Tiana's Bayou Adventure Disney World

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Makes Disney History with First Black-Character-Inspired Ride

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has made history with the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

This groundbreaking attraction marks the first time in the park’s 52-year history that a ride has been inspired by a Black Disney character.

The new experience, based on “The Princess and the Frog,” represents a significant milestone in Disney’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity and representation across its parks and properties.

A Landmark Moment for Representation at Disney

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure isn’t just another addition to Disney’s roster of attractions. For fans of color, it’s a momentous occasion that celebrates Black culture and storytelling on a grand scale.

The ride features over 2,000 fireflies and 48 new audio-animatronic figures, creating an immersive experience that brings Tiana’s world to life. Guests can even catch the scent of beignets twice during their journey, adding to the sensory richness of the attraction.

“This isn’t just Disney’s latest attraction… for Disney fans of color, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a MOMENT,” said Tanya Hoffler-Moore, who previewed the ride alongside VIP guests, including the cast of “The Princess and the Frog.”

Celebrating Black Excellence in Imagineering

Behind the scenes, talented Black Imagineers like Charita Carter and Brittany L. Smith played crucial roles in bringing Tiana’s story to life. Their contributions have resulted in an attraction that resonates deeply with guests who see themselves represented in Disney’s magical world.

The ride’s storyline further cements Tiana’s place in Disney history as the first Disney Princess who is also a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. This narrative choice adds depth to her character and provides inspiration for young visitors.

Authentic Music and Cultural Touches

Disney spared no expense in ensuring the attraction’s authenticity. Grammy award-winning musicians Terence Blanchard and PJ Morton, both from New Orleans, were commissioned to create new music specifically for the ride.

Guests can enjoy five original songs during the 11-minute experience, with an additional 18 songs dedicated to the attraction’s queue. This attention to musical detail helps transport visitors to the heart of New Orleans.

A Broader Cultural Shift at Disney

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is part of a larger movement within Disney to embrace and celebrate diversity. Initiatives like “Celebrate Soulfully” and “We Came To Play” are paving the way for more inclusive experiences across the parks.

Disney executives such as Sivonne Davis, Christin Copeland, Angela Burgin-Logan, and Tracey Powell are working behind the scenes to increase representation and create joyous Black experiences at Walt Disney World.

These efforts include bringing HBCU experiences to the parks through partnerships with Black sororities and fraternities, as well as creating opportunities for Black celebrities to support students through programs like The Dreamer’s Academy.

Looking Ahead: A New Era of Inclusion

As Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens its doors to the public, it signals the beginning of a new chapter in Disney’s commitment to diversity and representation. The attraction serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of seeing oneself reflected in the stories and experiences offered at theme parks.

For Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, this moment is particularly significant. She now holds the distinction of being not only Disney’s first Black princess but also the first Black woman to have her own attraction at Walt Disney World.