/ Monday, November 21st, 2011

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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #249 for the week of November 20, 2011.

World Showcase in Epcot affords guests unique opportunities to learn about and experience cultures from across the globe via a promenade that spans just over one mile. And while speaking with Cast Members from those host countries, tasting their food and exploring the pavilions are just a few of the ways to truly get a sense of the culture and history, another way is through their music. This week, we’ll look at some of the live musical acts that can be found in Epcot, discuss some of our favorites, offer tips on how to get the most out of experiencing the acts, and ask you to join in the conversation as well.

I’ll have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show

Thanks for listening!

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Question for YOU: What is your favorite live musical act in Epcot?

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6 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #249 – Live Music in Epcot”

  1. Tina Foemsky says:

    Hi Lou,

    I just wanted to bring up one musical group that I miss desperately from EPCOT. That would be Future Corps. They were an absolutely incredible small drum and bugle corps that played in Future World a la the Jammitors. They were unfortunate victims of Disney’s mass layoffs in May 2000. I still miss them today. We always made a point to seek them out.

    Thanks so much for the show!


  2. Jenn says:

    Hey Lou-
    Just listening to this on my way to work and had a few thoughts… as a professional musician, it’s a well known fact that Disney isn’t our best job opportunity. They were some of the first to go all around the World with the mass cuts mentioned before (darn you Eisner). I have friends/coworkers that know members of the former “Tuba-Fours” a quartet that started at MGM (I think) and were fired right before tenure would have kicked in.. And I’m always curious and look at the audition websites to see that they rarely hire live musicians, so the odds of them bringing in new music groups is lovely, but unlikely. And if someone decides that live music is worth the money, I’ll be in line for that audition! BTW – if you come up to the DC area, I’ll show the actual military group that the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps is copying. http://www.disneybabiesblog.com/2011/05/beyond-america-pavilian.html

  3. Jim Holly says:

    Hi Lou….was listening to your podcast about the live music at EPCOT. You mentioned there was not live music in China. Isn’t there a lady who plays a traditional Chinese instrument (something like an auto harp that is plucked and strummed) who performs a few numbers prior to going in to see the Reflections of China movie? Enjoy your work…thanks !

  4. That “HAT LADY is unbelieveable, It is a wonder how she remembers every visitors name and where they are from, and everything about each and every person she has spoken to. and then sings a song about them..
    She desierves a medal withut a doubt, . Even the children are enthralled with her when they are able to come to the piano and sing all the wonderful Disney songs with her. She’s amazing.
    You should check out how talented she is, wonderful with the guests, many styles from classical to jazz, and how she plays both in a mixture..

  5. Tracy-Lynn Mozley says:

    I love all the music in the America Pavilion. Being a vocal major in college I have always envied the singers in “The Voices of Liberty” and then you spoke about the Fife and Drum Corp that plays outside. I grew up in a F&D Corps in Connecticut and I have gotten to talk to them numerous times. They are so talented and I’m jealous of them not only doing what they love, but being able to be part of the Disney family. Great show as always!

  6. Chuck Zitta says:

    Not sure I really have a favorite. Different music for different moods. Love the Jamitors. Last time down, they caught us on our way between Ellen’s Energy Adventure and Test Track. Definitely had to stop and watch the show. So much fun! I noticed on our last visit, that a lot of the live music you mention in this episode has move on. I guess change is good? The Taiko drummers, however, are still around. To me, that’s one of the primary sounds of EPCOT’s World Showcase. You can hear them as soon as you enter World Showcase as Chuck mentioned. And it’s not just the sound that’s impressive, it’s how they play the drums. Always get goosebumps listening to the Voices of Liberty. Makes you proud to be American. We are yet to experience the hat Lady in Great Briain, but some day I hope we can check this one off the “must do” list while having another Scotch egg or two. The Mariachi band is loads of fun too! Always fun to grab a beverage and enjoy. Finally, I have to include the Polka band in Germany’s Biergarten. We always have a good time listening to the polka band and watching people dance while we enjoy our food and beverages. Lots of German people in our area, so polka music creates a very familiar environment for us. Good times.

    Thanks again for another fabulous show, Lou and Chuck!!!