Continued Downtime Plagues Tiana’s Bayou Adventure During Early Previews at Magic Kingdom

    Tiana’s Bayou Adventure previews are off to a rocky start, with hours of downtime, ride evacuations, and premature preview cancelations as crews try to fix whatever it is that’s broken. We covered an evacuation of the ride yesterday, less than an hour after Cast Member previews for the ride began. As it turns out, the ride has faced hours and hours of downtime during early preview opportunities over multiple days.

    June 2nd Cast Member preview evacuation at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

    According to Cast Members who were scheduled to attend this afternoon’s preview, previews have been paused for the rest of the day following an evacuation of the ride earlier today. Word is that previews were also canceled yesterday evening, BlogMickey.com has reached out to Disney World for more information, but Disney has not responded. We’ll be sure to update the article if we receive a statement.

    From the outside looking in, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has clear early reliability issues. The ride has undergone weeks of testing, but it looks like there are either new or unfixed issues from the testing that are causing some serious ride reliability issues. We’re hopeful that Disney World is able to get the ongoing issues ironed out by the June 28th opening date (if not sooner).

    Tiana’s Bayou Adventure did not receive any notable or significant ride system changes from the days of Splash Mountain, and it shows. In its waning years, Splash Mountain experienced a number of reliability issues, including no less than three separate incidents when the log ride vehicles sunk.

    June 2nd Cast Member previews for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

    Thankfully, there are no reports of sinking logs for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, but ongoing reliability issues are a concern. From what we could see during construction, ride sensors were upgraded or worked on, but it’s not immediately clear if sensor issues are causing the downtime or some other issue. A number of all-new Audio-Animatronics have also been installed, perhaps complicating the show readiness and reliability of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

    Want to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure from home? Check out the POV video released by Disney below.

    As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks!

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