Kingdom of Memories

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Listen to the original Tropical Serenade / Sunshine Tree Terrace loop

The Tropical Serenade (a.k.a. The Enchanted Tiki Birds) was a “must-see” during my family’s yearly visits to Walt Disney World in the 1970s. It was my niece (who was a year older than me) who insisted that this be the first attraction we always experienced (I went for the Jungle Cruise as our second). As the years went by, I appreciated the attraction more and more. By the early 1990s, I stumbled across Martin Denny reissue CDs, fell in love with exotica music, and my path  ...

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Take audio trip though Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride & other Fantasyland recordings

Fantasyland at Walt Disney World stayed fairly untouched though the mid-1990s, with attractions receiving modest upgrades for capacity but being otherwise left in their original state. Of course, this all changed with the closure of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and eventually Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But while it existed, it was a wonderful place full of passing aerial trams, flying elephants, and dolls singing about world understanding.

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The Indiana Jones Adventure Audio Press Kit

Back in the 1990s, inviting local radio stations to cover the opening of a new attraction was a standard part of the promotional playbook for Disney. During media week you’d find folding tables strewn around the parks covered by tablecloths with signs displaying each stations’ number and call letters, often with 2 or 3 people furiously preparing or delivering their entire morning show. As part of the promotional package, Disney’s publicity department would prepare audio  ...

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