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Listen to the 1990s Adventureland Entrance Area Loop

This is one of the most well-known and well-documented music loops in The Magic Kingdom’s History. It is, quite literally, the entire contents of the The Balafon Marimba Ensemble’s self-titled 1990 album played in order from start to finish. Prevailing thought is that this music was brought to the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland via its inclusion at EuroDisney’s Adventureland (now known as Disneyland Paris). This recording was made in a garden speaker between The  ...

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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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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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