Shalon G. (NDI#167) (15 Posts)

Shalon was born and raised in West Virginia. Because she was so far away from the magic she only was able to visit the Magic Kingdom once as a child. Her love of Disney grew through movies and the Disney Channel. After college she relocated to Melbourne Florida almost by accident for her career. Knowing that she was only 1.5 hours away from Disney was exciting and within a few months she became a pass holder. After several years of visiting once a month she relocated to Orlando to be closer to the magic. Being so close to the magic has allowed Shalon to meet so many wonderful Disney enthusiasts like herself during her weekly trips to the World. Because of her love and knowledge of Disney Shalon receives phone calls and emails frequently from friends and family seeking advice on planning upcoming trips to Walt Disney World. She hopes to continue to share the magic and wonderment of Disney with people for years to come.

One of the great things in Walt Disney World is the world class dining.  Combine that with a lively musical act and you are in for a meal you’ll never forget.  On a recent trip I got the chance to visit the Biergarten restaurant in Germany inside Epcot.  I was, of course, looking forward to their great buffet, but, being a music lover, I was also excited for the entertainment.  Inside this restaurant you are invited to celebrate Oktoberfest and enjoy the traditional Bavarian music of Oktoberfest Musikanten.

The seating inside the restaurant offers great views of the stage no matter where you are.  If you have small children it may be best to try and get a lower level seat so you are close to the dance floor.  The floor is usually open to anyone who wants to get out there and dance along.  During my recent trip I only saw children out there dancing and running around, and the band played right along with them.

The group will come out to play 25 minute sets throughout the day so be sure to ask your server when they will be performing next so you can plan your meal accordingly if you’d like to see them.  Once the group takes the stage you know it’s going to be a fun show because all the members are dressed in the traditional lederhosen.  The band’s size can vary as well as its instruments, and you may see any combination of guitars, trumpets, accordions, tubas, musical saws, musical bells, xylophones, and–if you are lucky–a traditional alpenhorn.  Also you may get to witness some great yodeling which is always a crowd pleaser.

During my recent visit I was able to catch a few of the above instruments in action.  The first memorable performance was when the drummer came down and did a very energetic song on the xylophone. Not only did he have great talent with the instrument, but he also managed to keep his composure with several children running rampant around him throughout the song.  The second song that really left a lasting impression was done with two tables of bells.  The bells were all arranged according to size and the note they would produce.  Watching the two band members during this song was astounding, and I was extremely impressed by their amount of concentration and coordination.

If you ever get the chance, go check out the Biergarten for its great food, and make sure catch this truly talented musical group.  Oktoberfest Musikanten can also be seen on occasion preforming outside in the courtyard so make sure to ask a cast member for information.  The group’s CDs can also be purchased inside the pavilion gift shops.

Contributed by: Shalon Given (NDI#167) Shalon is the DDL Music Blogger.

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