Resort Hotels Mousertainment – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Piano

“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? Continue reading

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Downtown Disney and Resort Hotels Mousertainment – Christmas Carolers at the Disneyland Resort 2017

The Beverly Belles singing holiday songs at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

If you’re feeling the need for Christmas cheer this season at the Disneyland Resort… umm… it’s everywhere!

But if you’re specifically yearning to hear some Christmas carolers, then Downtown Disney and the Disneyland resort hotels are the places to go!

First off, if you’re in Downtown Disney, you may want to check out Holiday Harmony – a contemporary a capella caroling group performing in front of the WonderGround Gallery.

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Holiday Harmony!

Their schedule for the season (always subject to change as with all things Disney) is as follows:

Four half hour sets begin at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (or 7:30pm and 8:30pm – the band’s schedule notes different times than the park does! I’ll see if I can confirm which is correct on my next park run) on the following dates:

  • Friday-Sunday – December 1-3
  • Thursday-Sunday – December 7-10
  • Thursday-Sunday – December 14-17
  • Monday-Monday – December 18-25

Update 12/5/17: I checked and 7:30pm and 8:30pm are the correct set times for this group.

But it you want to step inside the resort hotels – and step back in time a bit – you can enjoy other caroling groups, too! Continue reading

The Changing Face of Downtown Disney – Part Two

A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of the changes coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. At the time, these involved some stores closing to make way for new opportunities like the Star Wars VR experience expected to open in the coming months, as well as the planned opening of Splitsville restaurant and bowling alley.

While these were anticipated additions to the entertainment options in Downtown Disney (as Splitsville was announced as a venue for live performing acts as well), a major announcement from Disney this past week about Resort expansion will be changing the future of this area and removing other entertainment locations permanently.

The Walt Disney Company has revealed that a new luxury hotel will be built on the current west end of Downtown Disney just past the monorail station and in front of the Disneyland Hotel. Construction will begin by next spring. As a result, everything in between will be removed, including the AMC Theater, The ESPN Zone, The Rainforest Café and the Earl of Sandwich restaurants. It potentially also would lead to the closure of the Disney Vacation Club storefront along with the second Downtown Disney Starbucks location. It is, however, unclear if the current location of the Disney Pin Traders store just past the monorail stop will remain.

While much outrage was aimed at the potential loss of the wonderful Earl of Sandwich quick service location (count me in as one more voice desperately hoping they will be relocated elsewhere on property! The Earl serves great food at a great price point and would be sorely missed!), I want to focus for today on the impending removal of four entertainment locations. Continue reading

Mousertainment Miscellanea – I Didn’t Know That! #3 – Disney Floral & Gifts

Today we’ll spotlight another wonderful Disney Parks (and home!) service that not many people know about: Disney Floral & Gifts!

Did you know that you could have flowers sent to your Disney Parks Resort Hotel at either the Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort?

How about Christmas stockings or even a Christmas tree?!

How about having your ENTIRE HOTEL ROOM decorated by Disney magical helpers and filled with Disney merchandise?

It can be done! With the help of the Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Makers team…

This is probably the best Disney service I’ve never actually had the opportunity to experience – but hope to someday!

At the Disneyland Resort, they offer options currently ranging from the $43.95 Minnie Magical Moment roses in a vase all the way up to Mickey and Minnie’s Grand Magical Welcome – Family featuring in-room decorations and gifts for $549.95. While at the Walt Disney World Resort, you can find anything from a Pixie Dusted Rainbow rose wand for $45.95 up to Mickey & Friends Ultimate Birthday Celebration featuring in-room decorations and gifts for $548.95.

The Dream Makers can also create a custom assortment for any occasion. But really, they seem to have something for everyone! Continue reading

Resort Hotels Mousertainment – The Cadaver Dans at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

“One day we’ll both be reunited…”

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Mousertainment Memorandum: Welcome to my 300th post on this site!

I first found out last year that The Cadaver Dans were making some rare daytime excursions to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.

These fearful fellows are the Halloween Time cohorts of The Dapper Dans of Disneyland (they have cadaverous counterparts at the Walt Disney World Resort, too!).

But in previous years, the main way to see them was to buy a ticket to either Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Last year, however, I was tipped off that it might behoove me to stop by the Grand Californian on the afternoon of a Halloween Party night. I did so and was delighted to discover that I could catch a set of these nearly-departed denizens performing from a balcony above the hotel lobby.

This year, once again I heard tales of the Cadaver Dans haunting the lobby with their mournful music, so I went to check it out… Continue reading

Resort Hotels Mousertainment – Christmas Carolers at the Disneyland Resort

The Goode Time Carolers singing outside of Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel.

The Goode Time Carolers singing outside of Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel.

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.

The Beverly Belles singing in the Grand Californian Hotel.

The Beverly Belles singing in the Grand Californian Hotel.

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! Continue reading

Towel Animals – Making Your Disney Resort Hotel Room Entertaining

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Hmm… there’s a familiar-looking shape to those towels…

One of the things I love most about staying on property at a Disney Resort Hotel are all the little touches that tell you exactly what “World” you are in!

Be that themed hotel rooms or little Disney soaps and shampoos in the bathrooms or the one thing that makes me feel like such a kid again every time I enter my room…

Towel animals!

Starting with the not so Hidden Mickey in towel form that greets you when you first enter your room…

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To the more creative shapes and creatures that you may find have visited your room while you were out playing in the parks! Continue reading