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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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WDIdolatry: Monkeying Around With The Jungle Cruise

This article is part of ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn’t ultimately get a job at WDI, I have a very fulfilling career and use many of the skills that I developed during these creative  ...

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WDIdolatry: A Carousel of Progress 4th Act set in the 1980s

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn’t ultimately get a job at WDI, I have a very fulfilling career and use many of the skills that I developed during these  ...

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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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