If you’re the type to take notice of even the tiniest details in Disneyland, you may have seen a familiar name scattered throughout New Orleans Square: Lafitte. There’s Lafitte’s Tavern (on Tom Sawyer Island):
Laffite’s Landing (a different spelling) in Pirates of the Caribbean:
And, of course, Lafitte’s Anchor (on the waterfront):
So who is this mysterious Lafitte?
Lafitte was a real person, a 19th century privateer who fought in the final battle of the War of 1812. Lafitte and his family conducted a powerful smuggling and piracy operation out of New Orleans, and his namesake Blacksmith Shop Bar is supposedly one of the most haunted buildings in Louisiana.
Though unconfirmed by Disney, many fans believe that Lafitte is the key that ties all of New Orleans Square together. He was the original inhabitant of the Haunted Mansion (which is why the weather vane is a pirate ship), Pirates of the Caribbean is a dramatic retelling of his adventures as a pirate, and the Lair on Tom Sawyer Island was his refuge. When Lafitte disappeared under mysterious circumstances (perhaps at the hands of his bride, who still haunts the mansion), the house and island were left abandoned, until discovered by brave explorers decades later.
What do you think of the many Lafitte references in New Orleans Square? Is there a connection between the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tom Sawyer Island? Or is it all just another mystery buried within New Orleans Square…