New Orleans Square is such a lovely place to walk around. Little details everywhere are just delightful.
So it makes me feel incredibly guilty that I’ve spent so little time there in all my time at Disneyland. Although that’s what this blog is for, right?
For example, I had no idea this existed.
Court des Anges!
Tucked away close to the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean (and speaking of feeling guilty, because as many times as I’ve ridden Pirates, I’m pretty sure I never turned my head left coming out of it) the Court des Anges is a cute little courtyard.
With a staircase
If you enter the Court and turn around, it looks like this
People subject to change without warning
To the left of the Court sign, there are stairs and a few doors
The main staircase, which is pretty much the focal point of the Court, starts out looking like this.
Potted plants and everything!
The steps continue
Up up up
To a Cast Members Only door up at the top.
There it is!
And unlike many of my other entries in which I kind of flail around pointlessly, I can say that this is actually part of Club 33. Ha! I knew something! I think.
But speaking of knowing things, or not knowing them as the case may be, partway up the stairs there’s one of those thingies that’s a recessed half-circle with a little statue of something.
In this case, a little boy
And I’m sure there’s a name for this type of thing, but I have no idea what it is. Anyone?
Also, much like Main Street, you can do various fictional things in this Court.
Like take music lessons
I’ve often thought that it would be awesome if some of these things were real. Like if you really could go to the dentist in the shop by the lockers on Main Street. I mean, I would totally do that. Or take music lessons or something. How cool would that be?
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While I love treading your blog and hearing your comments on all the interesting details around Disney, I feel like you haven’t covered any attractions in a while! Tell us about the rides please 🙂
I’m working on it :). One thing I run into with this project is that many of the rides left are things I cannot go on with Theo, either because he’s too little (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, for example) or they are too scary (e.g. Haunted Mansion or Captain EO) or they’re out of season (Splash Mountain–sorry, you’ll have to wait until it’s warmer for that one ;)). It’s more difficult for me to get over to the park on my own and have time to wait in lines for many of the rides I have left, as much as I love popping over and enjoying it all to myself. Plus I’m running out of rides! 😆 So this year I’m venturing over to the Mouse-Next-Door and trying to hit some rides there, like Tuck and Roll or the Ladybug Boogie, which I covered recently. I have also completely neglected ToonTown *sigh*. Thanks for hanging in there with me while I make my way around the park(s)–I appreciate it, and will do my best to cover as many things as possible :).
These quiet little courtyards and precise decorative details are why New Orleans Square is my favorite corner of Disneyland!
Thanks Kelly! I had never spent much time there before, and it’s such a gem :).
Shelby, that little recessed half-circle is called a niche.
It’s been too many years since I’ve been in Disneyland. I want to say around 8 1/2 years, because while I was gone my daughter jumped in the pool and gashed her eyebrow, and I think that she was 8 when she did that. Anyway, I want to go back and re-discover those neat little touches.
A niche? Really? That seems way too obvious. Thank god I have readers to do my research for me ;). And what a way to remember a vacation!
Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not actually Club 33. Up those stairs are the dressing/break rooms for the Jambalaya Jazz Band. Club 33 is approximately behind you.