Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar at Disney’s Boardwalk. If you are like me, you probably have walked by Jellyrolls countless times but have never gone in. Well, I finally ventured inside! I’m here to tell you why you should finally plan on a night at Jellyrolls during your next Disney Vacation!
What’s Inside Jellyrolls?
All may be quiet on Disney’s Boardwalk, but don’t be fooled. On this quiet evening, it was standing room only inside Jellyrolls! Doors open at 7pm, and the music starts at 8pm. Jellyrolls is strictly for adults ages 21 and older, so be prepared to show ID. Also be prepared for a cover charge of $12. This can be paid by cash or credit card, but not with your Magic Band. (You can, however, use your Magic Band to pay for beverages.)
Once inside, get a beverage at the bar or grab a table if one is available. We enjoyed a drink while standing near the side of the stage, and a front row table for two quickly opened up. There is no drink minimum. But, if you are not ordering, you may be asked to leave a table for those who are.
Jellyrolls does not serve food, but you will be provided a basket of free popcorn at your table! It was a great snack with my blue screwdriver! There is a wide range of beers, mixed drinks and a full bar.
All About the Music at Jellyrolls
But the main attraction at Jellyrolls is the music! The stage features two baby grand pianos. The musicians take requests all night long. Although dueling piano bars started as a competition in the late 1800s, these performers work together. Their piano skills and range are simply amazing. They can play virtually any popular song from the last fifty years. In one evening, we heard everything from the Beatles to Taylor Swift, Jimmy Buffet to Jay Z. We heard country music, classic rock, pop, R&B and rap. I was really blown away by these talented performers. They play all the music on the spot from memory and know all the words! Each hour, two new musicians join the stage to form a quartet for a song or two. They then relieve the current performers at the pianos for the next hour before they rotate once again.
Although this is an adult only venue, this is still Disney. Some of the songs are definitely for adults (“Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” for example), but the scene never becomes raunchy as I’ve experienced in other piano bars. There is no dance floor, but many still get up and dance near the stage. Just don’t linger on the stage after making a request, or you will be moved along by friendly security.
Request a Song at Jellyrolls
The audience sings along as the musicians play “Don’t Stop Believing” and of course Billy Joel’s iconic “Piano Man!” Have a request? Write it down on a cocktail napkin and place it on the nearby piano along with some cash. Bigger bills will get quicker attention! Let the musicians know you are celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party, or any other event, and you may get a special shout out or song directed at you. Occasionally, guests will provide a $100 tip for an important or unusual request! Scotty Kilwein was my favorite performer of the night! His harmonies with Michael, Matt and Rob were unexpected. Scotty’s performances of a Disney melody and Kermit the Frog’s signature song, “The Rainbow Connection” were fun twists you would only hear at a piano bar at Disney!
So, it’s time to stop walking by Jellyrolls. Time to stop saying you wish you had time to visit. Let the kids enjoy a night at the Sandcastle Club at the nearby Disney’s Beach Club Resort or the children’s activity center at another resort. Come join us at Jellyrolls!