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News Goodbye to The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra

Disstevefan1

Well-Known Member
Taken from their facebook page

It’s hard to find the words but, sadly, our days at the Grand Floridian are over. In fact, as of Oct 3, 2020, our days at WDW will come to an end as well.
The company brought us out of furlough, changed our name to “The Disney Society Orchestra,” closed us out of the GF to play a show of Disney themed show tunes at the Theater of the Stars in Hollywood Studios. We’ve been playing 9 shows a day, 7 days a week since Aug 2nd. The music is a far cry from the closely knit harmonies & sounds we became known for at the GF but. the guys are real pros and they sound great!
Well... Two weeks ago we got notice that the theater is going dark and our last day of work will be Saturday, Oct 3, 2020. As we all know, these are very uncertain times and can’t say what will happen from one day to the next.
So after 32 years of playing together and playing music we love... we’re done. We are so thankful for the opportunity to play in a beautiful setting for the hotel guests and friends we have met & made over the years. We’ll never forget you and how wonderful you’ve made us feel. We will miss you!
Thank you-thank you- thank you!

I don’t get it. They let these folks go while wasting money redesigning the Figment character....
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
I don’t get it. They let these folks go while wasting money redesigning the Figment character....
What’s hard to understand? The management has been pushing higher prices/lower value for the dollar with only partial subtly for at least a solid decade.

“Don’t they always do that?”

Yes...to a certain extent. But the key difference I see is this: if things are a “better” value - ie not maximum charge - in the past they would leave somethings alone. A “weenie” or a loss leader on minor terms...for along time. This group spends most of its day redlining. Anything that is better than high retail cost is almost immediately jacked up, eliminated or altered.

That is a huge difference. It’s just done in small bill denominations.
 

JIMINYCR

Well-Known Member
Although I've never booked a room at GF, I always managed to spend time sitting and relaxing in the lobby listening to the band. I would have never bet money that Disney would sack them because they were outstanding and their presence added to the GF look and feel of luxury. If they pipe in music as a substitute it will not come close to having the same affect. Disney once again disappoints us with their idiotic cut backs.
 

SirWillow

Well-Known Member
I don’t get it. They let these folks go while wasting money redesigning the Figment character....
completely different departments, areas, and divisions of the company. Other than both being under the Disney umbrella and being related to the parks, they have nothing to do with each other.
 

Duckberg

Active Member
Mr. Chapstick, is slicing & dicing to make quarterly reports look better to Disney stockholders. Staying at the GF is expensive so cutting the GFO perk is a great idea right? NOT! :arghh::banghead:
 

TrainChasers

Well-Known Member
I'm more upset about how Disney has treated them the last couple of years. They've been moved around so much, never rebuilt a proper stage, and finally moved them into a theater to play Disney tunes!?! That's an insult for jazz musicians. That was the main storyline of the movie La La Land. They only ever played Disney tunes because they took requests, even from hillbillies coming over with their Bud Lights in bottles from the Gasparilla. They are true professionals. I'm just not sure if there are any jazz band venues in Orlando. Maybe Universal will pick them up.
It’s an insult? I’ve heard many jazz musicians outside of Disney play Disney songs.
The press release from Disney is complete bollocks.
Just tell the truth. An orchestra is expensive and our guests are uncultured.
I don’t think either of those are the truth. But that could be what Disney management thinks.

It was Bob Chapek himself who insisted that Galaxies Edge CM’s could be given a backstory and equity should be cut correct?
 

tirian

Well-Known Member
It’s an insult? I’ve heard many jazz musicians outside of Disney play Disney songs.

I don’t think either of those are the truth. But that could be what Disney management thinks.

It was Bob Chapek himself who insisted that Galaxies Edge CM’s could be given a backstory and equity should be cut correct?
Yes, that was a Cheap Chapek Cut.

Maybe we can all start abbreviating that to CCC to make the next few years easier.
 

Amused to Death

Well-Known Member
Where’s the official press release from Disney?

I haven't seen a press release, but here's an email reply from Geoffrey Kiser, Executive Correspondence Specialist for Walt Disney World Resort, that only mentions their short gig at Hollywood Studios:

"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."
 

TrainChasers

Well-Known Member
Actually, there is an indirect ROI, but Disney seems intent on ignoring this and they wonder why attendance is down from what they even want it to be.
It’s complete ________ to say that there is no ROI for an entertainment company to provide entertainment for their paying customers.

There is no ROI for having an orchestra score a cartoon either. In fact, nobody would even know the difference if you didn’t read the credits.
 

tirian

Well-Known Member
Actually, there is an indirect ROI, but Disney seems intent on ignoring this and they wonder why attendance is down from what they even want it to be.

It’s complete ________ to say that there is no ROI for an entertainment company to provide entertainment for their paying customers.

There is no ROI for having an orchestra score a cartoon either. In fact, nobody would even know the difference if you didn’t read the credits.
Anecdotally, there were many times I spent money in the resort when I only planned to stop for a moment on my way to the MK. It was easy to get caught up in the music and drop by the bar plus do some shopping, especially around Christmas and when Disney had unique shops in the GF.
 

Disstevefan1

Well-Known Member
completely different departments, areas, and divisions of the company. Other than both being under the Disney umbrella and being related to the parks, they have nothing to do with each other.
True. Awful cost cutting and at the same time, wasteful spending, does happen across different departments and divisions of the company.
 

TrainChasers

Well-Known Member
There’s literally no incentive to stay on property anymore.

That’s what’s brilliant about the new plan!! If you want to be able to make a park reservation you have to be on property. Otherwise you get what’s left.

That way Disney can lower the staffing in the parks and push AP’s (if they continue the program) and non-property guests to other parks.

It’s a plan only someone as brilliant as Chapek could try to execute. :)

With this plan, hotel prices can continue to climb since that’s the only way you can for sure book the park of choice on your vacation days.
 

wannabeBelle

Well-Known Member
Anecdotally, there were many times I spent money in the resort when I only planned to stop for a moment on my way to the MK. It was easy to get caught up in the music and drop by the bar plus do some shopping, especially around Christmas and when Disney had unique shops in the GF.
Going a step further, if I have a choice of resorts and know that a musical act that I am familiar with is playing at a resort that is on my list, guess where I am going?? Scat Cat's was a huge draw for me to stay at POFQ, even though I like Coronado Springs as well, and love the Tower rooms. It might make the difference for those of us familiar with the choices. Marie
 

trainplane3

Well-Known Member
Anecdotally, there were many times I spent money in the resort when I only planned to stop for a moment on my way to the MK. It was easy to get caught up in the music and drop by the bar plus do some shopping, especially around Christmas and when Disney had unique shops in the GF.
It's the big things that draw you in but the little things (bands, actors, performers, greeters, etc) that make you stay and take your time (and spend your money). Those little things make the areas feel "right". Isn't the whole Disney "magic" thing supposed to be about details too? Just because something's there but isn't the center of attention doesn't mean people don't notice it. Those little things all add up to the overall experience.

I guess the good thing is that I won't have a reason to spend $20 on a single drink at that bar behind where the stage used to be. So, uh, thanks guys?
 
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