While visiting Magic Kingdom today, we noticed that a new stack of scaffolding has been installed where the Tiana’s Foods water tower will sit at the reimagined Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction. As you can see in our photo below, the scaffolding is erected over what we previously believed to be the base of the water tower. Now, with the scaffolding installed, it’s all but confirmed that this is where the water tower will be built this summer.
It’s a little bit tough to tell in the photo above, but the scaffolding appeared to be smaller than we assumed the water tower would be. If the water tower is built within the envelope of the scaffolding, we think it might look oddly small, but this is just early speculation. Here’s a side angle that maybe better reflects the small scale of the scaffolding. Again, it’s probably too early to draw conclusions, and we might be proven wrong shortly, but something to note.
Here’s a look at the water tower as seen in the scale model from the D23 Expo in September. It certainly was never meant to dominate the skyline, so we’ll have to wait and see what the final product looks like when it’s installed this summer.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Backstory
Princess Tiana is the proud daughter of Eudora and James. Eudora influenced Tiana’s entrepreneurial spirit, while James instilled a deep passion for cooking. With its mouthwatering menu, exceptional entertainment, and warmhearted hospitality, Tiana’s Palace quickly became a treasured meeting place in New Orleans. Princess Tiana used her newfound success to support surrounding neighborhoods, which led to her role as a community leader.
From the success of her restaurant, Tiana expanded her business into an empire thanks to the entrepreneurial drive she got from her mother. Tiana opened Tiana’s Foods – an employee-owned cooperative. The endeavor began when Tiana purchased the salt mine and the area surrounding the large salt dome it operated from. With the help of her mother Eudora, Naveen, Louis and fellow owners of the cooperative, Tiana revived the old salt mine and the surrounding land, growing a wide array of vegetables, herbs and spices for her recipes.
This multi-faceted enterprise has turned the aging salt mine into a space that has come alive. Complete with a boutique farm and both a working and teaching kitchen, Tiana’s Foods is where Tiana and her colleagues create all sorts of new products that they are bringing to the world, including a line of original hot sauces.
With Tiana’s Foods established, the story of the attraction will take place after the final kiss as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure, hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome.
Tiana wants to give a big thanks to her family and friends and the entire community for all the support they’ve given her by throwing an amazing party during Mardi Gras season. When it turns out there’s been a bit of a mix-up with the party preparations, Tiana invites us to meet her at Tiana’s Foods to help with the missing ingredient for the party.
When we arrive, we may see that Tiana spruced up the company’s facilities with vibrant art from local artists. Food for the party is being prepared and beignets are being loaded into crates for the celebration. All kinds of preparations are underway for the journey into the bayou with Tiana, along with new and familiar friends from the animated film.
For a full look at everything we know about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, check out our article below!
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