For many guests, you may feel like you’ve truly arrived at Disneyland the first time you walk down Main Street U.S.A or maybe find yourself at the foot of Sleeping Beauty Castle. But for us here at Disney Addicts, our go-to Disneyland neighborhood has to be New Orleans Square. The attention to detail that went into this incredible section of the park with its winding alleys, wrought iron and Big Easy charm wins us over every time. To give you just a taste of the magic you’ll find here check out our list of 8 reasons why we love Disneyland’s New Orleans-inspired neighborhood.
1. Fantasmic! – This incredible stage show has been wowing crowds on both sides of the country with its amazing combination of live performance, fireworks, special effects and water projections. Though the Rivers of America is technically Frontierland territory, we think being around New Orleans Square at night really gives it that extra bit of whimsy. This area of the park is absolutely gorgeous once the sun goes down with lanterns all aglow and made even more perfect by the show that awaits. Add that extra little bit of New Orleans flair by booking the Fantasmic! Dining Package which includes a visit the Blue Bayou restaurant.
2. The Tunes – If there’s one thing that really evokes that feeling of walking down an avenue in New Orleans its the incredible musical acts you’ll find in this section of the park. Be on the lookout for The Royal Street Bachelors or the Jambalaya Jazz Band. Both are sure to have your toes tapping in no time. Or how about a good sea shanty with the Bootstrappers? Either way, this is a neighborhood in which to linger as you never know what fun awaits.
3. The Attention to Detail – We love that no matter how many times we walk through this area of the park we uncover something different every time. The Imagineering that went into this section of the Disneyland is incredible. During your next stroll, pay attention to the storefronts on the second floor. Here you’ll find everything for musicians to painters to fortunetellers advertising their services adding to the authentic charm.
4. The Haunted Mansion – This has to be one of our favorite attractions on both sides of the country. However, the dramatic architecture of this regal New Orleans riverfront mansion adds that extra element of eeriness to the experience. With its big wrought iron gates and stately columns, we love the feeling of walking up to this classic attraction. The gothic element to this New Orleans neighborhood also means that it perfectly suits the Tim Burton-esque makeover the attraction receives every Halloween and Christmas.
5. Mickey Beignets- Mint Julep Bar – If there’s one snack we crave during every Disneyland visit, it is the incredible beignets being served up at this New Orleans Square eatery. Fresh Mickey-shaped beignets come in the standard powdered-sugar variety just like you’d get in the Big Easy. They also introduce seasonal flavors throughout the year. You’ll find everything from blackberry and peppermint to lemon (pictured above). The beignets are sold in orders of 3 for $4.49 or 6 for $7.49.
6. Blue Bayou – Reveal in the tastes, sights and sounds of the Big Easy with a visit to this Disneyland eatery. A park staple since 1967, the Blue Bayou Restaurant offers rich Cajun and Creole flavors with highlights including Portobello Mushroom and Louisiana Popcorn Rice, Blue Bayou Bouillabaisses and Roasted Chicken Maison. The restaurant also boasts a special kind of ambiance as diners can watch Disneyland guests set off on a perilous journey with table views of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Costs here range from about $25 – $59 per adult.
7. Swashbuckling fun at Pirates of the Caribbean – The exotic Southern Charm lends itself perfectly to the swashbuckling adventure that awaits visitors to the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction now celebrating 50 years of swashbuckling fun. Guests gallivant inside of a grand southern manor in the heart of New Orleans Square and board a small barge, before making your way to a shadowy grotto. You breeze past diners at the Blue Bayou before heading out on an adventure like no other. Opened in 1967, the incredibly detailed scenes, special effects and roguish let loveable characters mean it remains one the of the parks much-loved attractions to this day.
8. Disneyland Railroad – New Orleans Square Station – In our opinion, Disneyland Railroad is the most wonderful way to get around the theme park and nowhere does this hold more true than with the stop at New Orleans Square. Getting off you feel magically transported to days gone by as you saunter into the French Market to enjoy a tasty treat, a bit of shopping, entertainment or just soak in the amazing views of this incredible neighborhood.
9. French Quarter-style Shopping – Save a bit of room in your Disney budget to take home some of the incredible items you’ll find at the shops in this area of the park. Our favorites include Crystal D’Orleans which offers custom crystal covering everything from paperweights to chandeliers. There’s also Port Royal where you’ll find scary souvenirs featuring Jack Skellington and friends or pirate-lovers will want to make your first port-of-call Pieces of Eight for tricorn hats, doubloons and other items inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and film.
So next time you pay a visit to Disneyland, be sure to spend a bit of time enjoying all that New Orleans Square has to offer! You won’t be disappointed.
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