Why You Need To Celebrate Mardi Gras At Disney World

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Have you ever thought about escaping the madness of Mardi Gras week in New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana or along the Gulf Coast? The kids are out of school, it’s the perfect time for a family vacation.

Where should you go? What should you do?

What about a Mardi Gras trip to visit Walt Disney World Resort?

Minnie Mouse dressed for Mardi Gras at Disney World in purple, green and gold.
Minnie Mouse dressed in Mardi Gras colors of Purple, Green (ish) and Gold at the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Parade in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 2012.

When is Mardi Gras?

The first thing you should think about is when Mardi Gras day occurs.

Mardi Gras can fall sometime between early February through early March. In 2020 Mardi Gras is on February 25, 2020. Making it the prefect time to visit the Disney Parks. It’s just after President’s Day and right before Spring Break for Florida children. This means you miss the level 10 days on the crowd calendar! YAY!

Mardi Gras Decorations at Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is full of lager than life Mardi Gras decorations.

Do You Want to Go to Disney World for Mardi Gras?

Ok so now you have chosen to go to Disney during Mardi Gras break but not President’s day. First of all, expect to see half of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (they celebrate Mardi Gras in Mobile, Mississippi and Southern Alabama too) there.

A bunch of people get the same idea, and let’s face it, it’s a good one!

So now you need to do all the same things you would normally do when booking a Disney trip. Contact your agent (Hi there!), book your trip, your meals and Fastpasses, and pack your bags.

Then you go and have fun with Mickey, Minnie and the gang.

Mardi Gras beads and doubloons at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
Mardi Gras Beads and Doubloons at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort at Walt Disney World.

What should you pack?

The weather in Central Florida is like the weather in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast this time of year. It could be cold, because it is still technically winter or it could be mild or it could be HOT. The best thing to do is keep an eye on the local Orlando weather and pack accordingly. Be sure to bring a jacket, gloves, socks and umbrella or raincoat because like home, the weather can change at any moment.

A few more items you will need: A good water bottle, sunscreen, a backpack, your phone charger and sunglasses.

Some people also bring along Mardi Gras beads and trinkets. These make great conversation starters. They are also nice to give out to Cast Members from our local are to give them a taste of home.

What To Wear

Now how about what you will wear? Purple, green and gold of course!

Mayor of Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter and a Mardi Gras Jester at the Port Orleans French Quarter Pool .
Get into the Mardi Gras spirit at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

Matching Mardi Gras Disney shirts would be awesome! You can find some on Etsy or you can make your own with a Cricut machine. I prefer to make my own.

A good pair of shoes is a MUST. My go Disney shoes are Crocs flip flops, I swear by these for Disney. This time of year though they may not be weather appropriate. My advice invest in a good tennis shoe or a pair of Crocs.

Again don’t forget socks, gloves and an umbrella or raincoat.

How Should You Celebrate Mardi Gras Day in Walt Disney World?

Port of Orleans Riverside and Port of Orleans French Quarter have a small golf cart parade Disney style each year where Cast Members throw beads and candy to guest. It’s not your typical Mardi Gras Parade but it looks like fun and the kids will love it. In year’s past they have also had Mardi Gras crafts for the kids.

Dine on Creole and Cajun specialties at Sassagoula Floatworks (Port of Orleans French Quarter’s Quick Service Restaurant). There you will find beignets (gluten free and Mickey shaped), the famous beignet burger, poboys, shrimp and grits, blackened ribeye and more. It’s the perfect place have breakfast, lunch or dinner on Mardi Gras day.

Gluten Free Beignets, Mickey Shaped Beignets, Beignet Burger at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter
Enjoy classic New Orleans style beignets (gluten free and Mickey Shaped) or try something new like the beignet burger at Sassagoula Float Works at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

In year’s past there have been Carnival or Carvnivale activities at Disney Springs to celebrate the season. So be sure to check there for some Mardi Gras fun.

Of course you can also enjoy the four Walt Disney World theme parks!

No matter how you spend Mardi Gras Day at Walt Disney World, you’ll be sure to have a good time. Laissez le bon ton roulette!

Are you ready to meet the Mouse and have the most magical vacation EVER! Email  cara@magicaldestinationstravel.com  or fill out this form for a free quote. She can help you plan your trip to the most magical world at no extra cost to you!

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Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

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