Can you smell something sweet in the air in New Orleans Square? No, it's not the Monte Cristo sandwiches or the mint juleps. That fragrant aroma is wafting from the recently opened Mlle.Antoinette's Parfumerie. The store is filled with fragrances for men and women from many of today's top designers, including Givenchy, Guerlain, Christian Dior, Acqua di Parma and Emilio Pucci. Three scents are Disney-exclusive and can only be found at Disney parks.
What's old is new again:
The store may be new, but its history dates back to the opening of New Orleans Square. When the store first opened in 1966-under the same name-guests were able to create their own unique scents in a glass bottle with the shop's name on it. The store closed in 1996 and became Jewel of Orleans, an estate jewelry shop.
Many of the original fixtures are still in place, including a grand chandelier that was discovered by Lillian Disney, Walt Disney's wife. during one of her antique shopping excursions. The mirrors behind the counter are the original mirrors that were hand painted by Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond. The images of birds and flowers were reverse painted, a technique in which the design is painted onto the back of the glass and affixed to the mirror.
remember looking from Club 33 and seeing so many nice things inside this shop...DR LEE