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Things To Do At Disneyland: New Orleans Square
The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean
As one of the last rides that Walt Disney oversaw the construction of, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride originally opened on April 19, 1967, just three months after he died. The attraction was originally designed to be a walk-through wax museum and adventure. After the Carousel of Progress was a huge success at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it was decided to use Audio-Animatronics and make it a ride. After walking through the 1850’s façade, guests begin their approximate 15-minute cruise back in time by stepping into boats and heading down a river filled with crocodiles, old houseboats and a man in front of a house playing a banjo. They then proceed down two waterfalls; pass through cave with pirate bones and partially sunken ships into the middle of a battle between with a pirate ship and the soldiers at a fort. Once past the clash, you head through the pirate-infested town and into the bowels of the dungeons of the fort before heading back to the present. Guests will see some of their favorite Disney pirates, including Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook and Captain Barbossa.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
From Mid-September through the beginning of the year the Haunted Mansion is taken over by the character from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Guests will experience Jack Skellington’s take on our world and see an enormous Gingerbread House that usually weights over 500 pounds.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
The Haunted Mansion
Since opening its doors on August 9, 1969 the Haunted Mansion has brought thrills and chills to park guests. These guests begin their journey by walking through the iron gates surrounding the mansion, past the animal cemetery, and by the crypts of some of the houses more permanent residents. At the front door guests are welcomed into the foyer by the Ghost Host who asks guests to kindly step into the next room. As the door closes behind them the guests notice that the room appears to have no way out before the room begins to stretch and the paintings on the walls begin to reveal tragic tales. After the room goes dark secret door opens and guests find themselves in a hallway where the pictures seem to change and the statue’s gaze seems to follow them wherever they go. Turning the corner, guests will approach their “Doom Buggy” and be taken deeper into the mansion and it’s surrounding grounds. Guests will meet many of the houses “999 Happy Haunts” on their journey that ends in the graveyard. If they are unlucky one of these ghosts will follow them home.
Favorite Thing To Do
What is your favorite thing to do in New Orleans Square?
During summer nights the area in front of the Rivers of America transform into a 22-minute spectacle known as Fantasmic! Guests are taken on a journey through Mickey’s imagination that is filled with dazzling water displays, fireworks and many of Disney’s favorite characters. That is until the villains take over. Guests watch as Mickey fights in a battle of Good vs. Evil. Many will wonder if Mickey will be able to defeat the 45-foot tall fire-breathing dragon.
The Disneyland Resort
The Blue Bayou Restaurant
For guests looking for Cajun and Creole specialties, The Blue Bayou Restaurant is the perfect place. The Blue Bayou is one of the more expensive eateries in the area but offer guests the unique chance to have their meal at twilight, no matter the time of day. Guests also get a chance to watch riders beginning their journey on The Pirates of the Caribbean ride since the restaurant seating is located within the ride itself. Since the Blue Bayou Restaurant opened its doors in 1967, it has been an extremely popular so guests who want to make sure to dine there during their trip should make reservations in advance. The Disneyland Resort allows guests to make dinning reservations both online and by phone up to 60 days in advance.
Located between The Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion, Café Orleans is a great place to eat while you take in the sights of the area. The indoor seating houses vintage Disney artifacts from Walt’s Day, while the outside provides stunning views of the Rivers of American and during summer nights the beloved show Fantasmic. Here guests can eat anything from a Monte Cristo sandwich to gumbo or the “Crescent City” salad with blackened chicken or salmon and the seafood herb crepe, during this casual sit down meal. Like the Blue Bayou, Café Orleans accepts reservations and they are recommended, especially during the busy summer months.
The French Market Restaurant
French Market Restaurant
For guests who enjoy a bit of live music with their meal, there is the French Market Restaurant. With a band that performs smooth jazz and blues throughout the day the French Market is a nice place to relax and enjoy a marinated shrimp po’ boy, a Cajun meatloaf, red beans and rice with Andouille sausage or Market French dip sandwich with house-made Cajun chips. Located next to the French Market is The Mint Julep Bar, which serves non-alcoholic drinks, fashioned after several classic New Orleans favorites.
New Orleans Square
Royal Street Veranda
For a truly filling meal without the fuss, there is the Royal Street Veranda. Besides drinks they only serve soup in a bread bowl and fritters. They have steak or vegetarian gumbo as well as clam chowder. The Royal Street Veranda is a very popular lunch destination with guests and usually ends up with a long line. Seating is limited so if there are several people in a group it might be best for one or more to find seating while one person is in line.