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February 10, 2012

New Orleans Bayou Bash Marches into Disneyland Park

New Orleans Square has to be one of my favorite areas of Disneyland Park!  I have been to New Orleans several times and I must say that the Imagineers did a fabulous job of bringing the sights and sounds of the Big Easy to the West Coast!  I absolutely love walking through the shop-lined streets of New Orleans Square, sipping on a Mint Julep and tapping my toes to the beat of the Jambalaya Jazz Band! (Be sure to check out my review of Disneyland's signature Mint Julep, and a recipe!)

Ari, (Disneyland Dad on the Moms Panel) and I hanging out on the Dream Suite Balcony,
overlooking New Orleans Square
I am excited to share with you news of a very special New Orleans-style event taking place right now at Disneyland!  If you're looking to experience a family-friendly rendition of New Orleans' famed Mardi Gras, be sure to stop by Disneyland Park's New Orleans Square on weekends starting today and through March 11 (plus Feb. 20th and 21st) for a Disney-style Mardi Gras celebration unlike any other, the New Orleans Bayou Bash.

During the New Orleans Bayou Bash guests can expect have blast as the high-energy tunes of live Jazz bands fill the air in New Orleans Square.  Princess Tiana and her friends from Princess and the Frog wouldn't dare miss such an occasion, and you will find them dancing and parading through the streets while interacting with guests during this Bayou-inspired celebration!  And that's only the beginning!

Mickey and Minnie Will Celebrate "New Orleans Bayou Bash!" in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park
Here's some information direct from Disneyland... sounds like an event you won't wanna miss:

  • Dates for “New Orleans Bayou Bash!” will be Fridays through Sundays,Feb. 10-12, 24-26, March 2-4 and 9-11, and Friday through Tuesday, Feb. 17-21 (Presidents’ Day weekend). Entertainment is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Orleans Square and the adjoining banks of the Rivers of America will be adorned with masks, beads, feathers and colorful celebration banners in bright shades of purple, green and gold.
  • A stage along the Rivers of America will provide a performance area for a variety of “New Orleans Bayou Bash!” talent, including “Tiana’s Mardi Gras Procession” and the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band.
  • In “Tiana’s Mardi Gras Procession,” Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis the alligator and a crew of colorfully costumed dancers burst into New Orleans Square in a musical celebration taking place six times a day. They sing lively tunes from “The Princess and the Frog” as they make their way through the streets and down to the Rivers of America stage.
  • The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band will appear five times per day in a rousing Mardi Gras procession through New Orleans Square. In traditional “second line” style, an umbrella dancer leads the mash-up of musicians and colorful street performers. Guests are asked to join the procession, which travels through the streets and down to the river stage.
  • Additional “New Orleans Bayou Bash!” entertainment will include performances by Jambalaya Jazz Band and the bluesy Royal Street Bachelors on the stage at the French Market restaurant in New Orleans Square.
  • In the Court of Angels Photo Location in New Orleans Square, guests celebrating the New Orleans Bayou Bash can pose for pictures with an ever-changing lineup of beloved Disney characters in Mardi Gras attire:  Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen. Mickey Mouse, Minnie MouseGoofyChip and Dale.
“New Orleans Bayou Bash!” fills New Orleans Square with vibrant excitement, jazzy music, street performers and the sensational food of New Orleans. Guests can savor a celebration seasoned with Southern hospitality.

1 comment:

Ashley @MamaOfAllTrades said...

this sounds like a blast!! I love the decorations. Mardi Gras colors are so pretty.