Hidden Gem: The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra
One of my favourite places to spend Non-Park Days is the Grand Floridian Resort. Maybe it’s because we had our honeymoon there, or maybe because they offer so many unique experiences. One of these features is the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. One of our non-park days, two trips ago, we discovered The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Upon leaving our dinner at 1900 Park Fare, we were wandering around the lobby and heard the orchestra playing on the second floor. We walked up the stairs and over to the instrumentalists and our daughter danced along to the live music. She was in her element dancing down the hallway and watching these musicians play instruments that she’d never encountered before. We missed this on our honeymoon. We didn’t spend any time wandering the resort, we spent all our time at the parks and the pools. Now this is a must hit for our family.
The orchestra begins to play on weekdays during the Grand Floridian Magical Moment and then throughout the evening at 4:00pm, 5:20pm, 6:25pm, 7:35pm, and 9:00pm. Featuring the piano, snare drum, trumpet, clarinet, listen to these live musicians play some of your favourite Disney tunes. The beauty of this resort is the lobby is open so you can hear the band from any where in the area. There’s plenty of seating on the 2nd floor after you come up the grand stairs, seating on the main floor or you can sit back and grab a drink at Mizner’s Lounge which is located directly behind the orchestra .
If you’re coming to the Grand Floridian by monorail then stay on the floor you arrive on. That’s the 2nd floor, which is where the orchestra is located. If you’re coming by boat from the Magic Kingdom, head south to the main building. Make your way to the lobby and then up to the grand staircase, or glass elevator and you’ll find the orchestra on the 2nd floor. Walking from the Polynesian Village Resort, pass the Beach Pool and the Water Play Area and enter into the main building. Climb the Grand Staircase to the 2nd floor where you’ll find the orchestra.
Whether you’re passing through the Grand Floridian for a day of pool hopping or grabbing a meal here, be sure to spend some time sitting and enjoy this live music. It’s a great way to expose your kids to these classical instruments and create special memory to look back on.