Inside Tiana’s Bayou: Meet the Critter Residents (Part 1)

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Hey adventurers! You’ve seen the gorgeous details of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure emerge, from the murals to that stunning Tiana Audio-Animatronic. But now, get ready to step deep into the bayou itself, because it’s time to meet some of the new faces bringing the music to this magical place!

Princess Tiana’s got a party to throw, but Naveen and Louis have caused a royal mix-up! Suddenly, there’s no band! We already knew this ride would introduce some new friends, and that’s where the critters come in. No Mardi Gras bash is complete without some toe-tapping tunes, and Tiana and Louis are off on a whirlwind bayou search for those missing musicians.

So, who are these critters?

Picture this: floating gently down the river, fireflies twinkling above, you hear “Gonna Take You There” bursting with a whole new Zydeco flavor! Fiddles, accordions, even a washboard – it’s a symphony of sounds crafted from bits of nature and lost treasures. This critter band is seriously charming, and now, it’s time to meet some of the furry (and scaly!) musicians behind the magic.


Byhalia the Beaver – Byhalia doesn’t just build dams; she helps build musical instruments using natural materials from the bayou. As a strong-willed percussionist, it’s safe to say Byhalia is the heartbeat of the band, as well as a natural designer and engineer.

Gritty the Rabbit – Always willing to dig a little deeper to help others, Gritty plays the washboard (a found automobile license plate) with a high-energy flair. It’s the perfect instrument for someone who’s often overzealous and digs to relieve her nerves.

Beau the Opossum – Seeing limitless possibilities, no one finds more wonder in the bayou and the sounds of zydeco music than Beau. All she knows is beauty, especially her own. Guests can find her plucking out the low notes with her upright gourd bass, which of course, involves some musical dexterity with her tail.

Apollo the Raccoon – Apollo loves transforming abandoned objects into works of musical art – like his squeezebox. He’s full of energy and storytelling, especially about the objects he finds in the bayou. He’s particularly close with Rufus and appreciates Rufus’ calm demeanor.

Rufus the Turtle – Rufus may be a turtle, but he’s quick to jump into rhythm with his harmonica. He’s also the first to join in on new adventures! He’s genuine and sincere but may come across as a little sarcastic at times with his habitual sighing. Rufus loves going on adventures with Apollo.

Timoléon the Otter – He’s the eldest of the band, but Timoléon’s fiddle-playing is inspired by all the ‘kids’ he spends his time around while in the bayou. When he’s not sawing out a jig, he’s famous for telling stories of days long ago about his explorations of every corner of the bayou.

Okay, so these musical critters are seriously awesome, but Tiana hints there’s EVEN MORE to discover in the bayou…ooh, the suspense! Disney Imagineering just dropped some brand-new original characters on us, and that’s a BIG deal! Plus, get this – you can take your favorite critter home! Beau, Apollo, and Rufus are getting the plush treatment, ready for cuddles.


But wait, there’s MORE! Turns out, this is just the first taste of the critters we’ll meet in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Get ready, because this ride opens THIS SUMMER at Walt Disney World and hits Disneyland later this year!

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