The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra Is Ending

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The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, which has long delighted Guests in the elegant Grand Floridian lobby, has announced that they will no longer be playing at Walt Disney World Resort.

In a Facebook post this afternoon, the Orchestra, who has played at the Grand Floridian Resort for over 30 years, announced that they will be ending their Disney tenure.

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It’s hard to find the words but, sadly, our days at the Grand Floridian are over. In fact, as of Oct 3, 2020, our days…

Posted by The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra on Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra shared this message with their fans:

It’s hard to find the words but, sadly, our days at the Grand Floridian are over. In fact, as of Oct 3, 2020, our days at WDW will come to an end as well.
The company brought us out of furlough, changed our name to “The Disney Society Orchestra,” closed us out of the GF to play a show of Disney themed show tunes at the Theater of the Stars in Hollywood Studios. We’ve been playing 9 shows a day, 7 days a week since Aug 2nd. The music is a far cry from the closely knit harmonies & sounds we became known for at the GF but. the guys are real pros and they sound great!
Well… Two weeks ago we got notice that the theater is going dark and our last day of work will be Saturday, Oct 3, 2020. As we all know, these are very uncertain times and can’t say what will happen from one day to the next.
So after 32 years of playing together and playing music we love… we’re done. We are so thankful for the opportunity to play in a beautiful setting for the hotel guests and friends we have met & made over the years. We’ll never forget you and how wonderful you’ve made us feel. We will miss you!
Thank you-thank you- thank you!
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Disney’s official website describes the Orchestra, who is still listed as “Temporarily Unavailable,” as:

Step into the sumptuous lobby at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and listen as marvelous melodies float through the air. Unwind in Victorian-era elegance and be transfixed by a symphony of beloved songs. 

The Orchestra plays most afternoons and evenings.

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This is sad news for fans of the longstanding Grand Floridian Society Orchestra tradition at one of Disney’s most fabulous Deluxe Resorts. The ITM team wishes all of the Orchestra members the best moving forward. Thanks for the memories!

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