Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

As the $274-million crown jewel of the LA Music Center, Disney Hall opened in 2003 to rave reviews. The novelty hasn't yet worn off: both inside and out, this is a terrific venue. Designed by Frank Gehry, the hall features a 2,265-capacity auditorium with an open platform stage. Chief acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota combined the best aspects of orchestral halls in Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam and Boston in a bid to provide aural warmth and clarity; the result of his endeavors is a virtually perfect acoustic that works almost as well for amplified events as for orchestral performances. The hall is the home of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Master Chorale, but the schedule is surprisingly varied throughout the year. The complex also includes the 250-seat Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre, a gallery and a roof garden. For tours of the building, call 213-972-4399, or see online for a schedule.

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Venue name: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Contact:
Address: 111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles
90012
Opening hours: Box office noon-6pm Tue-Sun
Price: Tickets $25-$175; parking $9
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Eric L
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Architecture, music, garden, and bargain-hunter fans alike will love the Walt Disney Concert Hall for its impressive, steel beauty amidst bustling downtown Los Angeles. First and foremost, the tours are FREE. Did you hear me? FREE! You'll have a hard time finding that anywhere else in Los Angeles if seeking a similar daytime activity. My recommendation is to check the website's calendar for tour times (they usually only do them once a day) and then just show up. Unfortunately and fortunately, the WDCH is not bursting at the seams with tourists so no reservation will be necessary.


If you consider yourself a sponge for knowledge and enjoy learning about how buildings (and their surroundings) came to be, the amount of information packed into this small tour will surely satisfy. I visited the WDCH last year and still recall tidbits about the interior layout, carpet, acoustics, the unique organ's construction, stainless steel exterior, fountains, and downtown LA architecture. Frank Gehry is a creative genius! Also, the tour is the perfect length - you won't be bored to tears nor will you feel jipped out of your [$0] donation.


The one downside, regarding tours, is a likely inability to view the inside of the concert hall itself. Unless you pay to attend a show, rehearsals are very likely to be occurring during your tour, which is a bummer.


Lastly, musicians and music fans, heed my advice: the gift shop is incredible. I was tempted to buy one of everything because there are tons of unique music-related gifts that I haven't quite seen anywhere else.


If not for a concert, visit Walt Disney Concert Hall for the free tour and expand your mind. Do it!

Erick R

Los Angeles has a lot of things to be proud of, but having a world-renowned architectural masterpiece by none other than Frank Gehry should be at the top of the list.  It's a stunning building that sits atop Bunker Hill and is a must-see!

Stephanie C

What's there not to like about Walt Disney Concert Hall? You can grab a drink and some food in the cafeteria before the show, take a stroll in the gardens during intermission and the auditorium itself is absolutely beautiful. One tip I have if you want to go but are on a budget: look for a seat behind the orchestra. You hear the same quality of music and get to watch the conductor's face and the seats are usually cheaper. 

Kate W
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WDCH hosts some amazing shows, and I've been lucky enough to see the likes of Fiona Apple, Arlo Guthrie and more inside its walls. But what I really love about this building are the walls themselves. It's one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and walking around its exterior, getting lost in its outside corridors and stumbling upon its hidden Blue Ribbon Garden are lovely ways to pass a free hour Downtown. You'll most definitely see photo shoots happening here (professional or otherwise), and would be wise to snap a few shots of your own.