Category Archives: New Orleans Square

L’Ornament Magique

Let’s hang out in New Orleans Square for a while, okay? There’s so much to see in there, and to be completely honest I’ve most often just blown through there on my way out of Pirates of the Caribbean (which, by the way, they renovated to widen the exit–badly needed!). Anyway, for those who love to stop and pay attention–smell the artificial roses, as it were–New Orleans Square is the place for you.

And among the shops in New Orleans Square is

*Blurry people not included

L’Ornament Magique sells, shockingly, ornaments.

I know–I didn’t see it coming either.

It's a princess tree!

Now I have to say, Disneyland was a little disappointing on the ornament front this past year. We’ve got a few Disney ornaments but didn’t buy a Disneyland one because we couldn’t really find one that struck us as THE ornament.

Plus we got one from the Mouse-in-Law AND from the cruise, so you know, it’s not like we were hurting for mouse ears or anything.

For a while they had these princess ornaments that were just the princess dresses. Like all pink and blue and yellow, etc. just the dresses. Which was not inherently a bad idea, but the execution was, well, it looked like an execution. You sort of had these disembodied dresses hanging around that were frankly quite creepy. You almost expected another tree of severed princess heads.

Ew.

Oh, back to the shop!

It’s small.

The picture up there is one side,

And this is the other

Like the rest of Disneyland, the details are fully realized. Looking up:

I'll have a blue Christmas without Disneyland ornaments

And I’ll be honest here, the ornament shop is not my favorite. It’s tiny and the displays are a bit overwhelming. But if you’re looking for an ornament year-round–well…

Port Royal: Curios and Curiousities

Back over to New Orleans Square, we have the Port Royal shop.

Look, Ma! It's a mediocre cell phone pic!

The Port Royal is located in between the place where you get gumbo and clam chowder, and the exit of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Port Royal also has the rest of its name, so here’s a picture

Almost as good of a picture as the last one!

The Port Royal is primarily devoted to dead people, specifically the Nightmare Before Christmas and Haunted Mansion merchandise. I believe at one time (and I know someone will correct me if/when I’m wrong), that this merch used to be at Le Bat en Rouge, but Port Royal is a larger store, and dead people are apparently a big seller.

Skeletons and Skellington

Apropos of very little, when I went to the Mouse Next Door with my friend Lyn a few months ago, we hit up the Animation Academy and learned how to draw Jack Skellington.

I’m telling you, my artwork rivals that of any preschooler. It actually makes me feel better that I’m only slightly more talented than my just-turned-3-year-old. In another six months he will likely exceed my skill, and I’ll go back to having depressingly low self-esteem.

But continuing on that tangent, because I know you care, I actually took and Intro to Design class at our local community college to get over my fear of my own art. For some reason, my instructor was extremely into fish, so basically all of our projects were fish-related. I did get an A, but it did not solve my fear of art, and perhaps even exacerbated my fear of artistic fish.

But I digress.

Anyway, like all of the other shops in Disneyland, but particularly in New Orleans Square, the decorations are even better than the merchandise.

Behind the registers, the Christmasy wreaths and garlands are up year-round

I kind of want this, if I owned a house that had these things on the wall.

Thing!

Incidentally, did you know that Thing has his own Wikipedia entry? Sometimes I worry about the internet.

Is there anything cooler than people taking flash photography of themselves in a mirror?

It's completely annoying, but the mirror is cool so we'll overlook that one

And of course, things above doorways.

There really are lots of cool things above doorways in Disneyland

Even if you’re not a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan, or a Haunted Mansion/Dead People fan, the Port Royal store is pretty darned cool.

 

Mint Julep, Anyone?

Fitting right in with the theme of New Orleans, there’s the Mint Julep Bar where you can get Mickey-shaped beignets and mint juleps. And some other stuff that I’m not blogging about right now.

The Mint Julep Bar is tucked away in a corner in the back of the French Market restaurant.

In the dark

Real mint juleps consist of water, sugar, mint, and bourbon. Obviously that’s not very Disneyland-friendly. The only place you can drink in Disneyland is in Club 33. There’s alcohol available in the Mouse-Next-Door though.

Anyway, let’s look at another pretty picture.

The little quick service window

Instead of bourbon, Disneyland uses non-alcoholic Creme de Menthe syrup, lemonade, and limeade (with some real mint leaves). The result is a bright green, extremely sweet drink. I will admit I’ve only had Mint Juleps a couple of times. The sweetness can be really overwhelming. But sometimes on those really hot days, it totally hits the spot.

Here’s another picture.

The French Market restaurant

Seating is cramped, and there’s a weird hand in the foreground of my picture. Go figure.

Also back in this area is the New Orleans Square bathroom.

With a big line

If you’d like more information about the restrooms at Disneyland, and I know you are dying for it, visit the most excellent page: The Happiest Potties on Earth. I will say, though, that I’m not a fan of this particular restroom. It gets a ton of traffic because it’s the only restroom in the area. There are a lot of stalls (in the ladies–never been on the gentlemen’s side) but there always seems to be a backup at the sinks. I try to avoid this one myself, mostly because of the crowd. But when you gotta go, you gotta go!

La Masquerade d’Orleans

Masquerade, paper faces on parade, MASQUERADE!

Oh wait, Disneyland, not Phantom.

Anyway, La Masquerade d’Orleans is another one of those great little stores in New Orleans Square. It has a very cool sign.

It's like, all glowy and stuff

A closer look reveals that there’s more writing at the bottom. I can’t read it.

With the flash

Without the flash

Yep, no clue. Anyone know? Next time I’m going to take notes. Seriously, blogger fail.

Ah well, you still love me anyway, right?

Right?

Any, La Masquerade d’Orleans has some cool exterior decorations.

These make me swoon

And I’ll just interrupt a second here to say that I really would love to go to New Orleans sometime. I’ll put it on my list. And while I’m interrupting myself, I also have to say that I really hate the term “bucket list.” I don’t know why it grinds on me so strongly. Maybe because we have no idea when we’re going to kick the bucket, so it gives the impression that you’re only going to die after you do these things. Or maybe I just don’t like the term “kick the bucket.” Or maybe it’s that movie that I never saw that just irritates me. Anyway, I call my list “things I really want to do,” and going to New Orleans is on there.

Ahem.

I was hoping this store would carry, you know, like Mardi Gras masks and stuff, but unfortunately they don’t. The merchandise is basically pins, Vinylmation, and small knickknacks. And can you believe spell check just gave a thumbs up to “knickknacks”?

Pins?

Vinylmation?

There are, however, cool details if you care to look around.

I want this light fixture

Especially if you look up.

Window adornments are always fabulous

And finally, a mask!

Yay!

I think it would be so cool if Disneyland just sold Mardi Gras masks in there. I mean, I would probably even buy one, and I’m cheap! Just think of it–a mask store at Disneyland. *sigh*

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