“Oh, but it’s cold outside…”
What is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Piano?
Inside the majestic Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, hotel guests and day guests alike may enjoy the song stylings distilled from the (appropriately enough) grand piano here!
While I tend more often to stop and indulge in the music when one of their talented piano players is working their melodic magic, I’m pretty sure I’ve been there in the past when it sounded like it was a player piano that was performing on its own. That may have been piped in, but in passing I thought it sounded like it came from the piano.
The musical mix here ranges from Disney classics (so those young and old can recognize and appreciate them) to seasonal favorites, such as the predominantly Christmas music filling the hall this month.
Who are the performers?
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting when different musicians sat at the piano. Many play songs strictly from memory, others use books. Some will take song requests. Others have been known to occasionally sing in accompaniment to their playing.
When and where can I find it?
The piano is set inside the massive lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort.
The latest schedule I’ve heard is that the daily piano player half-hour sets are at the following times:
However, you can always ask at the hotel’s front desk for the schedule as well.
Why spotlight it?
One of the most peaceful, relaxing spots in the entire Disneyland Resort is the lush lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel with its immense fireplace.
Thanks to the various Christmas Carolers who perform here (and previously for a few years at Halloween Time, the Cadaver Dans), I’ve wound up spending a fair amount of time in this location enjoying the sights and sounds… and warmth of that fireplace!
Currently during the Christmas season, the piano player performs their evening sets in between the scheduled sets of the caroling groups, so you can sit and listen to back-to-back music for hours at a time in this lovely setting. And I have!
This is a really wonderful place to take an evening break – especially if you’re a piano fan who didn’t get their fill at the Main Street Ragtime Piano in Disneyland Park on a given day! I strongly recommend checking out the musical options found inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel – especially on a cold night!
Check out some of this show’s performances here on the Mousertainment YouTube Channel
Have you sat and listened to the piano player in the Grand Californian Hotel? Did you make a song request?