts will eventually be taken down, just as some of the dirt pile from the construction site has already been done.
The dirt was dug up back in April from the ground inside the barn’s queue.
In the upcoming days and weeks, more fencing might be taken down at the head of the line.
The line of posts extends far back, and a construction truck is parked close to the back.
Curtains conceal the interior of the barn from view.
Other Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Construction
We looked at the ride’s flume’s bottom, but there hasn’t been much major construction here in a few weeks.
On the ground was a purple string that had once been wrapped around this tree.
In the tunnels below the Frontierland bridge, scaffolding is still present.
The mountain is covered in scaffolding as well, and this morning we saw some crew members working on the façade.
They were handling large pieces of plywood.
Some of them appear to have been constructing the fake landscaping on the mountainside.
The exterior of the attraction is being altered to resemble Louisiana’s bayous, which includes cutting down trees.
The only tree that is still standing once had birdhouses hanging from its branches.
Recently, a scaffolding tower appeared to be built in preparation for the installation of the Tiana’s Foods water tower, but the scaffolding is no longer there.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has now been added to the My Disney Experience map.
Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom has been permanently closed in January 2023.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure picks up where “The Princess and the Frog” left off. Tiana established the Tiana’s Foods co-ops in 1927, which is located in a salt mine where cultivators grow crops along the waters. Tiana and alligator Louis venture into the bayou in search of animal friends during Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. They’re planning a special Mardi Gras celebration for New Orleans.
The above concept art depicts “the thrilling moment you first drop into the bayou and encounter some new and familiar friends.” Louis and his animal band will perform zydeco music, a Louisiana-born blend of rhythm and blues. An otter, a rabbit, a raccoon, a beaver, and a turtle are among the animal friends who play instruments made from natural bayou elements.
The ride will introduce 17 new characters, including Ralphie, Prince Naveen’s younger brother. The Splash Mountain ride will remain, but new set dressing and audio-animatronics will be added. Tiana will have multiple audio-animatronics, as well as a new adventure outfit.
The exterior landscaping will be altered to resemble a Louisiana bayou, and a Tiana’s Foods water tower will be installed.
The music for the queue and attractions will be arranged by award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard, who will mix classic songs from the film with New Orleans classics and original compositions. The aroma of beignets will also be pumped throughout the line.
Some of the original cast members, including Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), Michael Leon Wooley (Louis), and Jennifer Lewis, will lend their voices to the attraction (Mama Odie). Mama Odie is depicted in the crow’s nest of her crashed ship home, with bottle lights surrounding her.