Today we learned of yet another casualty of the pandemic cut-backs at Disney. Now the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra will be finished as of October 3rd.
Here’s their Facebook post:
“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 and end as well.
The company brought us back 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!”
This is really sad. Over 30 years and to just be cut off like this. Meanwhile Disney executives got their full pay reinstated a few weeks ago. Disney is pushing ahead with remakes on animated films no one wants. That’s okay, they will make up some of the money by packing people into Walt Disney World, in what feels like a lot more than the reduced capacity they claimed they were going by when people booked their trips.
Thank you to the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Thank you to all the other fantastic entertainers that gave years but got little in return. For what it’s worth your efforts and talents didn’t go unnoticed and many guests will miss you.
Source: The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra on Facebook
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