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Today during the Essence Fest, fittingly in New Orleans, Disney announced that the long awaited overhaul to Splash Mountain would be coming in late 2024 to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The Princess and the Frog themed attraction will be called Tiana's Bayou Adventure, and will pick up where the movie left off, where "guests will join Tiana, Prince Naveen and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration."
I never posted about this before, because the original announcement was made over two whole years ago, way back in June 2020 when the parks were still closed. Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? There basically had been no update since that time, leaving many of us wondering if the project was still happening and what the time frame was supposed to be. Recently, Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana in the movie, let it slip on Live With Kelly and Ryan that the ride would open in 2024, so that appears to be accurate, even if she let the cat out of the bag a little early.
December 2, 2022 update: Disney today confirmed that Splash Mountain would be taken down on January 23, and would not reopen until late 2024 as Tiana's Bayou Adventure. That confirms our speculation below. The last chance to ride Splash Mountain will be January 22, 2023. If you have a trip planned before then, take full advantage.