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Some theme parks may have better roller coasters. Some theme parks may have your favorite non-Disney animated characters. Some theme parks may even have tastier food. But no theme park in the world has better Streetmosphere than Walt Disney World!
And to prove it, here is my short list of the Top Five Streetmosphere Acts:
5. Walt Disney World Band
You know – the one that marches in Parades and performs at special occassions and when dignitaries visit. But any band, from the full marching kind to the trios or quartets that strut their stuff and play their music, will all give you an earful of musical goodness! The best part of these performances is that they tend to be spontaneous! The fun part is being surprised by them when they appear.
4. World Showcase Players
Fortunately, these players do hold to a schedule, so you should be able to plan to see them during your next trip. When you pick up your Park Map at the entrance, just ask for a performance schedule. The UK, China, and France Pavilions have all had excellent shows. And most of the other Pavilions have cultural music or crafts to round out the experience.
3. DHS Streetmosphere Actors
As good as the EPCOT Streetmosphere is, I feel that no Park does it as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Maybe it’s because of the sheer number of different characters and skits that are offered. You may find yourself auditioning for a movie, being a contestant in a dating game, or simply accosted by any number of weird and wonderful oddballs! And be warned: These wacky ‘people’ just love to drag unsuspecting spectators into the ‘act’! But then again, that’s the fun of it.
Dora Nesmond: “I’m NOT dead!”
Take a stroll through the passages of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and you just may catch a glimpse of something strange and magical. She’s somewhat shy, but comes out of the foliage when the mood strikes her. Towering over the guests, DiVine walks, but never talks. Her graceful movements (all done while on stilts) will move you to awe! If you’ve seen her come to life, you are among the lucky few.
1. Dapper Dans
I make no apologies for placing the Dapper Dans in the top spot, as I am a rabid fan. I love music from all eras, but the Barbershop Quartet configuration of singers is one of the best, and is not to be missed! These colorful straw-hatted men never fail to entertain as they interact with the crowds (especially the children) while they sing period specific tunes along with select Disney classics. And if you visit at the right time of year, you just may see the Dagger Dans or the Cadaver Dans (depending on which Park you visit), an eerie variation that is simply spooktacular!
So there you have my Top Five Streetmosphere Acts from Walt Disney World. But don’t let me get away with leaving out one of your favorites! Set me straight in the comment section and let everyone know what to look out for during his or her next trip to The Vacation Kingdom!
Sit back in the good ol’ barber’s chair and get ready for a good old-fashioned haircut at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom. Located near the Emporium gift shop with a signature candy-striped pole outside, Harmony Barber Shop transports Walt Disney World guests to a simpler time … a time when barbershop quartets entertained with harmonic tunes and when getting a haircut (or two) was a real treat.
A step into Harmony Barber Shop is a step back in time. Hair tonics and talcum powders line the dark burgundy shelves. The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet strolls by daily, singing melodious tunes in perfect harmony and entertaining guests with their humorous banter.
“Guests are always surprised to find there’s a real barbershop here,” says Mary Volley, who works at Harmony Barber Shop. “They think it’s a display and take pictures, but once they see it they can’t get away … they end up wanting a haircut.”
Guests may be amazed to discover that some of the antiques in Harmony Barber Shop are still in service. A turn-of-the-century Western Electric phone box is still used to make phone calls. Also of note is the cash register the barbers use to ring up their sales. It dates from 1912.
Reservations for Harmony Barber Shop are recommended you can book them up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-939-3463. Payment or credit card guarantee is required at the time of booking, and there is a one-day $10 cancellation policy. (Baby’s First Haircut package is $19 plus tax.) Walk-ups are welcome if there are openings.
Harmony Barber Shop also offers haircuts with styling that includes colorful hair gels and pixie dust for girls and pirate dust for boys. Guests must arrive with clean, dry hair because no shampoo bowls are available. Haircuts for children up to age 9 are $15 plus tax and 10 and older are $18 plus tax. Those 17 and younger must have a parent present.
Guests also can choose styling with colored gel and confetti for $7.50 or styling with pixie or pirate dust for $5. Park admission is required for appointments at Harmony Barber Shop.
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