Nighttime Bayou Glow Added to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

    Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is looking more and more complete by the day, and now, we have a look at the nighttime bayou glow that guests will see when the sun sets on Magic Kingdom. We’ll start the article with a caveat – the camera is able to see more than the naked eye. Until the ride opens with its final nighttime lighting package, we’re going to edit photos that will allow you to see what’s going on. So while the lighting will be more vibrant than what you’d see if you visited Magic Kingdom with us last night, the photo edits will allow you to get an idea of what parts of the attraction have lighting so far.

    Ok, with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look back at concept art to visualize what Disney World is trying to accomplish with the nighttime lighting package at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. We can expect to see the water tower lit up, and some uplighting on the bald cypress trees in the pool at the attraction overlook. We’ll also expect to see some glow from within the attraction at the top of the 52.5′ drop, as well as lighted water lilies in the pond. It looks like portions of the salt dome will also have lighting when the attraction opens.

    So, what did we see last night? Probably less than half of the overall lighting package was activated during our visit. Uplighting on the cypress trees was present, as was the water tower lighting. Beyond that, any lighting on the salt dome itself was due to lighting bleed from either the bayou glow or Frontierland area lighting. Additionally, some of the more harsh lighting was due to the emergency/evac lighting that was on throughout our visit. When the ride opens and the full show lighting is activated, there should be less light coming from the Millhouse and other areas.

    Here’s a look at the bayou glow, which should be pretty close to the final look. The water lilies were not activated when we visited. Again, when the attraction opens, the harsh light from the Millhouse will be turned off, and additional light on the salt dome in the distance is expected. There is a nice mixture of purples and blues along with some greens, as seen below.

    Another bit of news is that Gloria and Delores, the two frogs seen on the log below, have been uncovered. According to attraction lore, Gloria and Delores are best friends who love to observe folks as they float in logs down the bayou. Don’t be surprised if they keep their watchful eyes on you as you float by!

    Here’s a look at the water tower lighting, which features reds and yellows, with splashes of purple and blue from the nearby bayou glow.

    In the photo below, you can see a firefly effect in the trees that was difficult to relay properly in still photos and even video. In the cypress below and to the right of the water tower in the photo below, you can see a few green lights in the tree. Like many firefly, or pixie dust, effects found around property, the glow on and off. They were actually best captured out of focus on camera, similar to how they will be enjoyed in person.

    In these final few photos, you can see how the salt dome isn’t lit properly yet, and just absorbing light from around the area. You can see scaffolding shadows cast across the facade, lit by the emergency lighting that will be turned off when the ride is operational. We hope to capture a photo of the salt dome lighting in the coming days or weeks as testing continues.

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    1. Not sure, but the word ‘garish’ comes to mind. Pretty, but…perhaps they’ve gone a bit too far? This is Disneyland, not Universal. Just my HO, of course. I don’t expect everyone to agree. 🙂


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