The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends to end in early October and no more performances at the Grand Floridan

Sep 27, 2020 in "The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends"

The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends overview
Posted: Sunday September 27, 2020 7:36am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends at Disney's Hollywood Studios will come to an end in early October.


Performing on Sunset Blvd, the group will have their last show on Saturday October 3 2020.

A post on the band's Facebook page suggests they will not be returning to the Grand Floridian either.

It’s hard to find the words but, sadly, our days at the Grand Floridian are over. In fact, as of Oct 3, 2020, our days at WDW will come to an end as well. The company brought us out of furlough, changed our name to “The Disney Society Orchestra,” closed us out of the GF to play a show of Disney themed show tunes at the Theater of the Stars in Hollywood Studios. We’ve been playing 9 shows a day, 7 days a week since Aug 2nd. The music is a far cry from the closely knit harmonies & sounds we became known for at the GF but. the guys are real pros and they sound great! Well... Two weeks ago we got notice that the theater is going dark and our last day of work will be Saturday, Oct 3, 2020. As we all know, these are very uncertain times and can’t say what will happen from one day to the next. So after 32 years of playing together and playing music we love... we’re done. We are so thankful for the opportunity to play in a beautiful setting for the hotel guests and friends we have met & made over the years. We’ll never forget you and how wonderful you’ve made us feel. We will miss you! Thank you-thank you- thank you!
Discuss on the Forums
View all comments →

DaGoof00Oct 22, 2020

So glad to see them continuing on. Hopefully Disney will reconsider (if they're still available) when COVID (one day...) calms down

71jasonOct 22, 2020

I believe it's the same team behind Scream & Stream, the drive-thru Halloween event in the same location, which was a lot of fun. Created by a former HHN manager and huge Disney fan, I fully expect the band to be treated with respect.

TrainChasersOct 22, 2020

When the boggy air boat adventure has classier live entertainment than Walt Disney world...

Parker in NYCOct 22, 2020

And THAT is a clapback. So happy for these guys.

wannabeBelleOct 22, 2020

Thank you!! Marie

Amused to DeathOct 22, 2020

The winter festival begins November 20th at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. https://twitter.com/jollycreek

wannabeBelleOct 21, 2020

I am so loving this. Does anyone have any more info on Jolly Creek?? Marie

trainplane3Oct 21, 2020

Wow! If these guys are really good, maybe Disney will hire them! Imagine having a smooth jazz group playing in a huge lobby at this so called "grand" hotel. Pretty wild idea, huh?

DCBakerOct 21, 2020

trainplane3Oct 11, 2020

For anyone curious, you can message them about buying their CDs on Facebook (I think it was mentioned). I just got a response about an hour ago today. I've asked if I can share the info here in case for our FB-less users would like to make a purchase.

TrainChasersOct 03, 2020

I seriously thought about booking a trip just to see their shows today. Thanks for the link. This is the end of an era of quality live entertainment in the parks.

trainplane3Oct 03, 2020

While I'm sure @wdwmagic will have a video up of their performance, they posted this on FB today: For our non FB-abled friends:

JoeCamelOct 01, 2020

Parked all afternoon and evening at TTC under a light pole. It wasn't pretty when I got back. Dark blue car

techgeekOct 01, 2020

American Gardens theater back in the cheap seats during Candlelight a few years back for me. Luckily the nice family next to us had a stroller loaded with wet-wipes!