While we all may be practicing social distancing during this unprecedented time, we here at Theme Park Professor are still committed to bringing the magic and excitement of the theme parks to you! From delicious dessert recipes straight from the Disney resorts to fun ways to incorporate Imagineering into your child’s home lesson plan, we’ve already shared many ways families can still enjoy Disney magic while missing the parks.

Today we are featuring more of the virtual park videos that can allow you to step back from the stress of your day and enjoy a few minutes in “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Today’s focus is on some of the stellar entertainment you can find while wandering the streets of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Up first is one of the most iconic sets of “streetmosphere” characters you’ll meet in Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet that debuted in Disneyland in 1959. The group sings a selection of classic Disney songs as well as some traditional barbershop quartet tunes, sometimes accompanied by the use of hand-held organ chimes that add an enchanting touch. The four vocalists also pepper in comical interactions and fun instances of audience participation throughout. While only four Dapper Dans appear at any time, there are actually roughly twelve performers who rotate through performances. These singers are exceptionally talented and are always worth a stop along Main Street U.S.A. to enjoy some of your favorite Disney songs like “When I See an Elephant Fly”.

At the opening of Disneyland in 1955, Walt Disney decided he needed a marching band to help ring in the momentous occasion. He tasked renowned British bandmaster Vesey Walker with the job of assembling a band that would be used for the first two weeks of operation. However, the Disneyland Band became so popular with guests that it stuck around after the initial engagement and still entertains in the park to this day. The band’s lineup ranges from 15 to 20 members and performs in parades as well as giving pop-up performances around the park. Guests can enjoy jazz, polkas, marches, and waltzes including their most requested song, “The Mickey Mouse Club March”.

We are rounding out our virtual Disneyland break with a stop at Disney California Adventure. A lot of this park is focused on the glitz and glamor of classic Hollywood with mid-century architecture and recreations of California landmarks greeting you as you enter. Don’t move too fast to get to your next attraction though, as you might miss one of our favorite performances. Five & Dime are a 6-piece jazz band consisting of five musicians and one talented singer named Dime. The band delivers a selection of toe-tapping jazz classics from their souped-up jalopy they park on Buena Vista Street, multiple times daily. The show is lively and boisterous and usually gets a special appearance from Goofy as he joins in on the musical fun.

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