The Court of Angels opened as part of New Orleans Square in 1966. This hidden gem was actually one of the last features Walt Disney designed before his death. For over 40 years, the Court was a popular spot for family photos, engagements, and even occasional character meet & greets, but most of the time it was a quiet and peaceful place.

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Guests could find the Court of Angels on Royal St., just beyond the exit to Pirates of the Caribbean. Inside the iron gate, guests could find a sweeping staircase, strings of lights, and an ornate balcony that wrapped around the courtyard.

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The Court of Angels closed in 2013 to become the private entrance to the newly expanded Club 33, a private dining room off-limits to park visitors. This was my absolute favorite place in the park, so I was completely heartbroken to see it go. Disneyland doesn’t have the luxury of space like its Florida counterpart, so I wasn’t necessarily surprised to see this hidden gem go, but I do think New Orleans Square lost a little of its charm when the Court of Angels closed.

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