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C’est Mardi Gras – laissez les bons temps rouler!

Mardi Gras at New Orleans Square

Mardi Gras at New Orleans Square - photo courtesy of Loren Javier via Flickr.com

Mardi Gras is traditionally the last chance to cut loose before the season of Lent, and in that spirit, we’re heading to (where else?) New Orleans Square in Disneyland. This has always been my favorite area of the California park. The moment I walked under the wrought-iron archway, and heard the jazz music in the background and smelled the magnolias, I was instantly transported into a time and place that probably never existed outside my imagination – but who would expect anything less from Disney?

You’ll only find three attractions in this area of the park: The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Disneyland railway station. But that’s fine – you don’t go to New Orleans Square for the rides. You go for the food, the atmosphere, and the shopping. You go to sit at the Mint Julep Bar (non-alcoholic, of course. This is Disney, after all.) and watch the people go by. Unfortunately for me, when I visited Disneyland as a teenager, the last thing my friends wanted to do was to slow down and soak in atmosphere. New Orleans Square was a place to dash through on our way from Pirates of the Caribbean on one end to the Haunted Mansion on the other. Everything else was just filler when we were 18!

Have you been in New Orleans Square for Mardi Gras?