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The Disneyfication of New Orleans is an Actual Thing

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Talking about the Disneyfication of New Orleans is nothing new. It's mentioned when proposals are pitched (duck boat tours, the nutso hot air balloon ride over the river, for example). A "DizneyLandrieu" brochure was the throw of Krewe du Vieux this year. There's even a high-brow study from 2007 titled "The Disneyfication of New Orleans" in the Journal of American History. But for New Orleans to actually use a Disney character to tout tourism? Oh, it's happening. According to The Times-Pic, the ad firm behind the "Follow Your NOLA" campaign has teamed up with Disney, and now Tiana, a character from "The Princess and the Frog" flick, will rep New Orleans as a family destination. So where does this Tiana chick like to go? Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde, the zoo, Audubon Park, City Park, the Steamboat Natchez, St. Louis Cathedral, and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the Garden District.
· Nature trips, Disney princess, gay travelers represent the latest New Orleans tourism promoting efforts [NOLA.com]
· New Orleans Online [official site]