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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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Hear the original version of Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean was a last-minute addition to the Magic Kingdom, which was supposed to receive a brand-new Marc Davis-designed attraction named “Western River Expedition” in its place. The oft-told story is that guest demand for Pirates, which was a smash-hit at Disneyland, forced Walt Disney World management to put off indefinitely the construction of Western River and in its place a shortened, non-competing version of Pirates was tacked onto Adventureland in a new  ...

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