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What is The (New) Disneyland Band?
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, the original Disneyland Band was retired and replaced with a new higher-energy marching band.
And, yes, as anticipated, there are now comedy antics and choreography. More even seemingly than I recall from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom marching band, the Main Street Philharmonic (whose costumes are clearly mirrored here, though in Diamond Anniversary blue and silver tones). They also may sing a bit at times. I personally find it all rather distracting and a bit overwhelming but I guess that’s the modern style of marching bands?
As with their Orlando counterparts, there is no longer a conductor per se for the band, but there is still a leader who introduces the performers and interacts with the crowd (and the leader actually does get to wear a conductor coat for one special set during the day). Happily, two of these leaders that I’ve seen so far seem to be conductors from the earlier iterations of the band.
Who are the performers?
I didn’t stop to count, but let’s just say a whole lotta people playing a whole lotta brass instruments (and actually, some silver-toned ones to blend for the anniversary with their uniforms) and drums.
When and where can I find them?
The band performs in a few different locations. They can be found regularly playing sets both in Main Street’s Town Square as well as in front of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland.
But during the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, they are also performing a March-Along starting mid-day at Sleeping Beauty Castle. They are joined by Fab Five characters as they march down Main Street towards Town Square, where the Dapper Dans also add their beautiful voices in an exhortation to “Live the Magic”!
Check your daily Entertainment Times Guide for the schedule and you can also hear periodic announcements over the Main Street loudspeakers telling you when certain performances (such as the March-Along) are imminent.
Why spotlight them?
As I overheard someone very astutely observe after the new band began their performances – “We already have an All-American College Band – why do we need two?”
Pretty much sums it up. The new band is solid and entertaining but offers nothing different than the All-American College Band does. By contrast, the original band helped define the place-setting of Main Street and added to the relaxing, peaceful day-in-the-park quality of Main Street’s Town Square.
I don’t dislike the new band – they’re absolutely fine for what they are. But what used to be (including song selections) – in my personal opinion – was better.
Have you seen the new Disneyland Band? How do you think they compare to the original version?