Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images
Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

Ever since Disney announced on June 25 that the Splash Mountain ride at its U.S. theme parks will be reimagined with a Princess and the Frog theme, Anika Noni Rose — who voiced Princess Tiana, Disney’s first Black princess, in the 2009 film — has been getting messages online from fans every day.

“It’s thrilling,” the Tony winner, 47, says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “People are amped and ready. I think it’s awesome, particularly now, to be reinvigorating her story.”

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