Who Was the Real Princess Tiana? Discover More About the Louisiana Legend with National Geographic!

The character of Princess Tiana “would not be possible were it not for Leah Chase,” said Carmen Smith, the executive creative producer of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the newest experience at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Leah Chase was a culinary pioneer and civil rights advocate who was instrumental in refining and popularizing Creole cooking. Not only was she the inspiration behind Princess Tiana, but she herself became known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine.”

As Walt Disney World guests jam out with critter musicians at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure this summer, you can join in on the celebration with National Geographic and take a look at the real woman behind this Disney princess: Meet the Louisiana legend who inspired Princess Tiana.

Explore even further as a D23 Member with a 30-day free trial to Nat Geo Premium and enjoy full access to subscriber-exclusive content on natgeo.com, immersive online-only experiences, and new stories published daily.

Are you also inspired by the legendary Leah Chase? Drop on into the bayou anytime and celebrate her legacy by streaming The Princess and the Frog on Disney+. Blue skies and sunshine, guaranteed!

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