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Listen to Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks & Spectromagic background from 1995

Fantasy in the Sky was presented in one form on another in the the Magic Kingdom from opening day until October of 2003. A newer version of it occasionally plays on special occasions like New Year’s Eve. Spectromagic was the beloved replacement for the Main Street Electrical Parade, which we were told was going to go away forever but somehow came back. Spectromagic had some unique touches (the Chernabog unit from Fantasia was cool), but growing up with the original Electric Parade and  ...

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Listen to the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror area loop from 1995

When the Tower of Terror opened in 1994, it was truly spectacular. While the Magic Kingdom was in the mode of shutting down classic attractions (all of Tomorrowland, The Main Street Electrical Parade, The Walt Disney Story) Disney-MGM Studios was in a era of rapid expansion. The attraction was hyped to be the park’s crown jewel and it more than lived up to the hype when it opened in July of 1994.

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Listen to Michael Iceberg at the Galaxy Palace Theater from 1995

“Michael Iceberg and the Iceberg Machine.” I paused for a moment and contemplated those six words printed on a sign outside the Galaxy Palace Theater, which were followed by showtimes. I recognized them, but this was September of 1995 and it had been over a decade since the synthesizer wizard had appeared at the park. I don’t think I’d run as fast into an attraction since Hoot Gibson and I saw the placard stuck at the entrance of Disney-MGM announcing the soft  ...

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Listen to The American Adventure full show recording from 1995

The American Adventure has to be the most ambitious show ever conceived by WED. Imagineer Randy Bright (who wrote quite possibly the best book on Imagineering, “Disneyland: The Inside Story”) crafted an expansive overview of American history. It’s multiple location changes and many characters are magnificently brought to life via a combination of sets, audioanimatronic characters and a giant rear projection screen. By 1982 standards it was a technical triumph, with then  ...

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