Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will Pay Tribute to Military Service Members and Veterans


Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Ride will Pay Tribute to Military Service Members and Veterans

The Walt Disney Company has a long history of celebrating America’s military service, dating back to founders Walt and Roy O. Disney’s service in World War I. This tradition continues with the upcoming opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28th!

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Remember Tiana’s dad, James, from “The Princess and the Frog”? Turns out, he’s a war hero! The Imagineering crew took this detail and ran with it, adding more to James’ story to honor veterans. They teamed up with the Disney animators to flesh out James’ background.

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“We looked for inspiration for how we could best expand on his backstory in a way that honored the military families who visit our parks,” said Ted. “In creating these photos for the attraction, we were inspired by real photos of soldiers who served during WWI to ensure we got it right.”


Charita Carter, who leads the project and comes from a military family herself, thinks this tribute is awesome. “Being raised by military folks is both amazing and tough,” Carter says. “We snuck a little tribute into the ride to honor those families. In the story, you’ll see how proud Tiana is of her dad’s service, just like so many families are proud of their own heroes. My family sure is!”

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28, 2024. We can’t wait!

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