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Disney Symphony Orchestra

Imagine seeing all your favourite film music performed live by a full symphony orchestra in Disney or Universal theme parks! I'd love to hear your thoughts on my idea as a permanent attraction :)

From Daniel Smith
Posted July 23, 2010 at 2:47 PM
Hi Everyone!

I'm a bit biased, because I'm a conductor and have conducted concerts like this! However, I had a thought (possibly to replace Honey I Shrunk The Audience) and I'd love to hear your thoughts!!

What if the theatre was re-designed internally for acoustics and turned into a concert hall where a full symphony orchestra performed all the great Disney symphonic music. This would be something real and people interacting with people. It would also be a great idea in Disney Hollywood Studios performing lots of music from different movies. Imagine hearing Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and much more, performed by a live symphony orchestra (no recordings here!). I really think it would add a personal touch to a Disney Park.

Alternately, at Universal it could be Harry Potter, E.T., Jurassic Park, etc - all amazing film music.

It would bring everyone together and also educate children on music.

Anyway, just a thought for something different but amazing! I think Mr Disney would have loved for children and adults to interact with live musicians in an orchestra. I was so in awe when I first saw my first concert that I'm now a young conductor!

Hope to hear all your thoughts and ideas :)

All my very best to you all!

Dan :)


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From Tim W
Posted July 23, 2010 at 3:03 PM
Sounds like something better suited for Downtown Disney.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted July 23, 2010 at 3:46 PM
It would need for than just music for a Disney/Universal Park. Maybe scenes from the movies/t.v. shows they realte to played on a H.D. screen behind the orchestra. People come for unmatched entertainment, and people could see an orchestra like this one anywhere else in the country and world. In-theater effects could add to the mood as well (fog, lights,etc.)

From Joshua Counsil
Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:21 PM
I love the idea. Ironically, it's much more imaginative than what currently resides in that location.

However, in order to fit in with the Future World theme, the attraction would have to offer something unique, something along the lines of the Blue Man Group, for example. If they could expand the JAMMitors to include percussions, woodwinds, and other instruments constructed from recycled goods, the attraction would integrate very nicely.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 27, 2010 at 4:56 PM
I would think it would be better for Downtown Disney or one of the resorts (perhaps the Contemporary?).

I have always thought that Disney should put one of their Broadway Shows at Disney World. Rotate them if needed, but Disney (and Universal) has have some real classical music!

From Alfonso Giordano
Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM
I'm a classical musician (viola) and there is the Orlando Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra in Tampa and honestly the classical concerts are not well attended; everyone is losing funding because of the economy; private donations have dwindled. To have a private, decent symphony would be way too costly. A full broadway style production like "The Lion King" would cost $120+ a ticket and lots of people wouldn't pay that when they could spend less on a theme park day (with "broadway" shows.) They would have to build a specific theatre (like Cirque) to do so anyway. Remember Tarzan and The Little Mermaid were "flops" and Mary Poppins didn't match Lion King in success. So shows are unpredictable.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted July 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM
Tarzan and The Little Mermaid were flops because they sucked. However, Disney has had great success with other micro-Broadway shows.

I agree with Alfonso in that the symphony orchestra would be too costly. I still like the idea quite a bit.

From Tim W
Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:21 AM
Idk why everyone thought they were that bad, I thought they were pretty good actually...

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:21 AM
If people are willing to pay big bucks to see La Nouba, I am pretty sure that they would pay to see Disney on Broadway.

Remember, Disney has: Aida, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, On the Record, and Taraan

From Manny Barron
Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM
I love movie music from both companies. I don't know about a live orchestra though? Sounds expensive. But a simple attraction featuring music and movie clips could replace some of the inferior attractions at the parks.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 30, 2010 at 9:56 PM
Perhaps a music hall which can be switched around from orchestra, special events, and musicals

From Robert Niles
Posted July 31, 2010 at 6:31 PM
I'd be happy to see Disney bring back the Disney All-American College Orchestra during summers.

From Alfonso Giordano
Posted August 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM
Well I guess Candlelight is the closest we will get to have live symphonic music in the parks. One of these days I'll go play in it, if I move to Orlando or take a month off my real job! I do like the idea of music/movie clips replacing crappy attractions, but the good ones have good music!

I never saw Tarzan, but I did see The Little Mermaid (twice.) I wouldn't say it sucked, but it could have been so much more, especially the ending when Ursula dies it seemed as if they couldn't figure out what to do. Seen Mary Poppins twice on bway and in Tampa. Aida. Really the only show that could possibly play full-time at WDW is Lion King, but other than the visuals I don't think its that great. Hopefully they revive Hunchback (in English) but I heard they will have Esmerelda not die, unlike in the German production (stupid mistake, stage death works in stuff like that because of the curtain call, even for kids.)

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