Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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  • What is the Walt Disney Concert Hall?
  • Architecture
  • Concert tickets
  • Concert times
  • Restaurant at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Guided tours
  • Where is it and how to get there
  • History and curiosity
  • The organ

[vc_row] [vc_column] [vc_column_text] Located in the heart of Los Angeles, within easy reach of some of the most famous film studios in the world, il Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a building that deserves more than a cursory visit.

What is the Walt Disney Concert Hall?

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most famous theaters not only in California and the United States, but in the whole world, and one of the cultural hubs of the city of Los Angeles. Built thanks to an initial donation of Lillian Disney, owes its fame to the innovative line given to it by the famous architect Frank Gehry.


As we have said, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, who, in the design and construction stages, applied not only his deconstructivist view, creating that vision in steel that has the air of a series of unfurled sails and cannot do anything else to capture the attention of anyone who sees it.

The deconstructivism so dear to the architect is clearly expressed in the four different bodies of the theater, each of which has its own entrance, and in the choice not to build any main entrance, but four distinct entrances.

The exteriors

Let's talk about the outside. As we have said, the external appearance of the building gives the impression of being in front of unfurled sails, which, in Gehry's imagination, recall the curved lines of the auditorium and those of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to create a connection between the old and the new Los Angeles.

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a theater built in the mid-60s, which is part of the Music Center and, until 2003, when the Walt Disney Concert Hall opened its doors, was the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic .

Given the success achieved with the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Gehry decided to change the initial project, which involved a stone cladding, and to clad with metal plates also the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.


The interiors are spacious and full of light. In the auditorium, boxes and balconies and proscenium have been eliminated, to erase not only the social differences between the public, but also that ideal wall that is created between the artists and those who attend the shows.

The park

Nearby the Walt Disney Concert Hall also stands a public park, frequented by those who attend the shows, where there is a large rose-shaped fountain, "A Rose for Lilly”, Dedicated to Lillian Disney, the benefactress who strongly wanted this theater.

Concert tickets

Tickets for the concerts held at the Disney Concert Hall can be purchased directly from here

The cost varies according to the type of show you want to attend.

Concert times

Usually, the evening concerts held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall start at 8pm and last approximately two hours.

What time to arrive?

It is advisable to arrive at least half an hour before the scheduled time for the start of the concert. Even an hour if it's your first visit.

If you want to attend the pre - show Upbeat Live, you must arrive even more than an hour before.

What is Upbeat live? It is an appointment that is held in the BP Hall, during which the music they will listen to during the show is illustrated and explained to the public.

Restaurant at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

If before a show or after your visit to the Walt Disney Concert Hall you want to indulge in a lunch, dinner or snack, you can do it in one of its premises.

Patina Restaurant

Discover all the refinement of the dishes created by chef Joachim Splichal for the Patina starred restaurant in its exclusive location inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, to give you a promising start to the evening before attending the show.

Walt Disney Concert Hall Cafe

If you prefer to choose a more informal place for your meal, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Café with its menu, which includes salads, sandwiches, dishes with cheese and homemade biscuits, is the place for you.

Intermission Bar

During breaks from the shows, you can enjoy a drink or snack at the Walt Disney Concert Hall bar.

Guided tours

Don't have time to attend a concert or are you curious to learn more about this fantastic building created by one of the most famous architects in the world? Then you can take part in one Walt Disney Concert Hall guided tour.

Apart from the auditorium, which is always used and therefore is almost never part of the guided tour, starting from the Grand Lobby, it is possible to go around the theater accompanied by an expert guide, who will illustrate its characteristics and tell interesting anecdotes to those who will take part in the guided tour.

Individual visit or for groups of up to 14 people:

  • participation
  • Available on the days indicated in the calendar found on the Los Angeles Philharmonic website at 12pm and 00pm
  • Duration: about 60 minutes

Guided tour for groups of more than 15 people

  • $ 15,00
  • available on the days indicated in the calendar from 9:00 to 15:00
  • Duration: about 60 minutes
  • reservation required

Where is it and how to get there

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue.

To reach it you can use both the car and public transport, even if the car is definitely the fastest way.

Here's how to get to the theater:

with the meter

To reach the theater by Metro, you have to take a train from red or purple lines and get off at the station Civic Center/ Grand Park.

Con i bus

If you are coming from the Hollywood area, the best lines to get to the Walt Disney Concert Hall are 210 and 14.

If you're coming from Downtown, you'll need to use the line 60.

History and curiosity

When looking for information about Los Angeles and reading guides about it, you often come across photographs that portray this imposing building with a decidedly curious line.

But how did the idea of ​​building this brilliant structure, which gave a new face to the city of Los Angeles, come about?

Walt Disney Concert Hall: the story

Contrary to what you might think if you don't know the history of the city well, you can imagine that the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a historic building, dating back to at least the 60s. In fact, it was inaugurated only in the 2003.

This fantastic structure, which is part of the larger complex of the Music Center, was strongly desired by Walt Disney's widow, Lillian Disney, who, around the end of the 80s, decided to donate $ 50 million to build a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The works began under the guidance of the famous architect Frank Gehry, which was chosen by a commission to carry out the project.

Costs, however, continued to soar, and soon exceeded the amount donated by Lilly Disney. In 1997, the building seemed destined to remain a steel skeleton. It was only thanks to the intervention of the mayor of the city who, first of all, donated funds for the continuation of the works, that it was possible to collect the amount necessary to complete the work.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall was inaugurated in 2003.

Lillian Disney's idea

For the widow of the famous Walt Disney, this theater should have become one of the most famous and well-known in the world, a special gift for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who also had the task of keeping alive and celebrating the memory of her husband.

Gehry's vision

For Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall should have become a meeting place, a "living room of the city"Where people had the opportunity to be together and feel at ease.

Never forgetting the decisive role played by Lillian Disney in the birth of the theater, the architect has inserted inside the building many elements dedicated to her, or that would have met her taste.

The organ

I don't know if you know, but the Walt Disney Concert Hall is equipped with one of the most beautiful and curious organ in the world which, due to its particular shape, is often called by the name of "French Fries" (chips).

It was Gehry himself who designed it, enlisting the help of the famous organ builder Manuel J. Rosales and is made up of ben 6.134 items. [/ Vc_column_text] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]

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