The haunting Walt Disney World theme


wedroy1923

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Hey everyone,

I was just rereading Michael Lee's write up about the Walt Disney Story on his website, Widen Your World. He mentions that Buddy Baker scored the soundtrack, which included Baker's "haunting WDW theme" that was "used often during the resort's first ten years."

Does anyone remember this theme? Have information about it? Where else it might have been used? I am trying to remember the soundtrack to the Walt Disney Story, but it has been many years since I have seen it (I still miss that attraction and think it was a crime to remove it).

Thanks in advance for any information!

wedroy1923
 
YES! YES! I love that music too! Here's what I know about it--it's not much, but maybe there are some leads.

I know that the tune is included on the "A Dream Called Walt Disney World" film (1980), where it is credited as being the "Dream Called WDW Theme."

It was also featured in "The Walt Disney Story," which premeired in 1973.

And, I'm pretty sure I heard a few bars of it in, believe it or not, the Disneyland USA dvd. (I'm not sure where, so don't hold me to that. If I hear it again, I'll comfirm it.)

It is haunting, and it is beautiful. It's another great WDW detail that has been lost in time due to the ignorance of a couple of ex-DisneyStore managers-turned-entertainment-experts.

Let me know what you find!

Jeff in NY
 

Andre

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You do know that The Walt Disney Story is available on DVD now, don't you? It's a bonus item on the current WDW souvenir DVD. It's in widescreen too (not quite wide enough, judging by some of the framing - but better than the dreadful VHS framing that was around before).

Andre
 

Scott

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It is haunting, and it is beautiful. It's another great WDW detail that has been lost in time due to the ignorance of a couple of ex-DisneyStore managers-turned-entertainment-experts.
Whoa, wait a sec...the original post said that this tune was "used often during the resort's first ten years". That means it was being phased out by the early 80s--before Eisner even showed up, and long before any of the management changes you allude to.

I know we all have our favorite villains, but let's not *always* jump to conclusions...
 

wedroy1923

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Andre,

I was aware that the Walt Disney Story was available on DVD, but my understanding was that, as you mentioned, it still isn't the correct aspect ratio and the original introduction to the film is not included.

At this point, I am not sure that I am willing to spend the money on the DVD. Maybe the third time will be the charm, and the next time this film is released it will have the original aspect ratio and the original introduction that I long for!

wedroy1923
 

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