Disney Parks Debuts New Art Inspired by Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Artist Sharika Mahdi and lead Imagineer Charita Carter hold art of frogs in the bayou.

Artist Sharika Mahdi and lead Imagineer Charita Carter.
Photograph: Disney Parks

We knew that Tiana’s Bayou Journey, a re-imagined drinking water trip dependent on The Princess and the Frog, was coming to Disney Parks—and though it will not be open for a handful of additional yrs, it’s already encouraged some gorgeous new art, extra of which was unveiled these days as component of the company’s celebration of Planet Princess 7 days.

New Orleans artist Sharika Mahdi and lead Imagineer Charita Carter debuted the new art, featured on the Disney Parks Site. Mahdi has been commissioned to collaborate with Disney Imagineering to capture the spirit of New Orleans, where by Tiana’s tale in The Princess and the Frog can take put.

Mahdi’s art infuses a vision of the town from her standpoint as a area and serves as a vital supply of inspiration for what Imagineering hopes to spend tribute to in Tiana’s up coming chapter: her entire world as her desires come correct. The character debuted in the 2009 animated film and has grow to be a lover favored, not to mention an inspiration as the initial Black Disney Princess. “Tiana signifies to me perseverance, determination, and a eyesight,” Mahdi reported. “She’s an African American girl so I see myself in her. When I observed the movie I beloved that she experienced her individual dream to open up a restaurant. As an artist, as a innovative myself, I desired to achieve more persons and inspire additional people today with my artwork.” Mahdi’s first piece for Disney debuted in 2021 for World Princess 7 days with a piece that brought Tiana front and heart:

Tiana and Prince Naveen in a New Orleans scene

Impression: Sharika Mahdi

This calendar year, she and Carter disclosed a new portray, a bayou scene that depicts the musical vibe of the metropolis by frogs.

Sharika Mahdi's Frog's Nightclub

Graphic: Sharika Mahdi

Though Mahdi’s art will not be showcased on the attraction, Carter and her team on Tiana’s Bayou Journey will work carefully with the artist in purchase to make a eyesight of the ride which is reliable to the metropolis and area Tiana’s stories choose area in. Enjoy the online video beneath for more guiding the scenes:

Tiana’s Bayou Journey: A New Orleans Artist’s Interpretation | Disney Parks

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is established to open up sometime in 2024 at the Disneyland Vacation resort and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.


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