Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open this summer at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disney announced on Fat Tuesday.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure under construction at Disney World (Disney)

The “Princess and the Frog”-themed replacement for Splash Mountain will feature “dozens” of new animatronics, according to Disney.

The new opening window announcement also came with a look at one of those new figures, showing Princess Tiana herself in what Disney calls her “adventure outfit.” 

Disney had previously said the ride would not use animatronics with projected faces as seen in Frozen Ever After and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. 

Making this reveal on Mardi Gras is no surprise, as Disney has dubbed Tiana’s Bayou Adventure a “love letter to New Orleans,” complete with new music recorded by local jazz legend Terrence Blanchard. 

The summer 2024 opening window only applies to the Florida version of Tiana’a Bayou Adventure. The Disneyland version is still scheduled for a late 2024 opening, since its Splash Mountain closed several months behind the one at Disney World.