A couple weeks ago, I made a mad dash through Friday afternoon rush hour to get to Disneyland. It was August 15 and the last day that the All-American College Band was performing. I really, really enjoy the entertainment offerings in the parks and while watching the All-American College Band perform their last set, a thought struck my head (ouch!).
Why not spend one day watching all the bands and musical groups at Disneyland perform? And stay to watch them for a full set each...not a short courtesy stop, aka "listen-to-two-songs-and-move-on" kind of thing. Could it be done? After all, it's just a variation of the "ride as many rides in one day" that many guests try to do. It seemed to be a matter of proper planning and scheduling and it could be done. Of course, I'm no good at either planning or scheduling, so the difficulty level just went up from "Pro" to "All-Madden".
The first places to start were the DL Calendar online and Entertainment Times Guide. However, there are several musical groups NOT listed in either source, and this would prove to be the biggest challenge of the day. When should I go to New Orleans Square to see Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band? When should I go to Coke Corner to see the ragtime pianist? You get the drift. Undeterred, I made a list of groups the day before my trip and planned a rough timeline for the day. I figured I would stop at City Hall and find performance times for all the other groups not listed the Times Guide.
Saturday, August 23 - Part I
I woke up a little later than planned (no surprise there) and was running late. I still managed to get to the entry turnstiles right at 10am, just as the Disneyland Band was assembling in front of the Mickey Floral and Main St. Train Station. Woot! This was the first group on my list.
10:00am - 10:25am > Disneyland Band
I had seen other trip reports that showed the Mad Hatter and Alice joining the Disneyland Band, but this was the first time I'd managed to see them personally. They were hilarious!!! First up, Mad Hatter was recruiting volunteers for the Synchronized Stroller and Wheelchair Team. Alice had procured an empty stroller and found a lucky guest to partner with.
...and they're off! The strollers and wheelchairs move forward in a straight line...
...but it doesn't take long until they're out of sync.
Mr. Hatter takes charge and forms a single file line.
The Synchronized Team performs much better and feeling very satisfied, Mad Hatter dismisses the team. Our attention is brought back to the Disneyland Band.
After a song, Mad Hatter and Alice take charge again. These two are a bit bossy, huh? LOL! They pull some kids from the audience to form the 2008 Disneyland Dance Ensemble.
Mr. Hatter gets the dancers in line...
...and shows off his "Mad" dance skillz.
After that rousing dance number (music accompaniment provided by the Disneyland Band, of course), the Hatter joins the percussion section of the band with a multi-purpose silver creamer. I never knew those things could be so handy with a band!
Can you spot the Mad Hatter?
Of course, Mr. Hatter was not content to just be with the percussion section. Oh no, he was not. Graciously, the band let him take a stab at conducting. Here is the Mad Hatter conducting the Disneyland Band and what I *think* was the William Tell Overture.
Afterwards, there was one more bit of audience interaction before the set came to a close. We've had synchronized strollers and wheelchairs and a dance ensemble. What's left? How about the 2008 Disneyland Chorus singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah?
And on that rousing note, the Disneyland Band, with Mad Hatter and Alice in tow, marched back towards Main Street and concluded the first live music set of the day.
That was a lot of fun! Watching Mad Hatter and Alice getting the audience involved was really entertaining and many guests had big smiles on their faces. What a way to start a Disneyland trip!
However, I didn't have much time to dawdle, as my next group was coming on stage in just a few minutes. According to the Times Guide, the Dapper Dans would be on Main Street USA at 10:30am. In the next installment, we'll listen to the Dapper Dans sing along the entire length of Main Street USA. Yes, the whole street.