My Top Tens - Background Music
10 - Fort Wilderness area music. This is the country/folk stuff they play around the trading posts and near the Hoop Dee Doo Review. Reminds me of growing up and spending summers at the Fort.
9 - Magic Kingdom Entrance music. Really, who does love this? It's like the opening track for a lovely show.
8 - EPCOT Germany Pavillion. Tubas, accordians, oh my! Makes me want to grab some lederhosen and dance!
7 - Magic Kingdom Liberty Square. I bet you never thought about the background music played here? Much of the music heard in this area reflects music from the colonial times which was less American music and more ballads and folk songs brought from England and other parts of Europe adapted to the American culture with instruments of the time including violins, fifes, recorders, drums and and flutes. True to Disney form, the music in this area was recorded using only the instruments available during the colonial period.
6 - Polynesian Resort. This music is just fun. I enjoy an evening stroll through the Polynesian resort and hearing the music throughout the resort. The speakers are hidden in nondescript boxes that blend into the bushes and landscaping or disguised as "rocks".
5 - EPCOT Innoventions Plaza. Usually it's so loud with crowds that you don't notice this music too much, but it's there if you stop and listen. It's unique and reflects some of the other attraction music in the park. It's almost like it "glues" together the feel of the entire park. Hard to explain what I mean.
4 - Hollywood Studio Sunset Boulevard. It's 1940 and I just want to dance with my sweetheart all night long before he goes off to war. It's an era dominated by smooth jazz and swing music. Walking down Sunset Blvd, you could almost imagine yourself in Los Angeles in the 1940s. I almost expect to see Clark Gable or Ava Gardner.
3 - Hollywood Studio Entrance Music. What would Hollywood Studio's be like with movie sound tracks? As you walk into the park, past the turnstiles, you can hear music from such movies as Robin Hood, Goldfinger, Chariots of Fire, Ivanhoe, The Magnificent 7, Superman, Towering Inferno, Rocky, and more.
2 - EPCOT - Future World Spaceship Earth Area Loop. It's hard not to be awe of your environment standing under Spaceship Earth. The geodesic structure is like no-other, and a person can feel so small underneath. This music is dramatic and inspirational, just as Spaceship Earth is.
And my number one, all time favorite, background music is.....
1 - Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror. I like the music played in the outside queue so much that I have all the songs in a playlist on my iPod and listen to them nearly everyday. My husband swears I was born in the wrong era. I adore the music from the 1930's and early 40's.
Vera Lynn is my favorite songstress. Vera who? Oh...my....you have to google her and find out for your self! Her voice is amazing. Two songs of hers are featured in the ToT queue line and it just couldn't be more perfect to the atmosphere. Below is a sampling of waht you hear while waiting in the queue line. But it's not just the songs here that make the atmosphere. It's how they are played; like they are off in the distance but you can't pinpoint the direction. Very spooky, especially at night.
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
When the Sun Sets Down South - Nobles Singers
Inside - Fats Waller
Jungle Drums - Sidney Bechet Ken Burns
There's A House - Henry Allen
Sleepy Time Gal - Glenn Miller
Benny Berigan - Can't Get Started
Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
Wishing (Will Make it So) - Vera Lynn
Uptown Blues - Jimmy Lunceford
Remember - Red Norvo
Dear Old Southland - Noble Sissle
Jeep's Blues - Johnny Hodges
Pyramid - Johnny Hodges
Deep Purple - Helen Forrest & Artie Shaw
Another World - Johnny Hodges
Alabamy Home - Duke Ellington
Delta Mood - Cootie Williams
Well, I hope you have enjoyed my first set of Top Tens, as much as I've enjoyed created it. Music is an essential part of the story line throughout the parks and Disney takes full advantage of your auditory sense to enhance your experience without you ever knowing about it. Sit back, relax and take a listen sometimes. I highly recommend these sources for audio tracks of the parks: Sorcerer Radio, Mouse World Radio, and D-Cot.