It’s been one year since the last Jump, Jive Boogie Swing Party at Disneyland’s Carnation Plaza, which was closed for the construction of the new Fantasy Faire attraction featuring the Disney princesses.  And though dancing still goes on at Downtown Disney on the weekends, it will never be quite the same as having the opportunity to swing out right in the middle of ‘the happiest place on earth’.  On May 17th, 2013, Atomic Ballroom will be Celebrating the Legacy of Disney’s Carnation Plaza with live music, a group routine and a documentary premiere.

For 58 years, Disneyland brought visitors live musical talent upon a little tented stage set among quiet gardens which wound towards the side of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  Walt himself was a fan of swing dancing and invited local school bands to play for visitors during the day, while weekend spots went to famous jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton.  And for years, locals regularly flocked to the park just for the music and dancing;  right up until the end – last year.

In Honor of Our Fond Memories…

Atomic Ballroom will be commemorating the joyous time we all shared and keep the memory alive with live music from Stompy Jones, one of the regular boogie bands on the Carnation Plaza Stage this past decade.  They will be showing a 1313 documentary, The Stage Walt Built.  And be sure to dress in your favorite Disney-inspired outfit so we can join in a group “Let’s Dance at Disneyland” routine.

Anyone Can Dance – Disney Routine

You have one more chance to learn the routine in a 45 minute class –  Friday (May 17) at 9:15 pm. Or check out these online instruction videos: How To & To the Music.

If you or anyone you know loved dancing at Disneyland’s Carnation Plaza, come re live the fun times and come jump, jive and boogie swing over to Atomic Ballroom!