When Magic Kingdom reopens to Walt Disney World Guests once again, what will reopen with it? At the meeting with Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force, Disney World made it clear that some things will not be there. There will be no parades. There will be no fireworks. There will be no meet and greets. But what about at least some of the characters and street performers, like the Dapper Dans?
Well, Inside the Magic spoke with Walt Disney World’s Guest Services directly to ask them the question: “Will the Dapper Dans be back on Main Street, U.S.A. when the Magic Kingdom reopens on July 11?”
This was their response:
“We are temporarily pausing on some experiences like parades, nighttime spectaculars, character meet and greets and makeovers to accommodate social distancing. However, our characters will still be in the parks to entertain and delight our Guests. The Dapper Dan’s will hopefully perform still however I can not guarantee it.“
The Dapper Dans are an iconic symbol of Main Street U.S.A. Their barbershop quartet show brings smiles to all that stop along the thoroughfare to hear one of their a capella covers. Their serenades would no-doubt help restore the magic back in the Magic Kingdom.
But there is one issue in the way of their return: the Dapper Dans are known to attract a crowd.
While walking down Main Street to Cinderella Castle, you would find the Dapper Dans situated in one of several locations scattered down the stretch from Casey’s Corner to the Emporium. Around them, you would see guests clustered together in a rather tight circle–definitely breaking social distancing policies–and blocking part of the walkway.
Walt Disney World made its intentions clear to further suspend crowd-gathering activities one is used to seeing along Main Street, such as the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the Happily Ever After nighttime fireworks spectacular, and character meet and greets will be for the time being paused in the name of social distancing.
But can the Dapper Dans still come back?
Disney Guest Services confirmed that there will still be characters present in the parks, and it takes no stretch of the imagination to see all four men wearing masks that match their dapper vaudeville outfits. In fact, the masks themselves might inhibit their best performances.
So perhaps we may not be able to gather ’round and hear them sign at first, but fans can hope, right now, that they will still be on hand to give us a wave or two as we take our walk down Main Street, U.S.A.
Are you a Dapper Dan fan? Do you think that they will be back in the Magic Kingdom when it reopens? Let us know in the comments!