Dapper Dans

Walt loved music, so he planned a lot of it inside the park. Much like the Pearly Band, Bootstrappers, Hook and Ladder Company, and the Straw Hatters, the Dapper Dans is a barbershop quartet who appear to perform for a short while and then disappear. They sing a capella  on Main Street, usually near the fruit cart. You can spot them by their natty outfits.

The Dapper Dans are brought to you by stripes

They usually tap dance a little, but I didn’t quite catch that.

I can’t emphasize enough that these roving entertainers really are a lot of fun and I recommend slowing down and seeing them when you’re at the park.

The Dapper Dans have been around since 1959 and even have their own website. Apparently they’re supposed to have a custom 4-seater Schwinn bike, but I’ve never seen it.

Sans bike

Even though they don’t have the Disney characters or flash like the Straw Hatters and the Hook and Ladder Company, they still excel in entertainment.

Everyone look at the ground

That person on the left is clapping.

The Dapper Dans are really one of the most recognized of the roving entertainment. I didn’t know anything about the others, but I had definitely heard of the Dapper Dans. And when I asked the internet what the name of the Straw Hatters was, most people said it was the Dapper Dans.

It’s an easy mistake to make.

Straw Hatters

Dapper Dans

Except that a barbershop quartet only has four people.

The Dapper Dans also has that little bit of flair so emblematic of Disneyland.


Definitely try to catch some of the roving entertainment at Disneyland. It’s a lot of fun.

4 responses to “Dapper Dans

  1. Denise July 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I love these guys! From what I understand, there are 16 rotating singers performing as Dapper Dans. Their bike is oh-so-cool, and so are they. We make an effort to see them whenever we hit the park, not nearly as often as Shelby and Theo, as we live in northern California : )

  2. Lisa S. July 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Whoa – The Straw Hatters and the Dapper Dans are two SEPARATE musical acts? I did not know that! *Mind Blown* I’ve been confusing them since – well, forever, really.

  3. Linus V July 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

    in 1992, while visiting Walt Disney World, I saw the Dapper Dans riding their custom four-seater tandem bike slowly down Main Street, smiling and tipping their hats to the waving crowds. It was an experience that was much like seeing some famous icon–like The Oscar Meyer Wiener-mobile– drive by. I always thought that Disneyland’s Main Street was too narrow and crowded for such a bicycle.

    I enjoy watching the Dapper Dans perform. They always involve the guests and interact quite a bit with everyone. I also love that hand-held four person musical chime instrument that they are holding in the last two pictures in this entry. Four performers each hold two chimes to make a full eight note musical scale of eight notes. It takes a lot of coordination and practice to get any kind of reasonable sound. I love that they take requests, too. But if you see them enough times, you learn that there are only a limited number of songs that people request, either Barber Shop standards or popular Disney songs.

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