Walt Disney World Issues Statement Regarding The Grand Floridian Orchestra’s Final Performance

In a shock to many, it was announced on Saturday that Walt Disney World was effectively letting go of The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra after a series of changes, and ultimately, the COVID-19 shutdown. Their last show will be as the “The Disney Society Orchestra” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on October 3. Over the weekend, fans everywhere voiced their deep disappointment on social media as the fan-favorite band said their goodbyes after 32 years.

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In light of this, in an email from Geoffrey Kiser, Executive Correspondence Specialist for Walt Disney World Resort, Disney has a shared a statement regarding the firing of the orchestra:

As you may know., we are always evaluating and refining our offerings and creating new ideas to build upon Disney stories. This philosophy is in keeping with Walt Disney’s vision for continuing to grow and evolve, giving Guests a mixture of familiar and new experiences with each visit. In alignment with this philosophy, we have made the decision to end the limited-time run of the Disney Society Orchestra and Friends this fall with their last performance being on Saturday October 3, 2020. We apologize for any disappointment that this may cause you and please be assured that we have shared all of your feedback with the appropriate Executive Leadership Teams.

Geoffrey Kiser, Executive Correspondence Specialist for Walt Disney World Resort

While this is probably just the first entertainment group at Walt Disney World to be formally canned post-COVID, it will likely be one of the greatest losses. 

If you’re feeling nostalgic for this incredible band, here’s a clip of them playing at their original location on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort:

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drew
drew
29 days ago

“Limited-time run”, 32 years it pretty limited. Disney PR is a joke.Guess Splash Mountain will be finishing their limited-time run soon too.

Atom-o-tronic
Atom-o-tronic
29 days ago

“Limited-time run”

For 32 years?!?!

tim
tim
29 days ago

That language tries to soften the blow, by making the indirect assertation they are just ending at hollywood studios. i have a week stay in november. if the band isnt there. im cancelling.

More Beverly Please
More Beverly Please
29 days ago

A BS statement from a BS job title.

AdeeK
AdeeK
29 days ago

They’re good at making meaningless, watered down responses. I am so sick of having the “Walt said Disney would never be finished” /”Walt’s vision continuing to evolve…” BS thrown in my face every time they make a terrible decision to change something that nobody agrees with.

Tom
Tom
29 days ago

Not coming back!

John W. Ford, Jr.
John W. Ford, Jr.
29 days ago

Nobody cares about the loss of the show at Hollywood studios. People care about the loss of the orchestra at the Grand Floridian. Once again tone deaf Disney tries to dodge and deflect in a failed but fruitless attempt to cover up their cost cutting at the expense of eviscerating the guest experience at their supposed flagship resort.

Tim L
Tim L
29 days ago

How long has this “limited time run” been going exactly?

evalyn
evalyn
29 days ago

This decision is just beyond disappointing. The Grand Floridian is no longer Grand in my opinion. Their playing there made it special – unique – an experience. Now – it’s just a hotel, an expensive one. Leadership at Disney needs to understand that they are slowly ruining what makes Disney – Disney.

Abdul
Abdul
29 days ago

This philosophy is in keeping with Walt Disney’s vision for continuing to grow and evolve, giving Guests ………….”. please Mr wdw executive, Dont use Walt’s name in justifying your cruel corporate motives. Walt is rolling in his grave (or rather his ash urn) on what his company has become these days. !!

Mark
Mark
29 days ago

What a crap response

Paul
Paul
29 days ago

Based on the many comments I’ve read from guests, it’s not about ending the Disney Society Orchestra and Friends, per se, but the loss of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. The statement by Geoffrey Kiser was classic “corporate speak” that didn’t address the guests actual issue – Grand Floridian Society Orchestra – and didn’t really say anything other than, “If we wanted your opinion, we’d first give it to you and then we’d beat it out of you”.

If the company doesn’t have anything more meaningful to say than this, they shouldn’t say anything at all.

Lee
Lee
29 days ago

Yeah right they are not staying true to Walt Disney they are just stopping everything and cutting everything

You only have to ask the staff they have laid off

dawn L vasquez
dawn L vasquez
29 days ago

Literally SICK. Sorry I know disney is taking a hit (thanks to covid) But this one hurts. Its something we treasure. It IS GRAND FLORIDAN. They make the resort special. Where will they get work? Just so so sad

Price Naveen
Price Naveen
29 days ago

They need to fund the re-theming of Splash Mountain somehow.

Depressingdecline
Depressingdecline
29 days ago

And the tailspin into mediocrity and underwhelming experiences continues, I’m said to say, as a former employee and huge fan of the company. At least I can go check out the nighttime parade at the magic kingdom, or Push, or Streetmosphere, or mulch, sweat and shears, or off kilter, or the yeti, or splash mtn, or the great movie ride, or wishes, or illuminations, or an efficient monorail, droids in galaxy edge, or looking for the paintbrush on TSI, or pleasure island, or alien encounter, or go take in the spirit and inventiveness of epcot, or wonders of life, or… Read more »

Duckman
Duckman
29 days ago

Yeah – can’t wait to get back to EPCOT to check out what Future Corps is doing…. Oops – guess that got axed almost 20 years ago! I’ll have to stay home and watch YouTube instead: https://youtu.be/hKDI7X4tVu0
Thanks Disney corporate bean counters that are destroying the inspiration kids and everyone used to get from LIVE acts.

David
David
29 days ago

What a weird job title- ‘executive correspondence specialist’? Does it really mean secretary to important people in English?

TheDon
29 days ago

Don’t worry though… the execs will all receive their 2020 bonuses.

Mark
Mark
29 days ago

Disney is soon going to have to learn that the experience is more important that the bottom line. What has made Disney a great experience in the past has been groups like this as well as many of the other small groups and individual performers. That is where the depth of the experience comes in and is a primary source of the Disney Magic. The magic will go away if the only thing Disney Leadership cares about is dollars. I am speaking both as an Annual Passholder AND a stock holder.

Judy
Judy
29 days ago

I have only stayed at the Grand Floridian once but have been there for afternoon tea and other meals several times. I will absolutely miss this wonderful orchestra. It introduced this type of band style to children. What a shame they are letting them go.

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