In celebration of World Princess Week, Disney shared with us the latest on the upcoming Splash Mountain retheme inspired by “The Princess and the Frog.” Hear from Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios during their visit to New Orleans where the story began!
Here are the details from Disney:
Tiana is an ambitious and resilient woman, who proves that success comes through a connection to her family and community and has learned to never lose sight of what’s really important – giving back to others through great food and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.
As seen in this latest rendering of the attraction, the story will take place after the final kiss as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure, hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome – during which some original music inspired by songs from the film will bring guests into the story. Tiana is leading the way and fans will be able to encounter old friends and make new ones along the way as well!
Imagineers often do in-depth research to help inspire their work. In this case, that involved digging deep into the culture of New Orleans to tell a story that’s as authentic to the region as it is to the characters’ stories. From the food, music, art and architecture to the diversity of its people and their traditions, there is much from which to draw inspiration. The team has done virtual research trips through Zoom and this was their first of many in-person research trips to come and get the story right.
Tying to Leah Chase’s love of art, one of the early sources of inspiration has come from Sharika Mahdi — a visual artist, art educator, and alumna of the renowned YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists) Arts Center located in New Orleans — who was commissioned to create a series of four original paintings to inspire Imagineers, one of which was revealed today.
To celebrate all of these developments, our love and appreciation for New Orleans, and our commitment to arts education, Disney announced a $50,000 donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical instrumental music, jazz instrumental music, classical vocal music, drama, musical theatre, theatre design, visual arts and creative writing.
Looking to the future, we are so excited to bring Tiana’s story to life in new ways outside of Disney Parks too, including the Disney Wish setting sail next year featuring an all-new inspired lounge entitled The Bayou, and through the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios original series “Tiana” coming to Disney+.
As of right now, we do not have a starting or finishing date for the Splash Mountain Princess and the Frog Retheme at Disneyland or Disney World. Stay tuned to Chip and Co for more details as we get them!