In anticipation of the April release of the UPDATED Official Albums, I figured I'd give you a little background on the Official Album concept itself. Though Disneyland had been in operation since 1955, and Walt Disney World since 1971, the first Official Album didn't debut until 1980 (obviously, this does not include "Walt Disney Takes You to Disneyland" or the latter "A Day at Disneyland" as they did not include actual audio from The Park). Entitled: "The Official Album of Disneyland and Walt Disney World", it was a standard 12" vinyl disc. The content consisted of short audio clips from the major attractions in both parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom). In 1983 another 12" vinyl disc titled "Official Album of EPCOT Center" debuted featuring material only from the new park. Both these albums remained unchanged until 1988 when the first CD was released in which both albums were combined into one product — the "Official Album of Disneyland / Walt Disney World and EPCOT Center". The only changes (over the previous releases) were the addition of the pre-opening versions of the Disneyland Splash Mountain songs and the removal of the EPCOT "Main Entrance Medley" and "The Computer Song". This CD has been considered by many to be the "Holy Grail" of Official Albums. Again, this disc remained unchanged (outside of several cover changes) for nearly 9 years. Then, with the closure of several of EPCOT's Future World attractions, those related tracks were removed from the album without replacement. Again, that particular album (the "Official Album of Disneyland and Walt Disney World") remained unchanged until the mid-to-late 1990s — despite the addition of new attractions to all three parks, as well as the opening of Disney/MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios). In 1998, while Disneyland was still represented by the previous "Official Album of Disneyland and Walt Disney World", Walt Disney World received its first solo album which contained the same tracks only with Classic Soundtrack recordings included to represent The Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland attractions and several other non-park tracks. Some of you older Forum Members had extremely strong opinions about this release. 1999 is when I first began my work on the Official Albums. Disneyland was still using the previous album and only Walt Disney World was to be updated. I was able to expand many of the main attraction scores from 1 minute clips to full musical experiences. In an effort to make the album more up-to-date, I began clearing tracks from attractions that had been overlooked or had been added to the parks in the previous 10 years. However, I couldn't add these tracks all at once, so every new release saw the addition of a few new tracks to catch up to the current roster of attractions. Disneyland finally received its own album (The Disneyland Official Album) in 2001 with the opening of Disney's California Adventure (which also received its own album). Both of these releases remained unchanged until 2005 with advent of Disneyland's 50th Celebration. It was for this event that I was first able to get both Disneyland and Walt Disney World expanded into 2-disc sets. However, as part of the 50th, I purposefully chose to include tracks that were from extinct attractions to fit in with the historic aspect of the celebration. It was a ploy that allowed me to establish a 2-disc format that I could carry forward. The Official Albums in 2006 (Disneyland's "Remember the Moments" and Walt Disney World's "Where Magic Lives") were the first true 2-disc standard Official Albums. Over the last 8 years, I've added over 50 new tracks as well as the expand many of the Classics like "Yo Ho", "Grim Grinning Ghosts", and "It's a Small World". We've gone from a single 15 track CD representing both resorts (1998 release), to two 2-disc sets representing each resort individually with up to 30 or more tracks per set. In all this time of new and/or expanded tracks, only 1 has remained the same since its debut in 1983. I am happy to say that this next release has a new version of that track as well. So, with this new element, every single track has now been completely redone, or replaced. We've all become accustomed to a cluster of new tracks almost every year. It was unprecedented growth, and unlikely to happen again. It is more than possible an Updated Album will not be released every year. For those who may think this is a bad thing, please keep in mind that when one door closes, another one opens. From my vantage point, I can see the future. It's a bit blurry, but it looks pretty good from here. I really can't say any more than that at the moment. You guys have always been a great resource for me while working on these albums and I genuinely appreciate your devotion and passion. Many, many thanks! Randy Thornton As I mentioned in a previous post, I'll give you more detail on what's in store for the new updated albums at the end of March.