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I Remember... Lost Attractions of WDW & More Discuss Any WDW or DL shows that have (or used to have) live music? in the I Remember... forums; I think I saw a clip of Disneymania in 1992 that had a live band as well as live vocals. I know for a fact that TARZAN ROCKS had a ...
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    Maestrojosh87 is offline A-Ticket holder
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    Any WDW or DL shows that have (or used to have) live music?

    I think I saw a clip of Disneymania in 1992 that had a live band as well as live vocals.
    I know for a fact that TARZAN ROCKS had a pre-recorded orchestra track but had a live rock band to supplement the sound.

    Any others?
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    marni1971 is offline B-Ticket Holder
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    All the castle stage shows had live music until around `93, when that years Disney Mania went with a taped music track and live main vocals. Most of the Tomorrowland Theatre shows until `94 were totally live too.

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    talfonso is offline A-Ticket holder
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    Live Music at WDW Shows

    In the past, most of them have the live music, mainly in the Magic Kingdom (admittedly my least favorite park at that resort, due to it being tantrum purgatory)! I had a rather fuzzy memory of seeing a Castle Forecourt Stage show named Sparkling Christmas Spectacular back in 1991 (my first trip), so I did not know for sure whether the music was live or not (I think very likely live).

    Besides Disneymania (not the pop CDs under the umbrella name) and Every Day's A Holiday, both fondly-remembered and watched Castle Forecourt Stage Shows with a band teeming with reeds, keyboards, trumpets, trombones, drums, basses, and guitars, the biggest draws of those types of shows are at the now-scrapped Galaxy Palace Theater. I saw Disney World is Your World (or as many former Kids of the Kingdom dub it, Lands Medley) once on my first trip and Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Day 1996. I had not seen America the Musical, Hollywood! Hollywood! (it's a show at DHS, being Disney MGM Studios at the time, with live music), Show Biz Is, Best of Disney, and some others.

    Since the final performance of Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (the only and final show with a live band to implement the articulated faces of the characters to date) last year, some stage shows lowered standards by using taped music. I even wrote a blog entry (firstly in response to a cellist suing and winning a lawsuit against a venue for staging a musical with taped music), and here's a snippet on it:

    If you have been to the Magic Kingdom between 2001 and now and you have watched the shows on the Castle Forecourt Stage (in front of Cinderella’s Castle, with the current show being Dream Along With Mickey), chances are that you have neither seen a live band with brass and keyboards nor an enclosed “orchestra pit.” Sadly, to add to the grief of those of you who solely want live music in shows, even at amusement parks, you’re out of luck since last Christmas season - Mickey’s Twas the Night Before Christmas (with the articulated faces of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip, and Dale) was the last show to feature such accompaniment, and its seasonally resident Galaxy Palace Theater in Tomorrowland is currently supplanted over two months ago with Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration (now shelved), which features what most live music purists hate – muzak.
    To conclude the entry, I remarked that the current shows with piped music would not hinder me from going to WDW, but I'd like to see some changes made in the next year. To quote myself:

    But then again, if Dream Along With Mickey would be replaced with a new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage in the future, I’d find it a hair better if it involves live music wafting out of the orchestra pit players’ saxes and trombones as if Disney Mania (a show in the 90’s that features the Kids of the Kingdom, Disney characters, and live music) just got revived – just have the designers, directors, and choreographers retain the articulated faces of Mickey and his kin as they did in Mickey’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas before its residential theater got razed…
    Muzak Accompaniment | From the Whiz Kid Forte's Keyboard
    Last edited by talfonso; 09-20-2009 at 10:48 PM.
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