Listen to WDW Fantasyland West area music loop from 1994
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Moving into Fantasyland from Liberty Square through the passageway made by the 2nd floor wing of the Columbia Harbour House, you immediately are assaulted by two things: the immediate upward grade and the sound of alpine music.
The average Disney guest probably thinks of the west side of Fantasyland as just being the home of it’s a small world and Peter Pan’s Flight (and now the Tangled bathrooms, I suppose), but if you take a moment to look up and around it’s easy to see that the area is actually dominated by Swiss and German architecture, which is strategically blended into the castle stonework around the attraction entrances. The overall effect was perhaps more apparent back when the Fantasyland Skyway station was in operation, but it only takes a casual glance at the Pinocchio Village Haus (particularly with its classic color scheme) to see the influence.
With the architecture then came the music. Though one might expect a soundtrack of classic Disney movie songs in Fantasyland, here instead are polkas, jodels and schottische. It’s kind of annoying, but like the “Swisskapolka,” hearing 30 seconds of the music has the power to instantly transport the listener back into park.
I admittedly don’t know much about this music, but based on the record scratches, pops, clicks and hiss, I have to presume that this loop was edited together by Jack Wagner, who created all of the Magic Kingdom’s early area loops (and Disneyland’s as well).
This recording was made on December 31, 1994, in the alcove between the Peter Pan’s Flight queue and the adjacent restrooms.
Sony MZ-1 MiniDisc recorder
Radio Shack 33-1089 omni mic
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