People don’t always play piano, but when they do, they prefer the Yamaha YUS1 in the Disneyland Refreshment Corner. It is the most played piano in the world.
Or, it’s at least one of the most played. The particular Polished White 48” upright YUS1 ($14,999 MSRP) sitting on a platform outside on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. has been played day and night, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for more than five years.
As reported in a recent piece in the Orange County Register, Yamaha furnishes the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California with all of its musical instruments, including grand, upright and digital pianos.
None sees more action than the Refreshment Corner YUS1, where a staff of pianists in ragtime garb entertain the fluctuating masses along a main thoroughfare of the park. The players are known for their ragtime chops, but also play Disney standards like “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid (which was the “Let It Go” from Frozen of 25 years ago), as well as occasional requests and even duets with capable passersby.
Constant use and exposure to outdoor elements like humidity demand that the piano be serviced regularly… and quickly. Yamaha also supplies the park with spare parts, and David Durben, a Yamaha piano service specialist told the Register that Disneyland technicians can swap out a whole key set in just minutes.
Other non-emergencies, like the wool felt hammers gaining moisture weight from extreme humidity, simply force the players to adjust on the spot.
Check out the video for some seemingly effortless ragtime playing and more from Durben on the toughness of the YUS1 upright.