After over 30 years of musical magic, Grand Floridian Society Orchestra’s tenure at the Walt Disney World Resort will end tonight, October 3, 2020, and they want to give you the chance to watch their last performance wherever you are.
The band posted a YouTube Link to their Facebook page telling their fans,
We want you to join us today and celebrate our music and our years of creating magic for the WDW guests.
Watch here for a Facebook live stream of our 2:30 pm show.
We want you to join us today and celebrate our music and our years of creating magic for the WDW guests. Watch here…
Disney’s Grand Floridian Society Orchestra brought the foyer of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa to life with its live, jazz band renditions of everybody’s favorite Disney songs. Moved from their spot on the second-floor balcony, to make room for the construction of the Beauty and the Beast-themed Enchanted Rose lounge, the band returned to the resort to play at the Theater of the Stars in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We then learned that they were to be among the 28,000 Cast Members to be laid off by Disney.
The band announced their departure on their FB page saying,
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!
Despite fans’ petitions, the band will play their final performance tonight at 6 pm ET. You can watch it here:
Are you sad to see the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra go? Do you have any memories of hearing them play? Tell us about it in the comments!