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Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure including the return of Mama Odie!

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

The magic of the bayou is calling, so listen closely because Walt Disney World have revealed many more details about the currently under construction Tiana's Bayou Adventure that is happening now at Magic Kingdom as Disney Imagineers transform the former Splash Mountain attraction into the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction.

Digging a little deeper into the experience guests can expect from the future attraction coming to Walt Disney World Resort (and Disneyland), we now have even more details about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!

Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

The enchantment of the bayou will illuminate with a celebration during Mardi Gras season hosted by Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. And Disney have revealed that Mama Odie will reprise her role as the catalyst to that magic.

As depicted in this newly released rendering, Mama Odie jokes with guests along their journey after a special display of her magic. The two-hundred-year-old Bayou Fairy Godmother, with her eccentric belongings and “seeing eye snake,” Juju, is comically eccentric, yet wise and all-knowing, throughout the adventure.

Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Legendary actress Jenifer Lewis, who starred as the voice of Mama Odie in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog, is once again returning to her role for the attraction.

If Mama Odie is a catalyst to the magic, then Sharika Mahdi is a catalyst to the Imagineers’ creations. This New Orleans artist and YAYA Arts Center alumna has inspired our work on the attraction with a local’s perspective.

As Disney bring our attention to Mama Odie and the important role she plays in Tiana’s story, Disney have shared the latest in a four-part series commissioned to Sharika: a tribute to our wise and whimsical keeper of the bayou.

Notice how the long, flowing brush strokes offer visual cues for the floating journey that lies ahead in Tiana’s premier attraction. Along with “The Princess and the Frog” film, the team continues to use Sharika’s latest piece as inspiration for how Mama Odie will appear throughout the attraction. You may see evidence of this in the resemblance of the images depicting Mama Odie.

Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Mama Odie joins a cast of friends – familiar and new – in Princess Tiana’s debut attraction. including a band of newly introduced critters that will provide some of the soundtrack to your journey.

But what else is in store? Here’s a sample of what to expect from this musical adventure:

  • Brand-new cast of original Disney characters with distinct names and personalities

  • Dozens of entirely new Audio-Animatronics figures

  • Adorable critters with incredible talent, bringing the diverse flavors of musical gumbo found in New Orleans!

  • New, original music alongside favorite tunes from the film

  • Do you love beignets as much as Louis? Well, you’re in luck because the alluring scent of beignets being prepared for the party will be part of the attraction queue!

  • Additional talent voices from the film reprising their roles, including Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and the one and only Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana

  • Familiar faces from the film such as Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis, Eudora, Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” the King and Queen of Maldonia and Prince Ralphie

Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure builds on the story of Princess Tiana, a character whose pride and perseverance reminds us of a universal truth: within us lies the potential to make our dreams come true.

This all-new adventure will bring Disney Parks guests into Princess Tiana’s world like never before when the attraction opens at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and in Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort in 2024.

To make room for this new magic, Disney also revealed that Splash Mountain at Disneyland park will be closed starting May 31, 2023, so Disney can begin the next phase of development for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

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