Disneyland is finally showing off more details of the long-awaitedof its iconic ride Splash Mountain. is expected to open at Disneyland in late 2024, with imagineers speaking at in Anaheim, California, in September to describe the ride concept.
The ride will be set in 1927, when Tiana is hosting a party at her restaurant, Tiana's Palace, for the people of New Orleans. Tiana discovers her celebration is missing a "special ingredient," which sets her off on a journey through the bayou with Louis the alligator.
The original voices of Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie and Louis will be used on the ride. Anika Noni Rose (Tiana) appeared live at D23 to sing the movie's iconic songs Almost There and Dig A Little Deeper. Missing from the ride plans is Dr. Facilier, the villain of Princess and the Frog, who perished at the end of the movie.
"Music is going to be a huge part of the experience," Disney Parks chair Josh D'Amaro said Sunday during the Parks and Experiences Panel at D23.
The exterior of the ride will be lit up and glowing at night, with what the imagineers called New Orleans and bayou magic.
During D23, Disney took the wraps off a scale model of its refurbishment plans. The scale model shows the briar patch removed from the bottom of Splash Mountain's 49-foot drop, a new water tower painted with a "Tiana's foods" logo and colored glass bottles -- like those in Mama Odie's boathouse -- hanging from the top of the drop. The tree stump crowning the top of the attraction has been replaced with a thicket of bayou trees, but the log boats look like they'll stay the same.
Disneyland could also be getting a Tiana's Palace restaurant, with Imagineers reportedly saying it's "a reimagined restaurant" -- possibly the current Blue Bayou located in the entrance of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Eudora's Chic Boutique -- named after Tiana's mother, who's a seamstress -- opened in Disneyland's New Orleans Square Sept. 20.
Also announced during the Disney Parks and Experiences Panel at D23 were the, the at Disney World, the , and a potential .