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Walt Disney Concert Hall: A Symphony of Art and Architecture

At Hotel Figueroa, we believe the magic of Los Angeles can be found in the captivating attractions and cultural landmarks that speak of LA’s special history. One of the landmarks we admire most is none other than Walt Disney Concert Hall. As home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, it is a world-class music venue and architectural masterpiece. As you immerse yourself in the vast creativity in and around Hotel Figueroa, we hope you’ll use this guide and take your discovery further to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Get to Know the Venue

Walt Disney Concert Hall has a distinctive appearance that is internationally known and treasured in the realm of architecture. The building’s innovative design can be credited to visionary architect, Frank Gehry, and is a breathtaking sight to take in. In Gehry’s planning, he said he envisioned the building would be “a living room for the city” where the art of music could be accessible to all. Today, the building is a living testament to the city’s continual creativity.

The 3.6-acre expanse displays an array of unique design features such as stainless steel curves on the exterior and a hardwood-paneled main auditorium. With a tasteful facade and state-of-the-art acoustics, the venue delivers an incomparable experience for all who visit.

Music Performances

As home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, one of the most illustrious and sought-after orchestras across the globe, the venue offers visitors plenty of breathtaking performances to enjoy. Beyond the orchestra’s programming, many global talents grace the stage, exploring genres such as classical, contemporary, and jazz. As you plan to visit the venue, check out the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s event calendar and immerse yourself in the acoustics of this prized attraction.

Art and Exhibitions

Once you walk into Walt Disney Concert Hall, prepare to be taken aback by not only the beauty of the building or the caliber of the talent but also by the artistic elements found inside. The venue has temporary and ongoing art exhibits to enjoy, providing a sense of inspiration throughout its spaces. For an up-close look at the exhibitions and the expanse of the venue, consider taking a self-guided tour, so you can explore at your own pace. For LA Phil Insiders, the venue has guided tours that touch on many different musical themes and experiences.

Beyond the Music

One of the best ways to dive deep into the music at Walt Disney Concert Hall is by attending a pre- or post-concert event. Insight events are specifically geared toward reflecting on concert themes and the LA Phil’s work through panel discussions, live podcast recordings, and more. In a similar fashion, Upbeat Live events offer an in-depth look at the music being performed before a concert, with key speakers and guest musicians leading the guided tours. Walt Disney Concert Hall also offers many festivals, panel discussions, lectures, and educational workshops throughout the year.

If you want to toast to the music, Drinks in the Garden gives guests the chance to revel in the beauty of the venue’s rooftop, while sipping on a tasty drink. This spectacular event takes place on Fridays and gives visitors the chance to check out the iconic fountain, “A Rose for Lily,” designed by Frank Gehry.

Tips for Visiting

You can find Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Hours of operation vary on concert nights, but guests can call the venue at (323)850-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for any questions regarding ticketing and tours. For the box office specifically, hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with some exceptions.

For those looking to save on Walt Disney Concert Hall tickets, the venue offers a Create Your Own Package option where you can save on a bundle of three or more concerts. Alternatively, you can also buy a Subscription Package which gives you discounted ticket fees, early access to premium seating, a monthly payment plan, and other convenient perks.

Tickets can be bought in person at the box office or online for all upcoming events. Once tickets are secured and you’re ready to head to your event, consider arriving 60 minutes before the performance starts to find parking, explore the LA Phil Store, and settle into your seat. If you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in a quick bite or refreshing drink at the Concert Hall Café, one of the intermission bars, or other dining options near the venue. For more information on how to make the most of your visit, consider checking out the Walt Disney Concert Hall venue guide.

Discover Downtown LA

Whether it’s before or after a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the venue is surrounded by a diverse offering of popular attractions and tasteful dining options to discover. After exploring the best of Walt Disney Concert Hall and downtown LA, come and unwind at Hotel Figueroa, where the creative spirit of LA permeates every resting space and room. Our downtown L.A. hotel is located about a mile away from the venue, making it a convenient stay for your downtown adventures.

Let the Music Play

Withstanding the test of time, Walt Disney Concert Hall has proven to be a cultural treasure in Los Angeles. Much more than a performance venue, the space is a host to the world’s biggest talents, thought-provoking performances, and mesmerizing design. As it continues to shape culture in the City of Angels, we hope it will shape unforgettable memories for your LA stay. At Hotel Figueroa, we can’t wait to host you and your desire for LA’s one-of-a-kind creativity.