It’s a full on Tiana takeover at Disneyland! We’re getting a “Princess and The Frog” re-theming of Splash Mountain. We already have Eudora’s Chic Boutique, featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets. That shop is symbolic of her mother being a dressmaker. You can find chic and stylish things there. Turns out, we’re also getting a new themed restaurant in the New Orleans Square area. Disneyland is adding Tiana’s Palace, her famous restaurant in the film!
The restaurant will replace the French Market Restaurant and Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square in the park. When it reopens later this year they will still have many of the same food that they popularized before as well as some of Tiana’s additions.
Here’s what Disney’s Parks Blog has to say about the new restaurant:
Within its peach-colored walls and fancy green wrought-iron balconies, you’ll find elegant fixtures and appointments reminiscent of Tiana’s life and friendships. The new Tiana’s Palace will have much of the same pinch of pizzazz and flair as the restaurant from the film, offering authentic New Orleans flavors inspired by Tiana’s friends and adventures in this quick-service style restaurant. While Tiana’s Palace is not a character dining location, guests may find Tiana in New Orleans Square.
The menu at Tiana’s Palace will expand on many of the current favorites served in the location, explore seasonal flavors and, of course, offer some New Orleans classics. Tiana’s Palace is sure to be a gathering place for friends and family to enjoy great food and celebrate together, just like Tiana and her father James dreamed of.
Disney’s animation artists used the exterior of the original French Market Restaurant in Disneyland when designing Tiana’s Palace for the movie. Aside from some minor changes- paint, additional facade decoration, furniture- it theoretically won’t be too big of a difference. We’re hoping Tiana will be a regular character there to visit with. Perhaps even having an experience with Tiana (and beignets!) you’d have to book a reservation for.
Disneyland’s French Market Restaurant will close February 17th, 2023 to begin the transformation.