Come and join us for another installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, where I try to make it possible for you relive your Walt Disney World Memories when you can't actually be there.
As the winter days seem to draw on forever, I find myself drifting off to my happy place and dreaming of a trip to warm sunny Florida. I can escape this cold gray sky and feel the sun warming me as I stand on Main Street USA and listen as a smile envelopes you from the inside out. Since a Disney trip isn’t actually on the schedule yet, I will have to satisfy the escapist in me with virtual trips, such as through this podcast and A Window to the Magic.
So I was listening to WTTM #362 - AACB Music Appreciation and was taken back to my college band days. Now, we were never as good as the All American College Band, but we had some talented folks. I then realized that I never finished the other half of Christophers request. Remember in Memory 087 - Main Street, U.S.A. he said he’d love to hear a marching band too? Well today we’re going to hear one of the best in Walt Disney World. Actually, it might be the only one left in Walt Disney World since the Future Corps drum and bugle corp left years ago (go back to Memory 002 - The Future Corps to hear them again).
I love the Main Street Philharmonic. Again, the talent level is just awesome and they bring such a lighthearted attitude to music and entertainment that you can’t help but love them and their artistry. I’m a Tuba player myself, so I’m immediately drawn to big brass sounds, and these guys can do that, they can also do the more subdued and sweet sounds of a Disney ballad.
As always, I tossed the topic out to social media for your thoughts, but without enough time to get responses from everyone. That was my fault, but don’t let that stop you. Please stop by the social media links on the website and share your memories with all of us there.
Today’s memory is another favorite of mine. In December of 2006, Traci and I are in Walt Disney World for an anniversarry trip. We’ll start off on the day of our anniversary. We have dinner reservations at the California Grill in the Contemporary Resort. We’ve spent the day at Epcot enjoying all the holiday goodness and have ParkHopped over to the Magic Kingdom to kill time before our reservation. As we walk into the park, the Flag Retreat Ceremony is underway. We’ll join in the memory as Traci and I walk under the tressel and enter the circle where the Main Street Philharmonic are playing. We try a couple times to find a good spot, and end up pretty close to the show.
Our next memory is from 2 days later. Traci and I finally return to the Magic Kingdom for a full day in the park, and I make it a goal this time to catch an entire show of the Philharmonic. This time we head back up to the front of the park and stake out a spot. Suddenly you’ll hear the drums begin from somewhere and then the band marches in. The show is Christmas themed because of the season and still very fun.
Each of these memories is in binaural, so I’d suggest putting those headphones on to fully immerse yourself in the memory.
Now sit back. Relax. Close your eyes. And come with me as we enjoy the talents of some great Disney World Musicians.