Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Opening Date Announced by Disney Parks During American Idol

During American Idol on May 12, The Walt Disney Company announced when Tiana’s Bayou Adventure would open to the general public so guests could ride the attraction. This is a very special announcement because Disney’s Earnings Call happened last week and there was no mention of it apparently important addition to Disney Parks. Some have speculated that the reason Disney decided not to make the announcement at that time was because the earnings report also included information that Disney World (where Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open) attendance and revenue is expected to be “soft” during the quarter of the ride. is added to the park’s portfolio. By announcing it during a television show instead, the company may have tried to distance the appeal from criticism that it won’t impact attendance in a positive way.

As you may know, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has faced significant controversy since its announcement. Despite Splash Mountain being Disney World’s top-rated attraction according to polls, it was destroyed due to racial issues and its replacement is coming in June of this year. For some, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a great new ride that they can’t wait to enjoy. For others, it’s a virtue signaling that has ruined a beloved adventure. Whatever the case for you, there’s no denying that a lack of visitors during opening is a bad sign for Disney.

Concept art for Tiana’s Bayou adventure

There has also been significant speculation about the Juneteenth holiday and when Disney might open the right. Our own WDW Pro has reported rumors that the ride could open during the holidays, according to his sources. While the ride opening to the general public later than Juneteenth might lead you to believe the reporting is incorrect, we’ll have to wait and see if Disney uses Juneteenth as a “media day” or cuts the ribbon first. The opening day for the public is often not the same as the ceremony of these attractions.

Here’s what Disney Parks Blog has to say about their official public release:

Princess Tiana is serving up delicious Louisiana favorites, and we’ve got you covered with all kinds of news about her new ride. Your entree was a deep dive into the authenticity of New Orleans inspiration. Your soup-and-salad course enjoyed the profiles of critter bands and the sweet movements of new Audio-Animatronics figures. And now it’s time for the main course… Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens June 28 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!

If you were anything like me, you were glued to the screen as the talented Top 5 contestants from “American Idol” sang their hearts out to some of our favorite hits during the always entertaining “Disney Night.” Not only was it fun to watch award-winning country singer Kane Brown guide attendees around the Walt Disney World Resort, but it was also an absolute joy to see the voice of Mama Odie herself, Jenifer Lewis, perform “Dig A Little Deeper ‘ interpreted. ‘ on that iconic ‘Idol’ stage before Ryan Seacrest shared the opening date for our attraction here in Florida. It was a pinch-me moment!

Music to our ears

Just as we celebrated our exciting news live on television with that spectacular performance by Jenifer Lewis, we celebrated it in New Orleans with the culture and people who helped inspire both the film and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. PJ Morton – five-time Grammy Award winner and collaborator on the attraction’s soundtrack – and members of the Chase family joined Princess Tiana and Louis in the heart of the Crescent City.

Tiana and Louis celebrate the announcement of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

No musical party is complete without a band, so we invited NOLA’s famous St. Augustine High School marching band to really keep the good times rolling!

St. Augustine High School Marches 100
Founded in 1952, the iconic St. Augustine High School Marching 100 is a staple of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, LA, and has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NY and the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA. PJ Morton, who contributed to the soundtrack for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is also an alumnus of St. Augustine High School.

We’re going down the Bayou

I can’t wait to share this next chapter in Tiana’s story with you! The ride takes guests on a musical adventure set after the events of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “The Princess and the Frog.” Join Princess Tiana on an adventure through the bayou as she prepares to throw a unique party during the Mardi Gras season where everyone is welcome. Along the way you’ll see some familiar faces, make new friends and travel across the bayou to the next chapter of Tiana’s story. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure also features original music and some well-known tunes from the beloved film, plus much more… including an incredibly thrilling 50-foot drop!

What am I hearing about previews now?

And if you’re wondering how Tiana will serve her regular guests, you might hear some wonderful details about preview opportunities ahead of the official grand opening for Florida-based Cast Members, Annual Passholders, and eligible Disney Vacation Club members coming soon… stay tuned for more information from May 14th!

More information on how to experience the attraction will follow soon, so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog. We can’t wait to welcome visitors to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom on June 28, and later this year at Disneyland Park in California.

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