The French Quarter Lounge is where guests will find that the world of Princess Tiana has come to life. The New Orleans-themed lounge is the biggest change and will transport cruisers into the heart of the city’s iconic French Quarter.
The French Quarter Lounge was inspired by the Disney animated feature The Princess and the Frog and makes the perfect complement to Tiana’s Place Restaurant inviting guests deeper into the story.
Guests can enjoy live music on the lounge’s gazebo stage nightly while they sample a New Orleans-themed specialty drink and dance the night away.
The French Quarter Lounge was “designed as a whimsical outdoor space in New Orleans featuring decorative details like a storefront window with a wrought-iron balcony above.” Fans of the film will likely notice that the hats displayed were inspired by the very same hats worn by their favorite characters.
Guests will find other inspired details throughout the lounge including “a full-sized streetcar on the St. Charles line – the same trolley that Tiana rides in the film. Authentic wooden bench seating creates a cozy place to sit, listen to music, and experience the ambiance. Step aboard the handsome streetcar which is the picture-perfect spot for your family memories.”
The bar is a focal part of the lounge with New Orleans-style wrought-iron adornments and shutters. In addition to offering specialty cocktails, nonalcoholic beverages, and coffees, the bar also displays elements inspired by the popular character, Dr. Facilier. A mural on the wall is painted with Dr. Facilier’s shadow and his business card from the film – another cool photo spot! A door in the area is based on the entrance to Dr. Facilier’s shop, with signage and three flickering “candles” overhead.
New Orleans-themed family activities, trivia, character meet-and-greets, and music will bring the bayou spirit of family gatherings and fun to life throughout the day.
Adults have a reimagined space in the Cove Café which has been redesigned into a coffee shop for world travelers, complete with warm, comfortable and trendy décor.
The ample seating and ocean views make Cove Café the ideal place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day and indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours. Closeby, the Signals Bar has also received an update with a similar look.
Vibe, the teen space on the ship, has transformed into a contemporary area to hang out and meet new friends while at sea. The club has received a bright redesign that includes framed quotes on the walls, a light color palette, and metal work. A new coffee bar and updated virtual reality technology add to the list of activities just for teens ages 14-17.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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