There are quite a few projects happening at Disney World currently!
With the updates on Jungle Cruise, retheming the rooms at the Contemporary Resort, and the full transformation of EPCOT, we’re excited about so many things! Splash Mountain is getting a retheme soon as well, in both Disney World and Disneyland, and today we got a look at the artwork for the ride.
As Disney kicks off World Princess Week today, we got our first peek at some new concept art! This photo shows Tiana leading guests through an expedition in the Bayou as well as new characters. Tiana is also wearing pants, which is “connecting who Tiana was in the movie to who she will be in the future.”
The story takes places after the final kiss in the movie as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure, which is hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome. During this celebration, some original music inspired by songs from the film will bring guests into the story. Guest will be able to encounter old friends and make new ones as well! Let’s take a look at some of the new characters we think might be introduced according to the artwork. First, we have this otter friend!
Then, we have a pelican…
…and some turtles!
Imagineers noted that guests will be active participants coming along with Tiana on this adventure.
New Orleans-based artist Sharika Mahdi was commissioned by Disney to create a series of 4 original paintings to inspire Imagineers working on the ride, one of which was revealed today! This represents a Mardi Gras party that will be at the end of the ride.
The team working on the retheme has done virtual research trips in New Orleans through Zoom and they recently had their first of many in-person research trips to help get the story right. Take a closer look at what the Disney Imagineers have been working on in this video:
Disney also announced a $50,000 donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to celebrate all of these developments, their love and appreciation for New Orleans, and their commitment to arts education. Stay tuned to DFB for the latest news and updates on the Splash Mountain retheme and everything else coming soon to the parks. We’ll keep you covered!
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