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Mint Julep Bar Reopens at Disneyland

Disneyland park-goers can once again indulge in the beloved refreshments at the Mint Julep Bar, which has reopened following its closure for the construction of Tiana’s Palace. The much-anticipated new restaurant is set to provide guests with a taste of New Orleans, drawing inspiration from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog."

The Mint Julep Bar, known for its signature mint juleps and Mickey-shaped beignets, had temporarily closed its doors earlier this year. With its reopening, it brings back a touch of Southern charm to the park, although the Mickey-shaped beignets will no longer be available at Hungry Bear and Royal Street Veranda.

Tiana’s Palace, the primary reason behind the closure of the Mint Julep Bar, is an exciting addition to Disneyland's New Orleans Square. The new restaurant boasts peach-colored walls and green wrought-iron balconies, reminiscent of the vibrant and lively city of New Orleans. While it won't be a character dining location, guests can look forward to meeting Princess Tiana herself in New Orleans Square.

Disney Imagineers have left no stone unturned in bringing Tiana's story to life. The restaurant's interior features a large mural of the bayou, along with various nods to Tiana’s past – including lilies on numerous signs, plaques, and light fixtures, frog porcelains, and cookbooks that Tiana has collected. Guests will also find letters from Tiana’s father and neighbors, as well as a childhood photo of Tiana.

The opening of Tiana’s Palace marks the next phase in bringing more of Princess Tiana’s stories to life in New Orleans Square. This follows the opening of Eudora’s Chic Boutique featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets last year and precedes the launch of the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction in 2024.

Interestingly, the design of Tiana’s Palace from the Disney Animation film was inspired by the French Market Restaurant, the former occupant of this space in New Orleans Square. Disney Animation artists added a wheelhouse and two smokestacks to give Tiana’s restaurant an iconic silhouette. These additions were incorporated into the real-life Tiana’s Palace, making this a full circle moment!

We are delighted to welcome guests to experience the transformation and return of the Mint Julep Bar. At Tiana’s Palace, guests can enjoy new menu items that represent Tiana’s story and honor the flavors and flair of New Orleans, with ingredients sourced directly from Louisiana when possible. Plus, these new dishes can be mobile ordered on the Disneyland app when the location opens.


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