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Street Performers

Disneyland is famous for its street entertainment. Not listed on any programming guides, these musicians, jugglers, magicians, acrobats, and clowns, can pop up at any time to entertain guests and clog walkways.

No attempt will be made to list all of these performers here. A few notables will suffice.

Rod Miller is an accomplished, high-speed pianist who has been playing piano on Main Street five nights a week since 1969. He is claimed to know 6,000 songs (most of them from the early part of the 20th century, but with a few Iron Maiden tunes thrown in). Miller is capable of playing so quickly that he has to restrain himself a bit to avoid overheating his piano. Miller's protégé Alan Thompson, Jr., sometimes joins Miller in duets. Thompson convinced Miller to teach him super-speed pianoing with a promise to practice four hours every day and do Miller's laundry.

In New Orleans Square, the Bayou Brass can often be found performing energetic, tuba-heavy tunes. The group is quite popular, particularly with young children who often walk up and dance with the band until cleared by security. Guests familiar with the group will notice that its composition has changed over the years. The band's membership was actually quite stable, until its founder started going around with an Arabian woman named Jasmine, who worked in Adventureland. Jasmine's odd ideas of what made good music eventually led to a split up of the original band into the new Bayou Brass and The Plastic Jasmine Band, which played for a few weeks at Disney California Adventure before fading into obscurity.

If you wander around Tomorrowland, you may be lucky enough to encounter Push the trash can. Push is a robotic waste receptacle, much like the many trashcans throughout Disneyland but with the difference that he is a robot. Push is a six-function mechanical being: he can move, talk, drive about, speak, respond to guests, and exercise full mobility. If you are having trouble locating Push, simply approach a Tomorrowland trashcan and talk to it. If it responds, either it's Push or some bratty little kid's parents just couldn't take any more. Those of you who are fascinated by Disneyland's inner workings will be interested to know that Push was constructed from a standard trash can, a Radio Shack remote-control jeep, and an old Mr. Microphone. The robot is controlled by a secret team that hides within a giant stone sphere at Tomorrowland's center (the sphere seems solid but it is made of special rock-looking one-way plastic that can be seen out of but not into -- knock on it, and it may knock back!)

Street Performers of Years Gone By


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