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Listen to Vincent Price host Disney-MGM’s Sorcery In The Sky fireworks show

Long before the giant Mickey sorcerer’s hat sat in front of Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s reproduction of the Chinese Theater, a giant inflatable sorcerer Mickey once rose above the building nightly. The park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, “Sorcery In The Sky,” ran from 1990 to 1997, but this version, narrated by Vincent Price, was only used until the horror film icon’s death in 1993. Besides the giant Mickey, fireworks were also launched off of  ...

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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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Listen to the ultra-rare 1994 Alien Encounter soft-opening version

Originally intended to debut at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland makeover, delays and Imagineer infighting over the appropriateness of a truly frightening attraction in a Castle park pushed the project back several years. It was finally installed at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, allegedly without the benefit of the typical full-scale mockup and run-throughs in a WDI warehouse to shake out the bugs and make story revisions before it was introduced to guests. The show debuted in  ...

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Music from the Village, a fan-created Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort area loop

When the Polynesian Village opened at Walt Disney World in 1971, it had no piped-in music to help set the mood. According to Disney historian FoxxFur of the website Passport to Dreams Old and New, speakers were first installed on the grounds in the bottom of newly-cast reproductions of Rolly Crump’s tikis from Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room pre-show two or three years later. Since then, speakers have been placed thought the resort (both inside and out) and an ever-changing soundtrack has  ...

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