Princess Tiana Finally Got A Disney World Attraction And I Got To Ride It Before It Opened To The Public — Here Are My Thoughts

Today, Princess Tiana makes her debut at Disney World with her very first amusement ride, Tiana's Bayou Adventure, and I got a sneak peek of the attraction before it opened to the public.

Tiana from The Princess and the Frog looks at frog Prince Naveen standing on a table next to a fairy tale book in a bedroom setting
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Inspired by the 2009 hit film The Princess and the Frog, Disney Imagineers (the creative development team who design and build the Disney theme parks and resorts) created an interactive oasis that immediately transports riders from Orlando, FL to New Orleans, LA.

Woman posing in front of a Tiana's Bayou Adventure sign at a theme park, wearing a black tank top, blue shorts, and sneakers
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Not only does Tiana's Bayou Adventure mark the arrival of the first and only Black Disney princess, but it's also the first Disney ride to star a person of color.

Tiana from The Princess and the Frog holds a cup while smiling in a kitchen
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It replaced Splash Mountain after the ride was removed for its connection to the 1964 movie Song of the South, a film heavily criticized for its racist origins and romanticized views of the Reconstruction Era. This included imagery of animals with stereotypical Black features and, you guessed it, slaves.

Signage for the Splash Mountain ride featuring a rabbit character above the text
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And since it took over Splash Mountain, that means Tiana's Bayou Adventure is indeed a water ride, so expect to get wet — not drenched, but a little damp. It's the perfect scenery, as wetlands are very common in NOLA.

Splash Mountain ride at Disney World with a log flume, lush vegetation, and a mountain backdrop with a splashdown pool
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Here's what you'll experience as soon as you step foot into her attraction:

As you stand in line, you're taken through Tiana's restaurant, Tiana's Palace, her office, and her pantry, where we get an inside look at what she's been up to since we last saw her in the film. It was beautiful to see her dreams come true and for the establishment to be so successful! The walls were decorated with first-place ribbons, Chef of the Year plaques, and more.

A framed certificate awarded to Tiana's Palace for "Best New Business 1926," recognizing the restaurant's commitment to local community and employee well-being

You know she's the only Disney princess who had a job, right?

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But that's not the only thing you'll find along the way. If you look closely enough, you'll also find clues into what the ride is actually about. The princess is looking to throw the party of the year, but she's missing one thing on her To-Do list: a band.

A New Orleans Business Journal newspaper features a story about Princess Tiana organizing a Mardi Gras party. Beside it is a to-do list on a chalkboard
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When it's finally time to get onboard, you'll notice the seats resemble logs and you're grouped together with a maximum of eight people per log.

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Once the ride begins, you're introduced to a few of Tiana's new furry friends (an otter, a rabbit, a raccoon, a beaver, a turtle and more), along with some familiar faces like Louis and Ray.

Animatronic scene from Disney's Country Bear Jamboree featuring Henry, Liver Lips McGrowl, Teddi Barra, and Gomer performing in a forest setup
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While floating on the water amongst the Spanish moss and the cypress trees, you're welcomed with bright colors and fun animatronics around every corner. So don't be surprised if you see Princess Tiana, Louis, Mama Odie, Eudora, Charlotte, Prince Ralphie, and Prince Naveen.

Image of Disney characters. Left: Mirabel from Encanto sitting on a log. Right: Chef Gusteau from Ratatouille holding a ladle
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And because New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz and other music genres, riders are serenaded with authentic southern tunes from beginning to end, including Zydeco, Rara, and Afro-Cuban influences.

Animated scene from "The Princess and the Frog" featuring Tiana, Prince Naveen, and a lively jazz band playing instruments on a street
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Before you embark on that 50-foot drop, you're met with this beautiful view. And with Florida's heat, that splash was well worth it!

Wide view of a theme park with a river, greenery, and people walking; the distant castle suggests a Disney park
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And remember that mission Princess Tiana was on to find a band? Well, she did it! So, at the end of the adventure, we got to celebrate with her, Prince Naveen, and the rest of New Orleans. Everyone was dressed to the nines, music was blasting, beignets were everywhere, and the vibes were unmatched.

A scenic shot from Disneyland attractions, featuring live-action depictions of Elsa from Frozen in a pink dress and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog in a glittery dress
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I had so much fun learning about what went into putting this attraction together and experiencing the ride first-hand. Disney World is the most magical place on Earth, and Tiana's Bayou Adventure fits right in!

Two people dressed as Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana pose with a smiling guest at a themed event
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Planning your next trip to Disney World? Be sure to check out Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom, which is currently open!