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by Brandon Butler
Disney Announces Princess Tiana is Moving into the Briar Patch 6/25/2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

A great, timely announcement from Disney. I would expect Splash will not be re-opening along with the rest of the park.

Speaking of, the re-opening of Disneyland has been officially delayed as California has not provided Disney with the official go-ahead. As far as I’m concerned, Disneyland should remain closed until COVID-19 cases in CA are at or near zero. Other entire countries have reduced cases to zero, so can California.