I think part of what makes New Orleans Square so different than other areas of Disneyland at Christmas is its rich, jewel tone color scheme. I love the way those colors dance across everything in their reach, especially the ground. The night it rained while we were there, it seemed a no brainer to get a shot of the wet pavement glistening from jewel tone Christmas lights aglow. Every time I look at this picture I hear Louis Armstrong singing “It’s Christmas time in New Orleans”. Between Louis and Disneyland, I can’t help but succumb to the joy they both give with a smile. Now all I need is a good ol’ creole beat.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas. Whether you’re counting down to Christmas with Haunted Mansion Holiday, getting to the park early for a handmade candy cane, or getting snowed on during a stroll down Main Street, if you can make it to Disneyland during the holidays, it sure makes the season more merry and bright.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disneyland staple and certainly one of my favorite rides. I love stopping on the bridge where I took this shot to take in the view, especially when it’s empty like this. I really appreciate all the work Disney puts into making the line a fun and interesting place to be. With the exception of encroachment on my personal bubble, I really enjoy waiting in lines at Disneyland. And why not when there are so many fun lines to wait in?
Avast! If ye be after the keys to unlock yer future, Fortune Red of New Orleans Square will point ye in the right, proper direction. But be warned me hearty, Fortune Red be a buccaneer who don’t take kindly to a squiffy or a scallywag. It’ll cost ye two doubloons fer his consultation, savvy? After that, it be up to ye what ye do with the booty. So keep a weather eye, or it could be Davy Jone’s locker for ye!
You may recognize this sign from New Orleans Square. It’s one of the shops where you can find Haunted Mansion or Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise. They also stock Vinylmations. It’s definitely one of the many stores that is as much fun to look at as it is to shop through.
With all of the creativity poured into smaller details like the scroll work of this sign, sometimes it’s the most fun just to walk through the parks looking for things you haven’t seen before. Chances are that even if you have been a million times you’ll find something. Or maybe you’ll see something in a new way. One of my favorite places to do this is New Orleans Square. I especially love the signs you can find along your way through here.
There is something inherently epic about most everything in Disneyland. For all of us obsessive Pirates fans, we know that this building marks the entrance to fulfilling all our swashbuckling fantasies. With the beautiful clouds and a cool Fall breeze blowing in, the scene definitely conveyed a change in the winds, says I. Of course this building also used to house the Disney Gallery before being converted to the beautiful Disneyland Dream Suite, all of which add to its grandeur. Drink up me hearties yo ho!