Continuing on our travels through the alphabet my daughter suggested that rather than writing about my much loved New Orleans I add some Disney to my list and choose New Orleans Square at Disneyland instead.
Never one to refuse to look through our Disney vacation photos I decided to go with her idea and share a bit about what makes this one of our favorite areas of the park.
Arriving from the main gate aboard the Disneyland Railroad, I can remember my parents being impressed that the staging continued from the main areas into the backs of attractions with Mardi Gras supplies and a balcony with laundry hanging out to dry before you arrive at the station. Compared to other spots we visited at the time this far above the care and attention taken in the typical amusement park you would see.
Of course, they weren’t surprised by it since we had been regular visitors to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World since it’s opening in 1971 but there is no New Orleans Square there so none of the Mardi Gras decore that mom loved.
So what is it that makes this area of the park one of my happiest places? Well, first off I love to just wander along the waterfront, watching the big (and small) boats floating by. Then there is the food. Between the quick service Mint Julep Bar where you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Mickey-shaped beignets, comfort food items like stew in a bread bowl from the French Market, and the more formal Blue Bayou restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious dinner while listening to the crickets chirp as folks go by in their boats heading into Pirates of the Caribean. They have some wonderful dishes there like the Chicken Florentine that I shared in my last round of Blogging Through the Alphabet. (You can ask for your favorite Disney restaurant recipes at City Hall, they will do their best to find it for you.)
Mickey-shaped beignets are an absolute must on every visit. You can order regular powdered sugar or seasonal specials like the candy cane ones pictured above.
The Blue Bayou is one of the restaurants that offer reserved seating for Fantasmic, the amazing fireworks and laser show on the water where Mickey battles Maleficent. We have booked these spots in the past but my arthritis is a bit much to allow me to sit on the ground even with a seat cushion. If you go really early you can still find some spots to sit or stand and watch the show. (Kids and adults alike will love it!)
Another feature of New Orleans Square is the tiny shops that line the winding streets in the area. There are French perfume shops, jewelry stores, and ladies dress shops among others. This is where I first found my changeable bow Minnie Mouse ears with designs from the Tiki Room and The Haunted Mansion. Once you have the black velvet ear headband you can change your bows easily. Lots of fun.
As you walk around the shops you will notice the decorations along all of the balconies as well as up in the trees. These change seasonally but still keep the feeling of the Crescent City alive. This is also the area where the exclusive Club 33 can be found behind a big green door (I dream of being a member there some day).
So there you have it. A little glimpse into one of our favorite spots to sit and take a break at Disneyland.
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