‘Family Fun Weekends’ Celebrate Mardi Gras with New Menu Items

Jim Ames

by , Event Manager, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Hopefully you had the opportunity to join Princess Tiana and all of the gang this past weekend as they kicked off the Mardi Gras celebration at “Family Fun Weekends.” If not, you still have two more weekends to “let the good times roll!” In addition to the celebrations, music and dancing, new menu items were rolled out to help add some N’awlins flavor to the festivities.

The Blue Bayou has done the “Crescent City” right with a traditional bouillabaisse. This French seafood delight is filled with lobster, red snapper, little neck clams and mussels all in a savory broth, topped with dipping bread and saffron spread. You can add the perfect finish to your meal by selecting apple fritters a la mode for dessert! Three fresh apple fritters are served with vanilla bean ice cream, dried cherry gastrique and topped with spiced apple glaze. This is a meal fit for a carnival king or queen!

Muffaletta Sandwich From French Market Restaurant at Disneyland Park

Café Orleans is getting into the spirit of Mardi Gras with their own signature dessert, a Bananas Foster crepe – a handmade crepe filled with sautéed bananas, topped with caramel rum sauce and caramelized bananas. Across Orleans St., French Market will be spicing things up with a shrimp Po-Boy and a Muffaletta sandwich. And don’t miss the Mardi Gras corn chowder at Harbour Galley topped with festive “confetti” corn chip strips, or the Cajun Firefly, Blueberry Blast or Mardi Gras Punch, specialty beverages that contain no added sugar.

There are many culinary delights available for a limited time throughout New Orleans Square, but my favorite is the Mardi Gras “Mickey” Brioche – sweet brioche bread, covered in Mardi Gras-inspired green, gold and purple sugar crystals. This treat, served with a familiar “mouse-ear” twist, is available at Harbour Galley, French Market and Royal Street Veranda.

Mardi Gras 'Mickey' Brioche From New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park

Take a peek of some of the fun we had this weekend at the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans Square. Then come be a part of the festivities as “Family Fun Weekends” continue Friday through Sunday, February 25 – 27 and March 4 – 6, in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. Grab your krewe and come be a part of the fun.


  • I visited Disneyland today (2/23/11) for a great Mardi Gras lunch. However I found out that the foods are only available on the weekends. I was disappointed to learn this as the weekends have been and are forecast to be pretty wet.

  • I was at Disneyland this weekend and had the Po Boy at the French Market and it was delicious. We felt like trend setters because people kept asking us where we got the sandwiches. I’m looking forward to trying the other dishes!

    I also had the brioche, though, and didn’t really like it. I thought it wasn’t sweet enough to be sweet and the bread was too dry. But, maybe it was a bad batch.

  • How long will these new menu items be around? I hope it’s longer than just three weekends!

  • I LOVE the holiday special menu’s. I can’t wait to try all the new items for Mardi Gras. I loved the gingerbread benginets cafe orleans had for christmas and I can’t wait to try their banana fosters crepe 😀

  • What a happy moment!

  • Is the recipe for the Mickey Brioche available? I’d love to try and make this at home.

  • The muffaletta sandwich should ALWAYS be available…it is one of the best things about visiting New Orleans and to have it available at Disneyland year round would be wonderful. The po-boys should stick around, too!

  • Please keep the delicious New Orleans inspired food at least through the weekend of March 13th as that is the soonest we can get there, especially the sandwiches at French Market…..PLEASE!!!???

  • I hope to try all the new foods. My daughter and I are big fans of the many delicious items through out the park. This weekend we had the bouillabaisse, and it was truly one of the best we’ve ever had. We hope to visit again next week to try a few more of the tasty temporary fare. I do wish that the bouillabaisse would be a permanente addition. Presidents Day was a wonderfull day in the park!

  • Sounds great. Can’t wait to try some of the new items.
    When might we expect Food and Wine to return?


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