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Mardi Gras Celebrations arrive at Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

Disney Cast Members and Guests enjoyed the traditional Mardi Gras Celebrations today, Tuesday, February 21 at Disney's Port Orleans Resorts.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts have a rich tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras with events led by cast members, including themed recreation activities and the famous Mardi Gras golf cart parade that winds through both Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter.

With jazz music blasting, and the wonderful smell of Port Orleans beignets filling the air, it truly feels like you’ve stepped into the heart of New Orleans, right here at Walt Disney World!

Guests travel from near and far to celebrate the day, and it takes cast members from across the resort to make the festivities a reality.

Javier is the hotel manager at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, and this will be his first year participating in the planning of the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Javier went to college in Louisiana and attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so having the chance to be part of Port Orleans’ Mardi Gras preparations is a dream come true. “I remember going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans in college, and it was so fun,” Javier said. “And now, getting to help put together the event and support our cast members is heartwarming. It’s like I’ve come full circle.”

The Mardi Gras golf cart parade has been a resort tradition for over ten years, where teams of cast members from across the resort decorate their golf carts to fit an annual theme.

This year’s theme is “The Legacy of Walt Disney World Resorts!”

Teams have been stretching their creative muscles so they can make their floats the best they can be for the guests who celebrate Mardi Gras with them.

Javier says it’s the cast behind the floats that make the parade an event guests will never forget. “The cast members here really take the Mardi Gras parade and make it their own,” he said. “I’ll walk the halls, and cast will come up to me and excitedly tell me their plans for their floats. And to see the different teams – from housekeeping, to front desk, to food & beverage and beyond – working on their floats as we approach Mardi Gras, makes me proud to be a cast member here at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.”

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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