News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Millard

New Member
Sorry if this has been said before, but I've been thinking about how out of place Splash Mountain was in its original incarnation. There's been a lot said about how the new theme is out of place in Frontierland but so was the old theme. Prior to Splash Mountain there was a gradual transition west beginning in Liberty Square and ending at the train station.
 

networkpro

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In the Parks
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Sorry if this has been said before, but I've been thinking about how out of place Splash Mountain was in its original incarnation. There's been a lot said about how the new theme is out of place in Frontierland but so was the old theme. Prior to Splash Mountain there was a gradual transition west beginning in Liberty Square and ending at the train station.

It has, its all due to Magic Kingdom having a Disneyland problem.
 

JohnD

Well-Known Member
Sorry if this has been said before, but I've been thinking about how out of place Splash Mountain was in its original incarnation. There's been a lot said about how the new theme is out of place in Frontierland but so was the old theme. Prior to Splash Mountain there was a gradual transition west beginning in Liberty Square and ending at the train station.
Somebody else replied earlier "that ship has sailed" for being out of theme when Splash was built and opened in 1992.
 

Brer Oswald

Well-Known Member
Sorry if this has been said before, but I've been thinking about how out of place Splash Mountain was in its original incarnation. There's been a lot said about how the new theme is out of place in Frontierland but so was the old theme. Prior to Splash Mountain there was a gradual transition west beginning in Liberty Square and ending at the train station.
Did they really put that much consideration into it? I’ve always thought Frontierland’s main goal was to immerse you in a “Disnified” world of 19th Century America. It’s why the river is called “Rivers of America”. There never seemed to be a strict location they pulled from but there was consideration (even with Splash) to have general visual cohesion. Much is the case with Adventureland (which pulls from South America, South Pacific, and Africa).

Tiana’s contradictions come not necessarily from the IP, but the changes they decided to make to the facade. Had they gone with something more similar to the original art piece (minus the Boat) I think there wouldn’t be much to criticize. There’s also a concern that the ride skews more close to urban 20th century (as opposed to rural 19th century) but we shall see.
 

MerlinTheGoat

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This year? For some reason I was thinking it was still years away.
It was originally "late 2024". But Disney recently removed the "late" part from the marketing and just have the "2024" label instead. Several people here (myself included) had already been hearing that they wanted to accelerate the construction process and get it open sometime during the summer. The most specific recent rumor from Splash Archive have been the end of May. If his claim is accurate, he also said we should hear this date announced on Mardi Gras next month. Provided nothing delays it, don't plan any trips around rumors though. Regardless, a summer opening sounds fairly likely at this point.

They have nearly completed the exterior now. And we also know that they're making really swift progress on the interior as well (at least the one area of the ride they showed off). ToTBellHop said they have now even started installing the animatronic figures. That's something they only do during a fairly late stage of interior construction. At least in the specific rooms that are already otherwise mostly complete.
 

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