Over in New Orleans Square–you know, that area of the park I haven’t written ANYTHING about yet (My Year is a miserable failure, however, MYWTM is an astounding success–rock on!)–there’s a small, fragrant shop called Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie.
Here it is!
Mlle. (which is the abbreviation for Mademoiselle, as all of my sophisticated readers undoubtedly already know) Antoinette’s Parfumerie is one of the original shops opened in New Orleans Square at the request of Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife.
Particularly lovely at night
To be honest, I was feeling a bit sheepish because I had absolutely no memory of the Parfumerie.
I felt much better when my Standard Research Method (3 minutes on Google) confirmed that the Parfumerie closed in the 90s when I was living in the Midwest and re-opened just this May.
It has elaborate window displays
The inside of the shop is both cozy and extensively decorated.
Is that wallpaper on the ceiling?
According to my SRM, the chandelier was selected by Lilly Disney herself, from a shop in the real New Orleans. Plus the mirrors are hand-painted with some technique where the back of the glass is painted and then it’s turned into a mirror.
A little more ostentatious in person
The shop carries normal perfume from companies like Dior, Givenchy, and other expensive perfumes I know nothing about because I don’t wear perfume.
I wanted to talk to the cast member behind the counter, but these three girls talked to him forever.
And I mean for.ev.er.
So I just gave up. But apparently the old perfume shop allowed you to mix and create your own signature scent, which sounds pretty cool to me, but this one does not. And supposedly there are either 2 or 3 perfumes that are “exclusive” to Disney (some say Disneyland, some say Disney Parks–this is where my SRM breaks down).
Still, I wouldn’t recommend buying some and then going on, like, Space Mountain or something.
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Beautiful store! I’m sure even better in person.
I was so excited to learn that the Parfumerie was reopening…only to be devastated to learn that they would not have the custom perfume anymore. When I was little my mom would take me to create my own perfume every time we went. It probably was the worst perfume combination ever, but I loved it. I was so excited to have the opportunity to go back, because it was my most missed shop in the park. Oh well… maybe we can start a petition.
That is disappointing. I wonder why they decided not to do it. It sounds like a lot of fun (and let’s be real, probably a moneymaker too). Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll bring it back.
they would put your formula in a HUGH book they could look up each time you visited so you could
buy your own special formula. I cant believe they would just get rid of this HUGH book with so many formulas, what a dissapointment!!!!
I love the perfumerie because I can get 20% off acqua di parma which is a deal. It is very expensive but is my personal favorite.