Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Under the Sea

Under The Sea

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Series, we turn our attention to the Fantasyland attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.  This is another attraction that was developed as part of the Fantasyland Expansion.  The attraction is identical to the attraction of the same name over at Disney’s California Adventure, except for the huge difference in the queue, and that gives the Magic Kingdom version the nod over the California Adventure version in my opinion.  Here are the details for this fun attraction:

Attraction Name: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Attraction TypeSlow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

For those that like the Finding Nemo pavilion over at Epcot, you’ll see a big similarity between the two types of ride vehicles for the attraction, as you will board a Clamshell for your journey into the world of Ariel, Prince Eric, and all the rest of the classic Disney movie.  After the attraction, you’ll be able to stop by and visit with Ariel herself for pictures and autographs!

This is a fun attraction, and I think your whole family will enjoy it, but especially any Princesses in your family that love Ariel!

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Magical Blogorail: Disneyland vs. Disney World

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney on Wheels and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

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New Orleans Square is home to one of the four Disneyland Railroad stops.

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today!  The Magical Blogorail has a great loop in store for you as we explore specific lands at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom and do a comparison of them.  I think this is very exciting, and for my selection I chose New Orleans Square vs. Liberty Square!

If you have never been to Disneyland, then one thing you should know is that New Orleans Square is the smallest land in Disneyland, but may also have the best attractions of any land!  In New Orleans Square you’ll find one of the four stops of the Disneyland Railroad, as well as this classic attraction:

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The Haunted Mansion stands proudly over New Orleans Square

In addition to the Haunted Mansion, you will also find Pirates of the Caribbean, along with it’s attached restaurant, The Blue Bayou.

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Pirates of the Caribbean is another of the great New Orleans Square attractions!

For Dining, you have The Blue Bayou, along with the most well-known restaurant at any Disney park: Club 33.

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Club 33 is the most exclusive restaurant in Disney — and it’s located in New Orleans Square!

Lastly, New Orleans Square is also home to the only accommodations inside of Disneyland: The Disneyland Dream Suite!

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The Disneyland Dream Suite is the only accommodations you can get inside of Disneyland Park!

Looking at all of this, I’m sure you’re thinking, Liberty Square has nothing on New Orleans Square.  Well, if you were to think that, you would be missing out on some incredible things to experience at Liberty Square!

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Liberty Square has it’s own treasures just waiting to be discovered!

As I wrote in my post about this land, Liberty Square is so much more than the attractions it houses.  Here are my exact words from that post:

Liberty Square is more than The Haunted Mansion®, more than The Hall of Presidents, more than the Liberty Tree Tavern.  Liberty Square is a reminder for all Americans of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed to make our country great.

But don’t get me wrong — Liberty Square is also home to some great attractions, including the Haunted Mansion:

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The Haunted Mansion has it’s own Happy Haunts for you to experience!

and The Hall of Presidents, complete with Audio-Animatronic figures of each President of the United States:

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The Hall of Presidents is just one of the Liberty Square attractions

and the Liberty Square Riverboat, featuring the Magic Kingdom’s own Liberty Belle riverboat:

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The Liberty Belle is named in honor of Walt’s wife Lillian.

When it comes to dining, Liberty Square is no slouch either.  It features two excellent restaurants, the Liberty Tree Tavern:

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The Liberty Tree Tavern is a period restaurant located in Liberty Square

and perhaps the best counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom — the Columbia Harbour House:

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The Columbia Harbour House is so underrated it almost never has a long line!

So, which one is the best?  Well, from where I’m standing I think I have to give the edge to New Orleans Square, but it really is a close contest.  We certainly see more of Liberty Square than New Orleans Square, but New Orleans Square kind of reached out and tugged at my soul, and I don’t think I’ll ever be quite the same ever again…

What do you think, though?  Which land do you think wins out, or am I comparing apples to oranges?  Please let me know what you think, and thanks for stopping by today! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Babies Blog.

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The Lands of Disneyland: New Orleans Square!

The Haunted Mansion is one of the signature attractions in New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion is one of the signature attractions in New Orleans Square

Hello everyone, and thank you for taking time out of your day to visit us here at My Dreams of Disney!  As you may know, we have been exploring the different lands of Disneyland, much like we did with our “Lands of the Magic Kingdom” series that we did a few years back, and today, we are taking a look at New Orleans Square.

Our last exploration was of Adventureland, and before that, Main Street, U.S.A., so as you can tell, we are working our way around Disneyland in a somewhat clockwise order.

New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square was the first new land added to Disneyland, opening on July 24, 1966 — and was the last major public appearance at Disneyland by Walt Disney, who would die in December of that year.  The land is only three acres, but it is jam packed with some of the most notable things in Disneyland.  Contained in the location are the following attractions, restaurants, and even sleeping arrangements:

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Disneyland Railroad Station
  • The Blue Bayou
  • Club 33
  • Disneyland Dream Suite
  • Assorted shops and dining locations

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is one of the signature attractions in New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion is one of the signature attractions in New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion, pictured above, is themed entirely after New Orleans in the 19th Century, which is the time period that New Orleans Square is set in.  The ride mechanics are the same — although, there is a difference in the way the stretching room operates at Disneyland versus Walt Disney World — and I liked the way that The Haunted Mansion entered the house.  As I wrote in my Top five attractions at Disneyland post, Haunted Mansion isn’t higher than number three only because we had a few issues with the ride starting and stopping.  Otherwise, it would have been at number two on my list!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite ride at Disneyland, bar none!

Also located in New Orleans Square is the famed Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  This incredible dark ride was such a treat for me to ride, it instantly jumped right on up near the top of my all time favorites list for Disney!  With two — count them, two — incredible drops, a leisurely stroll through the Bayou of Louisiana reminiscent of The Princess and the Frog, and the Blue Bayou restaurant off to the right as you start your journey, this attraction truly did live up to it’s advanced billing.  My dear friend Brenda told me that I was going to absolutely LOVE Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland — and boy, was she right!

The Disneyland Railroad

The Disneyland Railroad has a stop at New Orleans Square, and services Frontierland also from this stop.

The Disneyland Railroad has a stop at New Orleans Square, and services Frontierland also from this stop.

In addition to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square is also home to one of the four stops along the Disneyland Railroad.  What is cool about this stop is that the train depot, pictured below, actually plays the first two lines of Walt Disney’s opening day speech on July 17, 1955 in Morse code:

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”

"To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future."

The Depot plays the first two lines of Walt Disney’s opening day speech in Morse Code at this station.

The Blue Bayou

Image Courtesy and ©Chip and Company

Image Courtesy and ©Chip and Company

Without a doubt, one of my favorite dining experiences at Disneyland was eating at the Blue Bayou restaurant.  We were seated near the water, and we had a wonderful view of the boats leaving port on their way to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  It was a lot of fun to eat there, the food was incredible, and it truly did feel as if we were immersed right into the middle of the Princess and the Frog.  I know I’ve said that before, but it really was a great dining experience, and I hope to be able to enjoy it again in the future.

Club 33

Club 33 is the most exclusive restaurant in Disney -- and it's located in New Orleans Square!

Club 33 is the most exclusive restaurant in Disney — and it’s located in New Orleans Square!

Club 33 is the only establishment at Disneyland that serves alcoholic beverages, and was built under the supervision of Walt Disney as a way to attract more sponsors to Disneyland in the mid 1960s.  Sadly, the restaurant opened in 1967, about 6 months after Walt Disney passed away, so he never ate there or experienced it for himself that I know of.  In all my roaming around New Orleans Square, can you believe that I NEVER saw the door and the sign?  I guess I was all caught up in everything else that Disneyland had to offer and had put blinders on or something!

Disneyland Dream Suite

The Disneyland Dream Suite is the only accommodations you can get inside of Disneyland Park!

The Disneyland Dream Suite is the only accommodation you can get inside of Disneyland Park!

The only overnight accommodations that you can get inside of Disneyland Park belong to the Disneyland Dream Suite.  This exclusive sleeping arrangement is located in New Orleans Square, and is near the Pirates of the Caribbean entrance.  I have not been inside the Disneyland Dream Suite, but I understand that it was originally built to be an apartment for Walt Disney during the construction of New Orleans Square.  When Walt passed away, the project was put aside and used as the Disney Gallery, but in 2008, it was renovated and remade into the Dream Suite that exists today.  Typically, the chance to sleep here is awarded as a contest promotion.  I would love to spend the night there!

In addition to all that we have examined here, New Orleans Square is also home to some great shops, quick dining locations, and more!  I really enjoyed New Orleans Square, and if you can get there, I think you will too!