Today marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside! As we commemorate this incredible milestone with our guests and cast members, we have yet another celebration on the horizon: Mardi Gras is less than a month away – happening March 1 this year – and there’s no better place to get in the spirit of the celebration than at Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts. The resorts, which evoke all of the beauty – and fun! – of Louisiana, offer a ton of unique recreation activities, entertainment, and food and beverage. And the best part? Anyone can participate! So laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll, and try these five ways to get in the spirit of Mardi Gras at Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts.
Listen to jazz music at Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge
New Orleans has long been considered the birthplace of jazz, so what better place to hear jazz music at Walt Disney World than at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter? Beginning Feb. 4, a group of live musicians will be entertaining guests at the Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. And don’t forget to order some delicious food and beverages – like the brand-new Bebop Bloody Mary specialty cocktail and the Oyster Beignet Po Boy! – while you’re there listening to those cool cats’ tunes.
Eat beignets at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Beignets have played a part in Mardi Gras celebrations for centuries. Though they haven’t been around at Walt Disney World for quite as long, they’re the quintessential treat for celebrating Mardi Gras here. You can find these delectable doughnuts at Scat Cat’s Club – Cafe.
Create your own Mardi Gras bicycle parade
No floats? No problem! Your family can become its own parade by renting bicycles at both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts. You can take a spin on two wheels or four – surrey bikes are also available at the Riverside Levee Marina. Be sure to wear purple, green and gold to really get in the spirit!
Sample savory southern cooking at Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Have a hankering for the flavors of the Louisiana bayou? Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside offers bona fide bites in the Big Easy. From Mardi Gras Fritters – yes, they really have Mardi Gras in the name! – to our famous Boatwright’s Jambalaya, you can’t go wrong celebrating with some delicious food.
Enjoy the scenery along the Sassagoula River
While experiencing the dulcet tones, vibrant colors and mouthwatering foods of Mardi Gras, you might find yourself in need of some quiet time to celebrate. Both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts are located along the scenic Sassagoula River. Beginning Feb. 4, horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered along its banks, with views of fragrant magnolias, picturesque Spanish moss, enchanting wildlife and more. You can also enjoy a peaceful boat cruise down the Sassagoula River, with service to and from Disney Springs.
If you’re looking for even more ways to experience all the romance, charm and southern hospitality these resorts have to offer, check out the planDisney Pocket Guides for Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.