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TITLE P - 50resented here, for your enjoyment, is a magical and musical virtual audio tour of the Happiest Place on Earth, both past and present. From this comprehensive collection of rare audio recordings, the stay at home listener is granted their very own 'E' Ticket to adventures that recreate the ambiance and simulate the you-are-there sensation of an actual trip to the park. Just close your eyes and let your mind run free. It won't be hard to imagine you are really inside the Magic Kingdom for an exciting day at Disneyland, the place where dreams really do come true...
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1 - Tomorrowland Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner  3:12

Jack Wagner provides an insightful preview of Tomorrowland as it existed during the 1970's and 80's. This was a land full of rocket ships and submarines, monorail trains and sports cars, motorboats and atommobiles, skyway buckets and the PeopleMover transit system. No wonder why it was called " a world on the move."

 

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2 - America Sings  18:49

Premiering just in time of the bicentennial year, Tomorrowland's carousel theater presented an all-musical revue celebrating over 200 years of American song. Sam the Eagle, voiced by Burl Ives, joined a colorful cast of over 100 Audio-Animatronic animals for a tour of the old south, the wild west, the gay nineties and modern times.

 

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3 - America Sings - Down By the Riverside  2:55

The finale to Act One of America Sings was a rollicking homage to an old fashioned southern revival camp meeting. The Ward Gospel Singers were specially chosen to record the soundtrack for this scene. As a frequent guest act, their rendition of "Down By the Riverside" had been a favorite of many Disneyland guests in years past.

 

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4 - America Sings - Who Shot That Hole in My Sombrero?  2:24

There was a slight controversy concerning the song "Who Shot That Hole in My Sombrero?"  as it was originally featured in the America Sings show, because of its sterotyped depiction of Mexican Americans. It was soon replaced with this alternate version. Heard here too is the original Rex Allen version of the song. You be the judge.

 

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5 - America Sings - Betty Taylor Bill Bailey Medley  3:59

Walt Disney's favorite moment from the Golden Horseshoe Revue was Betty Taylor's stellar performance of "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home." It was ultimately a no-brainer that she would be asked to reprise her signature number for America Sings. Heard here are three versions of the song, spanning from the 1950's to the 1970's.

 

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6 - America Sings - Modern Times Medley  13:28

The final act of America Sings was set in modern times, which was then the 1970's. After a few musical selections from the first half of the 20th century, the room came alive with a medley of popular Rock 'n' Roll tunes, spanning two decades. Here are the original recordings of the modern age songs featured in the show's grand finale.

 

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7 - America Sings Theater - Stars and Stripes Forever  2:31

In addition to a program covering almost every musical genre for a period of over two centuries, the delightful musical score included a funkadelic rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever,"  played as audiences entered and exited the theater. When America Sings closed in 1986, much of the animatronic cast relocated to Splash Mountain.

 

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8 - Rocket Jet Flight Deck  0:35

Tomorrowland's original Astro-Jets premiered in 1956, but in 1967, a new Rocket Jet ride raised the thrill to a new level. An elevator lifted space travelers to a platform two stories high where they boarded their own passenger controlled rocket, soaring around a towering rocket pylon similar in look to a real NASA space launch.

 

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9 - McDonnell Douglas Mission to Mars  13:37

When man actually did land on the moon in 1969, Tomorrowland's venerable lunar excursion suddenly became outdated. The attraction was revamped in 1975 with updated visual effects and revised on board narration, bringing guests on an exciting new mission to the red planet for a voyage based on both science fact and fantasy.

 

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10 - Tomorrowland Safety Announcements - Jack Wagner  2:44

Jack Wagner, "the voice of Disneyland", was heard throughout Tomorrowland providing safety announcements for many popular attractions including the Autopia, the PeopleMover, the Skyway to Fantasyland and the nearby Matterhorn Bobsleds. Many of these announcements can still be heard in Disneyland today.

 

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11 - The Disneyland Railroad - Tomorrowland Ticket Announcments  1:35

Until the early 1980's, almost every attraction in Disneyland required an individual ride ticket using a letter rating system from A-E. Colorfully themed ticket booths were located in every land throughout the park. To ride the Disneyland Railroad, you could purchase a 'D' coupon at the nearby central booth located under the palm trees.

 

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12 - Wedway PeopleMover Loading Platform - Area Music  16:32

The distinctive music heard around the PeopleMover loading area, and while on-board the PeopleMover cars, was typical of contemporary "elevator music" often heard in supermarkets, shopping malls and airports throughout the 1970's, promoting the modern convenience a PeopleMover system would bring to your own home town.

 

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13 - Wedway PeopleMover Thru the World of Tron  12:52

The PeopleMover provided a fantastic sneak preview of all the Tomorrowland area, passing though its many shops and attractions, and over its many scenic landscapes. This innovative concept in future mobility would also inspire a similar system, developed by Disney Imagineers, for the Houston Intercontinental Airport.

 

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14 - The World of Tron - PeopleMover Queue Area Music  4:03

In 1982 the PeopleMover received an exciting new enhancement, bringing guests into the amazing world of Tron. Within the second level of the carousel theater building, the PeopleMover cars passed through a corridor surrounded by screen projected images which gave the optical illusion of moving at tremendous speed.

 

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15 - The Premiere Shop - Area Background Music  3:45

Tomorrowland's two gift shops, The Character Shop and The Premiere Shop, both offered a collection of Disney themed merchandise amidst a setting of modern futurism, musically complemented by the same type of contemporary easy listening music that was commonly heard in local shopping centers of the day.

 

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16 - The Space Stage - Tomorrowland Theme  2:33

Space Mountain premiered in Tomorrowland in 1977. The iconic cone shaped structure housing the rocket adventure was located within a new complex called the Space Mountain Concourse, which also included a restaurant, an arcade and a new amphitheater called the Space Stage, where live musical revues were often performed.

 

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17 - The Magic Kingdom Korps  16:41

The Magic Kingdom Korps performed live  in Disneyland until the late 90's, and could often be seen performing impromptu concerts in and around the Tomorrowland area. The group may have been formed due to the immense popularity of a similar ensemble called the Future Corps who performed in Epcot Center at Walt Disney World.

 

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18 - If Man Could Fly - PSA Circle-Vision Preshow  5:25

PSA Airlines became the new sponsor of the Circle Vision theater in the mid 1980's, and presented a new animated preshow in the lobby area as guests waited for the main show to begin. It chronicled the history of aviation with comic relief provided by Orville, the clumsy albatross from the Disney animated feature The Rescuers.

 

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19 - World Premiere Circle-Vision - Lobby Area Background Music  4:09

Replacing the long-running "America the Beautiful,"  in 1984 the Circle Vision theater in Tomorrowland began presenting a brand-new 360-degree travelogue experience entitled, "American Journeys." It would soon share a double bill with another Circle Vision production originally produced for EPCOT Center, Wonders of China.

 

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20 - Wonders of China - Circle-Vision 360  4:42

Wonders of China was originally produced for the China Pavilion at EPCOT Center's World Showcase in Walt Disney World. By popular demand it joined American Journeys on a double bill at Disneyland's Circle Vision theater. It was a rare glimpse at the natural wonders of this mysterious land, hosted by a ancient Chinese profit.

 

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21 - The Magic Eye Theater - Magic Journeys  3:54

Magic Journeys was another Disneyland import from EPCOT Center. This spectacular 3-D motion picture used a new film process developed by the Disney Imagineers, taking audiences on a marvelous journey through the imagination of a child. It was shown at the refurbished Space Stage, refitted as a new indoor theater.

 

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22 - Space Mountain Theme Song - Here's to the Future  3:59

Space Mountain was a planned phase two addition for the new Tomorrowland of 1967, but a full decade would pass before it finally premiered. In fact, Walt Disney World version opened two years prior to Disneyland. The theme song heard in the Florida attraction was used for early promotions of the upcoming Disneyland addition.

 

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23 - Space Mountain Attraction Preview  4:04

While Space Mountain was under construction, a temporary display was placed inside the Disneyland Showcase Preview of Coming Attractions exhibit located on Main Street, including scale models, concept artwork, and a short narrated film presentation shown on a continious loop, providing a preview of the future thrill ride.

 

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24 - Space Mountain Concourse - Area Background Music  16:28

Disney produced several sweeping instrumental versions of the many new songs written for the EPCOT Center theme park in Florida, serving as a musical underscore for its many futuristic pavilions. Much of this music would resurface in Disneyland, providing the perfect atmosphere for Tomorrowland's Space Mountain Concourse.

 

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25 - Space Mountain Queue - Area Background Music  21:38

As brave space travelers make their way towards the Space Mountain loading area within what appears to be a travel port of the future, they hear the mysterious sound of space rocket technicians preparing for launch on a closed circuit radio broadcast, accompanied by the haunting reverberations of synthesized musical interludes.

 

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26 - Space Mountain  6:13

Most agree that Space Mountain is the most thrilling attraction in Disneyland. What sets it apart from the average roller coaster is the fact that this high-speed thrill ride is completely enclosed, racing passengers through the dark on an amazing simulated rocket flight journey, soaring through the farthest reaches of the outer universe.

 

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