New Orleans Square Disneyland
Between Adventureland and Critter Country there’s a little corner of New Orleans. New Orleans Square incorporates many of the distinctive architectural features of the French Quarter: narrow side streets with small shops, fountains in quiet courtyards, and rows of colorful townhouses with their lacy wrought iron railings. Hanging flower baskets or Mardi Gras beads decorate many of the railings in this picturesque area.
Street performers like jazz bands and other musical groups provide live entertainment and even toss Mardi Gras beads to the audience. In the quiet back streets artists create custom portraits, and the many restaurants offer Creole specialties like fritters and gumbo. Two of Disneyland’s signature attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, are located here, as is the Blue Bayou restaurant, where you can watch the fireflies and listen to the sounds of the bayou as you dine.
Disneyland Railroad, New Orleans Square Station – Take a train ride through Splash Mountain and see the sights along the Rivers of America on your way to the Toontown Station.
Haunted Mansion – Board your “doom buggy” for a spooky ride through a southern mansion filled with 999 Happy Haunts. Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!
Pirates of the Caribbean – Yo ho, yo ho…On this boat ride audio-animatronic pirates pillage and sing and swashbuckle their way around the Caribbean.
On nights when Fantasmic! is running, the New Orleans Square area gets quite crowded, and when Fantasmic! is over it’s difficult to even move.
If you want to dine at the Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans, you can make Priority Seating in advance by going on-line or calling Disney Dining at 714-781-DINE. Credit card guarantee required. Same day reservations can usually be made at the restaurants’ podiums – go soon after park opening to check for availability.
Blue Bayou – Full service restaurant featuring Cajun and Creole dishes.
Cafe Orleans – Full service restaurant serving Monte Cristo sandwiches, gumbo, and crepes.
Club 33 – Private club open to members only.
French Market – Fried chicken, sandwiches, soups and salads.
Mint Julep Bar – Mint juleps, Mickey-shaped beignets, pastries, and specialty coffees
Royal Street Veranda – Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, fritters, specialty coffees.
Cristal d’Orleans – Personalized crystal and glass.
La Mascarade d’Orleans – Pandora charms and bracelets.
Le Bat en Rouge – Nightmare Before Christmas and Disney villains merchandise.
Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie – Perfume gifts.
Parasol Cart – Personalized parasols
Pieces of Eight – Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise, including hats, swords, and treasure.
Portrait Artists – Custom portraits of individuals or groups in watercolors or pastels.
New Orleans Square was the first new “land” added to Disneyland, and was dedicated on July 24, 1966. Walt Disney was very involved in the design and implementation.
The Dream Suite above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, opened in 2008. It features two master bedroom suites with two bathrooms, as well as a living room and open interior patio. This area was originally intended by Walt Disney to be a private apartment. After his death that idea was abandoned, and it was for many years The Disney Gallery. Disney artwork, such as lithographs and limited edition prints, was displayed and sold there.
The Frontierland railroad station was re-themed and renamed when New Orleans Square opened. The sound of the telegraph heard at the train station is a portion of Walt Disney’s speech on Disneyland’s opening day – in Morse code.
Disneyland’s steam trains sometimes have a longer stop at the New Orleans Square Station since that’s where they refill them with water.
The chandelier in Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie was a gift from Walt Disney to his wife Lillian.
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