To kick off the World Princesses Week celebrations, Disney has released more details on the upcoming Splash Mountain “The Princess and the Frog” retheme at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. The Imagineers are working on the development of the new concept and have disclosed some of the behind-the-scenes inspirations.
“Tiana is an ambitious and resilient woman, who proves that success comes through connecting with her family and her community and has learned to never lose sight of what is really important: giving back to others through good food and inspiring them to realize their full potential, “says the Disney Parks Blog.
New concept art, as pictured above, shows Tiana, joined by Naveen and Louis, as she sets off on a trip to throw a unique Mardi Gras party. The attraction will bring new music inspired by the film’s soundtrack. It will feature new characters alongside the characters from the animated film, some of which can be seen in the concept art above. Based on the characters seen in the shadows, at least some of these characters may be patched audio-animatronics from Splash Mountain.
The Imagineers visited the Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans, whose founder Leah Chase inspired Princess Tiana. Imagineers caught up with Leah’s daughter, Stella Chase Reese, to talk about Tiana’s influence. “Stella Chase Reese, who shared that” The two together, the music and the food, bring joy and happiness to all “and isn’t that the truth?” noted the parks blog.
ABC News Kenneth Moton joins Stella Chase Reese; Carmen Smith, Creative Director, Vice President, Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering; Charita Carter, senior producer for Walt Disney Imagineering; and Marlon West, VFX Supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios, in the video below.
The Imagineers discuss the attraction, in which Tiana invites us to go on an adventure in the Bayou. The guests will be “active participants”, who will meet new characters and will be approached by Tiana. The adventure ends with the “ultimate Mardi Gras evening”.
The photo above is a commissioned painting from New Orleans-based artist Sharika Mahdi. The painting is the first of four to be revealed.
Disney also announced a “$ 50,000 donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional pre-professional arts training center that provides students with intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical instrumental music, jazz instrumental music, classical vocal music, theater, musical theater, theater design, visual arts and creative writing.