Take a breath. Imagine for a second that the computer, phone, etc. in front of you has disappeared. You find yourself on Main Street, U.S.A.. Around you, you can hear the sound of guests talking and laughing. In the distance, you hear some of the background music for this beautiful spot. And then it hits you — the distinct and gorgeous voices of the Dapper Dans reach your ears and your heart and your soul are filled with joy. LIVE MUSIC folks. Sometimes there’s just nothing better than live music.
Although Disney World has ALL kinds of entertainment to enjoy at the resorts, in the parks, and at Disney Springs, sometimes all you really want is to just listen to some great live music. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, a night out, want to hit the town in Disney style, or are just a lover of music and want to fill your day with those glorious sounds, we’ve put together a list of EVERYWHERE you can see live music at Disney World. So let’s get ready to jam out! 🎵
A few disclaimers before we dive in. We’ve included some current times when you can catch these live entertainment offerings below, but note that these times can change depending on Disney World’s schedule. Be sure to check your My Disney Experience app or a times guide in the parks during your visit for the latest updates.
Not all entertainment offerings are back in Disney World yet, but we still wanted to include those yet-to-return offerings below. If you see an option marked with a red asterisk (*) that is meant to note that the specific offering has not yet returned to Disney World. Again, entertainment offerings can change, so be sure to see if any of those have returned by the time your visit rolls around! Alright, let’s begin!
Over at Magic Kingdom, the Dapper Dans will regale you with their sweet a cappella tones at several points throughout the day. Currently, you can typically catch them on Main Street, U.S.A. around 9:05AM, 9:45AM, 10:25AM, 12:20PM, 1:35PM, 2:45PM, and 3:40 PM. Again, times can change!
If you’re walking around and hear some EPIC singing they’re likely near! The Dapper Dans perform all the hits, from Disney favorites to classic American standards. They’re a Disney classic and a must-see!
And speaking of classics, you can see the legendary Main Street Philharmonic on Main Street, U.S.A. as well. Again, their times can vary but you’ll usually spot them around 10:50AM, 11:50AM, 1PM, and 3:25PM.
If you’re not familiar with it, the Philharmonic is a grand marching band that marches down the street in bright outfits! They’ll take you back in time with their classic marches and big band hits. You may even hear the Mickey Mouse Club March!
Also in Magic Kingdom, you can pop by one of our favorite hot dog joints to listen to the Casey’s Corner Pianist who will dazzle you with an amazing repertoire of ragtime tunes that will have you stepping in time!
Times can vary but you’ll generally find them filling the air with music around 11:40AM, 1:05PM, 1:50PM, 2:35PM, 3:35PM, 5:05PM, and 6:05PM.
Ever heard of Taiko? It’s an incredible style of Japanese drumming (and also can refer to some drums). Well, whether you’re a big fan of this type of drumming or have never seen it in your life, you should head on over to the Japan pavilion to see Matsuriza create thundering sounds with their giant Taiko drums.
Performances are typically at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, and 4:45PM on Thursdays through Mondays (there appear to be no performances most Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Channel your inner British rock band fandom with The British Revolution* who cover everything from The Who, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and more! Their shows are not to be missed when they perform at the United Kingdom Pavilion.
*Note that this offering is currently not available
If you’ve visited any of EPCOT’s festivals or simply been to EPCOT over the past year, you’ve seen a lot of great live Disney music, including the JAMMitors who use trash cans, brooms, and tin cans to make some seriously epic beats!
You can typically see them perform around 10:20AM, 11:20AM, 12:20PM, 1:20PM, 3:20PM, and 4:20PM.
Looking for some traditional Mexican folk music or other unique takes on songs with a Mexican flair? Check out Mariachi Cobre or Marimba de las Americas in the Mexico pavilion (both part of the “Music of Mexico” entertainment offering there). Mariachi Cobre plays classic Mexican folk music from Jalisco, Mexico.
Marimba de las Americas, on the other hand, features “marimba arrangements of songs from all across Latin America.”
The “Music of Mexico” performances are usually held around 11:15AM, 12PM, 12:45PM, 1:30PM, 3PM, 3:45PM, and 4:30PM.
In EPCOT you can also listen to the American songbook as performed by Voices of Liberty. This group will absolutely BLOW you away with their beautiful a cappella melodies (seriously, we get goosebumps every time we hear them!). Don’t miss your chance to sit under the Rotunda and truly take in their incredible voices.
Showtimes are usually around 12PM, 12:45PM, 1:30PM, 2:15PM, 3PM, 3:45PM, and 4:45PM.
Also, hidden in the gardens behind the United Kingdom pavilion, you’ll typically find an EPCOT Pianist performing some gorgeous music. Note that the pianist was over at World Showplace during some EPCOT Festivals, and that’s the location still noted on Disney’s website, but we’ve seen them lately over in the gardens by the U.K. in the gazebo. (This is where you’ll find fan-favorite Carol Stein performing sometimes!)
Performance times are typically around 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, and 5:30PM.
If you’re wanting to get some entertainment beer garden-style, head on over to Biergarten in the Germany pavilion, where it’s Oktoberfest every day! While you’re eating some traditional German food and raising your stein, you can watch a band play live German music and chant along! Prost!
Over the Canada pavilion, you’ll typically find the folk band Alberta Bound over at The Mill Stage. From all kinds of fiddling to songs from Canadian songwriters, you’re sure to be clapping your hand and dancing along to this group’s tunes.
The performance times are typically around 2:15PM, 3:15PM, 5PM, 6:15PM, and 7:30PM.
During EPCOT’s many festivals, you’ll also find some unique entertainment including quite a bit of live music! This entertainment can vary depending on the festival, but here’s some of what we’ve seen in the past or what’s confirmed for the future.
During EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival in 2022, the Garden Rocks concert series will be coming BACK! This series brings popular bands from throughout the decades to perform at the American Gardens Theatre. In 2022, performers include Rick Springfield, The Pointer Sisters, The Guess Who, and more! These concerts will take place Fridays through Mondays at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8PM.
Local bands will then play in the space from Tuesdays through Thursdays.
During the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, guests can enjoy the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.* Like Garden Rocks, this series features popular bands from the 80s, 90s, and 00s at the American Gardens Theatre. In the past, performance times have typically been 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8PM from Sunday-Thursday; and 6:30PM, 7:45PM, and 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
In 2021, when the Eat to the Beat Concert Series wasn’t available, EPCOT introduced a new live performance offering — America Gardens Bandstand. This featured local bands from Central Florida which played a variety of different song offerings.
During EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays, you’ll find quite a bit of live music, including the FAMOUS Candlelight Processional. The Candlelight Processional typically features a 50-piece orchestra and a choir made of Cast Members and guest choirs from around the country as a narrator retells the classic Christmas story. It’s a classic piece of the holiday celebrations in EPCOT and is a truly beloved experience.
Showtimes are usually 5:15PM, 7PM, and 8:30PM.
During the Festival of the Holidays, you can also typically find JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season. This group usually performs gospel, rhythm, and blues music to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa.
When available during the holiday season, the showtimes are typically around 1:15PM, 2:20PM, 3:25PM, and 4:30PM.
It isn’t ALL about animals over at Animal Kingdom! You can see some pretty amazing live music here, too, starting with the Discovery Island Drummers. Although they often perform on land, they’ve most recently taken to a flotilla. You can see them floating down the Discovery River during the day.
If you’re looking for more upbeat music filled with drums, you can (when available) also catch live drummers in Pandora called Swotu Waya.* These folks will pound out other-worldly beats and perform a “traditional Na’vi Drum Ceremony.”
*Note that this offering is currently not available
Over in Africa, you can check out the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe as they perform their drums and other instruments, and seriously get the whole crowd into the show!
Showtimes are typically 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, and 4PM.
If you’re looking to really get PUMPED UP, the Viva Gaia Street Band will get you dancing! The group leads a Caribbean-themed street party with vibrant costumes, exciting music, and (of course) some serious dance moves!
And you can listen to traditional Indian music with the sitar-playing Chakranadi in the Anandapur village.
Showtimes are usually 11:55AM, 12:55PM, 1:55PM, 2:55PM, 3:55PM, and 4:55PM. It appears that performances are usually done Thursday through Monday (none on Tuesday or Wednesday).
You can also see Kora Tinga Tinga — an entertainment offering during which a performer plays a Kora, a hand-crafted African harp in the Africa section of the park. The performer is a bit hidden at the moment so be sure to go over to this wall area to find them!
Disney World is also home to some serious Broadway-quality musicals, and two are in Animal Kingdom! “Just keep swimming” to DinoLand, U.S.A. to see Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
Live performers, colorful puppets, and the memorable music and story of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, this is a CAN’T MISS production in Animal Kingdom!
And then there’s one of our favorite shows, A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, which celebrates The Lion King with elaborate costumes, puppets, and music.
You can typically catch performances at 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, and 5PM.
If you ALWAYS have to sing along when Elsa belts out “Let It Go” in Frozen (yes, we do, too), do it with others during a live performance with the Frozen Sing-Along (For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration) in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
There are a LOT of performance times here. Typically, you can see the show at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, and 7:30PM.
Witness a tale as old as time with a LIVE musical version of Belle’s story with Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage. Trust us — it’s magical!
Showtimes include 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, 4PM, and 5PM.
When available, you can also sing along with Ariel and the gang at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid.*
The show features live singing of music from the film, clips from the movies, some fun puppets, and more!
*Note that the Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily unavailable.
One of our favorite Disney World activities is to take a deep breath, sit in the lobby of the Grand Floridian, and listen to the dulcet tones of the Grand Floridian Pianist.
On some days, there’s nowhere we’d rather be. You can usually catch the pianist performing at 3PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6:15PM, and 7:15PM.
We’re dining at Maya Grill at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort tonight – they just reopened today! We’re enjoying some live music too. pic.twitter.com/GxCTcFIIPN
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) June 25, 2021
Dinner AND entertainment — what more can you ask for? Be sure to check and see if this is still available at Maya Grill ahead of your next visit.
If you’re ready to let the good times roll, you’ll want to visit Jellyrolls over at Disney’s BoardWalk. They’ve got dueling pianists AND audience singalongs. If you’re looking for a unique entertainment offering that’ll have you tapping your toes, singing, and overall just having a good time with the groups around you, this is IT.
But be warned, this can be a very popular nightspot at Disney World, so if you’re wanting to hear live music there, be sure to arrive early to get a table!
Let’s head to the hootenanny known as the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue! This is a hilarious and fun two-hours of Wild West dancing, vaudeville comedy, singing, and (of course) hijinks. OH, and you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style meal here too consisting of fried chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, and more!
While it might not be a destination for foodies, the show and location makes it worth the cost (in our opinion).
Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts
Head on over to Scat Cat’s Club at Port Orleans — French Quarter to enjoy some cocktails and live New Orleans-style jazz! While the Disney World website still indicates that this offering is temporarily unavailable, Disney had previously indicated that (beginning February 4th, 2022) some live musicians would be entertaining guests in the Scat Cat’s Club Lounge Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the evenings. Be sure to check and see what’s available during your trip!
Over at Port Orleans — Riverside, you can enjoy a cocktail and a show while listening to Yehaa Bob Jackson (spelled Yeeha Bob on Disney’s website) perform at River Roost Lounge. Bob plays Disney music, some other classics, and more, all while entertaining fans with some wacky show elements and singing!
This spot can get quite busy at times since Yehaa Bob is a pretty popular figure, so be sure to arrive early! Based on Disney’s calendar, it seems showtimes are typically Wednesday-Saturday, from 8:30PM-12AM.
At the Poly you can catch a Ukulele player really taking guests into that tropical state of mind while dining at ‘Ohana (we’ve seen them during the dinner service).
We’re back at ‘Ohana for dinner! pic.twitter.com/0cOmR4OrCv
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 9, 2021
You can also usually catch some live music out on Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace.
There is PLENTY of entertainment to catch over at Disney Springs. The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar hosts live concerts and other live musical performances. All kinds of artists come to perform here, so be sure to check the House of Blues website or social media for details on who will be coming next. Check for music at the Front Porch bar and inside the restaurant itself.
You can also see live entertainment on the Disney Spring AdventHealth Waterside Stage. The entertainment here can vary — you may find bands, concerts, or a DJ dance party for kiddos.
But if you want to head over to the Emerald Isle for some real Irish dancing and music, you’ll want to visit Raglan Road Irish Pub. Not only is the food amazing here, but the live performances by Irish musicians and dancers will make you want to dance a jig, too. Performance times vary by day, but they usually start around 6PM and last until 10PM or so.
If you want to BE the entertainment, head on over to Stargazers Bar for karaoke on Wednesdays from 7PM to 11PM. Or you can sit back and watch others perform!
You can also find some live entertainment here from 7PM to 11PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Or visit The BOATHOUSE to sing along with the Captain’s Singalong Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays (and yes, there are dueling pianists!). Or check out the live music there Friday and Saturday nights from 8PM to midnight.
Over at The Edison you’ll find live music 7 nights a week. The previous offerings here in terms of entertainment were a bit more elaborate, but it’s still great to see that performances are available here for the family to enjoy when seeking out that live music!
You never know what you’ll come across in Disney Springs. Most evenings, you’ll hear some musicians throughout the shopping district. So keep your ears open, there’s usually an unexpected delight around the corner!
If it’s live music you’re looking for, you’ll find it throughout Disney World. We’ll keep you updated on ALL of the entertainment available at the parks, so stay tuned!
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