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Tiana’s Bayou Journey Breaks 87 Years of a Bizarre Disney Princess Canon

Over the previous few days Disney fans who have managed to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World have been among the many first to expertise the continuation of Tiana’s fairytale after the occasions 2009’s The Princess and the Frog. The experience itself serves as a sequel in attraction kind, the place friends observe Tiana and pals as they put collectively a band for his or her Mardi Gras celebration. However there are such a lot of extra particulars revealed even earlier than you board the flume water experience for followers of the beloved Disney movie.

One of many greatest official reveals is that in contrast to the Disney Princesses that got here earlier than her—even way back to Snow White—New Orleans’ very own princess has an actual final title. Within the queue for Walt Disney World’s attraction, followers have seen that Tiana is known as Tiana Rogers, daughter of Sargent James Rogers, in newspaper clippings and cooking awards for Tiana’s Palace and Tiana’s Meals (her culinary co-op). And this was intentional, Disney Imagineer Ted Robledo shared: “There’s a lot of her story that was touched upon within the movie, the connection together with her father, a World Struggle I veteran; her relationship together with her mom, [who] we prefer to say was the entrepreneurial inspiration for her to be the profitable businesswoman that Tiana is immediately in our story.”

See beneath for the in-universe affirmation of Tiana Rogers’ final title.

Picture: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

The fairytale fandom has been very tough in the case of the Disney Princess lineup and their official titles. Technically Rapunzel might have taken Eugene Fitzherbert’s title—however it’s by no means canonized in Disney content material, very like the opposite married princesses together with Snow White or Cinderella (can the actual Mrs. Charming please get up?). Even within the case of The Princess and the Frog, Tiana did marry Prince Naveen of Maldonia, which might make her Tiana Rogers, Princess of Maldonia, since she clearly stored her father’s title to honor him together with her profitable meals firm in New Orleans.

“Tiana’s story goes to be furthered in a brand new collection that was introduced,” Robledo continued, confirming that Disney Imagineers labored intently with Disney animation to maintain inside canon on Tiana’s Bayou Journey because the studio prepares for her Disney Plus collection Tiana, which can dig somewhat deeper with what’s subsequent for the princess and her household. The collection will give attention to issues like, “Her relationship together with her husband, who’s from one other nation of doubtless of blended race. It’s a time of Indigenous individuals and colonization. I believe that group, from what little we heard, goes to discover that route. However I’ll say this about Naveen: we knew early on, and even when Naveen performs a small function or massive function on this story, he has a job—they’re a married couple, they care about one another. So to honor that, we need to be sure he’s included someplace in an actual method. And really, it’s fairly humorous, as this little efficiency of our story.” We will’t wait to see Tiana and Naveen return with extra adventures down in New Orleans with Disney+ collection Tiana, however for now occurring bayou log boat rides will do at Disney Parks.

Tiana’s Bayou Journey is now open at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL and is ready to open quickly at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.


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