Show Spotlight: Jammin’ on the Backlot

What is Jammin’ on the Backlot?

A bored-looking DJ tries to get people to stop and dance. He tried asking trivia questions like “Name the Disney movie: “Beauty and the ___________.” Not really surprised that people kept on walking.

A bored-looking DJ tries to get people to stop and dance. He tried asking trivia questions like “Name the Disney movie: “Beauty and the ___________.” Not really surprised that people kept on walking.

After the abrupt closing of the Diamond Mad T Party, their area was briefly used for the revived Food & Wine Festival and then left vacant again until this new “party” began a few weeks ago.

This is yet another attempt to have some nighttime music in the Hollywood Backlot area of Disney California Adventure.

But there is no band and there are no dancers. It’s just a DJ trying to keep the passing crowd entertained in the evenings.

There’s really not much more to it.

Who are the performers?

On a different night, this DJ got the crowd on their feet and dancing with some great tunes. But eventually, the people would still move on.

On a different night, this upbeat DJ got the crowd on their feet and dancing with some great tunes. But eventually, the people would still move on.

There is one DJ who spins tunes for the whole night.

Whether the crowd stays for a while pretty much depends on if they’re a good DJ or not.

When and where can I find it?

Not sure people really even noticed the DJ was up there. The music might as well have been piped in.

Not sure people really even noticed this DJ was up there. The music might as well have been piped in.

Jammin’ on the Backlot is running nightly for the summer at the Hollywood Backlot former Mad T Party stage in Disney California Adventure.

The hours are usually from 6pm till closing. Check the Disneyland app or daily Entertainment Times Guide for the exact schedule on any given night.

Why spotlight it?

This area would have been packed with people had the Mad T Party still been going on.

This all-but-deserted area would have been packed with people had the Mad T Party still been going on.

Clearly the unsuccessful Freeze the Night! party didn’t reinforce the lesson that DJ-only does not keep the crowds for an entire evening. That requires a band. And even Freeze the Night! had one live song performed by a talented singer as well as a dance routine from a dance crew happening a couple of times per night. Instead, this experience is really just like when they have a DJ at the stage in Downtown Disney by the ESPN Zone. People will stop and listen for a few minutes and then move on.

A band not only brings live music energy – it inspires fans to visit repeatedly and stay for several hours and importantly – buy refreshments to keep them hydrated.

No matter how good a DJ they put here (and at least one of them is really good – see the pictures above for the difference in how the guests responded) – they’re not going to get band-level crowds. Or be able to keep people busy for hours at a time.

Heck even tossing around some beach balls or having bubble wands or bubble machines going might liven it up more. Though that still wouldn’t make people want to stay long.

Is it better than no music at all? Probably. But really, it’s more of a reminder of what could be happening here. But isn’t.

Have you visited Jammin’ on the Backlot? Did you want to stay and dance or use your feet to just keep walking?

Update 9/10/16: This show closed with the end of the summer offerings on 9/5/16.  But I’m not sure anyone noticed or cared (said only slightly tongue in cheek)!

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