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The Magic of Music

Disneyland is rumored to be launching a new parade in 2011 that is very music focused and will be called Soundsational. I say it’s about time! It’s about time they have something that highlights the magic of their music and the many hits they’ve had over the years.

Disney music is almost as magical as their movies. In fact, without the music, some of the movies might be pretty boring and lifeless. It’s a shame really that they haven’t explored or exploited their music library more than they have in the parks. They’re not shy about using some of their classic hits from movies in parades and fireworks shows, but what about an attraction whose sole focus would be to recollect and highlight their music catalog and the magic of music? It could be a historical type ride or movie that took guests thru the music catalog, or just a mix of the various hits and successes they’ve had over the years.

Think about it, their have been many many musical hits from the movies, TV, parks and other outlets.  Below are just a few of the many memorable hits Disney has had over the years:

  • Some Day My Prince Will Come [From Snow White]
  • When You Wish Upon a Star [From Pinocchio]
  • Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah [From Song of the South
  • Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes [From Cinderella]
  • Whole New World [From Aladdin]
  • Beauty and the Beast [From Beauty and the Beast]
  • Be Our Guest [From Beauty and the Beast]
  • Under the Sea [From the Little Mermaid]
  • Part of Your World [From the Little Mermaid]
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls [From the Little Mermaid]
  • I Just Can’t Wait to Be King [From The Lion King]
  • Hakuna Matata [From The Lion King]
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight? [From The Lion King]
  • Circle of Life [From The Lion King]
  • Chim Chim Cher-Ee [From Mary Poppins]
  • Spoonful of Sugar [From Mary Poppins]
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [From Mary Poppins]
  • Spectrum Song [From Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color]
  • Bare Necessities [From The Jungle Book]
  • You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! [From Peter Pan]
  • Second Star to the Right [From Peter Pan]
  • Cruella De Vil [From 101 Dalmations]
  • Main Street Electrical Parade [From Disneyland][Medley]
  • Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room [From Disneyland]
  • Best of Friends [From the Fox and the Hound]
  • It’s a Small World (After All) [From New York World’s Fair]
  • Mickey Mouse Club March [From the Mickey Mouse Club]

The emotions conveyed in these songs run the gamut of happiness/joy, sorrow/pain, fear/scary, fun/party/festive. Many who have heard these songs and seen the movies have strong and fond memories of them, the kind of memories they enjoy and would most likely enjoy on an attraction. Something that highlighted these and/or other songs would most likely appeal to a huge audience repeatedly, if done well.

A couple of thoughts on how and where to do this. First would be the obvious, replace Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey and just put in a movie montage of some of these and/or other songs and call it The Magic of Music. Another thought would be to replace/update The Great Movie Ride and call it The Great Movie Music Ride. Call it whatever, put it wherever, but this is an attraction that almost demands to be done at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and desperately needs to be built to honor all of the magical music that Disney artists have created over the years.

While I was in the process of researching and writing this post, I ran across Disney’s Sing It series of console video games specifically dedicated to bringing the magic of Disney music home and giving people the opportunity to sing along. Which leads me to question whether a console based video game could make the jump into the theme parks as an attraction? There have been several TV shows that have done it, most recently with Who Wants to be a Millionaire and American Idol. But,  could a video game be the next media format to make an appearance in the parks? We’re already seeing more interactive, video game-like attractions such as Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story Midway Mania (TSMM). And of course, with TSMM, it’s jumped from the parks to the console. So, it just seems the next logical jump would be the opposite. Today’s youth, and adults too, are more “wired” thanks to the Internet and Apple’s latest products. It might be argued that the upcoming generation will expect more from their amusement entertainment options.

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  1. May 16, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

    • grumpyfan
      May 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks a bunch, I really appreciate your feedback!

      Keep on dreamin’
      GrumpyFan

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