If your holiday season is not complete without hearing Christmas Carolers, then you’re in luck as the various Disneyland Resort Hotels all feature nightly appearances by various caroling groups!
While in previous years, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has hosted more traditional Dickensian-style carolers, this year they opted for something different. Splitting weeknight performances at this location are two different groups – The Beverly Belles (on Thursday-Sundays) and The Tinseltones (on Monday-Wednesdays). The half-hour-long set appearance times are on the half hour from 5:30-8:30pm, and the shows are sung in front of this year’s Grand Californian Gingerbread display near the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby.
On the night I went, The Beverly Belles were appearing. This adorable trio of girls opts for a 1940’s pin-up style and sound (ala The Andrews Sisters). They keep in character for their comedic interactions with each other and the audience. Their performance reminded me a bit of the very-missed Minnie’s Fly Girls show.
I enjoyed their vocals both a capella and singing to piped-in music tracks and I appreciated how they played with the children who gathered in the lobby to watch and listen! Their set was more of a “show” rather than impromptu singing but it was very well put together and managed to address a multi-faith audience by not only including Christmas songs, but Hannukah songs as well!
My quibble, however, is that they don’t quite suit the theming and stately atmosphere of the more classic Grand Californian Hotel, whereas they’d be so right for the mid-century modern Disneyland Hotel!
And yet, whom did I find singing inside the Disneyland Hotel this year? The Dickensian-style carolers who previously appeared in the Grand Californian!
The night I went, The Goode Time Carolers were gracing the crowd with their soaring vocals, performing on the hour in the early evening in the hotel lobby. They appear Monday-Thursdays alternating performance nights with Definitely Dickens, another caroling group, who are there Friday-Sundays.
As a fan of a more traditional style of carolers at Christmastime, I really was very happy to see (and hear!) this talented group! However, they seemed visually out of place in the 1950’s Mary Blair vibe of the Disneyland Hotel.
That certainly didn’t prevent me from happily soaking in their beautiful harmonies and as they didn’t have a specific set list, it allowed them to take favorite holiday song requests from the crowd, which was fun. And while they were dressed traditionally, it didn’t stop them from singing everything from classics (like “Carol of the Bells”) to more upbeat modern numbers (like “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” and even “Santa Baby”!).
After The Goode Time Carolers had finished their Disneyland Hotel set (which traveled from the lobby to the entrance to Goofy’s Kitchen), they were heading over to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to perform there. So if you’re staying or visiting at that location, be sure to check at Guest Services for performance times as well!
In all, it made for a wonderful night of Christmas music and a great opportunity to enjoy an evening of entertainment without ever going into the parks!
My only nit-pick is that the groups ought to exchange locations. The Beverly Belles would be perfect in the Disneyland Hotel, while the more traditional Goode Time Carolers really belong in the Grand Californian Hotel. Hopefully next year they will be switched back!
Have you gone to see the Christmas Caroling groups in any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels? Which style of musical group do you enjoy most?