Feb 2, 2015

The Dapper Dans | Magical Mickey

Welcome back to another edition of the Magical Mickey linkup: the linkup centering around a love for Disney, sharing that love and connecting with others. I hope you find this linkup as a great place to turn to for Disney content each week and help all the bloggers participating out by helping readers find that great mouse-eared content. I'm co-hosting with Katie from Adventures by Katie, so of course check her blog out.

In this week's post, I want to write about my favorite entertainment groups at Walt Disney World. There are a a lot of great options. This particular group performs live in the Magic Kingdom. This week I'll be talking about...

The Dapper Dans

The Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet that sings, plays and dances their way around Main Street U.S.A. In their colorful pinstripes, bowties and matching hats, they're a perfect fit for the era portrayed by Main Street U.S.A. They are a great performance to stop and watch, even if just for a song like many do. They sing in fantastic harmonies, as you would expect from a barbershop quartet. You'll also find them sometimes telling corny jokes between songs (but I like corny jokes). Here them joke and sing their rendition of Cruela de Vil, from my runDisney trip last January.

The Dapper Dan's operate as a 4 man group (obviously, since they are a quartet) and perform around 8 shows a day, seven days a week. For this reason, there can be as many as 12 Dans, to rotate through, allowing for substitutes as needed. When I've been there, year to year, I usually see the same 7 or so Dans performing in some permutation. I like seeing familiar faces. The Dapper Dans' signature outfit consists of their colored pants, matching stripped vest, solid bow tie and ribboned hat. Each Dan will generally wear a separate color, except for special times, such as their Christmas best, pictured below.

Looking "dapper" in their matching Christmas best.

They also lace up their tap shoes, and have been known to throw in a little here and there to their tunes. Not only do they sing and dance, but they also play the Deagan Organ Chimes. Check the chimes out in this video of Swanee River, also from my runDisney trip last January.

They really are a joy to watch perform to me. We always try to catch them once or twice when we're there. Frankly, they seem to enjoy being out there doing what they're doing, which I enjoy seeing.

Have you ever seen the Dapper Dans perform?

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  1. I don't recall ever seeing them in person. I read someone's facebook post not too long ago where someone said they were visiting Disney and took notice that one of the Dapper Dans was his High school music teacher from many many years ago! I thought that was a cute story! -M

    1. That is pretty cool. It looks like a fun group to be a part of, but you definitely need to be multi-talented.

  2. We LOVE the Dapper Dans! They are so cool to see in person! :) Thanks for the linkup...I added mine! :)

    1. Thanks for joining in. Happy to have you a part of the link up. :-)