Disney Parks Celebrates Mardi Gras With Princess Tiana Exclusive

princess tiana and mickey beignets

As Disney Parks’ Mardi Gras celebration gets underway, the theme park icon is rolling out all-new dining and entertainment experiences, including an exclusive greeting from none other than Princess Tiana herself!

Of course, you probably know who Princess Tiana is, considering she’s got a few upcoming releases with the Walt Disney Company. First, a new Disney+ series will expand on the story of this first-ever African American Disney Princess and her husband, Prince Naveen, as introduced in 2009’s The Princess and the Frog. What’s more, at both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, Walt Disney Imagineering will transform Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure with a little bit of Disney Magic!


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The new attraction will enter the next chapter of Tiana’s story, emphasizing the success of her restaurant, Tiana’s Palace in New Orleans, and her latest business venture, the community-owned Tiana’s Foods. While the Palace restaurant will replace New Orleans Square’s French Market at Disneyland Park, there’s plenty of New Orleans fun to find all over Disney Resorts and the Disney Resort Hotels!

For instance, the Mardi Gras golf cart parade returns to Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts, a tradition lasting over a decade! Cast Members will decorate golf carts in accordance with the 2023 theme, The Legacy of Walt Disney World Resorts, as part of one of many recreation activities open to both employees and Disney Resort Guests at Riverside and French Quarter.

Port Orleans Boat Transportation

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According to the Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney World Guests will receive an extra special surprise this year, the ability to take photos with their favorite floats and interact with their Cast creators before heading “down the bayou” on a decorated Sassagoula River Boat cruise. Moreover, they can purchase an exclusive Port Orleans Mardi Gras pin souvenir and enjoy delicious green, purple, and gold Mickey beignets from the Scat Cats Club Café!

The fun doesn’t stop there, as the Mardi Gras celebration continues at Disneyland in Southern California during Mardi Gras week. In fact, the Disney Parks TikTok shared an exclusive greeting from Princess Tiana in honor of the Mardi Gras season.


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Standing before the Mark Twain Riverboat on the Rivers of America, the princess shares her favorite parts of the holiday are the music, dancing, and food, all of which feature a-plenty in her film and the new drop ride.

Family with Mickey Beignet

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She also encourages viewers to get out there and share their gifts, like her brilliant cooking talent, with the world to have a happy Mardi Gras. If you do that and go to a Disney Park to celebrate, you will surely have a “swell time,” just like Tiana!




About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.