Disney announces musical composers, new character for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

New attraction opening in late 2024 at Magic Kingdom

Disney shares new musical details for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Top left, GRAMMY award-winning artist PJ Morton. Bottom left, GRAMMY award-winning artist Terence Blanchard. (Disney)

BAY LAKE, Fla. – Disney Imagineers are sharing some all-new details about the anticipated new attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

The attraction, which is currently under construction at Magic Kingdom, is scheduled to open to guests in late 2024.

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On Thursday, Disney Imagineers shared the news that they’re collaborating with GRAMMY award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard on the music guests will hear as part of the all-new adventure. Both natives of New Orleans, Morton will help create a new original song and songs for the attraction, while Blanchard will create the musical arrangements for the attraction’s queue.

PJ Morton is writing, arranging and producing the original song for the attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Disney)

Disney said Blanchard is no stranger to Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “The Princess and the Frog.” Imagineers said Terence played all of Louis the Alligator’s trumpet parts in the animated film.

Terence Blanchard is helming music arrangement for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure's queue (Disney)

“The music will borrow from several musical styles that either originated or took up permanent residence in New Orleans,” said Carmen Smith, senior vice president of creative development. “Some of our brand-new Audio-Animatronics figures will bring the invigorating sounds of New Orleans to life.”

On Thursday, Disney shared a rendering of one of the new audio animatronics, which happens to be a figure of Prince Naveen’s brother, who is seen playing musical sounds of New Orleans. Back in December, News 6 was invited out to see some of the other audio animatronics that will be inside the ride. Guests will not only see Princess Tiana, Louis the Alligator and Mama Odie but a band full of critters, including an otter, a rabbit, a racoon, a beaver, a turtle and others.

A first look at a new scene and some of the brand-new characters coming to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. (Disney)

“With the power of New Orleans music, we’ve made it a priority to properly represent all aspects of the city’s culture throughout the attraction. This is why we’ve leaned on so many local voices to help bring Tiana’s story to life,” Smith concluded.

Imagineers are hard at work transforming the former Splash Mountain attraction into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom theme park. Later this summer, Disney said the attraction’s giant water tower center piece will arrive for guests to see.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Disney Parks Blog)

Earlier this week, Splash Mountain closed its doors to guests at Disneyland in California. Imagineers hope to have both attractions open in 2024.

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