BREAKING: Come With Us to the Opening of Tiana’s Palace in Disneyland!
We’ve been patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting for the arrival of Tiana’s Palace in Disneyland Park. Who wouldn’t want to try out Tiana’s cooking?! She’s got voodoo, she’s got hoodoo, she’s got things we ain’t even tried. (Did you sing that?)
So come with us as we check out Tiana’s Palace and dig into some New Orleans-inspired foods!
It’s opening day over at Tiana’s Palace in Disneyland Park! Check out Disney’s announcement of the restaurant’s debut:
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) September 7, 2023
Park guests must be excited about this royal opening, as Tiana’s Palace ran out of mobile order availability almost immediately after the park opened.
Opening day guests were greeted by the woman of the hour — Tiana! (Check out her new outfit!)
The quick-service restaurant has a wide variety of New Orleans-inspired offerings! Check out the menu we chose from on opening day:
- House Gumbo: Braised Chicken, Andouille Sausage, and Heirloom Rice
- 7 Greens Gumbo: White Beans, Okra, Yams, Sweet Potatoes, and Heirloom Rice
- 7 Greens Gumbo with Chicken & Andouille Sausage: White Beans, Okra, Yams, Sweet Potatoes, and Heirloom Rice
- Cajun Spiced Half Chicken: brushed with BBQ Sauce served with Baked Macaroni and Cheese & Coleslaw
- Muffuletta Sandwich: Mortadella, Salami, Rosemary Ham, Cheddar, Provolone, and House-made Olive Relish on Toasted New Orleans Sesame Seed Bread, served with Red Beans and rice and House-made Pickles
- Beef Po’boy Sandwich: Slow-cooked Beef in Gravy dressed with Shredded Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, and Mayonnaise on Toasted New Orleans French Bread, served with Red Beans and rice and House-made Pickles
- Gulf Shrimp and Grits: simmered in Creole Sauce with Cheesy Grits
- Buttermilk Cornbread
- Joffrey’s Coffee: Chicory Cold Brew
- Roasted Chicken Drumstick: with sweet BBQ Sauce and Heirloom Rice
- Toasted Ham & Cheese Sandwich: Savory Ham and Provolone
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- House-filled Beignet: Lemon Ice Box Pie Filling topped with Lemon Glaze
If you want to know more about the ingredients used at Tiana’s Palace, make sure you check out the recipe cards posted next to the menu.
Today we tried a few items, including the House Gumbo. The gumbo is a pretty good portion, and is packed with that iconic Southern taste! It’s full of bold flavors and spices, making it one of the spiciest foods we’ve had at a Disney park! It’s also very filling, which is great after a long day of walking.
The Cajun Spiced Half Chicken is another true Southern dish. It’s seasoned evenly and baked perfectly. And just like the gumbo, you also get a kick of spice with this dish. It comes with a side of pickles, coleslaw, and baked macaroni and cheese.
Cajun Spiced Half ChickenWe also tried the Cornbread, which is fresh and not too dense — perfect for dipping into your gumbo!
Of course, we also got a House-filled Beignet — one of Tiana’s signature foods. It’s filled with a sweet lemon curd that balances out the fried dough beautifully. We highly recommend finishing off your meal with this treat!
Making Tiana’s Palace
This quick-service restaurant brings Tiana’s Palace–which was featured in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog–to life! Disney has gone the extra mile to embody the spirit of New Orleans cooking — check out what they had to share about the restaurant’s ingredients:
…the quick-service restaurant’s menu utilizes ingredients that are sourced directly from New Orleans or Louisiana whenever possible. For example, the andouille sausage, Carolina gold rice, and bread are supplied from New Orleans, while the Joffrey’s Coffee™ Chicory Cold Brew uses cane syrup from Louisiana. Plus, two New Orleans-area hot sauces, Tabasco® and Crystal®, are used at Tiana’s Palace.
Several talented chefs collaborated on the menu, to appeal to a wide variety of tastebuds. These chefs were tasked with bringing bold flavors that wouldn’t overwhelm guests with spice. To cultivate the perfect menu, the culinary team traveled to New Orleans to gain better knowledge of the flavor profiles.
Disney Imagineers also did research of their own to transform the French Market Restaurant into Tiana’s Palace. The French Market served as the perfect foundation, as it already had the balcony and sugar factor façade Disney Imagineers were aiming for.
The exterior of Tiana’s Palace is golden yellow with green awnings. (Do those colors remind you of a certain princess?) The restaurant’s sign and steamboat cabin light up at night, making it a sight to see in Disneyland Park.
The interior has peach walls and iron accents which were also inspired by the movie. There are so many wonderful elements, like the interior’s skylights and murals. And of course, there are tons of references to the movie — can you find them all?
Some props promote the Firefly Five Plus Lou, inspired by the Firehouse Five Plus Two — a jazz band in the 1950s made up of some of Disney’s original animators.
People are coming from everywhere to try Tiana’s food — and we don’t blame them! Be sure to grab some of her delicious items the next time you’re in Disneyland Park. And, in the meantime, we’ll continue to bring you the latest in all things Disney!
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