Following a nearly 14 month long hiatus, the decades old tradition of Saturday evening swing dancing returned to the former Carnation Plaza Gardens stage this past Saturday evening. The “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party” was moved out to Downtown Disney in the spring of 2012 to help facilitate the construction of the Fantasy Faire, a new princess meet-and-greet location. The stage area was converted into the Royal Theatre which has featured several small stage shows based on Beauty and the Beast and Tangled.
The theming of the area has changed significantly to reflect a royal, Fantasyland style, courtyard. As a result Disney has changed the name of the dancing event to the “The Royal Swing Big Band Ball“. But with all the changes the area has undergone, one significant aspect of the former space was saved, the orignal dance floor.
On Saturday evening, hundreds of well dressed guests showed up to participate in the return of swing dancing at Disneyland. Stan Freese, world-renowned tuba soloist and long-time Talent Casting and Booking Director for Disney, kicked off the evening by saying, "I'm thrilled that this is back here where it belongs". Stan went on to thank the Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier, vice president Jon Storbeck and guest tallent manager Ben Goodner for their efforts in returning the tradition to the historical location.
Disney has also confirmed that "Jump, Jive and Boogie" will continue in Downtown Disney on Friday nights beginning in July. The Downtown Disney events will also feature a variety of music including salsa, reggae, and surf rock on some Saturday nights. For up-to-date information on the Downtown Disney dance events visit http://www.facebook.com/DowntownDisneySwing.
Below are some photos and a video from Saturday's return of swing dancing at the former Carnation Plaza Gardens stage.