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Blakeview: New Orleans Square 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY KEN LUND/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY KEN LUND/CREATIVE COMMONS

This space typically focuses on people and places in New Orleans, but this week we remember an event 50 years ago that brought a little bit of the city to southern California: Disneyland. The 3-acre section of the theme park called New Orleans Square opened July 24, 1966. New Orleans Mayor Vic Schiro traveled to Anaheim, California for the dedication ceremony, naming Walt Disney an honorary citizen of New Orleans before the two led a Dixieland jazz parade through the square. It would be one of Disney's last public appearances before his death later that year. You can hear a wonderful audio recording of the two men speaking at the ceremony here. New Orleans Square, an $18 million project that took four years to design and build, was the first new addition to Disneyland since the park's opening in 1955. Disney himself made trips to New Orleans during the research and design process. Promotional materials promised its "atmosphere and architecture will recall the Crescent City of a century ago. Along its winding streets and in courtyards will be fine shops, restaurants serving exotic foods, the excitement of Mardi Gras and the moonlit Blue Bayou lagoon." Still open today, the area includes the well-known Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides.

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