What area of Disneyland begs to be strolled in more than New Orleans Square does? Narrow street mazes, filigreed shops, and delectable treats make it a perfect place for memorable wooing. And jazz!
Down in New Orleans
Begin your New Orleans Square date night with a bit of wisdom dispensed from Fortune Red, the prophesying pirate bust. Heâ€™s wedged into a petite alcove near Le Bat en Rouge, which is also worth a poke in, and he gives his futurecasts with uncanny accuracy for a mere fifty cents. Make sure youâ€™ve got change (or get some from the Royal Street Veranda if you indulge in a hot cup of gumbo while you wander).
Next stop in at Mlle. Antoinetteâ€™s Parfumerie. This little shop is filled with heady scents, faceted glass, and amber light but few people, especially in the evening hours. As a perfumerie, it is one of hardly any remaining shops at Disneyland that offers unique merchandise (translation: go there while you can, because, like its namesake and the recently departed Mascarade dâ€™Orleans, itâ€™s probably on the chopping block). Choose a scent for your date to try, and try one of their choice in return. While youâ€™re breathing in the bergamot, admire the handiwork on the mirrors that surround the store. Lillian Disney commissioned Glendra von Kessel to paint them by hand.
When youâ€™re both smelling wonderful, sit together for a portrait by one of the artists across from the Blue Bayou. Adorable. And while your likenesses are being captured for posterity, consider taking a moment of silence to honor the wonder that was: may the publicly-enjoyable Court of Angels rest in peace knowing it will nevermore be bothered by pesky families taking yearly Christmas portraits or annoying couples stealing sweet kisses or the winded elderly resting quietly away from crowds.