I just got back from three days Disneyland Resort Paris. I asked a Cast Member if the song was going to be released on CD, and she told me it will be available at the end of this month. The new "Merci from Disneyland Paris" celebrating the 10th Anniversary is indeed great. Way better than the 5th Anniversary song (The Year to Be Here).
Yep - the CD (it seems a single) should be out in two weeks time (if not earlier) - at least according to an interview by a manager of Merchaindising. As I wrote before it will be the first of two upcoming CDs, the second one being a full length CD with music from the WDS which should become available in late spring.
But to be honest: is the new birthday song really that good? I'm not sure - it starts really nice but the whole "party, party"-segment seems a bit overdone to me. But then I must admit that I had a lot of fun listening to it and I guess played on a stereo at home with the lyrics hopefully easier to understand it should be quiet some fun.
-Wonderful World of Disney Parade: a single with the song of the parade - really great, get if you can, a must buy
-Disney's Imaginations Parade: a single with the song of the already replaced parade - really good but topped by the song of the WWoD Parade, still something I would recommend
-Main Street Electrical Parade: a single with the usual 5 minute remix just with the French introduction, CD also includes the fireworks soundtrack - while there is no need for the MSEP track (if you are not a MSEP collector) the fireworks music is really a dream come true based completely on stuff from Peter Pan, a sure must buy!
-Noel: a single with the parade music of the christmas parade - hmmm nice music but only new recordings of the classic Nutcracker suite, so I guess this is a CD you do not have to buy especially as you never saw the parade; the judgment would be for a "buy" if you love classical music and maybe even the Nutcracker piece as the new recording of the suite is really unique just by teh fact how they made it dancable for a parade. This single could be harder to find, look into the shop on the right inside the castle if it is out of stock in the other stores.
-Halloween: this single has the song of the Halloween Festival of DLP - don't miss this one even if you never saw the festival this hummable song is really catchy, you will love it (this CD may be hard to find as most copies go back into storage after the Halloween Festival but with a bit of luck you may get it in the Kodak Photo shop or the Book Store opposite of it)
-Une Journee a Disneyland Paris - a full length CD (blue cover) with music from the Disneyland Park, mostly instrumental background music plus some great stuff from the parade. A must buy as it recreates the atmosphere of the park as no other CD. This one does also include the complete fireworks soundtrack, the five-.minute-mix of the MSEP and the song of the Wonderful World of Disney Parade, so if you are not a collector of DLP-CDs (and do not have to have the instrumental version of the WWoD-Parade-Song) you can cross the two according singles off your shopping list if you get this CD which I would recommend as a must-buy.
-Frontierland en musique - a full length CD with instrumental music from Frontierland. WOW you will love this one too, not only because it has a track with most of the instrumental music heard at Phantom Manor (=Haunted Mansion) and some backgrund music stuff (which is really neat) plus some country songs, no because it has the complete soundtrack of the show Mickey's Winter Wonderland (which unfortunately you will miss during your visit as it closes for the season the 24th of March), still the soundtrack of it is really great fun for the whole family with a mix of original songs and some country stuff. It also has the Halloween-song on it (the single mentioned above can be crossed off the shopping list if you don't need an instrumental version or the soundeffect of witches giggling which is only on the single). Another must-buy (I know I have listed quiet a few already...)
-Noel a Disneyland Paris: full length CD with white cover. This one was sold out but some copies pop up now and then in teh christmas shop in the castle, the Kodak shop or the Book store, so try your luck. It has the complete christmas parade (as the single mentioned above), a few songs from Mickey's Winter Wonderland and the complete soundtrack of the christmas show "Teh Night Before Christmas" with Mickey; overall a nice addition to a collection as some of the songs are really neat but not a must buy - if you are not a fan of the christmas MSEP as this CD is also the only one which includes a 5-minute-mix with the christmas-soundtrack of the MSEP.
-En Scene S'Il Vou Plais (or similar - I don't speak French so my spelling might be wrong): this is the soundtrack of the show of the same name that played till a few years ago in the summer in the Fantasy Festival Stage; the CDs are still from 1997 (having the 5th Anniversary logo on it) and include the complete soundtrack with vocals and an insturmental version for a kind of karaoke; the show has the usual pseudo-pop-renditions of famous Disney-tunes sung by the fab five and some other Disney characters. I would call this collectors stuff but there are quiet a few fans of CDs as this one.
-The Music of the Parades (well the title is in French but very similar): this full length CD has the complete soundtracks of the Wonderful World of Disney Parade, Disney's ImagiNations Parade, the MSEP and the Christmas Parade. If you get this one you don't need the according singles mentioned above (as long as you are not looking into the instrumental versions of the songs which are exclusive to the singles but which are just the music without the lyrics anyway). The Wonderful World of Disney Parade on this CD does not feature the new Anniversary Song which you will hear when the parade stops. Instead it does have the instrumental scores that were originally created for each float of the parade (including those no longer used) and played during the stop. These pieces are really great works of art every fan of Disney music will love (basically the instrumentals are based on the songs / scores of the movies depicted by the floats). The soundtrack of the ImagiNations Parade has the song and the instrumental music originally created to be played when the parade stopped, so there is an instrumental track for each continent incorporating famous Disney tuens connected to the continent and music / melodies from different sources connected to the continent. On top of that there is again the Nutcracker soundtrack for the christmas parade and finally also the complete soundtrack of the MSEP at DLP in a mix very similar to the listening experience guests actually have. So definitely a must-have. You may have to look a bit longer for the CD but it should be available at the book store.
These are all DLP-specific CDs available right now but with a bit of luck the new single with the anniversary song should be available already too.
Thanks for the information, Dirk. Looks like I'll be spending a lot of money on music at DLP.
From the looks of it, most of the stuff is instrumental. Are there any songs (vocal) from the attractions there (i.e. Pirates of the Carribean, Small World)? I assume if there are that they are in French?
Besides the vocal stuff from the parades and the shows (as included in my earlier post) it is quiet difficult to get some songs from DLP as most stuff not from shows and parades released so far was just instrumental.
There was a single for "It's A Small World" with the usual mix of different lanuages as heared in the attraction but I don't know wether it is still available (you may have luck so - this single also included a modern pop-version of the song used in a show).
Besides that on the "Une Journee a Disneyland Paris"-CD there is the english version of "Yo Ho" from PotC as heared in the attraction (it is English not French). The track "Small World Medley" on the same CD is the same as on the single mentioned above and while it starts with the rendition of the song in French it moves on to different languages (including English) afterwards. It is actually taken of the attraction's musica loop which was rerecorded especially for Paris in 1992.
But as far as I can remember that is everything as far as releases of actual songs from attractions are concerned in DLP, but then one should keep in mind that the park uses by far less songs in attractions then the US-parks did in the past (something that might be due to the language barrier problem too which is hard to overcome in the shows and parades already from which plenty of songs have been released).