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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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Listen to the EPCOT Center entrance plaza loop from 1982

EPCOT Center was an amazingly ambitious project. Not only was Disney creating a brand-new theme park with state-of-the-art attractions and the infrastructure to support it, they also went out of their way to sweat the details to a standard far beyond expectations. Need a font for signs? Hire a typographer to create a custom font for the park. Need audio sweeting for the areas around pavilions? Forget stock music — write, orchestrate and produce hours of original songs customized for each  ...

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