I love the music at Walt Disney World Resort. Theme park music transports me to places that only Disney can create and fill my mind with incredibly happy memories. It should come as no surprise, then, that my library is full of Disney songs.
My parents bought the “Official EPCOT Center Album” after our first visit in 1983. After listening to the exciting opening strings of the “Main Entrance Melody” and the joyful “One Little Spark,” I got hooked on Disney music. My sister and I created interpretive dances for each theme (luckily, there is no video of these performances).
When I was a teenager, I remember falling asleep with the “Official Disneyland and Walt Disney World Album” of 1991. I even wrote to Walt Disney Records asking for more unreleased music. My wishes came true in the late 1990s when CD-making kiosks called “Walt Disney World Forever” were briefly introduced to what we now call Disney Springs.
It moves fast to this day and I continue to collect soundtracks. The image above contains a sample of CD covers from my library. My most recent acquisition is a 1973 album with images entitled “A Musical Souvenir of the Magical Kingdom of Walt Disney World” (seen in the first image). Gavin Greenaway’s magnificent score for the EPCOT’s “Carpet of Nations” parade is my favorite.
As a member of the Disney cast, I learned even more about the many people who created the soundtrack of my life. In the windows above the Emporium on Main Street in the United States, in Magic Kingdom Park, you will see two names: G. Bruns and B. Baker. These Disney legends were instrumental in creating music that was still felt at the Walt Disney World Resort nearly 50 years later.
Composer-director George Bruns was hired by Walt Disney to perform the animated feature film Sleeping Beauty. He also wrote “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and provided music for films such as “Babes in Toyland” and “Robin Hood” by Disney.“. For theme parks, he collaborated with music at Pirates of the Caribbean and Country Jamboree at Magic Kingdom Park.
And speaking of Magic Kingdom … I love this musical surprise hidden in Center Street, the side street near Uptown Jewelers: listen carefully to listen to singing lessons and the sound of a piano coming out of a second floor window .
Buddy Baker composed more than 200 scores for Disney movies, television and theme parks, as EPCOT’s music director, Buddy supervised and composed music for the Future World and World Showcase pavilions. Among the attractions he marked were The Land pavilion, The American Adventure and “Impressions de France”; for the latter, he wove a tapestry of original music and classical works by French composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Satie.
With the nightly show “Harmonious” which will premiere at EPCOT on October 1 to help start the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, I know my love for Disney music will continue to grow for the next 50 years. Coming soon, the official Walt Disney World playlist. Stay tuned for the next few weeks to hear all of your favorite Walt Disney World songs in one place. And be sure to keep checking here on the Disney Parks blog, as we cover all 50 thingsthand use # DisneyWorld50 on social platforms.