New Orleans Square is one of eight “lands” at Disneyland and is truly a spectacular place. Designed to resemble New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, guests feel as though they have traveled to the bayou. This past August was our first visit to Disneyland. With all of the chaos in planning a trip for 11 people, I honestly did not have much time to form any expectations of this particular land other than my secret quest to find the famous Mickey beignets (Yes, it was secret. I did not want my family to know I was obsessing over fried dough in the shape of Mickey).
What guests first noticed upon entering this “land” is the meticulous attention to detail that must have gone into planning this area. Buildings, outdoor lighting, and even the streets themselves make visitors feel as though they have really traveled to the Bayou. Home to two table services restaurants (Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans), two quick service restaurants (French Market Restaurant and Royal Street Veranda) and the Mint Julep Bar, guests have no problem finding something delicious to satisfy their hungry crew.
Our favorite spot was the Mint Julep Bar – home of the Mickey shaped beignets. I had this place set in my sights for months, as I have a crazy love for fried dough. The Bar offers various coffee drinks as well as carbonated beverages. The biggest attraction to this little stand (aside from the AWESOME beignets) is the mint julep. This non-alcoholic drink tastes like a minty Sprite and is garnished with colorful fruit. It was a big hit with my mom and DD4. The rest of us chowed on the Mickey beignets, fried dough in the shape of Mickey’s head and sprinkled with powdered sugar–yum yum!! These were so delicious that I actually stopped here twice during our short stay in Anaheim.
New Orleans Square is also home to the famous and exclusive Club 33. Club 33 was the vision of Walt himself for a place to VIP’s to congregate and relax. Unfortunately for ordinary me, the only way I will see the inside of the club is through internet photos. The wait list to become a member is long and membership is rumored to be somewhere around the $10,000 range annually (and that’s not including the fee to join). For such an elite place, the door to Club 33 is unassuming and my sister and I had fun posing in front of the doorway for goofy pictures.
New Orleans Square is also where you will find Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Unfortunately for us, the Haunted Mansion was closed while we were there as they prepared the attraction for Halloween. Pirates of the Caribbean, however, was a BIG hit with my gang. They claimed it was WAAAYYY better than the one at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World because it was longer and more detailed. If you happen to snag a table at the Blue Bayou restaurant, you will have a great view of Pirate riders as they sail on by.
We really enjoyed our time at Disneyland and especially in New Orleans Square. It was one of the awesome differences between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.