If you’ve visited Walt Disney World in the past and never venture away from the parks themselves (besides your own resort of course), then you may be thinking to yourself – “Wait, Disney World has musical ‘hot spots’?” I too would have given you a funny look if you told me they did several years ago, but I’ve happily discovered that Disney World does offer some live musical entertainment outside of the parks that can be enjoyed by all. So, here are my Top 5 Musical Hot Spots at Walt Disney World.
- Port Orleans Riverside – After hearing so much about YeHaa Bob, I just had to make the boat trip over to Port Orleans Riverside to see what the fuss was all about not too long ago. Boy, I’ve been missing this great entertainment for years and now I’m kicking myself for not discovering it sooner! If you’re like I was, you’re probably now thinking to yourself ‘Who in the world is this YeHaa Bob guy and why should I take the time to go see him?’ Well, Bob puts on a great musical comedy show filled with family-friendly humor, sing-alongs and of course, crowd embarrassment, er, I mean crowd participation. Bob performs at the River Roost Lounge Bar Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 8:30pm.
- Port Orleans French Quarter – If you’re into Jazz music, then be sure to hop on over to Port Orleans French Quarter to catch Tom Casey at Scat Cat’s Club, but he’s only there Friday through Monday at 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm. I haven’t had the chance to check out Tom’s performance since he’s only been there since last summer, but from what I’ve heard his musical style is mix of guest requests and pop/rock accompanied by the piano.
- Jellyrolls (Board Walk) – Although we’ve never ventured into Jellyrolls, I’ve heard nothing but great things about this dueling piano bar. It’s a 21 and up bar with a $12 cover charge (ID is required), so it’s not free musical entertainment, but they say it’s well worth the cover charge to get in. Just get there early to get a table, as it is a pretty happening place each night. The doors typically open at 7PM. This will be on my to-do list for our next trip.
- Grand Floridian – Just walking into the Grand Floridian and hearing the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. They orchestra plays a mixture of ragtime, Dixie, traditional jazz and popular Disney tunes for your listening enjoyment. I’ve even seen people dancing in the lobby as the orchestra plays. So, grab a chair in the lobby and just relax (or nap) as you listen to the wonderful music.
- Downtown Disney – It’s obvious that the development of Disney Springs is already affecting the nightly entertainment and some acts have been moved to other spots in Downtown Disney, others have apparently disappeared altogether. But, Downtown Disney still has musical options for everyone in the family. The House of Blues features a musician playing an acoustic set outside in the evenings, there is usually a dance party for kids across from the World of Disney store and you can typically find a local band performing in the Pleasure Island area (although they have moved around a lot of the performers who were found in this area). I hope that Disney will keep some of this entertainment around as they develop Downtown Disney and bring even better musical entertainment in once Disney Springs is completed.
So have you discovered some other musical hot spots outside of the parks? If so, be sure to let me know so that I can add them to my list of things to do on our next trip!