Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Takes Note from New Orleans Musicians

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Full Soundtrack Available Now

A resident of New Orleans for many years, often times one of the aspects I miss most is the music. No matter where you turn, there’s no possible way to escape the tunes, even a street car brings about a certain rhythm as it barrels down the tracks. It truly is a small world after all as our parks have a lot in common with New Orleans. Music is what it’s all about and often times one might say what you hear in a Disney park will even “follow you home.”

Dropping into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, opening today in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and later this year at Disneyland Resort, Disney Parks and New Orleans are coming together in a pretty epic way. In the words of Princess Tiana herself, fairy tales can come true — the entire Tiana’s Bayou Adventure soundtrack is available NOW on Walt Disney Records across all streaming platforms!

When streaming the soundtrack, you won’t want to miss the all-new, original song “Special Spice” — written, produced and performed by Grammy-Award winner PJ Morton with vocals by Anika Noni Rose, the original voice of Princess Tiana and Disney Legend.

As the story goes, Princess Tiana is getting ready to throw a big party, but there’s been a bit of a mix-up between Prince Naveen and Louis. Suddenly, the princess finds herself in need of a band. A true celebration during Mardi Gras season isn’t complete without music, and Tiana and Louis search for this essential missing ingredient – musical critters! After a journey through the bayou, we soon discover the “Special Spice” making this joyful, one-of-a-kind celebration complete is in fact YOU.

PJ Morton, Anika Noni Rose and Terence Blanchard smile with Princess Tiana

Following a sneak peek in episode 2 of “We Call It Imagineering,” we’re digging a little deeper into what you’ll hear going down the bayou. Not only will you find yourself singing along to “Special Spice,” there are even new renditions of familiar favorites from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog.” You can hear these tunes by PJ Morton on the attraction and in the queue by Terence Blanchard, from “Gonna Take You There” to “Down in New Orleans” and more!

PJ and Terence recorded this special soundtrack in New Orleans just for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! Alongside Disney Imagineers, they worked with hundreds of artists who contributed their talents throughout the attraction and queue area.

Just a handful of the musicians involved in the attraction are:                   

Anika Noni Rose – The beloved voice of Princess Tiana and Disney Legend returns to the role once again, singing vocals on “Special Spice”!

Jon Batiste, Jon Cleary and Trombone Shorty — The Grammy-award winning and multi-hyphenate musicians performed on songs throughout the attraction! 

Tarriona “Tank” Ball – A New Orleans native and singer performed a new rendition of “Dig A Little Deeper” for the attraction. 

Dirty Dozen Brass Band — The group played and sang the song “They All Asked for You,” a song familiar to many of the residents of New Orleans.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band — The group played with an all-star rhythm section assembled by Terence Blanchard, including “Louisiana Fairytale,” “Tailgate Ramble” and “Bourbon Street Parade.”

Leah Chase Kamata – The daughter of Dooky and Leah Chase, the NOLA staple and accomplished singer lent her voice for the queue song, “Do you Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans.” 

Charlie Gabriel — An icon in the New Orleans music community, the 91-year-old musician sang lead vocal and played clarinet on “Tailgate Ramble.” 

Terrance Simien – The two-time Grammy winner and phenomenal Zydeco artist performed the queue version of “Gonna Take You There.”

We’re so immensely proud and excited to celebrate all the music featured in and around Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Thank you to all the musicians involved!

Music Production Team – Attraction

  • Brandon Caddell – Arranger, Music Supervisor 
  • PJ Morton – Producer, Composer, Arranger
  • Haim Mazar – Arranger
  • Richard Morse – Arranger (Scene 6 Rara)
  • Reggie Nicholas, Jr. – Recording Engineer, Mixer 
  • Greg Morgan – Recording Engineer, Mixer
  • John Michael Rouchell – Music Production Supervisor 
  • Susan Ham – Music Editor
  • Booker White – Copyist

Musicians & Vocalists

  • Anika Noni Rose 
  • Michael-Leon Wooley 
  • Dr. John
  • Jim Cummings 
  • Tarriona “Tank” Ball 
  • Jarell Michael Bankston 
  • Ashtin Fortner 
  • Armando Leduc 
  • Tiondria Norris
  • Ashley Pierre Williams 
  • PJ Morton
  • Jon Batiste
  • Jon Cleary
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Kyle Anderson
  • Sean Ardoin
  • Weedie Braimah
  • Max Bronstein
  • Leon Brown
  • Hunter Burgamy
  • Robin Clabby
  • Edward Clark
  • Brian Cockerham
  • Mike Esneault
  • Alvin Ford
  • Jonathan Frishberg 
  • Victor Goines 
  • Julian Gosin 
  • Benjamin Hart 
  • Trevarri Huff-Boone 
  • Jason Jurzak 
  • Blair Taylor Lavigne 
  • Christos Melios 
  • Ashlin Parker 
  • Manuel Perkins 
  • David Pulphus 
  • Marcella Ratcliff 
  • Jason Ricci
  • Paul Robertson 
  • Kyle Roussel 
  • Benjamin Thacher 
  • Erion Williams 
  • Hannah Yim 

RAM Band 

  • Richard Morse
  • Pierre Daniel Jules 
  • Darianna Videaux Capitel
  • Emmanuel Jules
  • Joseph D. Cabral
  • Max Blanc
  • Peter Barr
  • Walter F. Harris Jr.
  • Dezor Willy 

Gospel Soul Children

  • Craig Adams
  • Veronica Downs-Dorsey 
  • Tiffany French
  • Shantell Hall
  • Sean Johnson
  • Toryan Johnson 
  • Latashah Long
  • Harrison Nedd III 
  • Keenan Rogers 
  • Milezone Williams

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

  • Miles Berry
  • John Michael Bradford 
  • Bryce Eastwood
  • Ricio Fruge
  • Maxwell Paulus
  • Shea Pierre
  • TJ Norris
  • Adonis Rose
  • Adrian Ross
  • Amina Scott
  • Terrance Taplin
  • Don Vappie
  • Gerald Watkins Jr.
  • Lex Warshawski

Music Production Team – Queue

  • Terence Blanchard – Arranger, Music Producer 
  • Terrance Simien – Arranger (“Gonna Take You There”) 
  • Herlin Riley – Lyricist
  • Greg Hayes – Recording Engineer, Mixer
  • Harry Risoleo – Recording Engineer, Music Editor
  • John Michael Rouchell – Music Production Supervisor 
  • Joshua Johnson – Music Coordinator
  • Katie Taber – Music Coordinator
  • Booker White – Copyist

Musicians & Vocalists

  • Terence Blanchard
  • Herlin Riley
  • Kyle Roussel
  • David Pulphus
  • Ivan Neville
  • Victor Goines
  • Don Vappie
  • Alvin Ford
  • Hannah Yim
  • Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes 
  • Terrance Simien
  • Danny Williams
  • Ian Molinaro-Thompson 
  • Marcella Simien 
  • Michael Christie
  • Revon Andrews
  • Stan Chambers
  • John Michael Rouchell 
  • Leah Chase-Kamata

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

  • Charles Gabriel 
  • Clinton Maedgen 
  • Mark Braud 
  • Benjamin Jaffe 
  • Ronell Johnson

The Soul Rebels

  • Derrick Moss 
  • Lumar Leblanc 
  • Julian Gosin 
  • Corey Peyton 
  • Erion Williams 
  • Paul Robertson 
  • Manuel Perkins 
  • Marcus Hubbard

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

  • Roger Lewis 
  • Gregory Davis
  • Kirk Joseph 
  • Trevarri Huff-Boone 
  • Stephen Walker 
  • Julian Addison