Category Archives: New Orleans Square

Le Bat En Rouge

New Orleans Square is a little tucked-away area that few appreciate. Most people know it as “that place you walk through when you get off of Pirates of the Caribbean and also when you eat at the Blue Bayou.” But Walt designed it to be an actual street—well, couple of streets, and they’re especially cool at night.  There’s a hidden court back there that I will blog about later, and several stores. One opening on the court is Le Bat En Rouge.

Is that an awesome sign or what?

The signs in New Orleans Square are all pretty cool, and this one is no exception.

Le Bat en Rouge is a tiny store located on a corner with a supercool exterior.

I love this

Now you’d expect Le Bat En Rouge to carry lots of red items, but it doesn’t really.

Rather uninspiring

It’s just a small clothing store without very much theming inside, unlike most of the other stores. I didn’t get a chance to really take a lot of pictures in there, so you’ll have to deal with these. Sorry!

Here’s what it looks like from the hidden court.

Ah well, at least the front is cool.

Haunted Mansion Holiday…Fastpass

Well, yeah, My Year With The Mouse missed the Haunted Mansion Holiday. And you’d think I’d have little excuse because that goes up for Halloween and stays through Christmas, but it’s also a popular attraction, and the time I went on it this year I was with a friend and therefore enjoying the moment rather than documenting it for posterity.

And really, MYWTM has never been much for posterity.

Anyway, so we headed back to the park for our last week of Holiday decorations post-holiday post-blockout, and I thought hey, I’ll just ride Haunted Mansion Holiday by myself because Theo will likely be too freaked to go on it. So I separated from my pack and went over. Yeah, um, it was crowded. And they did have the Fastpass open, but the return time was after the expiration of our *cough cough* Downtown Disney parking ticket.

So, I took pictures of the Fastpass.

Now first let me say that the HM only uses Fastpass for HM Holiday. And it’s pretty darned cool.

Oh, also? The lighting was awesome.

HMH is by far the best themed Fastpass distribution.

By the way, Fastpass is the system where instead of just waiting in line for a ride, you enter you park ticket and get a timed ticket and when your time is up, you go through a shorter line.

Anyway, first you walk down an eerie path

It's eerier without the flash

The area itself fits very nicely into the Haunted Mansion zeitgeist, being all shaded by vines and stuff

It's even cooler at night. When these pictures were taken.

Now many of the Fastpass areas do have some generalized theming, the Haunted Mansion Holiday has quite meticulous theming.

A distribution machine

Incidentally, the spell check of WordPress doesn’t consider “theming” to be a word. Obviously it has never been to Disneyland. Anwyay,


The little statue garden sits off to the side of the Haunted Mansion itself, and if I were a decent photographer you’d see how lovely it is.

Unfortunately, you’re stuck with me.

And that, in a nutshell, is the Haunted Mansion Holiday Fastpass distribution area. Honestly, it’s worth taking a peek back there anyway, just because it’s so cool.

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