Tiana's Bayou Adventure Is Now Open At Walt Disney World, And Here's Everything You Need To Know About "The Princess And The Frog" Themed Flume Ride

Florida theme park fans have a fresh way to cool off this summer thanks to the recent opening of Walt Disney's World's Tiana's Bayou Adventure. The former Splash Mountain ride has been completely re-themed to pay tribute to the titular princess and her passion for all things New Orleans, but its iconic, clothes-drenching drop remains intact.

Man in casual attire poses with Louis the alligator

At a recent preview event ahead of the attraction's opening, I braved the flume ride's front row – without a poncho – and got a behind-the-scenes peek at the merch, food, and everything else fans can expect when they head down to the bayou this summer. Here's the breakdown!

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1.Before you take that first 50-foot plunge down the new flume ride, let's go back a few years to find out why Splash Mountain got a Princess and the Frog makeover.

The image shows a large water tower with "Employee Owned Tiana's Foods Est. 1927" written on it, surrounded by greenery and trees under a clear sky

2.Like any good Disney World attraction worth waiting in the Florida heat for, Tiana's Bayou Adventure isn't merely a fun ride with a thrilling drop, but a narrative-driven romp packed with colorful characters, cinema-rivaling storytelling, and immersive set pieces.

Vintage kitchen with green tiled walls, white stove, and wooden worktable. Table has mixing bowls, eggs, butter, spices, and freshly baked beignets

3.Of course, as a fan-pleasing Magic Kingdom attraction, it's also packed with fun Easter eggs and cool call-outs only the most dedicated Disney diehards might discover.

A wooden board with a "To Do" list featuring names and tasks such as: finish Tiana's dress, call radio station, send invitations, order decorations, make gumbo

4.Upon boarding their flume logs, fans will travel to the bayou in search of a band to play at Tiana's celebration. In addition to the attraction's signature drop – and several smaller plunges – they'll encounter plenty of familiar characters and adorable critters, listen to memorable music from the film, including “Dig a Little Deeper” and “Down in New Orleans,” and even be shrunk down to the size of frogs.

Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog" sings on a decorated balcony while animal characters play music and dance during a festive nighttime scene

5.While Tiana's Bayou Adventure is brimming with cute characters, slick effects, and cool tech, its neatest trick is its ability to firmly place fans' hearts in their throats as their log makes that slow, steep ascent before pivoting vertically and plummeting 50 feet.

Four people riding Tiana's Bayou Adventure, emerging from a tunnel into a splash. They appear excited and braced for the splash

6.If you prefer to save your cash for a less-personalized keepsake, the attraction's official merchandise shop – dubbed “Critter Co-Op" – is happy to oblige. Whether you want to adopt one of the ride's adorable animal band members, walk the parks with a glowing firefly atop your shoulder, or score some Tiana-inspired kitchen tools, the heavily themed shop has you covered like powdered sugar on a beignet.

A painted mason jar lantern with a whimsical firefly figurine inside, sitting on mulch beside a bush
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7.Speaking of New Orleans' beloved sweet treat, the opening of Tiana's Bayou Adventure also brings a host of inspired snacks to the Magic Kingdom. Located just a stone's throw from the attraction – at the Golden Oak Outpost – you'll not only find the princess's signature beignets, but also two types of gumbo.

A powdered beignet on a paper wrapper next to an iced coffee in a plastic cup with a Walt Disney World design

8.If you've ridden the attraction, eaten the themed food, adopted a plush critter, and you're still craving more Tiana-inspired immersion, you can eke a bit more fun from the ride with a MagicBand+. As longtime Disney nerds know, these all-in-one wearables feature plenty of convenient functions, from working as your park admission to linking to your PhotoPass account.

A person's wrist wearing a MagicBand+ featuring a silhouette of Louis from The Princess and the Frog in the background

But the smartwatch-like devices – sold in a variety of fan-servicing styles – also interact with rides and experiences throughout the parks. Tiana's Bayou Adventure is no different, as the MagicBand+ will flash and vibrate during key moments of the attraction.

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9.Of course, no amount of cute souvenirs, yummy treats, or wearable tech can match the magic of actually riding the attraction – and briefly spying Cinderella's Castle from the tippity-top of that vertical drop. But as a popular, new addition, Tiana's Bayou Adventure isn't exactly begging for eager participants. Securing a spot, especially during the busy summer season, won't be easy. But not to worry – here's everything you need to know to ensure you experience the park's latest E-ticket.

Entrance sign to Tiana's Bayou Adventure with lush greenery and a water tower in the background

Did you get a chance to ride Tiana's Bayou Adventure? Let me know what you thought about it in the comment section below!