A Taste of New Orleans in Disney   4 comments

Well I kinda want to have a new article this week. Struggling to think of what to write about….hrm….Mardi Gras is on Tuesday…. Nah….Isn’t Carnival going on in Brazil? I could go on a nerd rant and complain that we need a new World Showcase Pavilion…Nah…Maybe I should write about Star Tours again?..No….

Joyeux Mardi Gras!

‘Mardi Gras’ is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’. Why? Because Mardi Gras is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. So where does that ‘Fat’ fit in? Well, to prepare for Lent, a fasting season, larger and fattier meals are eaten. Partying ensues. The famous festivities and parades and whatnot start weeks before. We would always head out to WDW during Mardi Gras back when I lived in New Orleans.

This year, Disneyland decided to celebrate it as well. And what better place than in New Orleans Square? NOS was the first land addition to Disneyland since it’s opening.  Small, yet elaborately themed, this land captures the spirit of the French Quarter. The architecture is spot-on. You can buy beignets, a non-alcoholic Mint Julep, and Muffaletta sandwiches! Jazz music fills the streets. NOS even contains Pirates, Club 33, and Mansion (But those aren’t really New Orleans-y)! I would love to talk more about NOS, but I’ve never been, so I really can’t say much about it.

But one Mardi Gras inspired Disney thing I do know a bit about just so happens to be one of my favorite resort hotels, Port Orleans French Quarter. ‘Nuf said to see its relationship to the Crescent City. POFQ is small and homey. The buildings are styled to look like those of the French Quarter. The streets are made of brick, just as they are in the real Quarter. Horse-drawn carriages pass through each night. Street lamps and street signs with very authentic-sounding names end each corner. The food court is one giant float workshop! Over-sized props hang from the ceiling, a giant jester statue (identical to ones I’ve seen in the city) stands in the corner. You can even buy some muffalettas and beignets! Head out the front doors, and the Cast Members may even give you a doubloon! Great place to stay.

So Mardi Gras is on Tuesday! Don’t for get to spread my site around, subscribe, and rate!

Thanks for reading, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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4 responses to “A Taste of New Orleans in Disney

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  1. Great Post!! “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

  2. New Orleans Square is by far my favorite land. I love how it really feels like you’re walking through a city with all the small shops. The theming is top notch! You really need to make it out here to check it out 😀

  3. POFQ is awesome, they need it to be DVC-ified.

  4. FQ! Love the feel of walking down the brick paths. Not so found of PO.

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