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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 - Carnation Plaza Gardens  4:01

For decades, at the end of Main Street off the central hub of Disneyland stood a colorful bandstand known as the Carnation Plaza Gardens. Since it premiered in 1956, it played host to some of the greatest Swing and Big Band orchestras of all time. In 1957 it would become the focal point venue of the highly successful Date Nite promotional events.

 

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2 - Date Nite with the Elliott Brothers - The Plaza Gardens  37:46

The Elliot Brothers Orchestra and singer Tony Paris were the original regulars at the Carnation Plaza Gardens bandstand, a popular night spot where guests were always encouraged to join in and dance. The repertoire of The Elliot Brothers included swing, rock n roll, and a lively rendition of the traditional Mexican dance: the La Raspa.

 

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- Tomorrowland Bandstand -

Another popular date nite dancing spot during Disneyland's first decade was the bandstand adjacent to the 20K Leagues Under the Sea exhibit in Tomorrowland. Many legendary Big Bands from the golden age of swing music made frequent guest appearances here, including the orchestras of such greats as Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Les Brown, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Duke Ellington.

 

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3 - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   20:07

 

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4 - Count Basie & His Orchestra   34:49

 

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5 - Les Brown & His Band of Renown   37:08

 

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6 - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra   1:00:46

 

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7 - Tex Beneke with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires   30:24

 

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8 - Harry James & His Orchestra   40:14

 

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9 - The Wayne King Orchestra   31:48

 

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10 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   47:53

 

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11 - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra   41:12

 

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12 - Woody Herman & His Orchestra   35:01

 

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13 - Legendary Jazz Singers in Disneyland    43:27

 

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14 - Cavalcade of Big Bands   1:05:44

 

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- Dixieland in Disneyland -

A highly anticipated annual event held in Disneyland after dark throughout the 1960's was the Dixieland in Disneyland music festival located along the Rivers of America. In addition to fantastic guest stars such as Teddy Buckner, Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland, there were regular acts including Disneyland's own Strawhatters, The Young Men from New Orleans and the famous Firehouse Five Plus Two.

 

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15 - Dixieland in Disneyland: Special Guest Stars   1:20:11

 

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16 - The Strawhatters   42:28

 

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17 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two   1:00:28

 

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18 - Kid Ory & The Young Men from New Orleans  36:05

 

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19 - Louis Armstrong   58:54

 

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22 - The Dukes of Dixieland   56:52

 

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23 - Sweet Emma Barrett   51:27

 

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- Disneyland A-Go-Go -

From the mid to late 1960's, Disneyland  hosted a recurring rotation of bubblegum style rock n' roll groups, drawn from local talent. These groups performed nightly at both the Plaza Gardens and the Space Bar in Tomorrowland during peak seasons. Then in 1967, the Tomorrowland Terrace became the new hot spot for night time dancing, Here go-go dancers flanked the stage as young guests danced along to the latest in pop sounds.

 

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25 - Kay Bell & The Spacemen   9:17

 

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26 - The Astronauts   25:22

 

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27 - Tina & the Mustangs   9:52

 

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28 - Tanya & The Thunderbirds  4:50

 

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29 - Tomorrowland Terrace - Pop Pourri   1:18:34

 

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30 - The New Establishment   10:55

 

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31 - The Sound Castle Ltd.   7:53

 

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In 1966, Disneyland began a weekly concert series called the Country Music Jubilee, a major showcase for some of the greatest stars in the country music industry who were invited to perform a live program of down home music. It became a huge draw for local guests lasting well into the 1980's. Begining in 1971, an annual after-hours party called The Country Music Spectacular, had country entertainment throughout the entire park.

 

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33 - Country Music Spectacular   1:03:37

 

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COMING SOON   34 - Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass   0:00

 

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Throughout the 1970's, on any given night in Tomorrowland, one could expect to see the very best in live entertainment. This included dance bands such as Papa Doo Run Run, an immensely popular Beach Boys cover band, and live concerts at the Space Stage. Of the featured performers here, perhaps the most unique was a group known as Halyx, a hard rock band inspired by the sci-fi look of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.

 

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36 - Pizzazz   17:44

 

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37 - Grupo Tobasco  (Krash)   16:02

 

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38 - Friendship Train   17:05

 

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39 - Sunshine Balloon   12:46

 

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40 - Papa Doo Run Run   38:17

 

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41 - The Space Stage - Space Age Disco Concert   2:08:36

 

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42 - The Space Stage - Meco   55:42

 

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43 - The Space Stage - Voyage  19:14

 

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44 - The Space Stage - Haylx   12:57

 

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Rollin' River Revue was a 1981 outdoor concert series presented on Tom Sawyer Island and viewed by guests positioned along the banks of the Rivers of America. Each weekly presentation had a special musical theme unique to that evening's performance. Week one was 60's surf music, followed by swing, country, jazz, latin, pop, and bluegrass. The show was then extended with a guest star each week throughout the rest of the Summer.

 

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46 - Surfn' 60's  Week   12:06

 

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47- Swing Week   25:45

 

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48 - Country Week   20:00

 

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49 - Jazz Week   36:19

 

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50 - Latin Week   26:09

 

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51 - Pop Week   18:48

 

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52 - Bluegrass Week   17:51

 

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53 - Special Guest Stars   41:26

 

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- Big Bands in Disneyland - Summer Concert Series -

Disneyland had a long standing tradition of hosting world famous swing bands at the Plaza Gardens, and by the 1970's this evolved into an ongoing Summer concert series known as "Big Bands in Disneyland." Such greats as Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw, Les Brown and Lionel Hampton were invited to participate, and starting in 1984 a special Disney Channel TV series televised many of these fabulous live music events.

 

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COMING SOON   55 - The Glenn Miller Orchestra   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   56 - Count Basie Orchestra   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   57 - Woody Herman & The Young Thundering Herd   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   58 - Cab Calloway Orchestra   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   59 - Bob Crosby & The Bobcats   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   60 - Ray McKinley with Ella Mae Morse   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   61 -  Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Lee Castle   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   62 - Artie Shaw Orchestra   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   63 - Lionel Hampton & His Big Band   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   64 - Les Brown & His Band of Renown   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   65 - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   66 - Buddy Rich & The Buddy Rich Orchestra   0:00

 

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- More Legends of Jazz in Disneyland -

Had the short-lived Disney Channel TV series, "Big Bands in Disneyland," continued beyond its 12 episodes, there is no doubt that the following bands would have also been represented. Each of these great orchestras, headed by legendary band leaders, were regularly featured in the park throughout the 70's and 80's, when the musical program was as diverse as jazz itself, including swing, latin, modern, dixieland and polka.

 

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COMING SOON   67 - Big Band Festival - Special Guest Stars   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   68 - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra   35:01

 

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COMING SOON   69 - Louie Bellson & The Big Band Explosion   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   70 - Pete Fountain & His Orchestra   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   71 - Maynard Ferguson   0:00

 

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72 - Mickey Finn's   32:03

 

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COMING SOON   73 - Myron Floren & His Orchestra   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   74 - Horace Heidt Jr. & His All-Star Big Band   0:00

 

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- Totally 80's After Dark -

The 80's was a totally awesome decade for Disneyland After Dark, when the line-up of musical performers read like a who's who of the music industry. Videopolis was the new hot spot for the MTV generation, a state-of-the art dance complex featuring live bands and TV monitors that displayed the latest music videos. Here high-energy dance parties were held nightly, and it soon became the center of the action for Grad Nite events.

 

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75 - Videopolis   6:11

 

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76 - 80's Grad Nite Party Part 1 - 1980-1984   1:11:18

 

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77 - 80's Grad Nite Party Part 2 - 1985-1989   1:33:23

 

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78 - Live on Stage - All-Star Performances   1:35:28

 

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- Swing Bands in Disneyland -

The tradition of Big Bands in Disneyland carried on throughout the 90's, and well into the new millennium, reinvigorated by a new wave in the popularity of swing dancing that was sweeping the nation. Soon the youngsters, often referred to as "Swing Kids," were outnumbering the oldsters. The final dance at Plaza Gardens was on April 30th 2012, as work began to transform the area into the new Fantasy Faire Village.

 

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79 - Stanford Freese & the Disneyland Big Band   34:36

 

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80 - The Swing Kings   34:09

 

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81 - Doc Anello & The Swing Machine   39:37

 

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82 - Jump, Jive and Swing: Swingtown   39:43

 

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83 - Red & The Red Hots   1:08:22

 

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84 - Stompy Jones   58:34

 

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85 - Mickey's Mambo Club   1:04:25

 

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86 - Gary Tole & The Legends of Swing   47:19

 

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87 - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band   1:17:47

 

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88 - Royal Ball: The Wise Guys   38:37

 

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89 - Royal Ball: Swing Cats Big Band   1:28:31

 

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90 - Royal Ball: Tim Gill All-Stars   55:57

 

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- Tomorrowland Terrace -

Dancing at the the elevating Tomorrowland Terrace bandstand is a long tradition that continues to this day. Although, musical styles have changed tremendously since this venue first opened in 1967, what has remained unchanged is its function as a showcase for local talent, with a rotating roster of regular performing musical groups, many of whom have gained a following among teen and young adult local guests.

 

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91 - Club Buzz - Sandbox   34:28

 

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COMING SOON   92 - Aly and AJ   0:00

 

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93 - Hard Day's Night  58:22

 

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94 - 80z All-Stars   47:54

 

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95 - Barrage   46:09

 

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96 - Stellar Show Band   42:42

 

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97 - The Suffragettes   23:38

 

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98 - Instant Replay   30:15

 

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NEW   99 - Suburban Legends   43:43

 

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COMING SOON   100 - Scot Bruce   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   101 - The Bolts   0:00

 

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COMING SOON   102 - Tomisina  0:00

 

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COMING SOON  103 - Tomorrowland Terrace - Summer 2017  0:00

The nighttime entertainment at Tomorrowland Terrace went on a hiatus in 2015, but in the summer of 2017 the local bands made a highly anticipated comeback. Many fan favorites returned and ten new groups premiered, including Crimson Apple, Polyester Express, Undecided Future, Ride the Tide, Radio 70's and Grilled Cheese Soundwich.

 

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NEW  104 - Disneyland After Dark - Throwback Nite  18:40

In January of 2018, Disneyland began a new series of special after hours events called "Disneyland After Dark." Each of these events will have its own theme. The kick off was an evening of entertainment hearkening back to the parks nostalgic early years. There was a Polynesian troupe, a swing band, a riverboat crooner and a do-wop quartet.

 

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