From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Disney Parks Blog

Savor the day as we celebrate National Gumbo Day today with a special Disney Eats surprise featuring the delicious House Gumbo recipe from Tiana’s Palace in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park!

Meat, shellfish, vegetables and stock are among the most common fixings to whip up this cuisine, but no matter how you prepare it, enjoying it with family and friends is what matters most.

Disney Chef Toby Hollis and Operations Manager Lindell Skinner, New Orleans Square in Disneyland park, chat about how gumbo is a staple meal at Tiana’s Palace while Chef Toby demonstrates how you too can get in on the action and prepare this delicious dish! Stella Chase, daughter of Leah Chase who was one of the inspirations for Disney Animation’s Princess Tiana, also shares a special message about what gumbo means to her family. Take a listen!


Lindell highlights his strong connection to Tiana’s Palace as a NOLA native. “My New Orleans heritage and upbringing helped me decide which food items would best connect with our guests.”

The Disneyland Resort culinary team traveled to New Orleans as did Walt Disney Imagineering to help create Tiana’s Palace in the true, authentic spirit of New Orleans. Following the trip, the team emphasized the importance of authenticity and striving to mirror that spirit when preparing the House Gumbo dish.

With 20 years of experience as a culinary expert, Chef Toby shares the importance of being intentional about each ingredient and its value. “Striving for authenticity helped me realize how each ingredient impacts the overall dish.”

The House Gumbo recipe from Tiana’s Palace includes chicken thighs, chopped vegetables, and Louisiana-sourced andouille sausage and heirloom white rice. See the full recipe below.

As Disney Parks continues to bring Princess Tiana’s story to life beyond the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “The Princes and the Frog,” guests and fans will soon be able to enjoy the newest attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, coming to both Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland park in 2024. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to reveal more news.

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