What Takes You There?


Club 33

Playlist Author
You know, I have a LOT of Disney theme park music on my computer. From hours of official albums, to recordings, rips and reconstructions of everything from the Main Street area music to the sound that plays when you enter the turnstiles (first AND second times). I even have some great, very realistic binaural recordings I've made of rides and attractions.

But you know, despite all of it- most of the music in my collection doesn't really give me that feeling- that sort of deep down giddy energy of being in a Disney theme park. That feeling that really, genuinely takes you there.

It's been my experiences that most people have one or two pieces of music in particular that elicit that kind of feeling. For me two in particular come to mind:

~Zip A Dee Doo Dah from the Splash Mountain / Critter Country area music (I remember playing this one to death on my old Disneyland Forever CD many years ago).
~The Innoventions Area Music from Epcot (I remember during a boring-as-heck IT job I had a couple years back which literally had me in an all-white downstairs computer room, by myself, all day, I would just play that music on my iPod on repeat).

So that's mine. What's yours?
 

eyore

DLRP explorer
Premium Member
Playlist Author
Mine's an odd list and maybe unexpected.
The first no longer runs - MSEP.
I still get a "rush" when I hear those opening sounds.
The same thing happens for "the magnificent 7". I'll explain. In DLRP that plays on the train just as you come out of the tunnel opposite BTMR and you see the river and (usually) the Mark Twain or the Molly Brown passing by (sigh).
Every time I hear the music I'm back there :(
Possibly the most evocative sound is the Pirate Cove loop.
I seem to have dozens of video shots of people just walking by with that playing in the background which I have taken sitting in one particular spot on a low wall surrounded by bamboo. I could live there :)
Oh gosh, I wish I was there now, I've gone all giddy just thinking about it
 

Horizons

Playlist Author
This is a tough question. I guess before moving to the area, I would say these tracks usually took me back and made me wish I was at the park.
  • Future World/Innoventions Plaza area music
  • New age Tomorrowland area music (I can remember sitting on the TTA as Behind the Waterfall played, wishing I could move here).
  • Tower of Terror area music
 

Club 33

Playlist Author
Come to think of it, I did miss one: my recordings of Mission: Space. I literally get nauseous just listening to them. Literally.
 

SeaCastle

Playlist Author
Walt Disney World
* Innoventions Loop (Surprise, surprise. Actually, this loop was the reason I found Rodentsections)
* Frontierland Area Music and Sound Effects (All of it, specifically BTMRR)
* Present Tomorrowland Music
* Reflections of Earth
* International Gateway BGM
* Main Street, USA BGM
* Even though I've yet to find a recording of it, the sounds of Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, and Crescent Lake (The water taxis blowing their horns in the distance, the sound of the fireworks, speedboats rushing by)
* Though I've never been on it, audio from Horizons strikes an intangible, whether its the BGM, the load music, or the Early Inventions and Jules Verne music.
* The "Pirates Overture" you hear just as you get inside the boats.
* The sound of the Thunderbirds flying over the desert in Soarin'
* Joe Dursh Monorail Narration

Disneyland
* Space Mountain Ride-Through
* The sound of gunshots from the Jungle Cruise while walking down Main Street
* Toy Story Midway Mania music
* The music playing as you're in Sunshine Plaza of DCA, as well as the music that plays at the Hollywood Backlot
* Disneyland Railroad Narration
* Indiana Jones Attraction Audio

That's all I can think of for now... :)
 

mmmfan

Member
Epcot-Future World-Innoventions Plaza Music.
World Showcase-France Area loop.
Studios-Outside-Chinese Theater Area loop,Inside-Great Movie Ride-Queue-"Coming Attractions".
Magic Kingdom-Liberty Square Area loop early in the morning.
Outside WDW-Jack Wagner's narration on the airport shuttle.
Here's an article related to this topic:
http://www.mouseplanet.com/mike/ms040319.htm
I believe these sounds take us to "the disney zone". :)
 

SeaCastle

Playlist Author
Is the exterior GMR loop the one thx99 reconstructed and made a playlist from or was that the interior one?
 

Horizons

Playlist Author
Is the exterior GMR loop the one thx99 reconstructed and made a playlist from or was that the interior one?
If I remember correctly, his was the older loop and doesn't start at the right point. The newer loop, however, is the same with the addition of two songs.

(99% of the playlist credit goes to thx99 anyway)
 

SeaCastle

Playlist Author
If I remember correctly, his was the older loop and doesn't start at the right point. The newer loop, however, is the same with the addition of two songs.

(99% of the playlist credit goes to thx99 anyway)

So is the loop the exterior or interior one?
 

monorail91

Member
For me, it's one of the first tracks in the Main Street, USA loop - the one with the xylophone playing the melody.

Also, pretty much any of the Paradise Pier songs.
 

BLM07

Member
I think live recordings can give you that feeling of "being there." I'll come back when I think of one in specific.

Walking around the parking lot and hearing a slight rumbling sound, knowing the monorail is about to go by.

MK: Coming off of the monorail, walking down the path, hearing the train whistle and entrance music, walking past the attraction posters.

For extinct attractions, certainly Horizons. If it's a short video online, even if I watch for just a few seconds, how can I describe the feeling? All I can say is that it brings back fuzzy memories of a place long gone.
 

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