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Disneyland Favorites: Entertainment

I find it impossible to compare the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.  While they share the Disney name, they are totally different experiences.  Sure, you can compare attractions (Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, for example, blows Walt Disney World’s version out of the water) and accommodations (obviously Walt Disney World has more land to amp up their offerings), but I don’t believe you can actually say one resort is better than the other.

I’ll be heading back to the Disneyland Resort in just over a month for runDisney’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.  While I’m (not-so) patiently waiting to go back (back) to Cali (Cali), I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite aspects of the Disneyland Resort.

Today, we’re talking entertainment.  I truly believe one could spend an entire day at Disneyland Park and never go on an attraction and still feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

One of my favorite sources of entertainment is in Disneyland Park’s New Orleans Square.  The French Market, a counter-service restaurant, is home to daily live jazz music (check the Times Guide when you arrive for showtimes).  Only at Disneyland can you grab a quick-service meal (on real plates, with real silverware no less), sit under a shady canopy, and listen to some fabulous music with the Rivers of Life just off in the distance.  I could sit there for hours to listen to music and people watch.

Disneyland French Market Jazz Band

Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to grab some Mickey-shaped beignets from The Mint Julep Bar, located in the garden terrace area at The French Market.  I don’t drink my mint julep without Bourbon, but I hear the non-alcoholic version served here is yummy.

This is just one of the many places to catch live entertainment at the Disneyland Resort.  It just happens to be my favorite, and it’s not just because I can stuff my face with beignets.

 Do you have a favorite place to go for live entertainment at Disneyland (or Walt Disney World)?  

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  • Reply Kristen @ The Smith Summary July 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Oh yummy, I’ll put this on my to do list!!!

    • Reply ashley July 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      You won’t regret it! Even if you just grab some beignets and relax and listen to the music. It’s perfect!

  • Reply Suzannah July 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I love the live bands in the stage that goes in and out of the ground in Tomorrowland. It’s just so cool to roam around that area and hear awesome live pop music. Also Billy Hill and the Hillbillies. I am so excited to head to Disneyland soon!! Thanks for this post!

    • Reply ashley July 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I need to catch Billy Hill and the Hillbillies this time around! I can’t wait to see all of your D23 updates!

  • Reply Lynnette July 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I love the Royal Street Bachelors in New Orleans Square too. That area is one of my favorite places to just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. There’s so many awesome live entertainment options that I can’t really pick a favorite though! I love the Disneyland Marching Band, the Dapper Dans, the Bootstrappers and their sea shanties in NOS, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, Ragtime Robert at Coke Corner, the Pearly Band in Fantasyland, the Hook and Ladder Co near the Firehouse on Main St, etc etc etc… So much GOOD STUFF!

    • Reply ashley July 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      YES! Disneyland seems to have the edge when it comes to the live entertainment options. It’s hard to choose just one favorite!

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