We heard at the beginning of December the news we had all been waiting for, Splash Mountain at Disney's Magic Kingdom will officially close at the end of Sunday, January 22, 2023 in order to begin its extensive transformation to Tiana's Bayou Adventure. Well, that means you now only have two days left to ride Splash Mountain!
NEW: Disney confirms Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World will be closed starting Jan. 23. The ride "will undergo a transformation" and reopen in late 2024 as Tiana's Bayou Adventure.— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) December 2, 2022
Additional information about Splash Mountain at Disneyland will be shared at a later date. pic.twitter.com/9sQ9FS0Rio
As reported by Scott Gustin in the tweet above, an official closure date for Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park will be shared at a later date. In a recent poll we conducted on Theme Park Tourist we asked you, when you thought Splash Mountain would close at the Magic Kingdom and 33% got it right, predicting January 2023.
In mid-October we saw reports online that a notice of commencement has been filed for Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Disney's Magic Kingdom. This will be exciting news for some Disney fans but not for others due to the continuing contentious nature of this extensive reimagining of the iconic Splash Mountain attraction. With news of this notice of commencement, we had been expecting to hear an official closing date for Splash Mountain.
Disney has filed a permit to begin construction on Bayou Adventure in Walt Disney World. It is listed as “Project CY1899”. The contractor Disney has chosen is Balfour Beatty Construction. Permit expires June 30, 2024 (All info coming from WDWMAGIC) #SplashMountain #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/Mc6cYp44OB— SplashMountainArchives (@SplashMtn1989) October 14, 2022
Tiana's Bayou Adventure is slated to open in late 2024. To check out all of the latest announcements which were made during the D23 Expo regarding Tiana's Bayou Adventure head to our news article, More Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Details Revealed At Disney’s D23 Expo and Everything We Know About Tiana'a Bayou Adventure.
Will you be sad to see Splash Mountain close for good at Disney's Magic Kingdom on Sunday, January 22? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page. We will keep you up to date on the closing date for Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park, here at Theme Park Tourist.
We scheduled our next visit to Disney World in March 2023 to be sure to take part in the 50th Anniversary celebration. I'm sure that many other folks have the same plans. We are heartbroken to learn that Disney has decided to close Splash Mountain (which is of course our favorite ride!) in the midst of the 50th Anniversary festivities! We should start a petition or letter-writing campaign to beg Disney to hold off on the ride closure until the 50th Anniversary celebration concludes at the end of March 2023!!! Please join us in trying to ensure that Splash Mountain remains open during the entire 50th Anniversary celebration!
Nobody wants this damn re-theme. Why is it that the crazy twitter crazies call the shots? All this started because of one idiot cast men that was crying about the ride. This ride is iconic. Why they hell does Disney pander to 1% Cancel Culture that doesn’t even go to Disney parks? This is absolutely ridiculous. Wait for Cancel Culture to target other rides like Haunted Mansion and so on unless Disney wakes up. Splash Mountain doesn’t need a re-theme. Disney leadership needs a re-theme. Leave Splash Mountain alone.
Wish you would put a "Hopefully Never" option up there and see what the results are, since that is what the majority of people actually want.
Truth. Nobody wants it removed. It makes no sense to change it in WDW. It makes sense to retheme it in California only as there is already a New Orleans theme there. In Orlando it will be out of place. Tiana should have her own ride in fantasyland. I truly hope Disney will only update it in California only and leave splash alone in the magic kingdom. The woke nonsense behind all of this is ridiculous. Disney is ruining its parks by taking classic rides out of the parks. They screwed up hollywood studios.