Tiana’s Palace Restaurant Coming to Disneyland in 2023


Disney has formally confirmed that Tiana’s Palace Restaurant is coming to New Orleans Sq. in Disneyland forward of the Tiana’s Bayou Journey journey reimagining of Splash Mountain. This submit shares dates, particulars, idea artwork and commentary for the upcoming addition, plus ideas on whether or not one thing comparable might–or ought to–come to Walt Disney World.

Tiana’s Palace Restaurant would be the second location in New Orleans Sq. to be given an overhaul impressed by the Princess and the Frog. Final fall, Eudora’s Stylish Boutique That includes Tiana’s Connoisseur Secrets and techniques arrange store within the former Le Bat en Rouge store. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, that is nestled into the present New Orleans Squares alleyways, close to Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s separated from Splash Mountain by quite a few places, together with Haunted Mansion.

Actually, Eudora’s Stylish Boutique isn’t actually a lot. For those who weren’t actively searching for the small print impressed by the Princess and the Frog, you may miss them fully. There’s a nook of the situation showcasing a interval present scene with a stitching machine, stitching model, and aprons. There are additionally track lyrics and different nods to the film I’m in all probability forgetting. It’s very delicate and straightforward to overlook.

Eudora’s Stylish Boutique That includes Tiana’s Connoisseur Secrets and techniques was first revealed on the D23 Expo. Throughout that very same occasion, a mannequin of Tiana’s Bayou Journey (Disneyland model) was additionally shared in “Fantastic World of Goals” Disney Parks sales space. That exposed new particulars in regards to the reimagined journey, and a few of what to anticipate along with the attraction at Disneyland.

At Disneyland, Tiana’s Bayou Journey will turn into a part of an expanded New Orleans Sq., annexing space from the present Critter Nation. In line with Disney, this permits for the chance to inform much more of Tiana’s tales. That sales space and the Imagineers in it additionally shared that Tiana’s Palace Restaurant could be coming to Disneyland. Now, we now extra about what form it’ll take and the place it’ll be situated…

Tiana’s Palace Restaurant will likely be situated on Orleans Avenue in Disneyland, changing French Market Restaurant. Disney has not but shared specifics about what sort of eating location it’ll be, simply that Tiana’s Palace Restaurant isn’t a personality eating expertise.

Throughout the peach-colored partitions and fancy inexperienced wrought-iron balconies of Tiana’s Palace Restaurant, you’ll discover elegant fixtures and appointments harking back to Tiana’s life and friendships. The brand new Tiana’s Palace could have a lot of the identical pinch of pizzazz and aptitude because the restaurant from the movie, providing genuine New Orleans flavors impressed by Tiana’s mates and adventures on this quick-service model restaurant.

In line with Disney, the menu at Tiana’s Palace will increase on most of the present favorites served within the location, discover seasonal flavors and provide New Orleans classics. In all chance, this implies Tiana’s Palace Restaurant will proceed to be a buffeteria-style counter service restaurant.

Tiana’s Palace is bound to be a gathering place for family and friends to take pleasure in nice meals and rejoice collectively, similar to Tiana and her father James dreamed. It’ll be fascinating to see what modifications to perform this.

Disney Imagineers are partnering with Disney Animation artists from the unique movie to carry this story to life at Disneyland. In truth, the movie designers took inspiration from the outside of the unique French Market Restaurant in New Orleans Sq. when designing Tiana’s Palace for the film, so it is a long-dreamt homecoming.

To start this work, French Market Restaurant (and Mint Julep Bar) will likely be closed starting February 17, 2023, and can reopen as Tiana’s Palace (alongside Mint Julep Bar with its well-known mint juleps and Mickey beignets) later within the 12 months.

Our Commentary

It was a foregone conclusion that Tiana’s Palace Restaurant could be coming to Disneyland even earlier than Imagineers prematurely spilled the beans on the D23 Expo. Actually, this in all probability ought to’ve occurred a couple of decade in the past when the film first got here out. It has at all times been such a logical match with New Orleans Sq..

There undoubtedly would’ve been backlash from Disneyland followers then, simply as I’m positive would be the case now. That’s as a result of New Orleans Sq. is the head of themed design and the most effective theme park lands on the planet. It’s also one which has been largely unspoilt since its unique building, which means that characters and Disney mental property for probably the most half haven’t encroached the land. (Each Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean have turn into IP outdoors the parks, although!)

Again final fall when Imagineers revealed that Tiana’s Palace Restaurant could be a reimagining of an present eating location at Disneyland, it wasn’t clear whether or not the restaurant would annex extra of Critter Nation, or change a location in New Orleans Sq..

Our guess was that it’d both be Cafe Orleans, a desk service restaurant, or Hungry Bear Restaurant, one other quick-service choice. Though we might’ve been unhappy to see the final remnants of the Nation Bears disappear from Disneyland, changing Hungry Bear Restaurant was been the perfect choice. That’s the extra formidable transfer and fewer controversial route, too.

Our hope was that Disney would go large, making all of Critter Nation a part of New Orleans Sq.—or a brand new bayou enlargement to it. That will’ve left New Orleans Sq. thematically intact, whereas additionally tying up free ends, so to talk, and making this a bigger scale enlargement. Disney might’ve even marketed Tiana’s Bayou Journey as a part of a brand new themed bayou space at Disneyland.

Issues might come full circle, with Audio Animatronics from Splash Mountain shifting over to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. That might turn into a musical revue—New Orleans Sings! or Bayou Critter Jamboree each sound nice to me.

Sadly, that isn’t what’s going to occur. Not solely that, however Disneyland isn’t even changing the desk service Cafe Orleans. As an alternative, they’re utilizing the buffeteria-style French Market as the premise for the reimagined Tiana’s Palace Restaurant. That is positively the trail of least resistance, and the best choice–which is why a turnaround time of lower than one 12 months is possible for this venture.

No matter your expectations are for Tiana’s Palace Restaurant, dial them down. It’s potential that Disney will intestine French Market to make the inside much less cramped, however I wouldn’t depend on that. Extra probably, this will likely be corresponding to the Eudora’s Stylish Boutique reimagining–in all probability a bit extra formidable than that.

Count on to see new props inside which might be nods to the Princess and the Frog, a brand new marquee, and a facade that evokes the look of Tiana’s Palace from the film. Apart from that, I wouldn’t count on to see main substantive modifications to French Market. My guess is that it’ll proceed to be buffeteria service with the identical inside from a substantive perspective.

Personally, I’m not likely averse to the transfer–however I’m additionally not excited for it. Whereas I believe French Market is a beautiful location, the identical must be true for Tiana’s Palace Restaurant. I can’t think about them being materially totally different from each other. Greater than the rest, I’m upset that Disney isn’t going greater. Closing Hungry Bear Restaurant for an 18-month overhaul that creates a brand new desk service restaurant would’ve been nice. That spot is nothing particular, however could possibly be.

Against this, the change from French Market to Tiana’s Palace Restaurant is more likely to be a lateral transfer. There’s merely far much less potential upside and room for enchancment. On that notice, I’ll reiterate what I’ve written earlier than, which is that Disney actually must swing for the fences with Tiana’s Bayou Journey, as this addition goes to be underneath a microscope. Opting to clean up French Market with a superficial replace as an alternative of changing Hungry Bear outright isn’t proof that the journey reimagining will likely be unambitious, nevertheless it’s definitely not a optimistic sign, both.

Whereas Tiana’s Palace Restaurant isn’t at present a part of the plans for Magic Kingdom, we’re nonetheless holding out hope that it’ll be introduced as an addition outdoors the park. You may recall {that a} restaurant primarily based on The Princess and the Frog was introduced for Walt Disney World a couple of years in the past.

For those who don’t bear in mind, that’s in all probability as a result of it was very forgettable. It was going to be a mixed-use waterfront restaurant situated on the shore of Bay Lake at Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. (It was probably going to be a personality breakfast that includes Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louie the Alligator, and Dr. Facilier and a Signature Restaurant for dinner–very like Topolino’s Terrace.)

Actually, it’s in all probability for the most effective that restaurant isn’t coming to fruition. Disney by no means launched idea artwork on-line, however what was flashed on-stage on the D23 Expo took actually no visible cues from the film. This leaves the door open for a well-done Tiana’s Place Restaurant at Walt Disney World.

Tiana’s Place Restaurant on Disney Cruise Line is superior, and the idea looks as if a slam dunk for Walt Disney World. Even when it doesn’t make sense in Frontierland, hopefully it involves fruition in Florida. Maybe it could possibly be constructed within the unused eating house that already exists at Port Orleans French Quarter, the place it could really make sense?

Regardless of what’s introduced (or not) for Walt Disney World, it’s not stunning that Disney is doing extra than simply the journey at Disneyland. For the final year-plus, Imagineers have been discussing their analysis journeys to New Orleans.

Final summer time, Imagineers gathered at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans – founder Leah Chase was one of many inspirations for Princess Tiana – to speak about Tiana’s influence over the previous decade and the inventive course of behind the upcoming attraction, together with the know-how Imagineers are utilizing to carry it to life.

Within the ~30 minute roundtable video above, the proprietor of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is joined by numerous Imagineers and ABC Information correspondents.

Generations of the Chase household welcomed Imagineers whereas Chef Dook cooked up a few of their well-known gumbo. The group sat down with Leah’s daughter, Stella Chase Reese who shared that “the 2 coming collectively, music and meals, brings pleasure and happiness to all.”

In line with Disney, Imagineers are researching New Orleans to inform a narrative that’s as genuine to the area as it’s to the characters’ tales. From the meals, music, artwork and structure to the range of its individuals and their traditions, there may be a lot from which to attract inspiration. The workforce has finished digital analysis journeys by Zoom and this was their first of many in-person analysis journeys to get the story proper.

As Charita Carter shared that “in some ways, Tiana’s Bayou Journey is a love letter to New Orleans.” Carter continued, “just like the musical metropolis that impressed this attraction, Tiana’s second act is a couple of group working in concord to attain one thing extraordinary. She reminds us of an immutable fact we are able to all relate to: ‘for those who do your greatest every day, good issues are positive to return your manner.’ And that’s a melody we are able to all sing alongside to!”

In the end, we’re trying ahead to seeing the ways in which New Orleans Sq. expands and evolves at Disneyland to accommodate Tiana’s Bayou Journey and extra from The Princess and the Frog. There’s so much that Imagineering is ready to do in California that merely isn’t potential at Walt Disney World by advantage of the reimagined journey being adjoining to New Orleans Sq. as an alternative of Frontierland.

Personally, I hope that Critter Nation goes extinct, turning into a bayou-based addition to New Orleans Sq.. It could be fascinating to see if Imagineering can pull off a bifurcated land, a lot in the identical manner that Port Orleans Riverside Resort has each the white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou’s quaint backwoods cottages.

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