The bayou is, in the film, presented as a mystical and mysterious place, that can be both warm and welcoming, but also dark and dangerous. It is the home to various flora, as well as unique and quirky fauna, such as gators (most notably the trumpet-playing alligator, Louis), a massive family of seemingly magical fireflies (the most notable of which being Ray), and the kindly voodoo priestess, Mama Odie, who is well known among the bayou's inhabitants, and has even been dubbed the "Voodoo Queen of the Bayou".
After being transformed into frogs, Tiana the waitress and Prince Naveen accidentally find themselves lost in the bayou, being attacked by a heron and a horde of gators and in the midst. They find refuge in a tree, and the following day, the meet Louis the gator, who offers to guide them to Mama Odie, in order to break the spell. Along the way, they meet and befriend Ray the firefly, and despite various obstacles, manage to find Mama, who advises the two to return to New Orleans to kiss a princess in order to break the spell. The group does so by traveling along one of the passing riverboats heading to the city for Mardi Gras.
Later on, Tiana, Naveen, and Louis returned to the bayou with a deceased Ray, who was killed by Dr. Facilier and given a proper funeral by his friends and family.
Just before the finale, Tiana and Naveen (still frogs) have a wedding ceremony in the bayou, where they return to their human forms as a result of Tiana becoming a princess through marriage, with the kiss shared with Naveen breaking the spell.
Places of Interest
- Mama Odie's Tree - The home of Mama Odie, located in the deepest, darkest part of the bayou.
- Bayou Wedding Chapel - An area where Tiana and Naveen's wedding is held. It is noticeably different, in terms of appearance with the rest of the bayou, with bright variants of gold, yellow, and greens shining throughout.
- The frog hunters' cabin - The home of local hunters, Reggie, Darnell, and Two Fingers, only seen during the end credits of the film.