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Hi everyone.   It has been requested by many people that I keep a journal here on DisneyChris.com to track the progress and further development of my website. Prior to now, I have indeed been doing exactly this over on another website called Mousebits.com. Several members of Mousebits have sugested that I not only place my updates there, but I should also place them directly on my own website, so that more interested people will have access to it. Therefore, hence forward I am going to start keeping a blog on this page. I will discusss all the changes and additions I am making to the website, including an insider's look into all that goes into my audio editing work. I will provide insight on the process of editing my audio tracks, the reasoning behind my artistic choices and the work involved in creating this audio for your listening pleasure. I may also share with you some personal antecdotes along the way. In general, this is to be a, sort-of, look inside my thoughts and the inner workings of how DisneyChris.com is being developed over time. I am also interested in your thoughts and opinions. You can respond to my blog by contacting me by email at DCLyndon@gmail.com. I will respond to any of your emailed questions or comments either within the blog or in a private email response. Just let me know if you  choose to be anynomous. You can scroll to the bottom of this page to go back in time and read up on what you may have missed in the past, or you can just start with today's blog post and read each day from here forward. The choice is yours. Enjoy!

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 12/1/17 Vlog Update

 

 

Notes by Melonie Bush

 

Happy Holidays, everybody! The website has been decorated with some holiday artwork. The homepage has a special link to skip right to the Christmas songs section. It also has the Song Of The Day towards the bottom, which are Christmas themed for the month of December.

 

There’s been a major milestone for the website! As of December 1st, a total of 1,500 tracks have been added! When the website first started there were about 380 tracks available, and in five years it’s grown so much. There’s still more to add, so in another 5 years there will probably be 1,000 more tracks, and after that there will probably be more still. Thank you to everyone who has followed the website, supported it, and enjoyed the music. You are the ones who make it worth all the work that goes into it.

 

Two weeks ago, when the last Vlog was recorded, the audio was still being set up for the holiday tracks. That’s been finished and lots of tracks have been added since that time. The “work folder” started out with 78 files and it’s now down to 53 files yet to be added. Several of these files are brand new, and several files are existing tracks that will be redone to be improved. See the Vlog for a peek inside the work folder to see Chris’s list and get the behind the scenes details on which songs will be redone.

 

Here’s the rundown on the tracks which are on the Christmas Page at this point:

 

  • Track 1 - The Holidays At Disneyland. This is a 1957 radio ad that had some music added from Walt Disney’s firehouse apartment. It’s been on the site for years and is a classic which hasn’t changed.

 

  • Track 2- Holiday Time In Disneyland - Walt Meets Santa. This is from a 1962 episode of The Wonderful World of Color, called “Holiday Time at Disneyland” (which is what the Christmas chapter is named from).  This is an introduction to that program, and through the magic of special effects, it was snowing at Disneyland when Walt met Santa. It was on the site before but has been improved.

 

  • Track 3 - A Christmas Adventure In Disneyland - Tree Medley. This is from a 1958 record called “A Christmas Adventure In Disneyland.” It was a story of some kids going through Disneyland on Christmas Eve, and the full version is on the Records page. This one contains just the 4 songs from that record, and the sound quality is really good.

 

  • Track 4 - The Holiday Bowl. This is the bandstand that was in Town Square before opening day, then when the park first opened it had been moved to the west of the castle in Central Plaza and eventually moved to an area between Adventureland and Frontierland. A popular event took place here each December called the Holiday Bowl, which was a live show during the 1950’s. No audio from this exists, so some audio that has the correct feel to it serves as a representation. Chris worked really hard to find the right sound for this track and put a lot of thought into it.

 

  • Track 5 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two - Jingle Bells. This is from a 1950’s TV special called “One Hour In Wonderland.” This version of the song is nearly identical to the one played on the TV special but was taken from a studio recording. Chris included this song because the Firehouse Five have such a strong connection to Disneyland.

 

  • Track 6 - Parade Of Many Lands. This has audio from the “Holiday Time In Disneyland” TV special, as well as from the “A Gala Day In Disneyland” news special. Both describe the Parade of Many Lands, and elements from each were combined to create this track. It’s not authentic audio recorded in the park but it’s vintage audio from that time that was produced by Disney describing the parade. It’s a good one, so check it out.

 

  • Track 7 - Babes In Toyland Exhibit. This is a few songs from the 1961 cast album from Babes In Toyland. The album was produced at the same time that the exhibit was open, so this music is an educated guess as to what was played in the park.

 

  • Track 8 - March Of The Toys Parade. This comes from the 1962 holiday special. Lots of editing went into it to clean up the audio.

 

  • Track 9 - March Of The Toys Parade - Toy Train Choir. There’s a segment in the same 1962 special where a float came out and you hear a high pitched “Deck The Halls.” In 1957 the Walt Disney Christmas Concert came out with “Ludwig Mouseinski” conducting an all-mouse choir singing Jingle Bells, using a recording technique that was later used in Alvin & The Chipmunks and it came out really cute.

 

  • Track 10 - Silent Night - The Disneyland Boys Choir. This is from the 1964 album “It’s A Small World’ where an all boys choir sang traditional songs from around the world. Silent Night represented Germany and is the only song from that album on this track.

 

  • Track 11 - Matterhorn Mountain - Christmas Star. Chris took a piece of music that has a Disneyland connection to it and added the authentic sound effects of the wind from the Matterhorn. This represents the Christmas star that used to be on top of the Matterhorn for Christmas.

 

  • Track 12- Fantasy On Parade- Promotional Radio Spots. These are 3 different advertisements recoded from the stars from Blackbeard’s Ghost. This was on the site before but Chris added some different music to it.

 

  • Track 13 -  Fantasy On Parade - Premier Season. This was on another page of the site (the Parade chapter). It has been added to this chapter and had some extra clean up work done on it.

 

  • Track 14 - Fantasy On Parade - 1973 Season. This is just the Christmas segment from the 1973 version of the parde. It is authentic. If you want to hear the full parade, it’s on the Magical Milestones chapter and the Parades chapter as well.

 

  • Track 15 - Fantasy On Parade- Wacky Reindeer. This will probably be renamed as Silly Reindeer at some point. This is 3 version of Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer taken from various area loops.

 

  • Track 16 - Carousel Of Progress- Mid Century Christmas. Chris is very proud of this one. He wanted to represent the Christmas scene that happened at the end of the Carousel. I took awhile to figure out how to do it since Christmas was only mentioned very briefly. Chris took this brief mention and then faded it into other Christmas music taken from a couple of albums from the same time period. It definitely sounds like what Mother and Father would be listening to in that scene, when they talk about being able to dim the lights to match the music, etc. It came out really fun, so check that out.

 

  • Track 17 - The Kids Of The Kingdom - Christmas Medley. This one isn’t done yet, but it will most likely be done by the next Vlog and Chris will explain it then.

 

  • Track 18 - Christmas In Disneyland Television Special. This comes from a 1976 TV special. It was a lot of work to get this track right, and Chris is happy with how it turned out. If you compare this to what you can find on YouTube, the sound quality is very different because of all of the work Chris put into it.

 

  • Track 19 - A Disney Christmas Gift - Christmas Morning. This is a song at the beginning of a 1982 TV special. The song is played while the characters are shopping and decorating Main Street.

 

  • Track 20 - Christmas In Disneyland - Jack Wagner. This was already on the site but Chris found a longer version that had intro music on it, so it’s been redone.

 

  • Tracks 21 - 26 are different TV commercials from over the years. Track 26 - Christmas 2006 - Year Of A Million Dreams has Burl Ives singing Holly Jolly Christmas. The commercial itself isn’t very great as an audio experience so Chris took the song by Burl Ives which was used as background music for this commercial and used that for this track.

 

  • Track 27 - Coming Soon.

 

  • Track 28 - Mickey Mouse Holiday Phone Greeting. This is a short piece of audio that’s maybe 10 seconds long, so Chris took a piece of music from the same actor who performs for Mickey, singing Jingle Bells, and merged the two audio pieces together.

 

  • Track 29 - Are You Ready For Christmas - Neil Patrick Harris. This was technically performed in Walt Disney World during a 2013 TV special. However, Disneyland was featured in this TV special along with Disney World, and it’s a great song, so it’s being included.

 

That’s basically everything that’s been added thus far. Chris plans to work diligently at it from now until Christmas, so something new should be added every day. Check him out on Facebook under Chris Lyndon or on Twitter at DisneyChris73. Every time something is added to the site it’s posted in those two places.

 

One other thing to mention is Patreon. Yes, the sales pitch again. Chris really does need all the listener’s help because it costs money to run the website. The more audio that’s added to the website, the more it costs to run. There will eventually come a point where it will be cost prohibitive to add any more audio to the site unless the listeners come forward to help. Any amount will help, even one dollar. If ten people donated only one dollar, that’s ten less dollars that Chris has to pay for. Every little bit can help and every little bit is appreciated. Special exclusive audio content is given to Patreon subscribers, and if you donate $1 you get the same content as those who donate $10. Please consider it and see if it is something that you can do, since there’s a limit to how much Chris can afford to do on his own. All Patreon subscribers so far are really appreciated, and Chris is thankful for all of those donations and ponders every day on the generosity of people, and it warms his heart.

 

Have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you in two weeks. Enjoy all the festivities and decorating and everything going on during the holiday season.

 

Bye-bye!

 

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11/17/17 Vlog Update

 

 

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11/03/17 Vlog Update

 

 

Notes by Melonie Bush

 

Hello everybody! Welcome to the vlog update for November 3rd, 2017! Several new tracks have been added to the site, and the Song of the Day for November has been set up. This month doesn’t have a theme for the whole month, unlike last month that had a Villains theme. November 18th is Mickey Mouse’s birthday, so for the week leading up to his birthday there will be all Mickey Mouse songs. The week following his birthday there will be a week of Thanksgiving themed songs. So half of the month will have a theme, half will have no theme, and the half that does have a theme will have 2 themes. In December there will be a Christmas Song of the Day all month long.

 

Now for the updates:

 

Chapter 20 - Disneyland After Dark.

 

Track 1 - The Flag Retreat. This has been redone again. It’s now been redone two times. The first time was to get some more echo into it, but upon relistening, it still needed something. So more bass was added and the announcer’s voice was tweaked to sound better.

 

Track 34 - The Great American Music Machine, had a tweak to it. An additional group was discovered from a post on a Facebook fan page that Chris visits a lot. Here is a picture of them performing in the 70’s:

 

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The group is Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart. They did record an album live in Disneyland. It was never commercially released, and it was probably recorded just as something for the members of the group to have, not for the public. It’s so rare that there’s probably no way to get their album. They performed at Disneyland for three nights in a row, July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1976. This makes them the Rock and Roll band who was performing during America’s bicentennial, which makes it historically important. This was the only time they ever played at Disneyland. Two of these members were in the group The Monkees, and the other two were members of another popular group in the late 60’s who also actually wrote a lot of the songs for the Monkees. They combined and made a third group with two members from each band, and this is the band that is featured. This band was formed when a reunion tour for the Monkees was discussed, but two of the members of the group didn’t want to do it, so Boyce and Hart teamed up with Dolez and Jones and formed this new group. They released two albums commercially. One of them was a live album recorded at a concert in Japan, which is available for purchase but not digital download. Their other album has all original songs. One of these songs they sang in Disneyland, and the reason this is known is because there’s a recording of the Disneyland concert on YouTube which an audience member recorded and posted online years and years later. So the song they performed in the concert which they also recorded in the studio is the song that was added to The Great American Music Machine. If you want to listen to the concert on YouTube you can click here and listen.

 

Here is a list of the songs that are now included in this mix:

The Great American Music Machine

1 – The Love You Save – The Jackson 5

2 – Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

3 – Tutti Frutti – Pat Boone  NEW

4 – Light My Fire – Jose Feleiciano  NEW

5 – Hooked on a Feeling – B.J. Thomas

6 – Woman, Woman – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

7 – The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

8 – Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) – Helen Reddy

9 – Silver Bird – Mark Lindsay

10 – Music Music Music – Theresa Brewer  NEW

11 – Precious and Few – Climax

12 – Sooner or Later – The Grass Roots

13 – Down By the Lazy River – The Osmonds

14 – Top of the World – The Carpenters

15 – Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree – Tony Orlando and Dawn

16 – Billy Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods  NEW

17 – The Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Night and the Pips  NEW

18 – Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics

19 – Want Ads – Honey Cone

20 – Stagger Lee – Tommy Roe

21 – Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters

22 – Indian Reservation – Paul Revere and the Raiders

23 – Minnie Riperton – Seeing You This Way  NEW

24 – Without You – Sami Jo  NEW

25 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Robert John

26 – Gene Cotton – Only the Lucky  NEW

27 – Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids – Did You Boogie With Your Baby  NEW

28 – You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt

29 – I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John

30 – Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart –  I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It) NEW

31 – Shaun Cassidy – Doo Doo Run Run  NEW

32 – Rock N’ Roll Heaven –  The Righteous Brothers

 

Track 50 - The Bear Country Hoedown - Nashville Brass. This track was also tweaked just a little removing some of the songs with less bass in them and the sound quality is more cohesive. There was also additional cleanup done that was missed during the first go around.

 

There are three tracks left to do on this chapter. Skiles and Henderson (it’s a very tedious clean-up so Chris is trying to do one minute of clean-up on it a day - which can take about 5 hours just to do 1 minute,) Pixie Hollow Enchantment and Grad Night Blast. To hear more about these unfinished tracks, see the last vlog update or read the accompanying notes, which have all the details.

 

Chapter 21 -  Disneyland Bandstand

 

This is the chapter with the most additions.

 

Track 32 - Country Music Jubilee and Track 33 - Country Music Spectacular come from old vinyl recordings that need cleanup. It takes a lot of time to perfect the sound on these. Remember that this is classic country music, not modern day country music, so if you don’t like modern day country music then you might still like this. It has a Country Bear Jamboree feel to it. Give it a chance, you might like it.

 

The songs on the Country Music Jubilee mix are:

 

1 – Alabama Jubilee – Roy Clark (Instrumental)

2 – Act Naturally – Buck Owens

3 – Rye Whiskey – Homer and Jethro

4 – Sweet, Sweet Lips – Joe and Rose Lee Maphis

5 – Excuse Me For Living – Freddie Hart

6 – My Dirty Lowdown Rotten Cotton Pickin’ Little Darlin’ – The Geezinslaw Brothers

7 – Bonanza – Le Garde Twins  NEW

8 – I’m An Old Cowhand – Jimmy Wakely  NEW

9 – The Streets of Laredo – Rex Allen  NEW

10 – Steelin’ Home – Noel Boggs  NEW

11 – Ain’t You Ever – Collins Kids

12 – Let’s Wait a Little Longer – Canadian Sweethearts

13 – Hickory Hollow – The Dillards  NEW

14 – It’s Just a Matter of Time – Sonny James  NEW

15 – Giddy Up Go Answer – Minnie Pearl  NEW

16 – Sad Movies Make Me Cry – Sue Thompson  NEW

17 – Detroit City – Bobby Bare  NEW

18 – Feed Me One More Lie – Mary Taylor  NEW

19 – I’ve Come Awful Close – Hank Thompson

20 – Yes, I Love You Only – Bonnie Owens

21 – You Finally Said Something Good – Charlie Louvin

22 – Let’s Do What’s Right, Even If It’s Wrong – Faye Hardin and Bob Morris

23 - Happy Sunny Side of Life – The Country Ramblers  NEW

24 – He’ll Have to Go – Jerry Naylor  NEW

25 – Like a Fool – Dottie West

26 – Texas – Tex Ritter

27 – Little Maggie – The Stonemans

28 – A Woman Lives for Love – Wanda Jackson

29 – I’ll Hold You in My Heart – Tex Williams

30 – I Saw the Light – Roy Acuff and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

31 – She’s a Little Bit Country – George Hamilton IV

32 – Goodbye – David Frizzle  NEW

33 – Hello Darlin – Conway Twitty  NEW

34 – Louisiana Man – Doug Kershaw  NEW

35 – The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA – Donna Fargo  NEW

36 – Lonesome – Tony Booth  NEW

37 – George Jones – She Still Thinks I Care  NEW

38 – Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette  NEW

39 – Married to a Memory – Judy Lynn  NEW

40 – Mama Tried – Merle Haggard

41 – I Just Couldn’t Let Her Walk Away – Dorsey Burnette

42 – Stop the World and Let Me Off – Susan Raye

43 – Try a Little Kindness – Glen Campbell

 

The songs on the Country Music Spectacular mix are:


1 – Roy Clark and Buck Trent – Shucking the Corn
2 – Roy Clark – Thank God and Greyhound
3 – Buck Owens and the Buckaroos – Together Again
4 – Ray Price – For the Good Times
5 – Jody Miller – Queen of the House
6 – Conway Twitty – I Love You More Today
7 – Bill Anderson & Jan Howard – If It’s All the Same to You
8 – Jeanie C Riley – Harper Valley PTA
9 – Tommy Overstreet – Gwen (Congratulations)
10 – Mel Tillis – Heart Over Mind
11 – May Bee – Let Me Call You Baby Tonight
12 – Dorsey Burnett – In the Spring (The Roses Always Turn Red)
13 – Donna Fargo – Wishful Thinking
14 – Doug Kershaw – Play Fiddle Play
15 – Jerry Naylor – But For Love
16 – Freddy Weller – Indian Lake
17 – Tony Booth – When A Man Loves a Woman
18 – Don Bowman – I’ll Never Get Over Getting’ Over You
19 – Kenni Huskey – A Fallen Star
20 – Sammi Smith – Help Me Make It Through The Night
21 – Buddy Alan – Cowboy Convention
22 – Bakersfield Brass – Buckaroo
23 – The Dillards – Ebo Walker
24 – Jerry Reed – When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

 

Tracks 45-52 are from the Rollin’ River Revue and they are all done. This is includes a track for every themed week, plus a track of the random stars that performed for the rest of the summer. Here is the breakdown of the songs included on each mix:

 

Rollin’ River Revue - Surfin’ 60’s Week

 

1 – Frankie Avalon – Beach Party

2 – Jan & Dean – Surf City USA

3 – The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run

4 – The Association – Never My Love

5 – The Surfaris – Wipe Out

 

Rollin’ River Revue - Swing Week

 

1 – Cross Over the Bridge – Patti Page

2 – Boogie Blues – Ray Anthony & His Orchestra

3 –You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You – Roberta Sherwood

4 – Corner Pocket – Ray Anthony & His Orchestra

5 – Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man – Connie Haines

6 - Rose Room – Ray Anthony & His Orchestra

 

Rollin’ River - Country Week

 

1 – Donna Fargo – Don’t Be Angry

2 – Sylvia – Drifter

3 – Jacky Ward – Fools Fall in Love

4 – Steve Wariner – Your Memory

5 – Eddy Raven – Who Do You Know in California

6 – Lee Dresser – A Beautiful Song (For a Beautiful Lady)

7 – Billy Thunderkloud and the Chieftones – Come to Me

 

Rollin’ River Revue - Jazz Week

 

1 – Spyro Gyra – Little Linda

2 – Buddy Rich – Tales of Rhoda Rat

3 – Roy Ayers – Destination:  Motherland

4 – Seawind – He Loves You

5 – Freddie Hubbard – Midnight at the Oasis

6 – Bill Watrous and Refuge West – Tiger of San Pedro

7 – Cal Tjader – Sabor

 

Rollin’ River Revue - Latin Week

 

1 – Jose Feliciano – La Bamba

2 - Albertico Perez Su Orquesta y Su Juli – Juan Donde

3 – Los Diablos – Niña de Papá (L'Olympia)

4 – Trio Las Reyes – Como Un Belero

5 – Mariachi America – Homenaje a Vicente Fernandez

6 – Mariachi San Marcos - El Son De La Negra

 

Rollin’ River Revue - Pop Week

 

1 – Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out

2 – Shalimar – Make That Move

3 – Tiera – Together

4 – Bruce Johnston – Disney Girls

5 – Papa Doo Run Run – Do It Again

 

Rollin’ River Revue – Bluegrass Week

 

1 – Leon Russell – Delta Lady

2 – New Grass Revival – Souvenir Bottles

3 – Earl Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Breakdown

4 – The Dillards – Greenback Dollar

 

Rollin’ River Revue Special Guest Stars

 

1 – The Pointer Sisters – Duke Ellington Medley

2 – The Spinners – Working My Way Back To You

3 – Brenda Lee – Break It to Me Gently

4 – Pearl Bailey – St. Louis Blues

5 – Pete Fountain – Lazy River

6 – Paul Revere and the Raiders – Good Thing

7 – Jessy Dixon and the Dixon Singers – You’ll Never Walk Alone

8 – Billy “Crash” Craddock – Walk Softly

9 – Shalamar – This is For the Lover in You

10 – Patti Page – Old Cape Cod

11 – The Lennon Sisters – Theme from A Summer Place

12 – Doc Severinsen – Brass Roots

 

At this point, these two chapters are going to be set aside for awhile while the Christmas tracks will be worked on from now until the end of the year. At first, this was going to be done after Thanksgiving. Upon reflection it was realized that the pages have to be set up, the liner notes need to be added, and all that has to be done before the tracks can be edited. If Chris starts with the setup now, this can all be done in a timely way which will still allow the tracks to be edited near enough to Thanksgiving that his neighbors won’t think he’s crazy for listening to Holiday music off-season. There are several things to be added, several things to be updated, improved, and lengthened. It’s going to be nice to have something else to work on since Chapters 20 and 21 have been the focus and worked on since March, so it will be nice to do Christmas music and have a change. Chapters 20 and 21 will be worked on again at the beginning of the new year.

 

The next update might be short because things will still be getting set up, but there will still be a video to let everyone know what’s going on.

 

Did you guys have a good Halloween? Chris was without internet for 2 days so someone played a trick on him, it was definitely no treat. There was a big wind storm in Rhode Island and it knocked the internet out, and it was a long two days to be without it. How did we ever live without the internet?

 

Hopefully everyone is having a happy early November and we will talk to you again in two weeks! Bye!

 

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10/20/17 Vlog Update



Notes by Melonie Bush

 

Hello everybody! It’s time for another update. Today is October 20, 2017. New tracks have been diligently added to the site, most of which have already been explained on previous videos. For those who haven’t seen the previous videos, the updates in the last two weeks will be detailed.

 

There are 34 files that are ready to be edited and put in Chapter 20 and Chapter 21. That will complete the two chapters. The closest to being done is Chapter 20, which needs only one more track! Some of the 33 files that are left to edit for Chapter 21 are already partially edited or finalized. A list of tracks that are color coded is shown in the video so one can easily see what is already completed for the medleys. This happened because Chapter 20 has some of the same medleys, only shorter, and they have been completed and posted already. It’s the longer versions for Chapter 21 where more material needs to be finished and posted. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, which is good timing since Christmas audio will be worked on once Thanksgiving happens. The pie in the sky scenario is for Chapters 20 and 21 to be finished, or at least mostly finished, before Thanksgiving, since whatever is being worked on will be dropped in favor of editing Christmas songs once Thanksgiving is done.

 

As a side note: if you are using Firefox, you might be experiencing issues. Firefox did an update and now it’s sometimes not showing the play bars. They are there, and if you hover your mouse over that area they will pop up. It’s not known why that’s been happening but it’s not that big of a deal if you know to just put your mouse over it. Wait for the page to load, hover your mouse, and if the play bars still don’t show up, refresh the page and try again.

 

(7:30) Chapter 20 Updates:

 

  • Track 13- The Wonderful World Of Color - Disneyland After Dark. This was added two weeks ago, shortly after the update video was posted. This was a TV special that has been edited to cut out the commercial breaks and other things that break up the listening experience. It’s not the entire special since things like Fantasy In The Sky have been pulled out and put into their own track (Track 12 in this case). A lot of care was taken to clean everything up really well to transform it from a visual experience to an audio experience. It took a week of editing to do, and it turned out very well. It’s a different and new way to experience this TV special and Chris is very proud of how it turned out.

 

  • Track 18 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two. This was a live recording from Disneyland from 1962. During the musical portions the sound is terrific. In between the songs, the live ambiance from The Golden Horseshoe was troublesome. You could hear the band moving things around and the crowd talking. There was also a huge amount of background hiss that was taken out. Ward Kimball, a legendary Disney animator, introduced the songs. He has a very dry sense of humor so he was well suited to play to the crowd and introduce the songs. There was also a Side A and a Side B to the record and the transition from one side to the other has been taken out and made smooth. This was another project that took a week to complete and the non music portions of the audio only add up to 8 minutes long. Please check it out. It was a lot of work.

 

  • Track 24 - Skiles & Henderson. This is the one track that needs to be completed in order to make this Chapter complete (with 2 exceptions that will be explained later). This is going to need the same kind of attention that The Firehouse 5 needed - removing background noises, clanging instruments and other distractions. This is about a 35 minute track from an album from the 60’s, and so far only 3 minutes have been edited. This will be worse to edit than The Firehouse 5 because this is mostly stand up comedy and dialogue with very little music, but once it’s done it will be so worth it. It will be put off to get some other editing done and come back to once recuperation from editing the previous 2 new tracks has been done.

 

  • Track 75 - Pixie Hollow Enchantment. This is one of the exceptions to the Chapter being completed once Track 24 is done. In order to complete this track, a list of the songs used in the Tinkerbell movies that play at Disneyland at night during an automated water show need to be obtained. Chris has a source for these, and he’s a really busy guy. Once he provides the list of songs, this track can be finished up.

 

  • Track 82 - Grad Night Blast. This track is a version of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” and the same source that is providing the list for the Pixie Hollow Enchantment is the source for this music. This is a highly coveted piece of music and almost impossible to obtain; however, this source says he knows someone who can possibly get it. It’s not only used for this Grad Night Blast, it’s also used for other events (like the special Town Square ceremony held every year for Disneyland’s birthday). Hopefully, optimistically, we can get these two tracks by the end of the year. If not, the tracks serving as space holders will be removed until the audio can be obtained.

 

At this point, Chris got excited about explaining Chapter 21 and moved to that. He returns to Chapter 20 to finish explaining the additions at a later point in the video, which will be listed below.

 

(20:27) Chapter 21 Updates:

 

  • Track 40 - Papa Doo Run Run. Previously this was only 18 minutes. 20 extra minutes of music have been added, so this is now an extended version. This is a Beach Boys cover band that played at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

 

  • Track 42 - The Space Stage - Meco. This is a disco group. They covered film music including a 15 minute Star Wars medley, probably their most famous song. It has Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 1978 Superman theme song, and a disco version of the original The Wizard of Oz music. This is a lot of fun!

 

  • Track 52- Special Guest Stars. This is in the Rollin’ River Revue section. This are the performers who appeared after all of the themed weeks were over. The track list is as follows:

 

Rollin’ River Revue Special Guest Stars

 

1 – The Pointer Sisters – Duke Ellington Medley

 

2 – The Spinners – Working My Way Back To You

 

3 – Brenda Lee – Break It to Me Gently

 

4 – Pearl Bailey – St. Louis Blues

 

5 – Pete Fountain – Lazy River

 

6 – Paul Revere and the Raiders – Good Thing

 

7 – Jessy Dixon and the Dixon Singers – You’ll Never Walk Alone

 

8 – Billy “Crash” Craddock – Walk Softly

 

9 – Shalamar – This is For the Lover in You

 

10 – Patti Page – Old Cape Cod

 

11 – The Lennon Sisters – Theme from A Summer Place

 

12 – Doc Severinsen – Brass Roots

 

  • Track 71 - Mickey Finns. This is a honky-tonk piano/banjo/ragtime type music. They often performed at the Tomorrowland Stage. This is from an album from the 70’s they recorded. They were more of a live group than a recording group, and they made the theme park rounds quite a bit (like Six Flags Magic Mountain in the 80’s). There’s a television special on YouTube where they are performing with guest celebrities like Phyllis Diller, as well as Madam, a diva-type character that is a puppet. It’s a bizarre special but it gives you an idea of what this group was like.

 

(25:27) Heading back to Chapter 20:

 

  • Track 33 - Country Music Jubilee. This has about a half hour of music added to the track. Many more artists were found than Chris originally had access to, so they have been added. The performers and songs for this track are as follows:

 

Country Music Jubilee (Chapter 20 Version)

 

1 – Alabama Jubilee – Roy Clark (Instrumental)

 

2 – Act Naturally – Buck Owens

 

3 – Rye Whiskey – Homer and Jethro

 

4 – My Dirty Lowdown Rotten Cotton Pickin’ Little Darlin’ – The Geezinslaw Brothers

 

5 – Bonanza – Le Garde Twins

 

6 – I’m An Old Cowhand – Jimmy Wakely

 

7 – The Streets of Laredo – Rex Allen

 

8 – Steelin’ Home – Noel Boggs

 

9 – Let’s Wait a Little Longer – Canadian Sweethearts

 

10 – Hickory Hollow – The Dillards

 

11 – I’ve Come Awful Close – Hank Thompson

 

12 – Like a Fool – Dottie West

 

13 – He’ll Have to Go – Jerry Naylor

 

14 – You Finally Said Something Good – Charlie Louvin

 

15 – Texas – Tex Ritter

 

16 – Little Maggie – The Stonemans

 

17 – A Woman Lives for Love – Wanda Jackson

 

18 – She’s a Little Bit Country – George Hamilton IV

 

19 – Hello Darlin – Conway Twitty

 

20 – Louisiana Man – Doug Kershaw

 

21 – The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA – Donna Fargo

 

22 – George Jones – She Still Thinks I Care

 

23 – Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette

 

24 – Mama Tried – Merle Haggard

 

25 – Try a Little Kindness – Glen Campbell

 

26 – I Saw the Light – Roy Acuff and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

27 – Ray Price – For the Good Times

 

28 – Jody Miller – Queen of the House

 

29 – Mel Tillis – Heart Over Mind

 

30 – Lynn Anderson – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

 

31 – Freddy Weller – Indian Lake

 

32 – Jerry Reed – When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

 

33 – Jeanie C Riley – Harper Valley PTA

 

34 – John Hartford – Gentle on My Mind

 

35 – Bobby Gentry – Fancy

 

36 – Don Gibson and Sue Thompson – Good Old Fashioned Country Love

 

37 – Tanya Tucker – Delta Dawn

 

38 – Johnny Lee – Country Party

 

39 – Charlie Daniels – The South’s Gonna Do It Again

 

  • Track 34 - The Great American Music Machine. Extra music was added to this to accommodate the additional artists Chris discovered in his research that performed at this event. The performers and songs for this track are as follows:

 

The Great American Music Machine

 

1 – The Love You Save – The Jackson 5

 

2 – Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

 

3 – Tutti Frutti – Pat Boone  NEW

 

4 – Light My Fire – Jose Feleiciano  NEW

 

5 – Hooked on a Feeling – B.J. Thomas

 

6 – Woman, Woman – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

 

7 – The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

 

8 – Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) – Helen Reddy

 

9 – Silver Bird – Mark Lindsay

 

10 – Music Music Music – Theresa Brewer  NEW

 

11 – Precious and Few – Climax

 

12 – Sooner or Later – The Grass Roots

 

13 – Down By the Lazy River – The Osmonds

 

14 – Top of the World – The Carpenters

 

15 – Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree – Tony Orlando and Dawn

 

16 – Billy Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods  NEW

 

17 – The Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Night and the Pips  NEW

 

18 – Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics

 

19 – Want Ads – Honey Cone

 

20 – Stagger Lee – Tommy Roe

 

21 – Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters

 

22 – Indian Reservation – Paul Revere and the Raiders

 

23 – Minnie Riperton – Seeing You This Way  NEW

 

24 – Without You – Sami Jo  NEW

 

25 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Robert John

 

26 – Gene Cotton – Only the Lucky  NEW

 

27 – Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids – Did You Boogie With Your Baby  NEW

 

28 – You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt

 

29 – I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John

 

30 – Shaun Cassidy – Doo Doo Run Run  NEW

 

31 – Rock N’ Roll Heaven  - The Righteous Brothers

 

  • Track 47 - Papa Doo Run Run. This is the exact same thing that is in Chapter 21. The same version is on both chapters. It’s one of the few duplications on pages. They played after dark for decades, but they’re also a dance band and fit the Bandstands page, so since they fit both, they’re on both.

  • Track 52 - The Rollin’ River Revue - Featured Performers. This is similar to the one on Chapter 21. The difference is that this includes a few artists that performed during the themed weeks, plus the artists after the themed weeks, thus covering the entire event in one track. The performers and tracks for this song are as follows:

 

Rollin River Revue Featured Performers

 

1 – Frankie Avalon – Beach Party

 

2 – Patti Page – Old Cape Cod

 

3 – Donna Fargo – Don’t Be Angry

 

4 – Spyro Gyra – Little Linda

 

5 – Jose Feliciano – La Bamba

 

6 – Shalamar – This is For the Lover in You

 

7 – Kool and the Gang – Take It to the Top

 

8 – Earl Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Breakdown

 

9 – Leon Russell – Delta Lady

 

10 – The Pointer Sisters – Duke Ellington Medley

 

11 – The Spinners – Working My Way Back To You

 

12 – Brenda Lee – Break It to Me Gently

 

13 – Pearl Bailey – St. Louis Blues

 

14 – Pete Fountain – Lazy River

 

15 – Paul Revere and the Raiders – Good Thing

 

16 – Jessy Dixon and the Dixon Singers – You’ll Never Walk Alone

 

17 – Billy “Crash” Craddock – Walk Softly

 

18 – The Lennon Sisters – Theme from A Summer Place

 

19 – Doc Severinsen – Brass Roots

 

That’s it for this update! Apologies for jumping around. Have a very happy and safe Halloween. Please consider becoming a Patreon subscriber or do a one time donation to help pay for the costs of running the website. Thank you very much and see you in two weeks. Bye!

 

DIVIDER LINE

10/06/17 Vlog Update

 

 

Notes by Melonie Bush

 

Hello everybody! Two weeks has flown by because so much has happened. First of all, Halloween season is upon us. The home page has been decorated to celebrate the holiday with the Song of the Day featuring the Disney Villains. The song of the day is about two thirds of the way down the page. Here’s an example of what to look for:

 

 

You can listen to songs from previous days by clicking underneath the villains banner where it says “To Listen To Your Favorite Musical Selections From Days Past, Click Here,” OR, you can scroll to the top of the page and click on “Song Of The Day Archive” and that will take you to this page:

 

 

Someone had asked if the song “Trick or Treat” from the 1952 Donald Duck short will be featured, and the answer is no, because this year’s Halloween theme is villians, and since Donald Duck isn’t a villian he won’t be there. However, if you click on “Song of the day Index” at the top of the page, it will show every song that’s been featured in the past, starting from January of 2015. In October 2016, one year ago, Halloween-specific songs were featured in October, and if you look at the bottom of the song listings from October you will see a blue link that says “Click Here”. If you click on it, it will take you to that page and you can listen to all of the songs from last year. So any song that was featured as a song of the day is always available to listen to. There are 3 versions of Trick or Treat - 1) From a Disneyland record with the Mouseketeers from 1958,  2) The Lawrence Welk show from 1965, and  3) The original soundtrack version from 1952. So you can really get your Trick or Treat song fix if you want to.  

 

If you want to listen to Halloween songs from the park, you scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a link to click on:

 

 

That will take you to a special page on the Magical Audio Tour that has just the Halloween songs from Disneyland, and looks like this:

 

 

It’s a temporary page that will be available in October for convenience, and you can get there from the Song of the Day archive page. You can also listen to it in 4.5 hour installments if you want to hear them in a chunk. So you can definitely get into the Halloween spirit from the website.

 

Now onto the updates!

 

Disneyland After Dark and it’s split-off called Disneyland Bandstand are the ones that have been being prepped for several weeks. The final editing process can be tedious and take a lot of time, but tracks have begun to emerge.

 

At (8:40) the updates for Chapter 20:

  • Updated - Track 1 - Main Street Color Guard- Flag Retreat Ceremony. This has been on the site. One slight change was made in the announcer’s voice. It has been given an echo effect because if you’re in the park it would have a reverberation to it.

  • Completed - Main Street USA After Dark Section. The Dapper Dans (Track 7) was the last one to be added. These are barbershop quartets that sound like the Dapper Dans so it isn’t authentically them. Since it’s all acapella music it took hours and hours to edit to get all of the smacking of the lips and other little things out so it would have a clean sound.

  • Completed - Track 13- The Wonderful World Of Color- Disneyland After Dark. The amount of work that had to be done on this was incredible. It all sounds live in the park so you hear footsteps and other things that are fine in a visual format, but very distracting in an audio format. These were slowly taken out in the editing process.

  • Updated - Track 14- Cavalcade Of Big Bands. This was on the site before, but a few additional artists have been added (about 5 extra songs) and it’s about 15 minutes longer.

  • Coming Soon - Track 18 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two. This is another toughie to edit so it’s coming soon. This was a live recording done in the Golden Horseshoe. Once the music plays it’s easy to edit, but the intro and the side conversations are difficult to edit to make it sound clean and get out the banging, clicking and crashing sounds underneath Ward Kimball, the announcer, and a very famous animator. It’s on the Disneyland Records page but it wasn’t cleaned up very well. Once this version has finished being edited, the one on the Disneyland Records page will be replaced with the new version also.

  • Updated - Track 21 - Tahitian Terrace Dinner Show. Some of the music is the same as what was there before, but some new music has been added. The announcements that were in there previously have been taken out because they are can be heard now instead as part of track 13.

  • Coming Soon - Track 24 - Skiles and Henderson. It’s stand up comedy and it’s another difficult one to edit.

  • New - Track 27 - The Space Bar. It’s about 5 different songs from different bands that performed in Disneyland from the early to the mid 1960’s, and they performed at The Space Bar, a former venue at the old, original Tomorrowland.

  • Updated - Track 28 - Fantasyland Theater - Humdinger. Two or three new songs have been added.

  • Updated - Track 31 - Tomorrowland Terrace - Pop Pourri. One song has been added, so it’s almost exactly what was there before.

  • Coming Soon - Tracks 33 and 34 (Country Bear Jubilee and The Great American Music Machine) will be replaced with new version very soon, just as an FYI.

  • Coming Soon - Track 47 - Papa Doo Run Run. This will be extended in the near future.

  • New - Track 48 - Space Age - Space Age Disco Concert. This is disco music from artists who performed in Disneyland in the late 70’s. It’s a fun track.

  • New - Track 50 - Bear Country Hoedown - The Nashville Brass. This is a combination of a medley from The Kids of the Kingdom with a musical group called The Nashville Brass performing several songs. It ends with a song by The Kids of the Kingdom that’s a good-bye type song. It’s more like bluegrass or traditional country music than contemporary country music, so if you’re not a country fan you can still give it a chance and you might like it.

  • New - Track 53 - Big Bands in Disneyland. Modern day, instrumental-only recordings of the different performer’s bands who were featured on the 1984 TV series Big Bands in Disneyland were found. This is kind of a tribute to them because the songs are the same orchestrations as the original bands who appeared on the show. Some of the songs that had lyrics are represented as instrumental versions and they are digital, modern recordings. It has good sound quality and it’s a lot of fun.

  • New - Track 80 - Tomorrowland Terrace. This takes 1 song from different bands that played there, starting mostly during the 90’s and moving forward, but there are a few from the 70’s and 80’s that seemed to fit and were put in also. These are studio recordings by the actual groups that played at the Terrace.

 

Chapter 20 is very near to be completed. The two main obstacles that will slow it down are the Skiles and Henderson track and the Firehouse Five Plus Two track that have very difficult editing work that need to be done. But the completion is in sight!

 

At (24:11) the updates for Chapter 21:

  • New - Track 13 - Legendary Jazz Singers in Disneyland. These are vocal performances by singers who performed in the park in the 60’s and 70’s. There are very famous people here. They originally weren’t going to be represented but with big names like these, they had to be included. It’s a 45 minute medley that is very nice.

  • New - Track 14 - Cavalcade of Big Bands. This is exactly the same as the version in the After Dark chapter, and like that version it also had a few new songs added, so that’s why it’s marked as “New”.

  • Updated - Track 25 - Kay Belle and the Spacemen. In “The Spacebar” track in Chapter 20, one of the songs is from Kay Belle and the Spacemen. There were some glitches that needed to be fixed, so this version was updated as well.

  • Coming Soon - The Legends of Country in Disneyland section. Things are set up and ready for final edit.

  • New - Track 42 - The Space Stage - Space Age Disco Concert. This is the exact same track as found in Chapter 20 with the exclusion of two songs, which will be put in Track 43.  That makes this version 12 minutes shorter than the After Dark version.

  • New - Track 45 - The Surfin’ 60’s Week. This is the first track to be added in The Rollin’ River Revue - Featured Performers section. There are 4 tracks in total, it runs 12 minutes, and it’s a lot of fun.

  • Coming Soon - Tracks 46 - 52, the rest of The Rollin’ River Revue section.

  • Coming Soon - Tracks 53 - 65 - The Big Bands in Disneyland section. These tracks will be the actual performances from all these groups, taken from the TV special, rather than the tribute, modern, instrumental versions on the After Dark page.

  • Coming Soon - Tracks 66 - 73 - More Legends of Jazz in Disneyland section. This hasn’t had any work done on it yet. These tracks will be performers who did not appear on the TV series but played around the same time as the TV special was going on.

  • Completed - Tracks 78 - 89 - Swing Bands in Disneyland. These tracks start in the 90’s and are more contemporary versions of classic Big Bands music. There are many different eras of Big Bands, starting in the 60’s, going into the 80’s, and then the 90’s to the present day. It can be confusing so they’ve been grouped chronologically to help organize them. This Swing Bands section is the most contemporary section.

  • In Progress - Tracks 90 - 100 - Tomorrowland Terrace section. On the After Dark page, these artists are compiled into a 45 minute medley. On this Chapter, the artists are represented in individual tracks. Each artist has a half hour to one hour medley of their songs. Some of them are completed and some of them are still coming, so it’s an “In Progress” section.

So that is the overview of what has happened on the site since the last update. There’s a chance that Chapter 20 might be completed by the next update, so fingers crossed! Meanwhile, here are some lists of the various medley tracks, showing what songs and artists are included:

 

Cavalcade of Big Bands

 

1 – Benny Goodman – Don’t Be That Way

2 – Charlie Barnet – Cherokee

3 – Count Basie – April in Paris

4 – Les Brown – I’ve Got Me Love to Keep Me Warm

5 – Lionel Hampton – Flying Home

6 – Gene Krupa – Sing Sing Sing

7 – Tex Beneke – American Patrol

8 – Harry James – Two O’Clock Jump

9 – Wayne King – Josephine  NEW

10 – Duke Ellington – Take the A Train

11 – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow – Opus One

12 – Charlie Shavers – Moten Swing  NEW

13 – Si Zentner – Lazy River

14 – Stan Kenton – The Peanut Vendor

15 – Woody Herman – Four Brothers  NEW

16 – Ray Eberle – In the Mood  NEW

17 – Les Elgart – Bandstand Boogie  NEW

18 – Buddy Rich – Jumpin’ at the Woodside

 

Humdinger

 

1 - Humdinger - Freddy Cannon

2 - This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis and the Playboys

3 - Patience Baby - The Pair Extraordinaire

4 - The In Crowd - Dobie Gray

5 - Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

6 - She'd Rather Be With Me - The Turtles

7 - Things - Jody Miller

8 - Across the Street is a Million Miles Away - Ray Peterson

9 - Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders

10 - Papa Oom Mow Mow - The Rivingtons

11 - Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis

12 - Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens

13 - Five O’Clock World – The Vogues   NEW

14 - I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

15 - Dream For Sale - Joey Paige

16 - What the World Needs Now is Love - Jackie DeShannon

17 - The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens

18 - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - The Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

19 - I’m Into Something Good - Herman’s Hermits   NEW

20 - Windy - The Association

21 - Two Lovers - Mary Wells

22 - More - Vic Dana

23 - He’s a Rebel - The Crystals

24 - Love Letters Straight From Your Heart - Ketty Lester

25 - It's My Party - Leslie Gore

26 - Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me - Mel Carter

27 - Dirty Water - The Standells

28 - Goody Galum-Shus - Bobby Sherman

29 - Nowhere to Run - Martha and the Vandellas

30 - Good Lovin' - The Rascals

31 - Come A Little Bit Closer - Jay and the Americans

32 - Cherry Cherry - Neil Diamond

 

Pop Pourri

1 - Mastered the Art of Love - The Checkmates Ltd.

2 - Sunny - Gary Lewis and the Playboys

3 - Love’s the Only Answer - Kelly Garrett

4 - I’m the Wolf Man - Round Robin

5 - I Want Love - The Individuals

6 - Something About You Baby - The Vibrants

7 - Heartbeats - Dick and Dee Dee

8 - She Done Moved - The Spats

9 - Candy - 1910 Fruitgum Company

10 - Girl It’s Over - The Six Deep

11 - The Duck - Jackie Lee

12 - Annie Ya Ya - Jim Doval and the Gauchos

13 - Follow Me - The Bantams

14 - Follow the Bouncing Ball - The Hondells

15 - I Live For the Sun - The Sunrays

16 - That Ain’t Right - Freddy and the Sounds of Soul

17 - Tainted Love - Gloria Jones

18 - Get on This Plane - The Premieres

19 - Heartbreaker - H.B. Barnum

20 - You’ll Never Know - Mickey and the Invaders

21 - Our Love is Gonna Snowball - Jackie and Gayle

22 - Chocolate Cherry - The Joe Tex Band

23 - Follow the Sunshine - Don Grady and The Yellow Balloon

24 - You’re Absolutely Right - The Swinging Apollas

25 - Free as the Wind - The Brooklyn Bridge

26 - Spanish Flea - Doodletown Pipers  NEW

27 - Tequila - New Classic Singers

28 - You’re the Sound of Love - Peppermint Rainbow

29 - Words - The Regents

30 - That’s My Bag - Shango

31 - Two Can Have a Party - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

32 - Knock on Wood - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

 

The Space Stage - Space Age Disco Concert

 

1 – Billy Preston – Disco Dancin’

2 – Hues Corporation – Rock the Boat

3 – Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancin’

4 – Con Funk Shun – Shake and Dance with Me

5 – The Spinners – Rubberband Man

6 – Peaches and Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing

7 – Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right

8 – Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor

9 – Party Lights – Natalie Cole

10 – Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes – Don’t Leave Me This Way

11 – Willie Bobo – Always There

12 – Ohio Players – Love Rollercoaster

13 – KC and the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way I Like It

14 – High Inergy – Lovin’ Fever

15 – Roy Ayers – Runnin’ Away

16 – Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

17 – Starguard – Which Way is Up

18 – Sea Wind – King Grand

19 – Meco – Star Wars Theme

20 – Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancin’

21 – Willie Aames and Paradise -  Why Don’t You Answer

22 – Anita Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)

23 – Voyage – Souvenirs

24 – Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer

25 – Shalamar – The Second Time Around

26 – Teri DeSario – Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Keep Me From You

27 – Manhattan Transfer - Birdland

28 – Kool and the Gang – Good Time Tonight

 

Big Bands in Disneyland (all instrumental covers in same style as original artists)

 

1 – Big Bands in Disneyland Main Title

2 – Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade

3 – Count Basie – April in Paris

4 – Woody Herman – Two Brothers

5 – Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher

6 – Bob Crosby – South Rampart Street Parade

7 – Ray McKinley – Celery Stalks at Midnight

8 – Jimmy Dorsey – So Rare

9 – Artie Shaw – Begin the Beguine

10 – Lionel Hampton – Flying Home

11 – Les Brown – Leapfrog

12 – Tommy Dorsey – Opus One

13 – Buddy Rich – Bugle Call Rag

 

Tomorrowland Terrace

 

1 – Papa Doo Run Run – Surfin’ USA

2 – Friendship Train – I’ve Got the Music in Me

3 – Sunshine Balloon – Dancin’ Machine

4 – Sandbox – Don’t Stop Believing

5 – Hard Day’s Night – I Wanna Hold Your Hand

6 – 80z All-Stars – Jump

7 – Barrage – Calypso Jam

8 – Stellar Show Band – The Rules

9 – The Suffragettes – I’m in Love

10 – Instant Replay – Call Me

11 – Suburban Legends – Under the Sea

12 – Scot Bruce – Hound Dog

13 – The Bolts – Don’t Let Me Go

14 – Tomisina – Out There

 

Legendary Big Band Singers in Disneyland

 

1 – Jukebox Saturday Night – Tex Beneke with Paula Kelly & The Modernaires

2 – Walking Happy – Frank Sinatra Jr.

3 – I’ve Heard That Song Before – Helen Forrest

4 – I’ll Never Smile Again – The Pied Pipers

5 – Lullaby of Birdland – Mel Torme

6 – Fever – Peggy Lee

7 – September Song – Patti Page

8 – Racing With the Moon – Vaughn Monroe

9 – How High the Moon – June Christy

10 – Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway

11 – Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive – Ella Mae Morse

12 – If You Could See Me Now – Billy Eckstine

13 – Take the A Train – The King Sisters

14 – Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey – Helen Humes

 

Rollin’ River Revue - Surfin’ 60’s Week

 

1 – Frankie Avalon – Beach Party

2 – Jan & Dean – Surf City USA

3 – The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run

4 – The Association – Never My Love

5 – The Surfaris – Wipe Out

 

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color in Rhode Island, so happy Fall to everyone and we will see you in two weeks! Bye!

 

DIVIDER LINE

9/22/17 Vlog Update


Notes - By Melonie Bush

 

Happy fall! Today is the first day of fall for 2017. It’s been two weeks and it’s time for another update of the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour!

 

There hasn’t been any new content added since the last update although behind the scenes, there has been a lot of work done, getting ready for things to be added. Before the details of that happen….

 

Everything on the site is free for people to use, but it does cost money to run the site. If anyone is willing to become a Patron, it would be greatly appreciated. You can do as low as $1 per month. If 10 people donate $1 per month, that’s ten more dollars that can go toward the expense of the site. When all is said and done, the site will have about 3,000 audio tracks and the more content that is added, the more the web host charges in monthly fees. In order to keep adding new content to the site, support is needed. Even a small, monthly, recurring donation is appreciated, and you get exclusive content as a reward for being a Patreon donator. If you don’t want to do the monthly donation you can make a one time donation in any amount. On the very bottom of the home page you can click on “Donate” and it will take you to a Paypal account. Those who do a one time donation are also included in the special content that the Patreon donors receive (if you donate this way and you don’t get that special content, contact Chris and he will be sure to get that to you).

 

Since the last update, there have been more fliers found. This flier in particular was a big find...

 

disneys country music flier.jpg

 

The first reaction to this find was “Oh no! What is this?” Originally, the Country Music Jubilee (which was a weekly concert series held in peak seasons, from 1966 until the 80’s) was what was going to represent country music in Disneyland. Then, this Country Music Spectacular flier was found. This was an after hours, once a year, special event, similar to the Dixieland in Disneyland. Big artists performed in a concert and then went around the part to perform as well. It was only one night and it happened once a year. From the information found, this started in 1971 and ran every September until 1974, maybe 1975.  This sort of took over from the Dixieland in Disneyland yearly concert where the park closed early and the special ticket let you go on all of the attractions as well.

 

The flier only says Saturday Night September 23rd. Using deductive reasoning and calendars from the 70’s, this was advertising the 1972 concert. Doing more digging produced articles for the 1971 concert and the 1973 concert. This led to a new problem: how to represent all of these country stars? They were previously represented all in one track in the Country Music Jubilee, which is about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and is a medley of the performers from 1966-1972 who appeared in the ongoing, weekly concert series. To solve this problem, another section will be added.

 

Incidentally, if you’re having a problem on Firefox, right click and then hit “Activate this plugin” and “Allow and remember” and it will fix the problem. In early 2018, the method for playing the music will be changed from a Flash-driven system to an HTML system, which will allow the music to be listened to on any browser as well as any mobile device.

 

Back to the country music, there’s a new section! The Legends of Country in Disneyland. The Country Music Jubilee will have its own track and have a few additional artists added to it. Then, the Country Music Spectacular will be split into two sections, 1971 and 1972. Anything post-1972 will go in the track called More Legends of Country in Disneyland. The popularity of country music started to fade, and in the 80’s the style of country music started to change. The music featured on the site will be a classic country sound, so if you have a great distaste for country music, don’t be afraid to give this a listen. It’s really great music. If you like the Country Bear Jamboree, the music is in that style more than what you hear on country radio today.

 

Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass will get his own track as part of the new country music section that’s been added. All of the music for this has been gathered and a medley is being put together for it.

 

You can also take a look at a master list that Chris has put together listing all of the artists, the years they played, and the availability of music. The list is color coded and explained and it’s pretty interesting to see a behind the scenes look of how this music is being gathered, organized, and put together. The After Dark page will have a medley of only the most famous singers and songs and be put together in one, 1 hour medley. The Bandstands page will have significantly more. As of right now those two chapters have 55 tracks that need final editing. Once the music is posted to the website, a list of songs will be provided in the vlog notes that accompany the vlog update so anyone can look at all of the lists and glean information from them and look up artists, songs, years, etc.

 

Taking a look at the actual site, starting on the Chapter 20, the After Dark page:

 

  • (23:52) Track 13 - The Wonderful World of Color - Disneyland After Dark. This will be added soon and will be most of the entire 45 minute tv special of the same name. It will have smooth transitions between scenes (since we won’t have commercials playing in the track) and be cleaned up in the editing process to sound really nice. It will include the Tahitian Terrace section, even though there’s already a track for it on the page (Track 21). The existing track will be redone so the audio isn’t duplicated. If you want to find the original track, you can listen to it on the Adventureland page, because Track 21 as it is right now, before the forthcoming changes, is an exact duplicate. The changes will make it so you’re not listening to the same audio twice on After Dark page.

  • (25:21) Track 28 - Fantasyland Theatre - Humdinger. A few new songs are going to be added to that because some new artists were discovered. It will be pretty much the same but with maybe 3 extra songs added to it. Same thing with Track 31 - Tomorrowland Terrace - Pop Pourri where one extra artist has been discovered and will be added.

  • (25:50) Track 34 - The Great American Music Machine. A bunch of new artists have been discovered and will be added. Also, any music with a disco vibe has been taken out because it’s going to be included in the new Space Stage Disco Concert track.

  • (26:40) Track 47 - Papa Doo Run Run. A lot more music by them has been discovered, so it will soon have an extended mix very soon (once it gets through final editing).

  • (27:00) Track 48 - Space Age - Space Age Disco Concert. This is where the tracks taken out of the Great American Music Machine will go. Meco is a group that did the disco cover for the Star Wars theme, and it was a happy find to see that they played in the park and could be included. It has a certain quality that represents Disneyland in the 70’s very well.

  • (27:40) Track 50 - Country Bear Hoedown - The Nashville Brass. On the last update it was undecided if this track would be split up, due to differing quality of audio in the two tracks. With some editing magic, the sound quality now matches well together and a medley of The Nashville Brass has turned out very nicely. Because of this it will be kept as 1 track and not divided.

 

Now let’s look at Chapter 21, Bandstands at Disneyland.

 

  • (29:12) Track 13 - Legendary Jazz Singers in Disneyland. Originally, only instrumentals were being included, but since there were a lot of famous singers who sang along with the big bands that performed in the park during that period, they deserve to be represented. For example, Frank Sinatra Jr sang at the Plaza Gardens, Patty Paige, Mel Torme, etc. It’s a really nice track and it’s ready to go for final editing.

  • (30:37) The Tomorrowland After Dark Section has had things moved around and tweaked a bit. Track 42 will be The Space Age Disco Concert which will be similar as the After Dark version, with two songs taken out. Those two songs will be from the groups Voyage and Meco, which will be made into a separate track (Track 43) on the Bandstands chapter. They’re instrumental-oriented groups and have a similar vibe. It’s going to be a really great track.

  • (32:13) Rollin’ River Revue - Featured Performers section. This section is ready for final editing.

  • (32:26) Big Bands In Disneyland - Summer Concert Series section. During the last update, there were some bands after Buddy Rich. This section is going to have the bands from the Big Bands in Disneyland television special, and a new section called More Legends of Jazz in Disneyland will have the performers that weren’t on that tv special. There will be a track for the bands that only played in Disneyland once, but they were big names, and they deserve to be represented in a mix at the beginning of the section. The other bands appeared multiple times and were more significant to the history of Disneyland. Freddy Martin appeared in 1976 and was a mainstay through the 70’s and the 80’s, so he gets his own mix. He also has a Disney connection because his band wrote and played the song Bumble Boogie which was made into an animated segment from Medley Time. Louie Bellson was another big name player who appeared multiple times in the park. Myron Floren played with the Lawrence Welk orchestra and after Lawrence Welk died he formed his own band and performed several times in the mid to late 80’s. Horace Heidt Jr had a father who was a famous band leader and he took over and made his own band, appearing many times in the late 80’s. He was the last of the real Big Band performers. After that it shifted more toward local Big Band orchestras instead of worldwide, big names.

  • (36:40) Totally 80’s section. Originally these songs weren’t part of a category, but they have been put into a category to keep the look of the page consistent. They were on the page before, but have been grouped in an 80’s section. Other than the grouping, nothing else has changed.

  • (38:00) Swing Bands in Disneyland Section. These are the local (Anaheim-area) bands that played in the park starting around the 90’s. These are not the world famous bands.

  • (38:15) Tomorrowland Terrace section. Nothing has changed there.

 

And that’s the end!

 

Once the country music tracks have been gathered, new music tracks will start to be added to the site again. All of the work that’s been done behind the scenes for the last month will start appearing, and probably appearing rapidly. It was hoped this would be done by Chris’s birthday, but all of the new stuff that was discovered has pushed that back. However, once Thanksgiving Day hits, everything will be dropped and Christmas music will be the focus for the rest of the year. Then the new format for playing audio will put in place, and once that is done the Bandstands chapter will be finished up. What will happen after that hasn't been decided, so if you have an idea, Chris is open for suggestions.

 

Happy fall everybody, and see you again in two weeks! Bye-bye!

 

DIVIDER LINE

9/08/17 Vlog Update

 

 

Notes - By Melonie

 

Since the last update it doesn’t appear that much has been done to the site. However, behind the scenes things have been very busy, as you will see. The reason for this is that more information has come forward which means more content is going to be added to both the After Dark chapter and the Bandstand chapter.

 

Before getting started, let’s express our concern and do a group prayer for those in the path of the hurricanes. Please evacuate if asked and don’t try to ride it out since it’s probably the most powerful hurricane that has ever hit Florida. Stock up on all your supplies now, and please fill up all your pots and pans with water in advance so safe drinking water is on hand in case something happens to the water supply. Prayers and thoughts go out to everyone in Florida.

 

That being said, let’s move on to happy news. Supercalifragilistic September is happening now, with songs written by the Sherman Brothers.

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The September 7th song Thomas O’Malley the Alley Cat turns out to not be a Sherman Brothers song after all! The Sherman brothers wrote 3 songs for this movie, two of which made it in. It was assumed that Thomas O’Malley the Alley Cat was one of them, but a lot of people pointed out that this song was a mistake after it was put up as the Song of the Day. Oops! The song was left in the queue so we’ll call that artistic license. Even though it’s not officially a Sherman brothers song it sounds like one and people really like it.

 

Next month will be the yearly Halloween month, starting October 1st. Last year a general Halloween theme was done, so this year the songs throughout October will be about the Disney Villains (Cruella De Ville, Poor Unfortunate Souls, etc).

 

(5:33) A couple of articles have come forward which turned out to be the main reason why new content didn’t get added since the last update. A few months ago it was mentioned that the names of the performers of an After Dark event called The Rollin’ River Revue would like to be obtained. In the last update a podcast by Jim Hill was mentioned that gave the names of some of the performers. Since then, another article was found.

 

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This article lists performers that were not included in the podcast done by Jim Hill. The plan to create a medley of the artists at this Revue had to be scrapped, because if all of these performers were included it would go from a 1 hour medley to a 5 hour medley.

 

There was also confusion because some performers that were known to have performed at the Revue (like Pearl Bailey) are not listed in this article. This was cleared up a bit when another article was found.

 

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On the right hand side of the page you see an article that says “Disneyland Is Rocking At Night.”  You can see the previous article ends on June 13th, but this one starts on June 26th. It appears the concert series was extended beyond what the first article advertises.

 

Putting two and two together, this is probably what happened. The first several weeks of the Rollin’ River Revue there were musical events happening all throughout the entire park and the Rollin’ River Revue was part of it. These events had themes and the themes encompassed all of the entertainment, all over the park, all evening long. So the artists listed in the first article did not all play at the Revue, some of them played at the Carnation Plaza, etc. After these themed weeks ended, the Rollin’ River Revue continued throughout the entire summer. The performers that played starting June 26th didn’t follow a theme, they were more like special guest stars. That’s where Pearl Bailey comes in. There was even an extra week, not mentioned in the article, where the leader of the Tonight Show Band, Doc Severinsen came in and closed out the event with the last performance.

 

So from May through mid September, every week, this was going on. That led to rethinking how all of these entertainers were represented and reorganizing the Bandstand page once again to accommodate the solution. With that being said, let’s go ahead and look at the chapters and see what they look like now.

 

(12:09) Chapter 20, Disneyland After Dark

 

  • Track 14- Cavalcade of Big Bands. This is a track on the site that will have 2 or 3 additional artists added into the mix. It will go from being about 50 minutes to being about an hour long so it will be a little more complete. This will cover 1961-1967

 

  • Track 19- The Plantation House- Bernie Bernard & His Orchestra. It was difficult to figure out how to represent this. There’s only one band that is for sure known to have played there, but no audio can be found for them. Originally the above listed band was represented on the site as one of the bands that played during the Cavalcade of Big Bands, but there’s no proof that they actually played at that event. So instead, they are being used to represent the Plantation House because it’s the type of music that would have been played there. It has the right musical feel to it, and they very well may have played at the Plantation House at some point, so they got moved to that slot to represent it.

 

  • Track 24- Skiles & Henderson. They were going to be combined with music from a group they led called the Disneyland Doodlers but now they are being represented on their own. This track will be about a half an hour long and taken from an album they recorded.

 

  • Track 27- The Space Bar. This may have been mentioned before, things are blurring together a bit from the last update and what was done for this update. This will be a medley of songs from rock bands that played from about 1960-1966. It’s mostly surfer rock type music that would have been played during that time.

 

  • Track 48- Space Age- Space Age Disco Concert. This is one of the new tracks that just got decided to be added. There were a lot of disco bands that played during the late 70’s and they should be represented, so a medley will be made of those performers.

 

  • Track 50- Bear Country Hoedown - The Nashville Brass. This was going to be a 6 minute introduction to the Rollin’ River Revue. It was a dance routine performed by The Kids of the Kingdom. There’s another group called The Nashville Brass who really sound like they would fit in with the Hoedown. Either a medley of the two groups will be made, or they will be split. The reason is because the audio quality between the two tracks is different. The Kids of the Kingdom audio quality is alright (it was taken from a cassette tape), but the Nashville Brass is crisp, clear, perfect-sounding, and in stereo, so they kind of clash. If they are split then The Nashville Brass will become Track 51. If anyone has an opinion on that, go ahead and let it be known because it’s still undecided.

 

  • Track 52- Rollin’ River Revue- Featured Performers. This will be the original idea from a few weeks ago, where a medley will be made of the guest stars from this venue. It will be the most famous people that performed, and will be an overvue, whereas the other version on the other page will be a representation of pretty much every artist that appeared at the event.

 

  • Track 81- Grad Nite Dance Party. Originally this was on the bandstand page, but it’s been moved to the After Dark page because it wasn’t a live band.

 

  • Track 82- Grad Nite Blast. Originally this wasn’t going to be included because the main piece of music for it is a version of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” which was originally used for the Step In Time live show at Disney’s California Adventure when it first opened. This piece of music is kind of a holy grail because it’s so hard to find. Lo and behold someone came forward and said they can probably get that piece of music. Let’s hope that it’s true! We’ll think positive and hold out the space for it in Track 82 which is setup to go as soon as that piece of music is shared.

 

(22:36) Now let’s take a look at the changes that have been made to the new chapter. Chapter 21 Disneyland Bandstand

 

  • For the most part (but with a couple of exceptions) this page will represent bands where people got up and danced. Performances where people sat down and listened are, for the most part, on the After Dark page.

 

  • Tomorrowland Bandstand section: The Disneyland Hotel band was originally in this section, but it was taken out and made into The Plantation House on the After Dark page, as was discussed previously (track 19 on the After Dark page). Everything else in this section is the same.

 

  • Dixieland in Disneyland section: This wasn’t a dance event. It was a music festival. However, so many different artists performed that it made for many audio tracks, so it’s on this page because this page has more room for it. This is one of those exceptions for the page that was mentioned above.

 

  • Disneyland A-Go-Go section: This has stayed the same.

 

  • Tomorrowland After Dark section: Track 36 - Mickey Finns is being added. This group is more of a Dixieland type music, but it was performed at the Space Stage in the late 70’s. It breaks up the sound a little bit, which can start to blur together and sound the same, so it’s a fun track. Track 37 - Voyager is called a Space Age Disco Concert but it’s just one group (Voyager).

 

  • Rollin River Revue - Featured Performers section: This is the major change to this chapter. This is the main reason that there aren’t a lot of new tracks. This is what took so long to figure out how to represent and then set up and gather musical content to be made into future tracks. Every themed week from that advertisement that was shown up above has been set up to have its own individual track. After the themes ended the special guest stars started, and they have their own track as well. This has gone from being 1 track to add, to 8 tracks to add (not to be confused with an 8 Track, ha ha!) Finding the music to make up the content of these tracks has taken a lot of time, but it’s in the process and they will start coming forward in future updates.

 

  • Big Bands in Disneyland - Summer Concert Series section: This section originally had some groups left out, groups who had performed at the Plaza Gardens, and it was decided to represent them. One of them is Track 61 - Louie Bellson & The Big Band Explosion. They performed many times and they really do need to be represented, so they were added in as their own individual tracks. Track 62- More Big Bands Legends In Disneyland will be comprised of big names in the industry who only played in the park once as a special guest star, or who didn’t appear in the television specials as the other performers with their own tracks did.  You can see the famous band leaders in this mix listed in the track description. There is some interesting history given at this point in the vlog.  Track 60 - Maynard Ferguson represents an artist who performed concerts at the Space Stage with a different style of jazz, more modern (at the time, it’s a 70’s sound). He doesn’t really fit in with the other artists in the section because his sound was more modern. There’s a certain logic to who gets their own track, how the tracks are organized, etc.  

 

(30:41) That’s about where things are at right now. Music is being gathered and put together to create the tracks, it’s being organized and getting ready to go into editing. There are still a few more artists to find music for. The Current Projects folder has tracks that are ready for final editing, so if you want to see what’s in that folder, you can go on the vlog and take a peek. There are 24 tracks in that folder.

 

Have a terrific final few weeks of the summer. Again, those in Florida, stay safe, hunker down, get your supplies ready. Prayers are going out to you.

 

We will see you again in two weeks. Bye-bye!

 

DIVIDER LINE

8/25/17 Vlog Update

 

Notes - By Melonie

 

Hello everyone! There is a lot to report on during this update. While there haven’t been a lot of new audio tracks added, the website has had some big things happen. To begin with, the Index Page has been reconfigured. There were a couple of reasons for this.  For one, there was a lot of residual HTML code (behind the scenes stuff that makes the website look the way it looks) so a 15 year old computer genius (Chris’s nephew!) helped get rid of all of that unneeded code, and the page pops up much quicker. The second reason was that although it looked beautiful on Firefox, there was an issue when people used Chrome (pictures were cut off on the edges, etc). So now it looks good on both browsers, and it took several days to go fix and was A LOT of work, so go check it out! (Use the link above for quick access).

 

The Disneyland After Dark Chapter is the next big thing to be worked on. It felt as though it was getting out of control with 145 tracks, where the other chapters have 80-100 tracks at the most. It took awhile to figure out how to split it up. It was finally decided to let Disneyland After Dark be about the nighttime shows and fireworks and create a separate chapter for all the live bands that played after dark. So instead of having all the live bands on that chapter, a brand new chapter was created that, with only a couple exceptions, features all the live bands that have played in the park.

 

Chris now introduces the newest chapter, Disneyland Bandstand.

 

  • (4:45) Introduction to the new chapter. Mickey Mouse serves as the mascot in his 50’s dancing outfit. The title card is shown, and then the chapter is explained.

 

  • (5:15) Track 1 - Carnation Plaza Gardens. This will be coming soon. It will include all the advertisements from the 50’s that promoted the Carnation Plaza Gardens. This includes Date Nite at Disneyland as well as The Soda Time dance ad. It needs to be redone so it’s Coming Soon.

 

  • (5:39) Tracks 2-3 are carryovers from when it was on the other page.

 

  • (5:47) The entire Tomorrowland Bandstand section from the other page has been moved to this chapter. It starts at Track 4. It’s pretty much the same as before except for what is now Track 13 - Bernie Bernard & His Orchestra. This is from an album that was recorded at The Disneyland Hotel on New Years Eve. It’s a Coming Soon.

 

  • (6:28) Dixieland in Disneyland Section, starting at Track 15:  This is the same except the Walt Disney introduction (which was the first track) has been taken out. It will still be on the After Dark chapter.

 

  • (6:57) Disneyland A-Go-Go Section starting at Track 24- The Space Bar - Annette and Bobby Rydell. This track wasn’t in this section when it was on the After Dark page, but on the Bandstand page it has been incorporated into this section. Other than that, it’s exactly what was there before.

 

  • (7:24) Tomorrowland After Dark Section starting at Track 32. These tracks feature the bands that played in Tomorrowland in the 70’s. The only thing that didn’t transfer over from the After Dark page were a couple of commercials. Those commercials can still be heard on the After Dark page.

 

  • (8:00) Big Bands in Disneyland starting at Track 40. This section is still the same. It’s still a work in progress but no changes were made during the transfer from the After Dark page.

 

  • (8:15) Tracks 54-56 were transferred over from the other page and the introduction to Grad Nite track was removed. It’s still on the After Dark page.

 

  • (8:37) Swing Bands in Disneyland starting at track 58. These tracks are the same as before.

 

  • (8:54) Tomorrowland Terrace starting at Track 70. This is the same as before. Several new tracks were added to this section since the last update, and all of them are marked “NEW”. This is tracks 71-77. There are a few tracks that are still Coming Soon and those are marked as well, tracks 78-81. They will be done soon and make this section complete.

 

  • (9:40) Track 82 - Grad Nite Dance Party. This used to be sandwiched into the Tomorrowland Terrace section, but it deserved to be its own thing, so it has been pulled out. It was only posted about a week ago so it’s also newly added since the last update.

 

So that’s basically what’s going on with the new chapter. The “Welcome To The Hub” at the bottom of each page has the new chapter link added, so you are able to navigate to the Disneyland Bandstand chapter from every page. Adding in this new chapter and all it entailed took several days of long, hard work to do. Every image and mp3 file had to be renamed to reflect the new chapter number, because what was Chapter 22 is now 23, etc. That took forever to redo. Also, new artwork and new pictures for the new page had to be created, which took up even more time. But it had to be done because even more tracks were going to be added to the After Dark chapter which would make it even longer, and it just really needed to be split up.

 

Let’s go over and look at the new Disneyland After Dark chapter.

 

First off, in order to keep the After Dark chapter from having gaping holes in its history by the removal of the bands to the new page, a creative musical solution has been devised. Whereas before, the different genres of music were represented by several tracks, they will now be represented on this page by one track only. What this means is, instead of having every individual artist from the Bandstand’s page represented, a custom mix will be put together to represent each genre (Swing Dange, Go-Go, etc). These will be a “Best Of” mix that representing the best of each genre. That way they are still represented in the After Dark chapter in some way, give a nod to its importance as history to the park, and not take up as much space as before. These mixes are Coming Soon. When they do come, and if you like an individual artist and want to hear more from them, head over to the Bandstand page.

 

It should be noted that since the site is a work in progress, the track numbers listed were correct as of 8/26/17. They may or may not match up to what was in the video at the time Chris recorded it, and they may change again later. As of 8/26/17, these track numbers are correct to what is on the site.

 

  • (13:16) The first four tracks on the Disneyland After Dark page are the same. Then, a new section called Main Street After Dark was put in. Track 5 will lead us in with a song called “Meet Me Down on Main Street” because it has a line that says “We’ve got a date tonight at 8”, so it kind of talks about night a little bit. Track 6, the Evening Area Music has been on the site for awhile. Track 7 will be The Dapper Dans, Track 8 will be The Saxophone Quartet, and track 9 is the Coke Corner Pianist which was already on there. That completes the Main Street USA After Dark section.

 

  • (14:30) Track 10- Date Nite In Disneyland and Track 11- Date Nite with the Elliott Brothers are the same. The Elliott Brothers are on this page as well as the Big Bands page. You cannot have a Disneyland After Dark page without the Elliott Brothers on it.  Since it’s also a live band it fits both categories very strongly, and so it’s on both pages.

 

  • (15:27) Track 12- Fantasy In The Sky. This is the same.

 

  • (15:30) Track 13 - The Wonderful World of Color - Disneyland After Dark. This will be a mixture of all of the different segments from the 1962 episode of The Wonderful World of Color. They are all separate and posted in the Disneyland in TV Land chapter, but this version will have them all combined together. Once it’s done, it will be posted here.

 

  • (16:10) Track 14 - Cavalcade of Big Bands. This is another duplicate of what is on the Bandstand page. This is an overview of all the different bands that played at the Tomorrowland Bandstand.

 

  • (16:48) Track 15 - Dixieland in Disneyland - Walt Disney. It had been mentioned that the Dixieland in Disneyland introduction was removed from the Dixieland section on the Bandstand page but left on the After Dark page. This is it, so you can still hear it as Track 15 on the After Dark page.

 

  • (17:00) Track 16 - Dixieland in Disneyland - Delta of the River Stage. This was a show on the Rivers of America that had a special stage designed for it (which you can see in the picture to the left of the track). These shows were both a live stage show as well as a live bands, so this event is being featured both on the After Dark page as well as the Bandstand page. On the After Dark page it’s Track 16 and it is being featured as a live stage show. On the Bandstands page it’s Track 15 - Dixieland in Disneyland: Special Guest Stars and is being featured as a live show. That way, both sides of it are represented.

  • (18:03) Track 17 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two. Once again, something central to the history of the park. They’re also in the Bandstand chapter. On the After Dark chapter it will be a track from their live album. On the Bandstands chapter it will be cuts from some of their other albums, so the tracks on the 2 chapters will be different.

 

  • (18:55) Track 18 - The Tahitian Terrace - Moonlight Time in Old Hawaii. It fits in with the After Dark theme of the page so it will be represented.

 

  • (19:14) Track 19 - The Tahitian Terrace - The Royal Tahitians. Track 18 serves as a lead in to track 19.

 

  • (19:20) Track 20 - Three Cute - Lasses - The Pirate Trio and Track 21 - The Clara Ward Gospel Singers and Track 22 - The Yachtsmen Quartet and Track 23 - Hootenanny! These were all on the page before.

 

  • (19:35) Track 25 - Spring Fling. This was on the site before and it now says Coming Soon because it’s having more added to it. The existing track will be used to create the “overview mix” which will incorporate all of the Disneyland A-Go-Go music (which starts at Track 24 on the Bandstand page) as a “Best Of” compilation. The Spring Fling ad will be a “lead in” to the compilation.  

 

  • (20:30) Skipping to Track 28 - Pepsi Presents: New Years Eve in Disneyland. This comes from an album that has many live performances in the park, and it’s put together as an overview. That’s why it’s on the After Dark chapter instead of the Bandstands chapter. You can also find this on the Disneyland Records chapter starting at Track 65.

 

  • (21:19) Skipping to Track 32 - The Disneyland Entertainment Experience. This is Jack Wagner introducing a bunch of the live events that take place in Disneyland After Dark. The tracks that follow this are all mentioned in this audio. So this track plays and serves as an informal lead in for the next several tracks (up to a point).

 

  • (21:58) Starting at Track 33 - The Main Street Electrical Parade tracks (all but the 2017 tracks) were put into a section instead of having them separated because the descriptions became repetitive. There are a lot of tracks here so it really belonged as a section rather than a separated list of tracks. It’s the same audio but presented in a bit different format.

 

  • (22:45) Tracks 40-42 - Three versions of Fantasy In The Sky.

 

  • (23:02) Track 43 - Disneyland Entertainment - 1970’s Announcements. These announcements also serve as a lead in for Tracks 43 and 44. Tracks 43 and 44 can also be found on the Bandstand page (with different track numbers). One should also note that this page is still a work in progress so a lot of the descriptions don’t match the track yet. They are serving as place holders until the correct info can be put in, and their purpose for right now is to give the page the correct look for what the final product will be. If you see errors, don’t worry, they will be fixed very soon.

 

  • (25:00) Track 46 - Country Bear Hoedown. This is mentioned in the Jack Wagner preview (Track 31) and it wasn’t even thought to add it before, but it really should be included in Disneyland After Dark chapter. So a place for it has been created, and this track will be Coming Soon.

 

  • (25:32) Track 47 - Rollin’ River Revue. It has the same kind of country music feel to it as Track 45 so they were put after each other. The Country Bear Hoedown to leads into the Rollin’ River Revue.

 

  • (25:51) Track 48 - Rollin’ River Revue - Featured Performers. Awhile back it was mentioned that Chris was looking for the performers at this Revue, and someone came through! Big shout outs go to Jim Hill of The Disney Dish because he did a podcast episode where he talked about the history of Fantasmic, and he also did a rundown of many of the performers there at the Rollin’ River Revue. Just to give you a heads up of some of the performers that were there: Frankie Avalon, Jan & Dean, Patty Paige, Buddy Rich, Spyro Gyra, Jose Feliciano, Cool & The Gang, Papa Doo Run Run, Leon Russell, Earl Scrubbs, Pearl Bailey and Pete Fountain. There were a couple of other that Jim Hill didn’t have the name of so those won’t be included. But that’s pretty much the majority of the performers, so a very interesting and eclectic mix will be made from these performers. - Note - Following the creation of the vlog, Chris was given some more names of artists who appeared at this event. Stay tuned for more info in two weeks.

 

  • (27:25) Track 49 - Big Bands in Disneyland. The title music from the Big Bands show will kick off the track. Then one song from each band that performed will be put into a mix. The version on this page will be compiled from studio recordings (see the Bandstand page if you want to hear the tracks that were recorded live, starting around Track 40 on that page).

 

  • (28:31) Track 51 - Disneyland Grad Nite. Before there was a 1 hour track for the first half of the 80’s and a 1 hour track for the 2nd half of the 80’s, and then Live On Stage All Star track which was over an hour as well. That’s a lot of 80’s, so the best of all 3 of these will be put together into one “best of” track. This is Coming Soon.

 

  • (29:20) Tracks 52-54 are all the same audio as what was there before.

 

  • (29:42) Track 55 - Fantasy In The Sky. This track has been moved to this spot to keep a sort of cohesion. This page is loosely being organized in chronological order.

 

  • (30:09) Track 56 - Big Thunder Barbecue - Area Background Music and Track 57 - Jambalaya Jazz Band and Track 58 - Rivers of America - Fantasmic! Announcements. All of these tracks are what was there before.

 

  • (30:24) Skipping to Track 65 - Swing Bands in Disneyland. A mix will be created that is a “best of” all the artists that performed. If you want to hear the individual groups go to the Bandstands chapter.

 

  • (30:55) Tracks 66-69 are all of the fireworks shows and they were on the chapter before.

 

  • (31:00) Track 71 - Pixie Hollow Enchantment. There are also several shows about 7 minutes long where the water and lights and music do a little choreographed performance. Previously, there wasn’t access to the music used in these shows. However, a new contact person has been found and he has provided exciting information. It has been made known that the music from these come from the Tinkerbell movies that were made direct to video. The problem is, we don’t know what tracks were used and in trying to identify them with software, everything comes up “Unidentifiable”. However, this contact person has said that he has a list of all of the music that has been used, and after he finds the list he will share the information. Then this music from these shows will then be able to be replicated and this track will be available.

 

  • (33:21) Track 73 - Tomorrowland Terrace. Again, all of the artists who have individual tracks on the Bandstand page will be put together in a mix that includes one song from each group.

 

  • (33:47) Skipping to Track 80 - Main Street Electrical Parade - 2017 Announcements. This has been moved to the end of the chapter to keep things more chronological. It just makes sense to keep everything as chronological on this page as possible for the sake of organization.

 

  • (34:42) Track 82 - Fantasmic! 2017 - “Imagine” Exit Music. This is also at the end of the chapter to keep it in chronological order.

 

  • (35:00) After that come the Good-bye announcements and things which were all there before.

 

And that is the new Disneyland After Dark chapter! There is still work to do, not everything is completed, so if you check out the page in the next few days there might be some strange things happening. Some descriptions underneath the tracks might not make any sense because they haven't been rewritten and you’re seeing the place holders, some tracks might not play, etc. It’s under construction so be patient and soon everything will be back in order. Then new songs can be added. If you can’t play a track, try back in a few minutes. It’s probably temporary as things are being rearranged. It doesn't mean the site is down, it means things are under construction.

 

That’s everything for this update. Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful summer. See you in two weeks! Bye-bye!

 

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8/11/17 Vlog Update

 

Notes - By Melonie

 

Hello everybody and welcome to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour update for August 11, 2017. I’ve made a lot of additions to my website since my last update. But first I want to mention that beginning September 1st, I will have my annual “Supercalifragilistic September,” a month long tribute to the Sherman Brothers, as the Disney Song of the Day. Every song throughout September will be a classic Sherman Brothers song. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and people seem to enjoy it, so look for it again this year.

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All of the additions to the site since the last update are from the Disneyland After Dark chapter, and it’s pretty much everything that was mentioned in the last update that I said I would be adding.

 

  • (1:40) Track 35 - The Yachtsmen Quartet. This track has been on the site for a long time but some major clean up has been done. Background hiss and glitches have been removed (it was from a live recording). It’s a huge improvement over the old track, so be sure to check out this new and improved version.

 

  • (2:17) Track 36 -  Hootenanny! And Track 38 - Fantasyland Theater - Humdinger. The new and expanded versions of these have been posted. Here is a list of the bands that are included in these mixes, as well as annotations to show which artists are new to the updates.

 

Hootenanny

 

1 – Hootenanny - The Glencoves

2 – Erie Canal – The Yachtsmen   NEW

3 - Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine - The Greenwood County Singers

4 - Jordan's River - Modern Folk Quartet

5 - This Land is Your Land - The New Christy Minstrels  NEW

6 - Alabama Bound - Jim & Jean

7 - Dooley - The Dillards

8 - Done Laid Around (Gotta Travel On) - Joe & Eddie

9 - Silver Dollar - The Back Porch Majority

10 - The Unicorn - The Irish Rovers

11 - Three Legged Man - John Denver and the Mitchell Trio

12 - Shenandoah - Phil Campos and Paul Hansen

13 - Old Home Place - Richard & Jim

14 - Thunder and Lightning - Hoyt Axton

15 - Green Rocky Road - Casey Anderson

16 - Red River Valley - Glenn Yarbrough and Marilyn Child

17 - Willow Tree - The Limeliters

18 - Mule Skinner Blues - Jose Feliciano

19 - Waves on the Sea - The Mitchell Trio

20 - Little Rag Doll - The Womenfolk

21 - Boll Weevil - Sam Hinton

22 - St. James Infirmary - Josh White

23 - Molly and Tenbrooks - Steve Gillette

24 - Proud to Be Together - The Stoneman Family

 

Humdinger

 

1 - Humdinger - Freddy Cannon

2 - This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis and the Playboys

3 - Patience Baby - The Pair Extraordinaire   NEW

4 - The In Crowd - Dobie Gray

5 - Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

6 - She'd Rather Be With Me - The Turtles

7 - Things - Jody Miller   NEW

8 - Across the Street is a Million Miles Away - Ray Peterson   NEW

9 - Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders

10 - Papa Oom Mow Mow - The Rivingtons

11 - Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis

12 - Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens

13 - I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

14 - Dream For Sale - Joey Paige   NEW

15 - What the World Needs Now is Love - Jackie DeShannon

16 - The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens

17 - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - The Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

18 - Windy - The Association

19 - Two Lovers - Mary Wells

20 - More - Vic Dana   NEW

21 - He’s a Rebel - The Crystals  NEW

22 - Love Letters Straight From Your Heart - Ketty Lester  NEW

23 - It's My Party - Leslie Gore

24 - Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me - Mel Carter

25 - Dirty Water - The Standells

26 - Goody Galum-Shus - Bobby Sherman

27 - Nowhere to Run - Martha and the Vandellas

28 - Good Lovin' - The Rascals

29 - Come A Little Bit Closer - Jay and the Americans  NEW

30 - Cherry Cherry - Neil Diamond

 

  • (3:25) Track 43 - Tomorrowland Terrace - Pop Pourri. The history and details of this were discussed in the last vlog. This is all 60’s, Go-Go-type music and it was a lot of fun to put together. This track has been completed and added to the site and contains the following artists in the mix:

 

Pop Pourri

 

1 - Mastered the Art of Love - TheCheckmates Ltd.

2 - Sunny - Gary Lewis and the Playboys

3 - Love’s the Only Answer - Kelly Garrett

4 - I’m the Wolf Man - Round Robin

5 - I Want Love - The Individuals

6 - Something About You Baby - The Vibrants

7 - Heartbeats - Dick and Dee Dee

8 - She Done Moved - The Spats

9 - Candy - 1910 Fruitgum Company

10 - Girl It’s Over - The Six Deep

11 - The Duck - Jackie Lee

12 - Annie Ya Ya - Jim Doval and the Gauchos

13 - Follow Me - The Bantams

14 - Follow the Bouncing Ball - The Hondells

15 - I Live For the Sun - The Sunrays

16 - That Ain’t Right - Freddy and the Sounds of Soul

17 - Tainted Love - Gloria Jones

18 - Get on This Plane - The Premieres

19 - Heartbreaker - H.B. Barnum

20 - You’ll Never Know - Mickey and the Invaders

21 - Our Love is Gonna Snowball - Jackie and Gayle

22 - Chocolate Cherry - The Joe Tex Band

23 - Follow the Sunshine - Don Grady and The Yellow Balloon

24 - You’re Absolutely Right - The Swinging Apollas

25 - Free as the Wind - The Brooklyn Bridge

26 - Tequila - New Classic Singers

27 - You’re the Sound of Love - Peppermint Rainbow

28 - Words - The Regents

29 - That’s My Bag - Shango

30 - Two Can Have a Party - Marvin Gaye andTammi Terrell

31 - Knock on Wood - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

 

  • (4:39) Track 95 - Jambalaya Jazz Band. This is the band that plays on the Tom Sawyer Island rafts during the pre-show of the current Fantasmic!, and also played during the Star Wars Land - Galaxy’s Edge construction (they performed concerts at night when Fantasmic! was not running). This is not authentic music because this group hasn’t produced a professional album. The only recordings of them were taken by guests, live, in the park, so a pretty close match to their sound was located and put on the site. It’s Dixieland jazz and some sound effects that you hear along the Rivers of America at night (like the crickets) were added, which makes it really fun.

 

  • (6:26) Track 96 - Rivers of America - Fantasmic! Announcements. This is the full Rivers of America - Waterfront loop that you hear both day and night. The countdown to the show announcements will cut in and say “Fantasmic is about to begin!” at the 30 minute, 15 minute, 10 minute and 5 minute intervals, which is authentic to what guests hear as they sit along the Rivers of America and wait for the show to start.

 

  • (7:22) Track 101 - Fantasmic! 2017 - “Imagine” Exit Music. A lot of people have asked if the 2017 version of Fantasmic! has been obtained by me, and the answer is unfortunately no. (hopefully someday). The exit music for the show is the same as what is used at Tokyo Disneyland, so this will at least represent the 2017 show until the new version of Fantasmic! can be obtained.

 

  • (8:10) Track 125 - Club Buzz - Sandbox. This is a  local rock band that played during the period when the Tomorrowland Terrace was decorated to look Buzz Lightyear-inspired and durring the day they had a Buzz Lightyear show.

 

  • (8:58) Track 142 - Wurlitzer Music Store - Town Square Evening Concert. This was on the site before, but it only had one song. It has now been extended. If you are familiar with the album titled “Echoes of Disneyland” (available in the Disneyland Records chapter) this is similar. However, crickets chirping have been incorporated into this track to give it a romantic, nighttime, peaceful feeling. If you want to hear it without crickets to go Disneyland Records. If you like the crickets, this track is for you.

 

  • (9:48) Track 143 - Disneyland Park Closing Announcements - Jack Wagner. This was on the site before but it only had one version of the closing announcements. A second version has been added.

 

  • (10:14) Track 144 - Disneyland Park Closing Announcements - Bill Rogers. - - Bill Rogers is the current “Voice of Disneyland” and a friend sent this track in. The music that is underneath the announcements comes from a VHS tape from the 90’s “Disney Sing-Along” series called “Disneyland Fun”. This is NOT the authentic music that’s really played under the announcements in the park, but the music was added to make it a listening experience instead of someone just talking. It came out really fun. Just keep in mind that while the announcements are true to what is played in the park, the music underneath it is not.

 

(11:10) That’s it for what has been added so far. The next project on the agenda will be to get the Tomorrowland Terrace section added. Everything has been gathered, it just needs to go through final editing (which can be the longest and most difficult part of the process). Also needing to be completed is the Big Bands in Disneyland section. If you or anyone else has access to the Disney Channel series “Big Bands in Disneyland” and can get good quality audio recordings from this series, please get in touch with Chris. As things stand, the Glenn Miller episode is missing. The version that will be added is from the same year with the same orchestra but is not the recording from Disneyland (although it’s a great place holder). The sound quality on some of these is not great and it was considered to leave some of these tracks out, but after further debate, it was decided to keep everything in, and try to clean up the audio as best as possible. Mostly it’s the applause in between the songs that sounds bizarre. Some applause swapping might occur from tracks whose applause doesn’t sound as muffled, but it really would be ideal to just get a better quality audio to begin with. The Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw audio are the ones most needed. If you have access to any of these, please let Chris know.

 

(14:30) There are about 25 tracks left on these tracks left to work on, and each track is about an hour each. That’s 25 hours of music left to edit and add. Hopefully by Chris’s birthday in September, fingers crossed, this chapter will be finished.

 

(15:03) Once that is finished, the Holiday Time in Disneyland chapter will be revisited. It wasn’t appealing to listen to Christmas music in May, when the chapter was being worked on earlier this year, so while all the other holidays have been added, the Christmas section is the last holdout. It’s getting late enough in the year that editing Christmas tracks won’t feel so out of place.

 

(15:44) But before that gets worked on, some new things will be added to the Welcome to Disneyland chapter. It was already completed but some new material has been obtained.  If that’s all finished and it’s still not Thanksgiving yet, the Disneyland Railroad tracks on Chapter 2 Hometown USA might be worked on. A lot of people have been asking for these but they’re quite difficult to edit so they’ve been put off. They might get worked on this year, but they could just as easily be postponed until next year.

 

(16:55) That’s what’s going on with the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour. I hope everyone is having a very enjoyable summer and I will talk to you in two weeks! Thanks for listening and bye-bye everybody!

 

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 7/28/17 Vlog Update

Notes - By Melonie

 

Goodmorning everyone! Can you believe it’s been 2 weeks already? Summer is flying by.

 

Since the last update, June Foray - a woman who should be considered a Disney legend - has passed away.

 

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She was the voice of Rocky from Rocky & Bullwinkle, Natasha the Russian Spy from Rocky & Bullwinkle, Cindy Loo Who, Granny from the Warner Brothers cartoons, Granny Gummy from Gummy Bears for Disney, and a witch named Witch Hazel both for Disney and for Warner Brothers, making it unique that there’s a character with the same name and personality for two different studios. She also provided the sounds for Lucifer the cat in Cinderella, and the Indian Mother in Peter Pan, and many other voices. Her impact has been felt through the animation world for decades and decades. She died in her 90’s so she lived a full life, however, she will still be missed and her death is a great loss.  

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Then this morning, more sad news. One of the last remaining links to Walt Disney has passed away. His name is Marty Sklar.

 

 

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Marty started working in a low position in the Disneyland parks, even before Disneyland opened to the public, and he rose through the ranks over the years, eventually becoming the President of Disneyland and then the President of Walt Disney Imagineering. He was there from the beginning and he was there for it all. His philosophy and impact will be felt throughout the theme park industry forever. It is hoped that the imagineers that follow will remember the lessons that Marty taught and retain the philosophy from him, and through him, from Walt.

 

These particular people were so important to Disneyland, and Disney animation and the parks that this is devastating news. They will never be forgotten and we are so blessed to have had them because of how they have affected our lives in positive ways.

 

Pressing forward despite this sad news, the updates to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour!

 

(5:44) A discussion on Pop Pourri, which is a “Coming Soon” project. A friend named Scott has been working with Chris, hand in hand, to figure out the history of audio and the Disney parks in general. Scott sent some fliers from events which have taken place in the park and a significant one got overlooked. In the mid 60’s a concert series took place called Humdinger, which has a track in the Disneyland After Dark chapter (Track 38). However, once the Tomorrowland Terrace opened there were other performers who played and, until now, have been overlooked on the site. They are now going to be represented. These groups cover the gamut of what was going on in pop music at this time, so Pop Pourri is an accurate name to represent this event. This and other things have led to additions which will be made to the Disneyland After Dark chapter. Since changes were to be made, a brainstorming session about anything else that could possibly be added to the chapter took place, since it’s a huge endeavor and hours of work to add things to a chapter each time a change is made. All images and tracks and sometimes even coloring of letters have to be changed and it can take hours for just one track, so it’s better to do it all at once. Look for these changes in the near future.

 

(10:18) Track 13 - The Space Bar - Annette and Bobby Rydell. This is the first new thing being added to this chapter, going through numerically. It’s a segment from The Wonderful World of Color.

 

(10:49) Track 36 - Hootenanny! This has been on the page for a couple of months now. A little history: there was one group from this festival where music couldn’t be found. At last the reason they were so difficult to find has been discovered. It turns out the name of the group listed in the promotional material is a different name than what the group recorded under. Through a happy accident the actual name of the group was found and so one song is going to be added to this track. Also, in the last update it was mentioned that there was a Yachtsmen song in the version on the Disneyland Showtime chapter that wasn’t in this track on the Disneyland After Dark page. Going forward, there will probably be a Yachtsmen song added to this track as well, but a different song than the one in the Showtime chapter. So, there will be two new songs added which will enhance and extend this existing track and give better representation to the performers and the legacy of this event.

 

(12:28) Humdinger and Pop Pourri kind of relate. The track for Pop Pourri will eventually be placed within the number 40-something’s tracks. The last few days have been spent gathering the audio for this. When Humdinger was originally done, the more obscure groups were left out to make room for the main players so it didn't’ turn into a 2 hour mix. That meant there was a big chunk of material left out. Since it was around the same time as Pop Pourri was going on in Tomorrowland Terrace, the stuff that was left out of the Humdinger mix will be included in the Pop Pourri mix. There will be about 6 songs added back in, which is a happy thing and, along with the Pop Pourri mix, will give a more accurate representation of this style and era of Disneyland performances.

 

(17:10) While looking at the 2017 Electrical Parade announcements track which was discussed during the last update, a typo was noticed. A demonstration on how the line notes are put in and/or corrected for typos is given. This gives a “Behind the Scenes” look to how the site is made. If anyone ever comes across a typo please send an email so it can be fixed so the site is typo-free. No offense will be taken. The site should be error free. The same goes for subpar audio- some of the Big Bands tracks might go away since the audio isn’t as high a quality as would be desired.

 

(21:06) When Fantasmic was on hiatus there was something put in place at night to keep the guests entertained. The Jambalaya Jazz Band, who usually performs in New Orleans Square, performed a concert on one of the Tom Sawyer Island rafts. As a pre-show to Fantasmic they’ve had other bands perform on the rafts to the concept isn’t new. In addition to the Jambalaya Jazz Band there was another group that also performed along the river and there will be a track added for them in the future as well.

 

(22:48) Someone sent the countdown announcements to Fantasmic, so that’s new audio that will be added soon to the site. The full Rivers of America -  Dixieland Jazz Loop will be added with the announcements placed within it. There are two reasons for this. The first is, as guests sit and wait for the show, this is what they hear, so it makes an authentic experience. The second reason is that in the audio for the announcements, that very music can be heard in the background anyway. Instead of editing it out, it’s being embraced and enhanced. There will still be an audio file in the New Orleans Square chapter without the announcements.

 

(22:18) The 2017 edition of Fantasmic premiered just a few days ago. The audio for this probably won’t be obtained for a long time, but the exit music for it has been obtained. It turns out this music is the same that they use in the Tokyo version. Once the audio is cleaned up it will be posted. As of this Vlog, it wasn’t posted yet- it’s still a “Coming Soon.”

 

(25:40) The Swing Bands in Disneyland section has been finished! All the missing tracks have been added so that full block of audio is now complete.

 

(26:10) Track 141 - Disneyland Forever - A Kiss Goodnight. The track has had a space blocked in and is coming soon.

 

(26:23) Track 142 - Wurlitzer Music Store - Town Square Evening Concert. This track will be extended soon. Currently there is only 1 song but the full album will be added. It will be different than the track on the Disneyland Records chapter because it will have sound effects over it to create the feeling of being on Main Street at night.

 

(26:55) Track 143 - Disneyland Park Closing Announcements - Jack Wagner. Previously there was only the Jack Wagner version of these announcements available. The present day version with announcer Bill Rogers has been obtained and will be added soon.

 

There haven’t been as many tracks added lately as in previous Vlogs because there has been so much planning needed to figure out how to integrate the new tracks, plus the actual time it takes to rearrange the structure of the site (which takes hours and hours per track). In addition to that project, someone sent a bunch of cassette tapes which have been converted to digital, which took several days as well. Also the Disney Song of the Day for the month of August was being set up. While it may look on the outside that there hasn't’ been much going on, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes - at least 10 hours a day, every day, 7 days a week. However, this behind the scenes work all eventually leads up to new audio being posted to the site which can be seen and heard, and it all pays off. Stay tuned to see all of this, coming soon and/or, eventually.

 

(29:40) For those who listen to the Jiminy Crickets podcast, there are some major changes happening including losing one co-host, gaining another (a woman this time!) and moving to a bi-weekly format. More detailed explanations as to why these changes are being made are given both in the Vlog and the podcast itself.

 

(31:17) Happy summer, and I look forward to updating you more in two weeks! Goodbye everybody!

 

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 7/14/17 Vlog Update

 

Notes - By Melonie

 

Hello everyone!

 

A special 10 day block of songs devoted to Disneyland was recently featured during the Song of the Day.  Be sure to check that out. The next special block will be in September and will be called  Supercalifragilistic September, a month long tribute to the Sherman Brothers.

 

The Disneyland Magical Audio Tour has hit a new milestone. The 1,400 track mark has been surpassed! There are 1,4021 tracks now in the collection. In addition to Disneyland After Dark, songs that fit into other chapters have been crossposted. This will hopefully make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for. For example, The Main Street Electrical Parade fits the theme of Disneyland After Dark, but it also fits into Parades. So it’s now part of the Disneyland on Parade chapter. So if someone is searching for it and they look for it under parades they’ll find it there, and it will make it easier for them to locate. This is just one example of many duplicates that have been added to other chapters. Additionally, new tracks have been added as well.

 

To start, we will go over what has been added to the Disneyland After Dark chapter.

  • (6:40) Track 54- Main Street Electrical Parade- Announcements. Several announcements for the 2017 Main Street Electrical Parade.

  • (7:20) The Swing Bands in Disneyland block (starting around track 104) has had several tracks added (there are only 2 left to go). Everything is authentic audio of the actual bands except for tracks 99 and 102.  

  • (9:30) Track 124- Tomorrowland Terrace - Area Background Music. This is music from a Radio Disney CD (possibly volume #8) and this music is really used as background music between sets at the Tomorrowland Terrace at night.

 

As a side note, if you’re having trouble playing the songs, you need to make sure you have Adobe Flash installed and running on your browser. While possibly antiquated, this is the current mechanism used to play the songs on the website, and while it might be replaced with something different someday, this is what it is now. If you check to make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed and running and you still have a problem, contact Chris and we’ll figure out what’s going on.

 

(13:42) Moving on to a different part of the audio tour. Chapter 14 is called Disneyland Showtime and it’s a chapter about all the live shows, stage shows and different types of entertainment and limited time events that have been held in the park over time. A few things in the Disneyland After Dark chapter also belonged on this chapter, so these have been cross posted.

 

  • (14:24) Track 19 - Dixieland at Disneyland and Track 20 - Cavalcade of Big Bands are mixes that include several different artists. It’s an overview of everything in the Disneyland After Dark chapter.

  • (15:06) Track 21 - Hootenanny! -  This has one difference from its partner track in the After Dark chapter. In Disneyland After Dark there’s a separate track covering Yachtsmen. However, in this track it has been combined together. Since they were an integral part of the Hootenanny! festival they were included, with one extra song by the Yachtsmen, into this track which is what makes it different than the Disneyland After Dark track.

  • (16:18) Track 22 - Fantasyland Theater - Humdinger. This one is the exact same track as on the Disneyland After Dark page.

  • (16:24) Track 24 - Country Music Jubilee. This is the exact same track as on the Disneyland After Dark page.

  • (16:28) Track 26 - The Great American Music Machine. This is the same exact track as on the Disneyland After Dark page. This goes through the end of the Chapter.

 

The same type of thing was also done with the Disneyland on Parade chapter (Chapter 5). This chapter presents things in chronological order rather than having things grouped together by type (for example, all the Electrical Parades from the 70’s until now are grouped together in Disneyland After Dark). Chronological is the presentation style for this chapter.

 

  • (19:34) Track 15 - St. Patrick's Day Parade. This was done in 1968

  • (20:45) Tracks 19 & 20 - The original Electrical Parade is represented in two tracks from 1972.

  • (21:22) Track 33 - The Return to Oz portion of the Electrical Parade from 1985.

  • (21:42) In the After Dark chapter the opening announcements by Jack Wagner and the parade are both separate tracks, but on this version on this page it’s combined into one track.

  • (22:39) Track 45 - Disneyland Easter Parade. This is placed in about 1985 in the chronology of the chapter.

  • (23:22 Track 77 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade. The Christmas Fantasy Parade which started in 1994

  • (23:32) Track 81 - Light Magic.  

  • (23:45) Track 90 - Give A Day, Get A Day - Thanksgiving Parade.

  • (23:50) Track 94 - Paint The Night Parade and Track 95 - Frightfully Fun Parade

  • (23:54) Track 96 - The Main Street Electrical Parade - 2017. The opening announcements have been included with the actual parade on this track, making it differ slightly from the version on the After Dark chapter.

 

Holiday Time in Disneyland has one new track.

 

  • (26:12) Track 111 - The Tournament of Roses Parade. This parade takes place on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California and Disneyland has had multiple floats through the years in this parade. For this new track, several of the tracks which were separated on the Parade chapter have been combined into one track which encompasses all of the floats which represented specific anniversaries (the 35th anniversary of Disneyland, the 40th, the 50th, and the 60th anniversaries). This makes it different than the versions on the Parade chapter because it’s select tracks combined into a medley, rather than the separate tracks which contain every entry throughout the years.

 

Today is the first day of D23 and hopefully everyone visiting in Anaheim has a good time, stays safe, drinks lots of water, gets lots of rest, and takes good care of yourselves.

 

The last thing to mention is how to become a Disney Chris financial supporter. The site costs a lot of money to pay for to run.  Music on the site is free with no ads, and it costs money to bring them to the site. If you can see it in your heart to make a donation, even a $1 donation a month, that greatly helps. Plus, you get additional content unavailable anywhere else when you donate through Patreon. If you donate another way and you still want access to the exclusive content, just let Chris know and with no questions asked, that exclusive content will be sent to you as well.  There is a link at the top of every chapter on the site called “Donate to Site”. All donations go directly toward adding more music to the site, not into anyone’s personal bank account. The three ways to donate:

  • A one-time donation through PayPal

  • A recurring, monthly donation through Patreon

  • Buying a T-shirt (which is very good quality, and comes in several styles and colors-you won’t be disappointed) on this website.

 

(33:49) I will talk to you in two weeks and share with you all the wonderful new additions that will be made over the next two weeks. Bye-bye!

 

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June 30th, 2017 - Vlog Update Notes (see video below)

 

 Here is the written version of my last Disneyland Magical Audio Tour Youtube Vlog Update from June 30th - Thanks again to my dear friend Melonie for doing these extensive notes.

 

 Welcome! There are a few things to talk about on this update before we get into the audio tour.

First up, there will be a change in the frequency of videos, from doing one video every week to doing one video every two weeks. The first reason for this is that the videos which aren't about the updates to the Magical Audio Tour aren’t as popular (only half as many viewers). Secondly, it’s difficult to figure out what to say on those other videos. Rather than struggle to come up with content, all effort will go into doing one really good video every two weeks. From here on out there will be a video every other Friday discussing the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour and the website in general. The Jiminy Crickets podcast is also available every week, and if an interesting topic comes up that isn't covered through those methods, there could be a separate video dedicated to that subject as needed.

 

 Also, going into the 4th of July weekend, it means 2017 is half over. Can you believe it? On the website there will be a special Song Of The Day from July 1st- July 10th which will be all Disney songs of a patriotic nature. Special artwork will be posted on Facebook and Twitter to announce the song of the day. After the 10th of July there will be a special 10 day block of songs to celebrate Disneyland’s 62nd anniversary. (July 17th is the actual day of the 62nd anniversary).

 

 Because there aren’t that many new additions to discuss this week, time will be taken to briefly discuss the 25 chapters that comprise the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour. These can be found at the bottom of each page, and they’re called “The Hub.” This starts around the (5:05) mark. It has not only descriptions but interesting trivia and teasers of things that will be added in the future.

 

 Around (18:00) the updates start. The first step to getting the tracks on the site is to set them up. During setup mode, you won’t see a lot of new content on the site because it takes a few weeks to get things ready for final editing. There are 34 tracks in the folder that are now ready for final editing (which will finish the Disneyland After Dark chapter). Over the next couple of weeks (or maybe months) all of these tracks will be added- the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen! There was a lot of research that had to be done in order to locate tracks for this chapter. There was a television show in 1984 called Big Bands in Disneyland. Several legendary Big Band orchestras performed at the Plaza Gardens and it was all filmed for TV. If anyone has better sounding recordings of these Disney Channel specials from the 80’s please contact Chris. Better audio quality is definitely desired. Some of the tracks might not be posted because the audio from the specials on YouTube aren’t up to standard. There was also a track that had a portion of the video that freezes during part of it, and one episode that is missing and not posted on YouTube (the Glenn Miller orchestra). The audio that will be placed there is a place holder until the authentic Big Bands in Disneyland version can be found. Again, please let Chris know so he can replace what is planned for that chapter with the authentic audio.

 

 (24:03) Four tracks in Swing Bands in Disneyland have been added (not be be confused with Big Bands in Disneyland). The difference is that these are not the legendary performers, these are groups that were formed in later years that replaced the authentic bands as the authentic bands wavered and died out, due to the march of time. These tracks are from the 90’s up until the present day.

 

 (25:58) Track 98- Stanford Freese & the Disneyland Big Band. This was an in house band, formed by Disneyland. Stanford Freese was a conductor with the Disneyland Marching Band, and he kind of moonlit with another group that performed at the plaza in the early 90’s. It’s Disney songs performed in the Big Band style. It’s a very fun track although not authentic audio performed in the park.

 

 (27:45) Track 99- The Swing Kings. This is authentic audio. Fun trivia fact: it was difficult to find the audio for this track so a placeholder was set up. However, authentic audio was found while looking for something else, so the place holder was scrapped and the authentic audio was put in instead.

 

 Track 100- Doc Anello & The Swing Machine. This is authentic audio.

(28:55) Track 101- Jump, Jive & Swing: Swingtown. This track is a place holder. This band still performs at Disneyland. They used to perform at the Carnation Gardens, and were the last band to play before the Carnation Gardens were taken down to make way for the Fantasy Faire Village. While they are one of the most significant bands to play at Disneyland, authentic audio is hard to find since they haven’t produced a studio album. Chris has even gone so far as to contact the group and ask if they have audio they are willing to offer up to include on the site. While this track is a place holder, it does a good job of representing this group. Hopefully someday they will get back to Chris with authentic audio.

 

 (32:10) Question: Is it unethical to post all this music on the website? Does this take away from supporting the artists? Answer: not really, since all of this can be readily found on YouTube, and if it can be listened to on YouTube it can be listened to just the same on DisneyChris.com  For other bands, permission was given from the bands themselves to put it on the website. If you enjoy the music from these bands, you’re encouraged to buy their albums (if they have one) to support them.

 

 (33:25) Personal story from Chris about his experiences in the late 90’s, when he was living about half an hour away from Disneyland. He used to bring his dancing shoes and go swing dancing every weekend and, in his opinion, he was a pretty good dancer back in his 20’s. This was during the swing dance revival which was partially kicked off by the movie Swing Kids. The older crowd that had been dancing at Disneyland since the 50’s and 60’s was there, mixed in with a younger crowd who were part of the swing dance revival.

 

 (35:37) If you listen to this before the 4th of July, remember to check out the holiday chapter and scroll down to track number 91. You can listen to all of these tracks related to the 4th of July to get you in the mood to celebrate. It’s a couple of hours worth of music. Be sure to check that out if you haven’t already.

 

 (36:20) Farewells. Chris will see you in two weeks! Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook and have a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

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June 30, 2017

 

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Here again is the written version of my last Disneyland Magical Audio Tour Youtube Vlog Update from June 16th - Thanks again to my dear friend Melonie for doing these extensive notes.

June 16, 2017
 
Hello everyone, and welcome to the June 16th update. There have been tracks added, extended, enhanced, and rearranged in Chapter 20. This chapter has grown from 32 tracks at the beginning of the year to 99 completed tracks. The 3 sections which still need to be completed are: Big Band in Disneyland Summer Concert Series, Swing Bands in Disneyland, and the Tomorrowland Terrace. Each section represents dance bands in a different decade, including the present (at Tomorrowland Terrace). Now, for the new additions!
 
(3:35) Track 56 - Main Street Electrical Parade - 2017. This used to be at the bottom of the page, since it’s the newest audio track in the collection. However, it’s now been grouped with the vintage Electrical Parade tracks so they’re all together in one cluster.
 
(4:25) Track 60 - Rollin’ River Review. This has improved audio quality, so it’s a 2.0 version. This was a stage show set on the Rivers of America, sort of a precursor to Fantastmic. It was a live review with a guest star and an opening number (which you hear in this track). Only two of these guest stars have been discovered during research, but an educated guess can be made as to what was played at this review: the music was kept to Americana to keep with the Frontierland theme. If anyone knows who performed at the Rollin’ River Review, please let that information be known. Someday perhaps there can be a compilation track made of various artists who played at the Rollin’ River Review, similar to the compilation tracks that were discussed during the last update and those that were released during this update.
 
(7:16) Track 62 - Pizzazz. This is a featured group that performed at the Tomorrowland Terrace. While it’s a studio recording, it’s still authentic, performed by the actual group.
 
(7:40) Track 63 - Grupo Tobasco (Krash). These were two bands, but members of Grupo Tobasco went on to form Krash, so the two are grouped on the track together. The recordings are actual recordings made by these groups. It’s pop music with a latin feel to it.
 
(8:33) Track 64-65 - Friendship Train and Track 65- Sunshine Balloon. From the early 70’s to early 80’s these bands performed at Disneyland. Authentic recordings couldn’t be found so what you hear is similar and acts as a placeholder until authentic recordings can be found.
 
(11:19) Track 68 - The Space Stage- Haylx. This was a band put together by Disney’s Imagineers. Few articles about them exist online, but what has been found is shared.  This link  talks about the formation of the band and includes concept art, while this link shows posters of the band and discusses how much it all resembles a certain space movie that came out in 1977, the tone of the music they played, how the pop-rock group was received by audiences, and why they eventually were dropped. It also includes a link to YouTube where someone who had recorded their concerts posted 3 videos. These videos were what was used to create the audio track. The audio track was enhanced to include crowd cheering and also other sound effects making it a DisneyChris.com exclusive.
 
(17:47) Track 69 - Big Bands in Disneyland. This is the opening track for one of the 3 sections that are still in progress. This has been on the site for 7 years. It is now enhanced for better audio quality, and it stands on its own instead of being the lead-in to a medley of several big band artists.
 
(19:40) Track 83 - Disneyland Grad Nite. Starting in the 60’s, and an idea of Walt himself, the tradition of Grad Nite began. High school graduates from all across Southern California came to Disneyland and performers played into the wee hours of the morning. We know who these performers were thanks to a collection of souvenir programs which have been scanned and uploaded to this blog. Take a look- there’s a lot to see!
 
Track 84 - 80’s Grad Nite Part 1. This is a mix for the first half of the decade. The performers in this mix are:
 
Celebration – Kool and the Gang
Do You Wanna Go Party – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
A Night to Remember – Shalamar
Time After Time – Teri DeSario
I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
Together – Tierra
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Jenny (867-5309) – Tommy Tutone
Sweetheart – Frankie and the Knockouts
Call Me – Skyy
Pleasure Victim – Berlin
Jeopardy – Greg Kihn
You Don’t Want Me Anymore – Steel Breeze
Let It Whip – Dazz Band
Preppie – Cheryl Lynn
Jungle – Dwight Twiley
Don’t Let Your Love Grow Cold – Con Funk Shun
Cool Places – Sparks
 
 Track 85 - 80’s Grad Nite Part 2. Performers in this mix are:
 
Obsession – Animotion
No Parking on the Dance Floor – Midnight Star
Let the Music Play – Shannon
We Are the Young – Dan Hartman
Lovergirl – Teena Marie
Conga – Miami Sound Machine
Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
Meeting in the Ladies Room – Klymaxx
Object of My Desire – Starpoint
Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Oh Sheila – Ready For the World
Don’t Forget Me (When I Am Gone) – Glass Tiger
Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
For Tonight – Nancy Martinez
Come Go With Me – Expose’
Pop Goes the World – Men Without Hats
I Want to Be Your Man – Roger Troutman
Tender Love – Force MD’s
That’s What Love is All About – Michael Bolton
I Surrender (To the Spirit of the Night) – Samantha Fox
You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block
 
Much time was taken to put these tracks together for fans of 1980’s music, even though it is not a favorite genre of music for Chris, in order to make sure all types of music are represented on his site. Both tracks are over an hour long and both are exclusive to DisneyChris.com
 
(23:51) Track 87 - Live On Stage- All Star Performances. While this track was on the page before this update, it was more of a filler because it wasn’t authentic enough. It has been replaced by a new mix which was inspired by three TV specials that aired in the 80’s. This is another custom mix which contains studio versions of the songs which had been performed live in the park. It’s over an hour long and is another DisneyChris.com exclusive. The performers and songs are:
 
She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
Play Me That Mountain Music – Alabama
Do You Love Me – David Hasselhoff
Unconditional Love – Donna Summer
The Neutron Dance – The Pointer Sisters
Too Late for Goodbyes - Julian Lennon
Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters
Conga – Miami Sound Machine
Bad Boys – Miami Sound Machine
So Serious – Electric Light Orchestra
Calling America – Electric Light Orchestra
God Thank You Woman - Culture Club
Move Away - Culture Club
If She Knew What She Wants - The Bangles
Tuff Enuff – The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Stay - Oingo Boingo
Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Sara - Jefferson Starship
I Feel the Magic – Belinda Carlisle
The Other Side of Life – The Moody Blues
I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On – Robert Palmer
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
 
(26:54) Track 91 - Big Thunder Barbeque - Area Background Music. This is a nighttime take on the music loop because you can hear a crackling campfire and the sounds of crickets. It was on the site before but was only 7-9 minutes. This is now the complete, unabridged loop that is an hour long.
 
(27:45) Track 92 - Fantasmic! TV Announcement. A commercial from the 90’s announcing the opening of Fantasmic.
 
(27:52) Track 93 - Fantasmic!  The audio from the show itself. This was on the site before, but it has been expanded from 18 minutes to the full version, plus the audio has been enhanced.
 
(28:36) Track 95 - Fantasmic! Disneyland Band Medley. The Disneyland Band’s cover.
 
(28:47) Track 96- Light Magic - TV Announcement. A commercial from the 90’s announcing Fantasmic!
 
(28:56) Track 97 - Light Magic. This was on the site before and has been updated to have better sound quality, plus now includes the formerly missing “middle section” which hadn’t been included on any of the official releases. You won’t hear this complete version anywhere else - another DisneyChris.com exclusive.
 
(29:55) Track 110 - Fantasy In The Sky. This has been redone and improved for greater sound quality, including the sound of fireworks! Close your eyes and imagine you’re really there.
 
(30:35) One track that was formerly on this chapter has been moved. It is now included in the Disneyland Records chapter. This chapter contains nearly all of the albums that have been released, from the 50’s up until now, that are Disneyland Park themed. It includes live recordings released on vinyl, soundtrack albums from different attractions, storyteller albums, etc. Everything on here has been cleaned up and is probably the best versions you’ll find of these recordings, since major clean-up was done to remove the crackling, hissing, and popping from the vinyls. At the very bottom is an album from ‘96 called Disney’s Music From The Park. This was the main album that was used to get the former Live Performances In The Parks track (which has been redone - see up above). It was decided that since the former music had been removed, it should still be represented somewhere. So you can find it here now, on the Disneyland Records page.
 
Since it costs money to add content and keep the site going, here are some ways you can donate as little as 1 dollar, or as much as 2 million (should anyone so desire!) All donations, even a $1 donation, are gladly received and appreciated. Patreon monthly donators will receive access to exclusive content.  There is a link at the top of every chapter on the site called “Donate to Site”. All donations go directly toward adding more music to the site. The three ways to donate are:
A one-time donation through PayPal
A recurring, monthly donation through Patreon
Buying a T-shirt (which is very good quality, and comes in several styles and colors-you won’t be disappointed) on this website.
 
(36:38) Farewells, plus a tidbit of what to expect in the next two weeks.

 

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June 16, 2017

 

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June 2, 2017

Here is another "Vlog" update of the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour. Enjoy!


And here is Melonie's written summary of the Vlog...

 

June 2, 2017 Vlog Update Summary

 

Welcome to the second vlog update of the DIsneyland Magical Audio Tour at DisneyChris.com! As promised, there will be a video every week. There will be a general video one week, and a vlog update the next week. So there will be a weekly video, but it will alternate between a general video and a Disneyland Magical Audio Tour update. Once again, time markers are included (although not guaranteed to be perfect down to the second) to help you locate a spot on the vlog if you want to jump straight to it.

 

With Lilly the cat as a special guest host, this week we will talk about new additions as well as history and answers to FAQ’s about the site. There are 5 of them that will be answered today and go down in history as canon as “The Answer” so they don’t have to be re-answered over and over again in the future.

 

The tour of the site update begins with Donald Duck. This month he is taking over the site with the song of the day as well as images on the page headers. Here’s a sample of what to look for.

 

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The update for this week is the Chapter 20, Disneyland After Dark. As of the last vlog update, everything up to track 45 was completed. Now, 10 new tracks have been added, starting with track 46, and moving up through track 58,  with two exclusions. Tracks 48 and 50 remain unchanged. The summary of the new tracks and interesting tidbits:

 

(4:02) Track 46- Country Music Jubilee. This is where we get into some history, and it’s very interesting.  The history starts around (4:10).  From about 1966, well into the 80’s, there was a weekly concert series that took place at Disneyland. On Sundays during peak periods, popular recording stars from the country music industry were invited to do live performances. It started at the Fantasyland Theatre. In 1967 it moved to the Tomorrowland stage. The roster of performers is a who’s who of anybody who was anybody in classic country music. This track is a compilation of several artists (although not all of them) who performed in the park. This track was pieced together and edited into a whole, specifically for disneychris.com, making it exclusive to this site.  The following list details whose performances are in this Country Music Jubilee track:

 

1 – Alabama Jubilee – Roy Clark (Instrumental)

 

2 – Act Naturally – Buck Owens

 

3 – Rye Whiskey – Homer and Jethro

 

4 – Sweet, Sweet Lips – Joe and Rose Lee Maphis

 

5 – Excuse Me For Living – Freddie Hart

 

6 – My Dirty Lowdown Rotten Cotton Pickin’ Little Darlin’ – The Geezinslaw Brothers

 

7 – Let’s Wait a Little Longer – Canadian Sweethearts

 

8 – Ain’t You Ever – Collins Kids

 

9 – I’ve Come Awful Close – Hank Thompson

 

10 – Yes, I Love You Only – Bonnie Owens

 

11 – You Finally Said Something Good – Charlie Louvin

 

12 – Let’s Do What’s Right, Even If It’s Wrong – Faye Hardin and Bob Morris

 

13 – Like a Fool – Dottie West

 

14 – Texas – Tex Ritter

 

15 – Little Maggie – The Stonemans

 

16 – A Woman Lives for Love – Wanda Jackson

 

17 – I’ll Hold You in My Heart – Tex Williams

 

18 – I Saw the Light – Roy Acuff and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

19 – She’s a Little Bit Country – George Hamilton IV

 

20 – Mama Tried – Merle Haggard

 

21 – Big Red Roses – Kay Austin

 

22 – I Just Couldn’t Let Her Walk Away – Dorsey Burnette

 

23 – Stop the World and Let Me Off – Susan Raye

 

24 – Honeymoon Feeling – Roy Clark

 

25 – Try a Little Kindness – Glen Campbell

 

26 – Fancy – Bobbie Gentry

 

27 – The South’s Gonna Do It Again – Charlie Daniels

 

(5:18) The performers on this track also have a tie-in to the former Country Bear Jamboree attraction which used to be held in Critter Country by Splash Mountain. When it came time to select the songs for this attraction, the songs were selected from artists who had performed over the years at the concert series. Selected songs were re-recorded, Disney-style, except for one. The one song that wasn’t re-recorded came from Tex Ritter and his actual recording was used as-is in the attraction (you can hear more about this in detail around the 7:30 mark). The details are well worth listening to, so take the time to listen this fascinating research of both classic country music stars performing in the park, as well as some development of how the Country Bear Jamboree came to be.

 

(6:19) This fascinating information comes Foxxy, who has a blog site called Passport to Dreams Old and New. She has in depth articles about Disneyland and Walt Disney World that gives information you can’t find anywhere else. Please go to her website and look at her articles - they are well researched and extremely informative. Several of the artists discussed in the Music of Country Bear Jamboree article appear in Track 46. It’s a lot of fun to see a photo of the country music artist next to their character from the Country Bear Jamboree.

 

(10:05) Track 47- The Great American Music Machine. Here is where we get into more history of the now-nonexistent Tomorrowland Stage, especially for people who weren’t at Disneyland during this time or weren’t born yet. This stage is not to be confused with the Tomorrowland Terrace. The Terrace was more of a dance stage, whereas this one had outdoor seating and dancing was discouraged.  There are wonderful pictures that are shown to describe the development of the stage through the years and illustrate who performed there. The vlog goes into depth and is a must-see for Disney music and history buffs, especially those who weren’t born yet or couldn’t be there at the time these performances on these stages took place.

 

(16:48) A roster of guests who performed at the “Great American Music Machine” concert series is shown. These are grade-A, top level entertainers of that time, available for the price of admission to the park. If you want to hear a medley of all these different artists, listen to Track 47, which is a second custom medley of artists who performed on this stage, carefully selected and blended as another custom mix exclusive to disneychris.com. The artists on this track are:

 

1 – The Love You Save – The Jackson 5

 

2 – Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

 

3 – Hooked on a Feeling – B.J. Thomas

 

4 – Woman, Woman – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

 

5 – The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

 

6 – Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) – Helen Reddy

 

7 – Silver Bird – Mark Lindsay

 

8 – Precious and Few – Climax

 

9 – Sooner or Later – The Grass Roots

 

10 – Down By the Lazy River – The Osmonds

 

11 – Top of the World – The Carpenters

 

12 – Tie a Yellow Ribbon “Round the Old Oak Tree – Tony Orlando and Dawn

 

13 – Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics

 

14 – Want Ads – Honey Cone

 

15 – Stagger Lee – Tommy Roe

 

16 – Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters

 

17 – Indian Reservation – Paul Revere and the Raiders

 

18 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Robert John

 

19 – You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt

 

20 – I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John

 

21 – Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation

 

22 – Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor

 

23 – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

 

24 – Rock N’ Roll Heaven  - The Righteous Brothers

 

(20:28) Track 49-Baroque Hoedown. This is the song that was used to create the music for The Main Street Electrical Parade. This song came out in 1966, pre-dating the parade itself, and has been covered several times by different artists. This track is a compilation of a few of those cover versions that have been turned into over an hour of music containing variations of the song.

 

(21:20) Track 51- The Main Street Electrical Parade- Commercials. One radio and 3 TV commercials have been combined. Excellent audio of vintage material.

 

(21:34) Track 52- Main Street Electrical Parade- Announcements. Jack Wagner, “The Voice of Disneyland” announces the parade.

 

(21:46) Track 53- The Main Street Electrical Parade. This was on the site before but it has been updated and extended and enhanced. This is the most thorough, most accurate, best version of the song. A lot of music transitions on other tracks are not very smooth and it pulls you out of the experience a little bit. On this track, attention to transitions have been given special attention so that it flows and fades well from one section to another to give an optimal listening experience.

 

(22:33) Track 54 - Main Street Electrical Parade - Pete's Dragon Medley. In 1978 the Electrical Parade took two sections (Alice in Wonderland and Pete's Dragon) on a road tour. They were included in the Orange Bowl halftime show in Florida and special music was used for the Pete’s Dragon segment. This special music includes existing music from the parade, plus new material. It’s like an extended version of the Pete’s Dragon segment of the parade, and this extended segment has been pulled out from the halftime show and placed as track 54.

 

(23:14) Track 55 - Main Street Electrical Parade- Return to Oz. This was a very short lived float in the parade, meant to promote the 1985 film “Return To Oz.” Music from the film was meant to fit in with the existing electrical parade music. This bit has been pulled out and is now track 55.

 

(23:05) Track 56 - Fantasy In The Sky- 1970’s.

 

(24:05) Track 57- Fantasy In The Sky- 1980.  This was created for the 25th anniversary of Disneyland. It was very popular and ran through peak seasons over the next 2 years.

 

(24:14) Track 58- Fantasy In The Sky - 1983. This version of the fireworks spectacular was created to coincide with the opening of a fully refurbished Fantasyland and included the welcome return of Tinkerbell, who flew through the skies to signal the opening of the parade. This is the version of the fireworks show that most people are familiar with. As a special bonus, this track includes the original Jack Wagner introduction, which isn’t available on the official releases of the show.

 

(24:50) Track 135- The Main Street Electrical Parade - 2017. This is the 4th from the last track on the page. This is the present-day version that returned this year. The musical arrangement is completely different than the 70’s/80’s versions. It was a lot of work to set this up because most of the music is taken from versions from Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. It was compiled together to represent the Disneyland version and is pretty authentic to how it sounds at Disneyland today.

 

(26:27) A small preview of what will be worked on next: Tomorrowland entertainers from the 70’s and 80’s. Things are set up and ready for final editing. In the next update (in 2 weeks) these tracks will be described in detail.

 

(27:00) The 5 FAQ’s and their answers.

 

(27:12) Question 1: Can I be added to your favorite Disney Web Links page? Short answer: unless you are truly a favorite link, the answer is no. If you’re a tourism or vacation planning company, that isn’t what this page is about. Profit-making organizations aren’t what this page is about. This page is meant to show the specific go-to sites used to develop the disneychris site.

 

(29:37) Question 2: How can I download the songs on your website? Answer: You can’t. You have to listen to them on the site because it runs into copyright issues. Making songs downloadable will make the page subjected to being shut down due to copyright infringement and that would destroy years of work. To keep the site safe, and protect all the work that was put into the project, the music is not downloadable.

 

(32:00) Question 3: Are you planning on doing a California Adventure or Disney World magical audio tour? Answer: There are thousands of tracks still to add to the Disneyland audio tour and it will take years to do. If that gets done, several years down the road, a California Adventure collection might be the next project. Disney World is just way too daunting to think about.

 

(33:56) Question 4: Where do you find all your music? Answer: a lot of it comes from networking. People who have worked at the park in the 70’s and 80’s, websites (especially Mouse BIts, a site listed on the favorite Disney Web Links - they have audio that is out of print and is not being sold currently) networking, sharing with people, collecting music since childhood, etc. It’s not one easy answer, it’s many different things, but mostly networking. Through the website many fantastic people have come forward to share what they have so the world can hear this music.

 

(39:44) Question 5: Do you have this song or that song? Answer: Every single song on the audio tour is indexed on the Disney Audio Tour Index. It’s categorized by chapter.  An example of how to look up a song is given so fans can look up music at any time. Additionally, there’s a wish list shown around the  (37:00) mark of tracks that will hopefully be found and added to the Audio Tour at some point in the future. A few tracks on there have been obtained since the list was created, so there’s every hope that more tracks on the wish list will emerge in the future.

 

(37:55) If you have other questions that you want answered on the vlog, you can email them to dclyndon@gmail.com

 

(38:15) Farewells

 

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May 27, 2017

Hello again everyone. For those who prefer the updates in written form, someone has generously volunteered to do a summery of each video update going forward. So from now on, there will not only be a video update, but a few days later it will be followed by a written version. Thanks to Melonie for doing the written summaries! Here is the first one, for the video posted on May 19th...

5/19/17 Vlog Update

 

It’s been a month since the last update, so there’s a lot of ground to cover in this vlog. This makes it the lengthiest vlog which will be produced. Future vlogs will be shorter since they will be done on a bi-weekly basis. At the request of a fan, a written blog post such as this one will follow the vlog and serve as a write-up of what was discussed so fans can know what interesting tidbits to look for at a glance. Time markers are included (although not guaranteed to be perfect down to the second) to help you locate a spot on the blog if you want to jump straight to it.

 

The last update was April 16th. Since then, two chapters have been updated- the Halloween section of Chapter 21- Holiday Time In Disneyland, as well as Chapter 20, Disneyland After Dark. Chapter 21 is mentioned first because it has the most additions. To see all the additions at a glance, look at the index where new tracks are identified.

 

Additionally, recommendations are given on which browser to use if you want the best viewing experience. Firefox is the preferred browser, although Chrome works as well. Explorer isn’t good, visually, and Safari is no good at all. For the best experience, try to use Chrome or Firefox. Detailed explanations as to why are in the vlog.

 

The updates for the tracks in Holiday Time In Disneyland chapter are as follows:

 

  • (6:03) Track 38- Halloween Time at Disneyland. This is a commercial from 2009. It has been edited and the sound is cleaned up. It features the Disney villains.

  • (6:22) Track 39- Grim Grinning Ghosts. This is a mix of several different versions of the song. A sample is played. It’s a 40 minute mix of all different covers of Grim Grinning Ghosts, edited together.

  • (7:19) Track 48- Grim Grinning Ghosts- Christmas. A Christmas version which is a lot of fun.

  • (7:28) Track 41-  Haunted Mansion Holiday Music Box-Area Background Music.  The title is so long the word “New” wouldn’t fit within the title space, but this is an expanded file. The old version was about 12-½ minutes. It’s now 7 minutes 43 seconds.

  • (8:09) Track 44- Haunted Mansion Holiday- Jack’s Back! Two tv commercials advertising the Haunted Mansion. These are from a few years back and focus on the Haunted Mansion specifically. They are 30 seconds each so it runs 1 minute long.

  • (8:33) Track 46- Haunted Mansion Holiday- Breakdown Spiels. This is 1 minute long. A sample is played. This is the music you hear when you pass by Oogie Boogie at the end of the Haunted Mansion ride. It’s the “hold” music which is played when the ride stops to let a wheelchair guest into the Doom Buggy. Interesting trivia: it originally played in the attic scene but it’s been moved to where the hitchhiking ghosts are located.

  • (10:36) Track 47- The French Market- Holiday Area Background Music. As the holiday home for a character meet with Jack Skellington, this music runs from Halloween to the end of the year. Oddly, it isn’t Disney-specific. It’s a compilation of music from Tim Burton films, music composed by Danny Elfman. This is a full, uncut version. It also includes music from the Haunted Mansion holiday attraction itself.

  • (11:25) Track 48- Main Street Pumpkin Festival. This is Main Street USA-Type music, played by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. They have provided much of the background music played on Main Street over the years so it was fitting to include them. This track has 3 of their songs, which have a Halloween kind of feel to them, compiled from studio recordings.

  • (12:41) Track 49- Big Thunder Ranch - Woody’s Halloween Roundup. For many years, a Halloween festival was held at Big Thunder Ranch. There would be pumpkins carved with Disney characters, character meet and greets, live entertainment and more. This track comes from a time when Big Thunder Ranch had an event centered around Woody and Jessie from Pixar’s “Toy Story films”.  The music is cowboy-type songs which are instrumental versions of songs from Toy Story 2.  

  • (13:13) Track 50- Big Thunder Ranch- Halloween Carnival. This is all taken from one album which is about 40 minutes long. It’s carnival-type music. A sample is played.

  • (14:15) Track 51- Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies- During Halloween, the Billies became The Haunted Hillbillies and performed a special, Halloween-themed set. One of the songs they included was The Devil Went Down to Georgia. This track is taken from one of their albums, not Halloween, that they recorded during their years playing in the park.

  • (14:46) Track 52- Halloween Carnival Magic Show. In order to capture the music, YouTube videos and voice recognition software were used. A friend named Scott Leonard (you can find him on Facebook) was a collaborator on this project (and many others). Hall of the Mountain King is not an actual version from the park because it couldn’t be found, so this recording serves in its stead.

  • (16:21) Track 53- The Magic Cauldron-Conjure a Villain. The audio for this was compiled from YouTube videos. It was a lot of work to clean this audio up and sound effects were added. It was a challenging project. This was a type of sideshow in a tent which took place at Disneyland in the Big Thunder Ranch. A cast member had a guest wave a magic wand over a cauldron, a smoke effect would appear, and a Villain was magically conjured and stepped out from inside a box. It has kind of a creepy, carnival-type feel.

  • (18:20) Track 54- Ghost Riders In The Sky. This is a mix of several versions of that song. It was the go-to song for Halloween time in Tomorrowland. Four versions of the song are included in this track.

  • (18:40) Track 55- The Halloween Tree. The song doesn’t have anything to do with Disney specifically, but the song is used with creative license to represent The Halloween Tree in the park.

  • (18:54) Track 56- Pioneer Mercantile-Halloween Sing-Along. Inside the Pioneer Mercantile in Frontierland there is a screen where videos are projected. During Halloween they show an old sing-along video called “Happy Haunting Party at Disneyland.” There were voices in between song segments which have been edited out, so just the music is left.

  • (19:48) Track 57- Mickey’s Trick-Or-Treat Party-Area Music. This has been on the site for several years but it has been updated to a non-abridged version.  

  • (19:48) Track 58- Mickey’s Toontown- Halloween Area Background Music. It’s unknown if this song was ever played at Disneyland. This audio is suspected to come from Mickey’s Toontown in Disney World where they used to have a street fair. It’s fun Halloween music, so it’s included even though it may have never actually been played at Disneyland. Creative license is used to imagine that this might have been played in Toontown at Disneyland at some point in the past.

  • (21:10) Track 59- Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade. Extra music has been added to update this pre-existing track. This is from the longer parade that came out last year.

  • (21:40) Track 60- Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party- Riverfront Music. This is the music you hear around the Mark Twain dock. It can also be heard on the Rivers of America page as well. It’s been on the site for years, but it’s new to this Chapter.

  • (22:31) Track 63- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy-Area Sounds. This is not authentic. It comes from a  movie that takes place in space and has the same type of sounds you hear on the Ghost Galaxy attraction. This is serving as a placeholder until the authentic audio can be obtained. If anyone has access to the authentic audio, please let it be known. Until then, this gives the feel of the attraction.

  • (23:51) Track 64- Monsters University Dance Party. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to DJ Elliot. He’s a DJ from Florida who is a DIsney fan, and he makes custom dance mixes for events at Disney World. WIth his blessing, this mix has been added to the page.

  • (25:24) Track 65- Ride of the Headless Horseman. This is a placeholder until the audio from Disneyland can be obtained. This particular version came from Disney World. A sample is played.

  • (27:01) Track 66- Frightly Fun Parade. This came from one of the overseas parks, either Paris or Hong Kong. It’s the same theme song that DIsneyland uses. The audio from Disneyland couldn’t be obtained, so this stands in its place.

  • (28:06) Track 68- Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party- Villain’s Farwell. Fittingly, this is the last audio clip on the Halloween section of the Holidays page. Using videos online and recognition software, the music for this farwell has been identified as “Every Day Is A Holiday Day” from Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. The major holidays were represented and the Halloween section was pulled out and used for this track.

 

In the vlog, the other holidays are scrolled through and mentioned in a general way. Two things are given particular attention:

 

  • (29:45) Track 110- Ring In The New Year-Castle Dance Party. This is another mix from DJ Elliot who did this for a New Year’s Eve event at Disney World. This is nearly a 4 hour track, making it the longest track on the site. (The second longest is 2 hours long). This is contemporary music. It’s 4 sessions blended together to get the best sound mix, and it’s good for background music at home or work. There’s music for every type of Disney fan on this page.

  • (33:15) DJ Elliot’s website is shown so people can get to know his other work, or perhaps hire him for an event. He has been very generous in granting permission for two of his mixes to be feature on the Disney Chris website.

 

The other chapter to be updated is Disneyland After Dark.

 

  • (35:15) Tracks 19 and 20 were added in the Tomorrowland Bandstand section of the chapter (Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, and Stan Kenton & His Orchestra, respectively). These tracks were not recorded inside the park, however, they were recorded in the 60’s making them contemporary to the music which was played in the park at that time by the actual orchestras that appeared in the park. Trivia note: The only track that was recorded in the park is track 13-Benny Goodman & His Orchestra.

  • (37:13) Track 30- The Albert NcNeil Choir from the Dixieland at Disneyland section of the chapter. This is a gospel choir which sings acapella. It was difficult to edit out the “authentic” or “you were there” type noises such as glitches, breathing, violins squeaking, bumping into microphones, etc. This track edits those out to give a clean sound experience. Trivia note: this recording is a recent recording. It wasn’t recorded in the 60’s, although it’s gospel music which has a type of timeless quality. There was no authentic recording from the 60’s available, but it’s here to represent this genre of music set in the 60’s.

 

This makes the Disneyland After Dark chapter complete for tracks 1 through 45. However, there are still more tracks to come, and more work to be done on existing tracks after track 45. There are 17 additions lined up to be added, which will probably be available by the next update. At the (40:08) mark, these tracks are listed. They include 2 mixes of Grad Night, the 2017 version of The Main Street Electrical Parade, and many more.

 

The last thing to mention is how to become a Disney Chris financial supporter. Music on the site is free with no ads, and it costs money to bring them to the site. All donations, even a $1 donation, are gladly received and appreciated. There is a link at the top of every chapter on the site called “Donate to Site”. All donations go directly toward adding more music to the site. The three ways to donate:

 

  • A one-time donation through PayPal

  • A recurring, monthly donation through Patreon

  • Buying a T-shirt (which is very good quality, and comes in several styles and colors-you won’t be disappointed) on this website.

 

(46:17) Thank you for watching. Updates are planned on a bi-weekly basis, and future videos will be shorter since there won’t be so much time that has passed.

 

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 May 19, 2017

Hello everybody. I am trying something new. From now on I am going to do video "Vlog" updates of the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour, rather than the writen blogs I have been doing in the past. Let me know what you think of this new format.

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April 16, 2017

Happy Easter everyone. Sorry it has been so very long since my last blog update. I have been so very busy adding new content to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour, that I forgot to update you all on what's new with the collection.

I have been working on two chapters since my last blog post. The first one is of course, "Disneyland After Dark," but then I left that chapter for just a while in order to work on my "Holiday Time in Disneyland" chapter. For those who don't know, the concept of this chapter is to represent EVERY holiday. It is not just a Christmas themed page. I have a section representing Christmas, and of course Halloween, but there is also audio for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and New Years. I even included some audio from festivals representing international holidays.

What inspired me to temporarily leave the "After Dark" page and do some work on the "Holiday" page came from a good on line buddy of mine. He actually sent me some rare source park audio from the 1990's Easter parade. He also asked if I was planning on doing a week or two of Easter songs for my "Song of the Day" feature on my website. I had planned to do only about a 5 day Easter block, due to lack of Easter songs. However, after he sent me more to work with, I decided to do a 10 day block of Easter "Song of the Day" selections this year. That got me inspired to then do my Easter section of the Disneyland Audio Tour, and I added 8 all new Easter themed tracks on that page, but once I finished that, I then wanted to work on the rest of the chapter, so I proceeded to finish all the other holiday audio with the exception of Christmas and Halloween, and thought to myself, I would then go back to "After Dark" and get those other two Holiday sections done later in the year.

But once I finished all the other holidays, I then decided, I might as well just get Halloween done too, and that is what I am currently working on. I will not work on Christmas until after Thanksgiving this year, just because I don't generally like to listen to Christmas music outside of the Christmas season. And the people in my building think I am weird enough as it is, without them passing by my apartment and hearing Christmas music playing in April. So that one section is on hold till a more appropriate time of year. I do have quite a collection of Christmas songs already posted on the Holiday page, but I have a ton to add, and also will be improving many of the existing tracks. So stay tuned for that in the late fall.

Meanwhile, I just completed setting up 18 all new tracks for the Halloween section, and am ready to begin the final editing and adding these tracks to the site, you may even see a few added later today. I am also redoing a few of the existing tracks. So Halloween will be celebrated in April this year!

So rather than go through each individual track, as I have done in the past, I will just do a brief summery of what has been added to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour since my last blog post. Too many things have been added to go into great detail. this blog entry would end up being a novel.

Disneyland After Dark - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/138-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-18.html

I have worked on two sections of this chapter since my last post. "Tomorrowland Bandstand" (tracks 13-22) and "Dixieland in Disneyland" (tracks 23-32)

I have almost finished these two sections in their entirety. I just have three tracks left to add. I have an individual 45-60 minute track representing several individual bands or artists, that were major contributors to the history of these After Dark events, and then at the end of each section I have a medley of many groups to represent the aforementioned bands as well as many of the less significant ones. Sort of like my Hootenanny and Humdinger tracks that I talked about in my last blog post.

I tried to use live concert recordings of these individual artists if I could find them, and tried to use audio recorded around the same time they would have been appearing in the park, so while not 100% authentic, it is a good representation of what these artists would have sounded like at the time they would have appeared live in Disneyland. Also, the Benny Goodman track is 100% authentic. This one was actually recorded in the park.

Holiday Time in Disneyland -http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html

This chapter is divided into three sections. First is Christmas, then Halloween, then a section for all other holidays. The "Other Holidays" section is then divided into several smaller segments representing several holidays. With the Halloween and Christmas sections, I stuck strictly to the rule of only using audio that specifically is used for the holiday itself. For the smaller holidays, I included year-round things in the park, that fit the theme of the holiday. For example, I used the Ireland section from the "It's a Small World" soundtrack as one of the tracks to represent St Patrick's Day. I feel these tracks are pretty self explanatory, so no need to get too descriptive on them. If anyone has any questions on individual tracks I have added, just shoot me an email and I am more than happy to provide you with more detailed information.

So my current agenda is to finish the Halloween section of the Holiday page, then I will go back to the After Dark chapter once that is complete.

I have also decided to do something nice for the people who have been generously sponsoring me on Patreon. I have not provided any specific rewards in the past, but as a thank you to those who support what I do, I am going to send them links to download some exclusive audio collections. I already have two of them I am currently working on. They are related to either the audio I have been adding to my site recently, or my "Jiminy Crickets" podcast. So if you are a DisneyChris.com supporter, look for some special gifts from me to you, coming soon. The first collection will likely be sent this coming week.

If you have been on the fence about supporting me on Patreon, now is a good time to do so, because you will get access to these exclusive audio collections. Any amount you can contribute is fantastic! You can also make a one time contribution on my Paypal page - To get the links to contribute, just visit this page on my site...

http://disneychris.com/donate.html

And again, all the money contributed goes right back into the site, in order to add new content, pay my web hosting fees, etc etc. Nothing good in life comes free, and there are costs involved in sharing all this audio with you. I am also a disabled person and on a fixed income, so it is really helpful to have people support this endeavor.

So Happy Easter to all, and stay tuned for another update, coming soon!

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February 26, 2017

Well high time for another update, and this time I have a lot to report on. I have been very busy with the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour. My focus has all been on one chapter, "Disneyland After Dark." Here is a direct link to that page, so you can follow along...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/138-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-18.html

I will report on each new track that has been added, in numerical order as they appear on the page, not in chronological order as they were completed. In addition, I am going to discuss a few things I am currently working on, but are not yet completed.

1 - Main Street Color Guard - Flag Retreat Ceremony: I only made a slight tweak to this track, hardly worth mentioning, but in order to be thorough I will. I lengthened the drum roll under the Jack Wagner intro. I felt it ended too abruptly, so made a little fix to satisfy my perfectionism.

4 - Light Up Time in Disneyland: This was an existing track called "Disneyland After Dark TV Theme." I renamed the track and made some improvements. First of all, I added an introduction using Walt's voice, extracted from the Disneyland After Dark TV episode. Then I removed a few beeps and bells that I did not like. I improved the Jungle Cruise gun shots. Then added the announcement that used to be at the start of the track, to the end of the track. This was also taken from "Disneyland After Dark." I like the flow of the new improved version much better than the original.

5 - Fantasy in the Sky: This is a brand new track. It is audio from the 1962 Wonderful World of Color episode "Disneyland After Dark," also using a bit of audio from 1958's "An Adventure in the Magic Kingdom," at the opening of the track, to give it a cleaner intro. The two pieces of audio matched up very nice. This is to represent the very early years of Disneyland fireworks, before Jack Wagner was involved. I will have two other versions of Fantasy in the Sky, which have Jack Wagner's announcements, later in the chapter. In case you have not noticed, the chapter is set up in roughly a chronological ordering, with the exception of the first few tracks, which serve as an introduction to the chapter. So when we get into 1970's stuff, Jack Wagner's versions of the fireworks will be featured.

6 - Main Street USA Evening Area Music: full credit for this track must be given to my friend Foxxy, who runs a very informative historical Disney theme park blog called "Passport to Dreams." Through some major sleuthing and research work, she unearthed a long forgotten area loop from Walt Disney World, that played on Main Street only in the evenings. Please read her blog for more information on this: http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/2013/04/main-street-usa-1976-1991-evening.html-Through some more fact finding on my part, I deduced that this loop was also used in California, despite everyone's original gut feeling that is was exclusively a Walt Disney World loop. But I distinctively remembered hearing selections from this loop in California as a child. so I looked into it. And low and behold, a couple of early 1980's homemade camcorder videos were posted on Youtube featuring songs from the PM loop playing in the background at Disneyland. Now as to whether Disneyland used this loop only as a nighttime loop, as Walt Disney World did, is not clear because the videos found were shot during the day. But I decided to pull out my artistic license on this one, and I am using it to represent Disneyland's Main Street at night, since it has just the right feel to enhance this chapter.

7 - Coke Corner Pianist: To me, the Coke Corner piano concerts are equally a daytime and a nighttime thing. So in order to represent the nighttime version, I have used music I did not place on my Main Street USA page. All the songs come from a CD called "Four Hand Piano" featuring Rod Miller and Alan Thompson Jr.

8 - Date Nite in Disneyland: This is a redo, I combined two vintage radio ads that promote the Date Nite events.

9 - Date Nite with the Elliot Brothers - Plaza Gardens: This is another redo. I originally had an abridged version of the 1957 Date Nite album posted on this page. I have replaced it with the audio from the entire album. This is not just me posting the album as as. I never post ANYTHING as is. I have removed a great deal of background hiss and minor editing glitches from the original recording. So this is the DisneyChris 2.0 version.

10 - Plantation House - The Wayne King Orchestra: As of writing this blog, this track is not yet completed, but it is high on the agenda of things to do, so it may be done by the time you are reading this. This track was originally just called "The Plantation House" with no reference to which band was playing. I had already completed this track, and it was posted on my site for several weeks, but I just removed it a couple of days ago. The original band featured is one of my favorites, the Lester Lanin Orchestra. I always have enjoyed Lanin's music; it has sort of a Rock n' Roll meets the Big Bands vibe to it. And I could not find ANY authentic music for the Plantation House, so since he did a few albums that had songs that were plantation or old south themed, I decided to use his stuff as a placeholder. I felt a little guilty about this because it was totally inauthentic. I originally wanted to use another artist named "Arvon Dale" (Also known as Colonel Dale when performing at the Plantation House) since he is documented as being an official artist that played at this venue. But I could not find any recordings by this band, whatsoever, aside from some very old 1930's phonograph recordings and one 1940's recording that did not have the right sound quality. Then I was doing some research for a block of tracks I will be adding under the title "Tomorrowland Bandstand" and came across the music of The Wayne King Orchestra. What left me sort of bewildered on what to do with this group, who performed in Disneyland multiple times throughout the 60's, was the fact that their music did not at all match any of the other groups that performed at the Tomorrowland Bandstand at this time. Their music was much more somber and romantic, with love ballads, and waltzes. In fact Wayne King is often called the "Waltz King" - So I decided to move Wayne King to the Plantation House. His music has a very moonlight concert, romantic quality to it that I think is befitting the Plantation House, and that way, I do not have to include a stand out group that does not match my others in the Tomorrowland segment. So now I will have an authentic Disneyland group representing the Plantation House.

11 - Tahitian Terrace Royal Tahitians: This is the exact same track I am using on my Adventureland page. I have included it here also, since these shows were performed mainly at night.

12 - Three Cute-Lasses - The Pirate Trio: This is another re-purposed track. I have it also on my "Original Fantasyland" page, but these concerts were held at night, according to all the black and white images I have seen of this group, so I decided to also include it here. The reason I did not include actual images of the group, is because I could not find any in color. And I have a strict all-color photo policy on my site (with the exception of the TV Land page) Here is a link to the black and white images in case you are interested: http://www.disneyhistoryinstitute.com/2011/07/disneyland-pirate-trio-by-paul-f.html

13 - Benny Goodman and his Orchestra: This is authentic audio recorded in Disneyland in 1961. The audio comes from a live TV special. What is neat about having this, is the fact that Goodman was the very first Big Band orchestra to perform in Disneyland. (other than the in-house Elliot Brothers of course) So it is great to have the real thing to document this historical event.

As a side note, let me briefly mention what I am planning on doing with the rest of this block of songs, under the "Tomorrowland Bandstand" title. I did some internet digging and found a few very helpful articles documenting every Big Band orchestra that ever performed in Disneyland. Mainly this article was extremely helpful:http://www.bigbandlibrary.com/bigbandsatdisneyland.html- Looking at the roster of guest performers, I decided which groups were most notable and deserved an entire track devoted to just them. I will then represent those and ALL the other groups in a track called "Cavalcade of Bands" at the end of the Tomorrowland section, track 22. This will have one song from every single band that played in Disneyland from 1961-1967 - It will be about an hour long. All of the individual bands that are represented in tracks 14-21, I am trying to use audio from live concerts, to match the feel of the Benny Goodman track already posted. But the "Cavalcade of Bands" will be studio recordings only. Also, one group "Tex Beneke with Ray Eberle and the Modernaires" will have studio recordings, because I could not find any live music from this group. Stay tuned for all of this. This is high on my to-do list.

I also want to mention my Dixieland in Disneyland section, I have done research on this too, and in addition to including all the individual artists that I feel have more historical significance, so are deserving of their own track, I am also including a track with one song from EVERY band that played at this event from 1960-1971, with just a few exceptions. Either I could not find any audio from a group, or the music does not match the rest. (For example Stevie Wonder appeared in 1971 - I am leaving him out because his music is not Dixieland) So stay tuned for all of these planned additions.

35 - Hootenanny! - This was a weekly summer event that was held for several years in the mid 60's. This track includes one song from every group that I could find good quality audio for that played at this event in 1965 and 1966 - I do not have any information about what artists played the other years. I found out my information from the following two blog posts on a site called "Disneyland Nomenclature" -http://disneylandcompendium.blogspot.com/2008/06/tencennial-summertime-entertainment.htmlandhttp://disneylandcompendium.blogspot.com/2009/11/1966-summertime-entertainment.html- In case you are wondering, here is a complete track list for this medley of songs:

1 - Hootenanny, by the Glencoves - Not an authentic group that played in the park, just using this song as an introduction to this track
2 - Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine - The Greenwood County Singers
3 - Jordon's River - Modern Folk Quartet
4 - Alabama Bound - Jim & Jean
5 - Dooley - The Dillards
6 - Done Laid Around (Gotta Travel On) - Joe & Eddie
7 - Silver Dollar - The Back Porch Majority
8 - The Unicorn - The Irish Rovers
9 - Three Legged Man - John Denver and the Mitchell Trio
10 - Shenandoah - Phil Campos and Paul Hansen
11 - Old Home Place - Richard & Jim
12 - Thunder and Lightning - Hoyt Axton
13 - Green Rocky Road - Casey Anderson
14 - Red River Valley - Glenn Yarbrough and Marilyn Child
15 - Willow Tree
16 - Mule Skinner Blues - Jose Feliciano
17 - Waves on the Sea
18 - Little Rag Doll - The Womenfolk
19 - Boll Weevil - Sam Hinton
20 - St. James Infirmary - Josh White
21 - Molly and Tenbrooks - Steve Gillette
22 - Proud to Be Together - The Stoneman Family

Sorry that numbers 15 and 17 do not have the artist listed. I neglected to make a record of it and tried to go back and find out the details on the songs after the fact, and could not find them again. If anyone has any song identification software and can identify the songs for me, it would be greatly appreciated.

36 - Spring Fling: I did have this track combined with the music of Kay Bell and the Spacemen, but I have given Kay Bell and the Spacemen their own track now, so this is just the Spring Fling radio ad by itself.

37 - Fantasyland Theater - Humdinger: Like the Hootenanny track, I used the same two blog posts on the "Disneyland Nomenclature" site to assemble this mix. Unlike the Hootenanny tracks, I was able to find a ton of material from the artists that performed at this event. Since I had so much music to choose from, I opted to go with the more recognizable and less obscure songs, otherwise it would have been over two hours long. Here are the songs I used for this mix:

1 - Humdinger - Freddy Cannon / This song is not by an artist from the actual event, but wanted to use it as a special introduction song to the mix:


2 - This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis and the Playboys
3 - The In Crowd - Dobie Gray
4 - Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
5 - She'd Rather Be With Me  - The Turtles
6 - Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders
7 - Papa Oom Mow Mow - The Rivingtons
8 - Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis
9 - Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens
10 - I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four
11 - What the World Needs Now is Love - Jackie DeShannon
12 - The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens
13 - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - The Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans
14 - Windy - The Association
15 - Two Lovers - Mary Wells
16 - It's My Party - Leslie Gore
17 - Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me - Mel Carter
18 - Dirty Water - The Standells
19 - Goody Galum-Shus - Bobby Sherman
20 - Nowhere to Run - Martha and the Vendellas
21 - Good Lovin' - The Rascals
22 - Cherry Cherry - Neil Diamond

Tracks 38-43 Disneyland A-Go-Go: These track represent several of the regular rock n' roll performers featured in Disneyland throughout the 1960's - All the audio is by the authentic groups that played in the parks. Most of the music I used is from studio recordings by the same artists, but in one case, Kay Bell and the Spacemen, it is authentic audio recorded in the park. This group released a 45 of two songs recorded live at the Space Stage in Disneyland.

44 - Disneyland After Dark - 1968: This is a a segment from a 1968 Wonderful World of Color TV episode entitled, "From Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow."

45 - The Tomorrowland Stage: Kids of the Kingdom - This is almost the entire Kids of the Kingdom album from 1968. I left out one song, "I Love a Parade" because it did not have the same feeling of a live concert as all the other songs did. I also added a nice opening announcement. To hear the entire album, with the song "I Love a Parade," you will find it posted on this page, track numbers 70-71 - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html

48 - The Disneyland Entertainment Experience: This is an abridged version of a Jack Wagner slide show presentation featuring just the nighttime entertainment. You can also hear the full uncut version. It is track 1 on this page:http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/143-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-12.html

50 - The Main Street Electrical Parade Premiere Season: This audio is from a 1972 souvenir album sold in Disneyland. I have done some major clean up on the album and it sounds pristine.

55 - Disneyland Entertainment - 1970's Advertisements: This is two vintage TV ads, a lot of fun

78 - Videopolis Dance Party: This is the same track already posted on my "Disneyland Showtime" chapter. I added it here too for obvious reasons. Interesting, the second song in this mix is from the 1986 Disneyland Record, "Totally Minnie." It is obviously by the same artist who did the Videopolis theme song, and has the same spirit and feel, so I thought it would be fun to include it and make a little mini medley.

85 - Big Thunder Barbecue - Area Background Music: This is a temporary placeholder. I plan to redo this track to a longer version, so stay tuned for that. I have the same track posted on my Frontierland page, and decided to also include it here.

104 - Imagine, A Fantasy in the Sky: This track is sort of a coveted piece of audio by many Disney park music collectors. The only existing tracks available, before now, were very bad audio quality. A friend of mine sent me a very good copy of this, and with his blessing I am happy to share. It is also interesting to note, that the 1999 Walt Disney World version of Fantasy in the Sky was the original source for much of this audio, but this indeed the Disneyland version, with all the proper narration.

--- Fweew! That was a long update. I have been incredibly busy as you can tell. Since I have been working hard, I think it is a good time to remind everyone about my Paypal account and Patreon page - I am a disabled person, and on a very tight fixed income. I do all this work out of love for what I do, but it does cost money to bring you new content, pay my web hosting fees, and pay for my internet fees, among may other expenses. If anyone is able to make a one time donation to PayPal, or become a monthly subscriber to my Patreon account, it would be so appreciated, and every little bit helps. I appreciate anything you can possibly spare. Remember, my site is 100% free, and I do not advertise anywhere on my site. I have no sponsorships whatsoever. Also, I do have some nifty T-shirts on sale, and they help support my site as well. You can find all of the links to all of these ways to contribute on this page from my site: http://disneychris.com/donate.html- And thanks in advance for your generous contributions.

Well, that is all for today. Back to work on more audio editing! I will keep you posted as soon as more new tracks have been added. Stay tuned...

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February 1, 2017

Hello everybody. Wow, this year is already flying by, I can't believe it is February already. I just have a quick update for today...

I have been very busy working on the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour since my last blog update. However, I have not added any new audio to the collection just yet. What I have been doing is setting up my "Disneyland After Dark" chapter page so that I can now easily add in all the new additions I have waiting in the queue as they are completed. What that means is I have added all the artwork, liner notes and spaces for the audio tracks I will be adding to this chapter. I have gone from 39 tracks to 113!

So if you check out the chapter now, you will get a sneak preview of everything I will be adding. Be sure to check out the page regularly in the days and weeks ahead, as I am going to start adding new audio at a rapid rate. Here is a link to the page -http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/138-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-18.html

Also, be sure to check out my daily Disney Song of the Day. For the month of February I will be posting a Disney love song every day, as part of my month long tribute to Valentine's Day.http://disneychris.com/song-of-the-day-archive.html

To get up to the minute updates on the new tracks as they are being added to the "Disneyland After Dark" page, be sure to follow me on Twitter @DisneyChris73 or Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DisneyChrisDotCom - I also have a DisneyChris.Com Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/DisneyChrisWebsite/

Of course, after I have added a dozen or so new audio tracks to the page, I will also update this blog, with all the details. So stay tuned for more.

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January 24, 2017

Hey everybody! Long time no blog. Sorry about that.

The reason I have not updated my blog in such a long time, is because I took a break from editing new content for the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour, and really had nothing to report on since October. But never fear, the Magical Audio Tour is still going to grow and it is not an abandoned project. I have over 1000 new tracks to add to the collection, and plan on getting back to work very, very soon.

I am excited to get back to work at this point. I am seriously thinking about working on my "Disneyland After Dark" chapter next. The reason why this chapter is in my mind now, is because of the recent return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disneyland. I want to add the soundtrack for the 2017 version to the site, and while I am on my "After Dark" chapter, I may as well work on the rest of the content, of which I have A LOT to add.

What have I been up to since my last blog post? I have continued to release my weekly podcast "Jiminy Crickets!" http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com - I have been on an extended visit to North Carolina to visit my family over the holidays. - I have continued to write articles of the "Disney Avenue" blog.http://www.disneyavenue.com/search/label/Chris%20Lyndon- I have continued to do my Disney Song of the Day every day, and I have remained very active on social media, both Twitter and Facebook.

I did need the break from editing content for the site. I was getting burned out from it, and was finding it to become more of a chore and less of a pleasure. But now I am starting to get that itch again, and I am ready to plunge back into my project. So stay tuned for more audio additions in the very near future. Meanwhile, be assured that all is well, and I have no plans of giving up on my obsession to bring you the most extensive audio tour of Disneyland in existence. Talk to you very soon!

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September 17, 2016

Hello everyone, now that summer is almost officially over, it is high time for an update on DisneyChris.com and more specifically the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour.

For the past month I have exclusively been focused on my Adventureland chapter. Here is a link to that page so you can follow along: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/130-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-5.html

1 - Walt Disney Takes You to Adventureland - This is the Adventureland introduction from the 1956 album "Walt Disney Takes you to Disneyland" - originally I had this lead into the song Serengeti Serenade, but I have opted to separate the song as its own track

2 - Serengeti Serenade - This is a mix of three versions of this song, two from the 1967 animated feature "The Jungle Book" and another version originally from the 1964 New York World's Fair.

3 - Adventureland Theme - This is a song from a mid 1950's children's album produced by Little Golden Records.

4 - Disneyland is Your Land - Adventureland - This is an excerpt from a 1980 live stage show called "Disneyland is Your Land"

6 - Adventureland Gateway - This is my re-edited and cleaned up version of the original loop that played as you entered Adventureland's gate, prior to the Tiki Room being added.

7 - Plaza Pavilion - Hawaiian Bandstand - This is music from a vintage album performed by a group called the Kahauanu Trio who also performed live in Disneyland in its early days. So this is authentic music you would have heard performed at the Plaza Pavilion before that complex later became the Tiki Room and Tahitian Terrace.

8 - Enchanted Tiki Garden - Moonlight Time in Old Hawaii - This is music from the complete 1960 album Moonlight Time in Old Hawaii - arranged by legendary Disney composer George Bruns.

14 - Tiki Room Show Announcement and Introduction - This is an updated version of a track that has long existed on the Magical Audio Tour. I have improved the sound quality, and my good friend Dawn Short stepped in to provide the vocal performance of the Tiki Room hostess.

16 - Enchanted Tiki Room Demo Recording - This is a early version of the Tiki Room prior to the Sherman Brothers adding the famous theme song. It is interesting to note the similarities and the changes that were made for the final version. I did a major clean up on this audio and it came out very nice.

17 - United Airlines - Tiki Room Preshow - Before Dole took over as the Tiki Room sponsor in the early 70's, United Airlines had that honor. This track contains some earlier audio from the Enchanted Tiki Garden preshow, that was meant to promote the airline.

18-22 - Enchanted Tiki Room Instrumental Soundtrack - These 5 tracks make up the complete original soundtrack to the Enchanted Tiki Room, but without the vocals and sound effects. It is great to be able to hear these instrumentals by themselves, and I did some major clean up on these tracks. They all sound great.

23 - Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing - The Mellomen - A really fun version of this song from the Tiki Room, performed by the famous Mellomen that I just had to include. Pure Disney.

24 - Tiki Room Ragtime Medley - Chris Calabrese - Music from the 1998 album "Ragtime in the Magic Kingdom"

25 - In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room - Cover Versions - This track contains several versions of the Enchanted Tiki Room theme song. A lot of fun.

26 - Dole Pineapple - Enchanted Tiki Juice Bar - This is the music used to underscore the newly updated Dole Pineapple film shown in the Tiki Room preshow area.

30 - Tahitian Terrace - The Legend of the Island Jewel - The only authentic audio you will hear for this track is the dialogue between Mickey, Minnie. Roger Rabbit and Goofy. The rest of the show was all live actors and live music. But my great pal Scott Leonard (aka RocketRods) created a fantastic mix by adding appropriate music to match all the vocal introductions. I then added a few changes of my own. This came out fantastic.

31 - Aladdin’s Oasis - Area Background Music - This is the complete current area loop played at the Oasis. It takes several popular songs and plays them in a mid-eastern style. A lot of fun.

32 - Aladdin’s Oasis Dinner Show - This is a fantastic, rare piece of audio. It is the authentic soundtrack to the short lived dinner show that played at the Oasis in the mid 90's - Thanks to my pal Scott Wolf at www.MouseClubhouse.com for sharing this gem with DisneyChris.com - I did some major clean up on this and it sounds fantastic.

33 - Aladdin and Jasmine Storytale Adventures - This track uses all the prerecorded music and sound cues from this live show. You will notice there is no dialogue, and that is because the dialogue was all performed live and never recorded.

34 - Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Stone Tiger - Another track put together by my good friend Scott Leonard. I did a little more clean up on this and removed some background hiss. He used all pre-existing music to match the music that was used for the live show.

35 - Adventureland Bazaar - Area Background Music - This is all middle-eastern Arabian knights type music. I originally was using a piece of music from Disneyland Paris to represent this venue, The track was originally 5 minutes long. The new and improved version runs 45 minutes.

41 - Jungle Cruise 1955 Ticket Announcement - This is a recorded announcement played in the park in the early days to entice guests to buy a ticket to ride the Jungle River Cruise. I have done some major clean up on this and added jungle sound effects. Sounds just great.

43 - Jungle Cruise Area Background Music - This comes from an album it is believed was used for the Jungle Cruise's earlier background music before it became a loop of 1930's and 1940's Big Band songs. Originally the music was authentic African folk songs. The name of the album is "Drums of Passion."

44 - Tropical Imports - Shortwave Radio - This is the complete shortwave reenacted broadcast heard on the second floor of the Jungle Cruise queue. I have decided to have this short loop play in it's entirety without any jungle sound effects. I also did some major clean up on this, as there was a constant humming noise that was very distracting. I took this out and it now sounds just fantastic.

45 - Trinidad and Tobago Showboat Orchestra - This is authentic music performed by this group, who performed live at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

50 - A Trip Through Adventureland - This is audio from the 1956 episode of the Disneyland TV series where Walt Disney shows the behind the scenes making of the Jungle Cruise and then the audience is taken on a tour of the actual attraction. I did a lot of audio clean up on this one as well.

51 - The Adventurous Jungle Cruise - Audio from the 1968 album "The Enchanted Tiki Room." On the album's flip side was a tour of the Jungle Cruise with voice over legend Thurl Ravenscroft and your guide.

66-69 - The Disneyland Hotel - Adventureland - These tracks are each also located on my Disneyland Hotel page as well, but for convenience I have decided to also add them to my Adventureland page. It includes the music heard in the Adventureland Tower, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar and the Tangaroa Terrace restaurant.

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So as you can see, I have been extremely busy adding new content to the site, but that is not all I have been doing to keep busy since my last update. I have also been releasing my weekly podcast called Jiminy Crickets!http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/- Todd Horan, William Dodson and I have been having a blast doing this show. If you have not checked it out yet please do. We have great chemistry and the show is high quality. I do all the editing myself. We talk about all sorts of things, from Disney theme parks to movies and music, you name it. Anything in the wonderful world of Disney is covered. And all October long we will have five weeks of special Halloween themed shows. A new show is released every Monday.

I am also co-host of a new internet radio show called Magical Day Radio. My co-host Dawn Short and I interview a new guest in the Disney community every other week. We also have some AMAZING Disney legends lined up as future guests, so don't miss it. The prerecorded show broadcasts live every other Wednesday at 5pm Pacific Time and 8pm Eastern, and if you miss the live broadcast you can find it posted on Youtube the following Sunday where you will also find an archive of all our past shows. The live show can be found here -http://dreagusprod.tumblr.com/and the Youtube channel is here -  https://www.youtube.com/user/MsShortyTV

I have also recently become a contributing writer for the Disney Avenue blog. I will be writing one article every month about a classic Disneyland Record album. I have already been featured this month and you will find my article here - http://www.disneyavenue.com/2016/09/meet-me-down-on-main-street-1957.html

Also - Remember to check out my website every day for the rest of this month, as it is "Supercalifragilistic September," and the Disney Song of the Day, each day, is a classic Sherman Brother's tune. Then starting October 1st, and all through the month of October, the song of the day will feature a new Halloween themed song each day.

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Finally, I would like to remind you all that I am now on Patreon. If you would like to become a supporter, and help me out with my web fees and the cost of adding new content to the site, it would be very appreciated. To those who have already sponsored me, big shout outs to you all, and a million thanks. For those unaware, I am disabled person and live on a fixed income, so it is quite difficult for me to afford the costs associated with the upkeep of my site and all the projects I do. I do it because I am passionate about it and it is a labor of love. So if you enjoy the audio on my site and my podcasts, please consider showing your appreciation. Here is a link to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris -

And if you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so on Paypal. You can link to my PalPal account by going to this page and clicking on the icon marked "Paypal" - http://disneychris.com/donate.html

So that is all the news to report on for now. Hope everyone is enjoying some nice early fall weather. I will be back in October for another update. See you then, and stay tuned for more.

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 August 14, 2016

Well it's been a month since my last update, so it is definitely time to fill you all in on all the changes I have been making to DisneyChris.com and more specifically the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour.

Things have gotten a little busier for me lately because I have taken on the role of co-host of yet another podcast. Now I am involved in a total of three podcasts shows, two of which are released weekly and I am the person in charge of editing the audio. This takes up a lot of time, so for now, I have had a little bit less time to devote to my site, but this has not stopped me from getting as much done as I possibly can, since doing work for my site is my main passion out of all the projects i do.

My new show is called Magical Day Radio and I co-host the show with a very nice lady named Dawn Short. Her original co-host had to drop out sort of unexpectedly and I was recruited to fill his shoes. This show is different from my regular "Jiminy Crickets" podcast in that it is mostly an interview show, where we invite guests from within the Disney community. This show is actually not a traditional podcast in that it is broadcast on internet radio, and reaches a very wide audience of 30,000 plus listeners every week. We are also working on getting some terrestrial radio stations to pick up our show. We have some amazing A-List guests lined up in the weeks ahead, some of them authentic Disney Legends. The show is broadcast every Wednesday at 5pm pacific and 8pm eastern and can be found on the following site:http://dreagusprod.tumblr.com/- We also have live chat during the show! So be sure and join us. If you can't make the show, we post the past week's episodes on Youtube, on the following channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/MsShortyTV

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Now on to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour! I am nearly finished with my entire "Disneyland Showtime" chapter now. See my last blog post for more details on what work I had previously done on this chapter. Since my last report, I have completed all but three tracks from this page. The three tracks I still need to do are currently already on the page, as they are not all new additions, but they are all "re-do's" I plan to improve. These are:

Track 26 Show Biz Is
Track 33 Snow White - Singin' Dancin' Heigh-Ho
Track 34 Beauty and the Beast Live

Everything else on this page is completed. Here is a rundown of the changes made to this page since my last blog, in numerical order: To follow along, here is the link to the Disneyland Showtime chapter:http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/143-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-12.html

17 - Mickey Mouse Club Circus - Area Background Music - This music comes from a Jack Wagner reel to reel tape made in the 1970's - as I am unable to determine the exact original use for this audio, so I have placed it alongside my Mickey Mouse Club Circus era music of the 1950's until further info on this audio becomes available. I have extensively cleaned up this audio and it sounds fantastic!

20 - Show Me America - Old Broadway Medley - I had another "placeholder" track that had been posted on my site for quite some time, meant to represent this 1970's live show. Since that time I have come across an actual program for the show which lists the authentic songs that were used. Before it was all a guess. Now that I know the names of the actual songs used, It became necessary to redo this track to be more accurate. No known authentic audio of this show is known to exist, so I had to pick some songs that sounded about right for the time and had a Broadway-like live show feel. So again, this is another "placeholder" but more authentic to what you would have heard at the actual show. I chose three George M Cohen songs as representative music. Incidentally, Cohen was born less than 5 miles from where I currently live, here in Providence, RI. There is a statue of him erected nearby.  

23 - Mouseketeer Days - Mickey Mouse Club Reunion Show - This is a redo of an existing track. I did not have the full TV show before, but thanks to my friend Todd Horan I now have the complete 1980 TV special, so I was able to add more music to this mix and improve the sound quality. I have used the 1980 25th Anniversary TV special to represent the equivalent live show that was presented on the Tomorrowland stage in Disneyland.

28 - Festival Japan - I combined a mix of songs from Epcot Center's Japan Pavilion and other songs with the right feel, including Japan's National Anthem, to reenact the feel of this festival in Disneyland.

29 - Festival Mexico - Again, I combined a mix of songs from Epcot Center's Mexico Pavilion and other songs with the right feel, including Mexico's National Anthem, to reenact the feel of this festival in Disneyland.

35 - Circus Band - I found an album of circus music that has a distinctively live band sound to it, and felt it was a perfect way to represent the live circus bands that played in Disneyland during the Circus Fantasy event.

36 - Plaza Gardens Stage - Clown Alley - I found an old video of this show on Youtube and noticed the orchestration of one of the numbers to be very similar to a CD I have of a group called "The Make Believe Brass" - As it turns out, three songs used in this show were on that same CD, so I made a nice little medley to represent this short lived Plaza Gardens show.

38 - Circus Fantasy Show - Vidiopolis Stage - Using a vintage video posted on Youtube, I reenacted this show using the pop studio recorded versions of the songs that made up this show's live score.

42 - Pigmania - Billy Hill and the Hillbillies - Thanks to my friend Scott Leonard for compiling this playlist. Although not the authentic show, it is the authentic group who performed for this show, and it does have the exact right feel. Incidentally, this was the debut of the group Billy Hill and the Hillbillies in Disneyland.

47 - Danny and the Dappers - The original audio I used for this track had really bad sound as it was taken from a clip of an old TV special.  Even though it was the authentic group performing, I decided it would be better to find an alternate, and fortunately I did find a perfect match for the original song in this track plus several great additional songs. You would not know this was not authentic audio unless I told you. Sounds perfect.

48 - Rainbow Diner - Big Daddy - This is not the authentic show that was presented in Disneyland, but it is the authentic group. One of the songs in my mix "I Write the Songs" was actually used in the live Disneyland show, while the rest are just a collection of songs by the same group with the right feel.

51 - Chubby Checker - World Record Twist-Off - This is two songs by Chubby Checker representing this live event in Disneyland. The versions of the songs I used are later studio recordings, not the original 1960's versions, so they do sound a little more modern and updated, keeping with the feel of this event that was staged in the late 80's.

55 - Dick Tracy’s Diamond Double-Cross - My original version of this show was very much abridged. Now I have included the full uncut show, and also vastly improved the audio quality.

58 - Disney Afternoon Avenue - Area Background Music - I have extended this mix using all songs from the 1992 Disney Afternoon CD.

72 - Snow White, An Enchanting Musical - Again, my original version of this show was abridged. Now I have included the full uncut show, and also vastly improved the audio quality.

73 - Original Princess Fantasy Faire - Area Background Music - This music is taken from two CD's including authentic Renaissance era music. My original mix was very much abridged only containing about 14 minutes of songs. This new version is the complete uncut mix, running over 45 minutes.

77 - Mickey and the Magical Map - Background Music - Diligent Anaheim locals recorded this music live at the Fantasyland Theatre, and using song identification software, discovered that this preshow music is actually preexisting production music.

78 - Mickey and the Magical Map - Having been sent this highly coveted audio by an online pal, it gave me the reason to work on, and complete, my entire "Disneyland Showtime" chapter. While the track is not perfect, as it is taken from a rehearsal track with several distortions purposely added in on top of the audio to prevent bootlegging, I did my diligent best to remove these distortions as best as I could. These distortions are hardly noticeable now, and the track is a delight to listen to. So glad to be able to scratch this one off my "Wish List"

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So between recording and editing podcasts, I have also managed to get started on a whole new project for the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour, and that is the long anticipated redo of my Adventureland chapter. I have so far only added in all the new pictures and slots for the "Coming Soon" tracks. I still need to write all the new liner notes. So you will notice that the paragraphs next to the pictures make no sense. These are just place holders. I am going to be rewriting everything over the course of the next few days. It is still a work in progress. So don't be too confused, but for now you can at least check out all the new pictures and tracks I plan to be adding to the chapter: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/130-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-5.html

I also need to work on my "Song of the Day" for September. I plan to bring back my very popular "Sherman September" which I started last year. So I need to pick out all the songs and artwork for the month. I always do this a month in advance, and not day by day. It is just easier to have it all the music and artwork ready to go and planned out ahead.

So as you can see, I am very, very busy and juggling many projects all at once. So if you notice a slight slow down in the new audio being added to the site, this is the reason why. Never fear though, new audio will be coming very, very soon, I promise.

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Now a few reminders - My t-shirts are still available  you can link to the webpage where orders can be placed by visiting my home page:http://disneychris.com/- All proceeds from the sales of these shirts will help support my site. Be sure to check the shirts out. I did the artwork myself, bassd on a 1950's title card from the "Walt Disney Presents" TV series. They are really cool looking, and very colorful. Feedback from those who have received their shirts so far has been very positive. Make sure you place your order ASAP.

Also - Please consider making a one time contribution to my PayPal donation page, or better yet, become a Patreon sponsor.  I am a disabled person, on a fixed income, and running my site and adding new content takes a huge chunk out of my monthly budget. In order to keep my site alive, I depend on help from the Disney fan community. You can link to both my Patreon account and PayPal donation page from this page on my site:http://disneychris.com/donate.html

Your help is so very much appreciated, even if all you can afford is a few dollars, that is still a lot of help to me, really.

So that is all I have to report on for now. Thanks to everyone for all the kind messages and shows of support. Hope your summer is going wonderfully, and talk to you soon.

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July 15, 2016

Happy Summer everyone. Hope everyone had a relaxing and safe 4th of July. I stayed busy through the holiday weekend adding more content to my website. And it is now time to plunge into the pool and bring you up to date with all the new additions.

Upon the conclusion of two major projects, Chapter 25 (Magical Milestones) and Chapter 19 (The Disneyland Hotel) - I was sort of at a loss for what project to tackle next, but then a friend of mine sent me some amazing audio that has been on my wish list for quite some time, and I decided to work on the full chapter where that new audio is going to reside. So I have now been working exclusively on Chapter 14 since my last update. This is a chapter called "Disneyland Showtime" and it is devoted to all the live shows and special events that have taken place inside Disneyland over the years. Here is a direct link to that chapter so you can follow along as I describe the new tracks I have added: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/143-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-12.html

First thing I did was take a couple of days to redesign the page to make space for all the new additions I planned to make to that chapter - AKA "Coming Soon" slots. So I had to gather all my pictures together, and write all new liner notes for over two dozen new tracks I have been waiting to add to the site. Luckily I already had all the pictures selected and edited in advance, but the writing of the liner notes did take me a few days to accomplish. I am always daunted my the task of writing these liner notes, but once I sit down and do it, it always seems to come to me quite easy. I have a lot of Disneyland info stashed inside my brain I guess, so it all pretty much comes right from memory and there is very little looking up dates and research needed.

Then I began to add several new tracks to the site and my goal was to reach the 1200 mark before doing any revisions of existing tracks. I just was so close to that milestone number that I wanted to hit it before moving on to any work that would not increase my track number total. So I accomplished that a few weeks ago and now I am at 1217 as of today! So here is what I added so far, not in chronological order, but in numerical order while looking at the page from top to bottom...

REDO 1 - The Disneyland Entertainment Experience - Jack Wagner - This track has long existed on my site, but I completely redid it from scratch and made a huge improvement in the audio quality while adding a couple minutes in length. This is a track recorded in 1981 where Wagner describes all the many live entertainment offerings in the park at that time.

NEW  2 - Disneyland's Best in Live Entertainment - This is an all musical track which I created using several different live performances of the park's regular performing groups, like the Dapper Dan's and the Disneyland Band to name a few. It is sort of a companion track to the previous Jack Wagner track, playing the type of music he mentions. but in a more extended format.

NEW TRACKS 3-14 - The Disney Characters - These 12 tracks contain audio from vintage training materials originally meant to teach Cast Members how to perform, and the special requirements involved in being a Disney Character. These were difficult to edit because the sound quality was poor, but I was able to clean these up very nicely and they sound crisp and clean now. These are a fascinating behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a character. Don't miss these! Thanks to my pal Joshua Smith for providing the source materials.

NEW 15 - The Golden Horseshoe Revue - This is from the 1957 Golden Horseshoe album found on other chapters of my site as well, but I really felt it belonged on this chapter too, as it was Disneyland's very first live show. So I decided to include it here as well.

NEW 19 - Kids of the Kingdom - Tomorrowland Stage - This track is highlights from the 1968 Kids of the Kingdom vinyl album, cleaned up to perfection thanks to a friend of mine who did an amazing digital transfer. I also include a special announcement at the beginning of the track.

REDO - 21 - Lady America/Center City USA - Musical Highlights - This was two existing tracks that I decided to combine into one track. No major changes other than that have been made.

REDO 22 - It's Showtime - The New Mickey Mouse Club - This was an existing track which I expanded from 4 minutes to over 15 minutes long. It is audio from the New Mickey Mouse Club album released in 1977 and I took several songs to create a sort of reenactment of what a live show in Disneyland would have been like. Again this is from a great digital transfer done by a pal of mine and the sound quality is pristine.  

NEW 27 - Kids of the Kingdom World Friendship Medley - This rare track is also featured on my Disneyland Hotel chapter. I decided it also belongs on this page as well. I used to have a strict rule about not posting tracks more than once on the site, but I have loosened the reins on that a bit, since certain tracks really do fit into more than one catagory, and with over 1200 tracks now, the chances of stumbling over too many duplicates is quite minuscule.

NEW 30 - Plaza Gardens Stage - Fantasy Follies - This is another import from another chapter. This can also be found on my Central Plaza page, but it really does belong on this chapter as well. You may notice some missing singing in this track. That is because it was meant to be performed live with only the instrumentals and the voices of the Disney characters being prerecorded. So all the live vocals are missing. However I tried to edit this in such a way that it is less noticeable, at least during dialogue only portions. There are a few other tracks like this also found on this chapter.

NEW 34 - Circus Fantasy Commercial - Vintage 1986 TV Ad - with nice cleaned up audio

NEW 37 - Circus Fantasy Parade - Import from my "I Love a Parade" chapter.

NEW 39 - State Fair - TV Commercial - Vintage 1987 TV Ad - with nice cleaned up audio

NEW 40 - Disneyland Railroad - State Fair Express - Import from my Town Square chapter.

NEW 41 - Come to the Fair Parade - Import from my "I Love a Parade" chapter.

NEW 44 - Blast to the Past Parade - This too is an import form my "I Love a Parade" chapter, but I improved the audio slightly and added in the TV Land segment, which is a separated track over on the Parade page. So here it is the full parade, uninterrupted.

NEW 45 - Blast to the Past Parade - Encore Season - Import from my "I Love a Parade" chapter.

NEW 49 - Submarine Voyage - Blast to the Past Sea Cruise - This track is very fun. I discovered a while back this video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFlsFacmTEQ - And I decided to take each song used in this overlay version of the ride and create a medley playing the full uncut versions of each song. It is a great collection of oldies.

NEW 50 - Papa Doo Run Run - Beach Party - This is authentic music recorded by Papa Doo Run Run on various CD's they have released. It captures the spirit perfectly of the live "Beach Party" event they took part in during Disneyland's Blast to the Past.

REDO 52 - One Man's Dream - I originally only had the main theme song from this show, I now have added the full 28 minutes uncut show, and yes, it is the English version, not from Tokyo. A rare gem.

NEW 53 - Dick Tracy's G-Men Quintet - I did some major hunting to find music that would work to represent this group. It is hard to find a Sax group, without any other instruments, playing music from the 40's - Not a lot of it is out there, but thanks to help from my pal Scott Leonard I was able to assemble a pretty good mix of tracks with the right feel.

REDO 54 - Dick Tracy's Diamond Double-Cross - Background Music - This track has been expanded with extra songs and fun preshow announcements.

NEW 56 - Disney Afternoon Live! - TV Commercial - Vintage 1991 TV Ad - with nice cleaned up audio

NEW 57 - Disney Afternoon Cavalcade - Import from my "I Love a Parade" chapter.

REDO 62 - Plane Crazy - This is now the complete Plane Crazy Videopolis show from the 1991 Disney Afternoon Avenue promotion. Before now I just had the song "Friends for Life" from the Disney Afternoon CD, but now this is the audio from the actual stage show, and it is the uncut full show with great audio quality. This again is missing the live vocals so it only includes the prerecorded audio and some of the singing and dialogue is missing, however, it works just fine since the vast majority of the show was prerecorded, and there was only a minimal amount of live performances done for this particular show.

NEW 63 - Beauty and the Beast Live - TV Commercial - Vintage 1992 TV Ad - with nice cleaned up audio

NEW 65 - Hamm's All-Doll Review - This was from a live show performed in front of the recently closed Mission to Mars building in Tomorrowland as part of a promotion for the original Toy Story release in 1995. It is a cute show with characters from the film and cute songs.

REDO 67 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Festival of Fools - This was an existing track and I made a huge improvement in the audio quality.

NEW 68 - Animazement - Area Background Music - Thanks to my pal Scott Leonard again, we were able to replicate the preshow music used during the Animazement stage show bassd on a live recording made back in 1998. All the music came from soundtrack albums that were from films being highlighted in the live show. So it was easy to find this music and match it up to the live recording.

NEW 70 - Club Buzz - Calling All Space Scouts - This was a live show at Tomorrowland Terrace. There was one live performer in this show and the rest of the soundtrack was prerecorded, so again some of the dialogue and singing seems to be missing, but it is still fun audio and worth including in the collection.

NEW 71 - Mickey's Detective School - This was the most challenging track I had to work with as far as missing live singing and dialogue. I did my best to make sense of it with the missing portions and it came out pretty good. The issue is that this show was not so much a musical as it was a straight play with just a few songs, so it was very heavy on dialogue. But I am satisfied with the outcome for the most part.

NEW 76 - Long Lost Friends - The music you heard as characters emerged from backstage was taken from a show at Tokyo Disneyland, so it was easy to use this piece of music since it was recorded in English.
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I plan to continue working on this chapter until it is completed. I have 24 tracks left to work on. If you want to keep track of my progress, here is my "To-Do" list which includes all the work I have left to do on this page...

1 – The Disney Characters – Mickey Mouse fix wavy audio
2 – The Disney Characters – The Fab Five add in “hang up costume”
3 – The Golden Horseshoe Revue add Can-Can
4 – Circus Area Background Music
5 – Show Me America – Musical Highlights  change to more accurate musical program
6 - Mouseketeer Days – Mickey Mouse Club Reunion Show  extend and improve audio
7 – Show Biz Is   improve audio
8 – Festival Japan
9 – Festival Mexico
10 – Snow White – Singin’ Dancin’ Heigh Ho  improve audio
11 – Circus Band
12 – Plaza Gardens Stage – Clown Alley
13 – Pigmania
14 – The Nifty Fifties  redo mix
15 – Danny and the Dappers  improve audio
16 – Rainbow Diner – Big Daddy
17 – Chubby Checker – World Record Twist-Off
18 – Dick Tracy’s Diamond Double-Cross  extend and improve audio
19 – Disney Afternoon Live! – Afternoon Avenue  extend
20 – Beauty and the Beast Live  extend to full show
21 – Snow White, an Enchanting Musical  extend to full show
22 – Original Princess Faire – Area Background Music  extend
23 – Magical Map – Area Background Music
24 – Mickey and the Magical Map

I am about half way done with the chapter, and would like to get it finished by mid August if possible.
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Also - Please consider making a one time contribution to my PayPal donation page, or better yet, become a Patreon sponsor.  I am a disabled person, on a fixed income, and running my site and adding new content takes a huge chunk out of my monthly budget. In order to keep my site alive, I depend on help from the Disney fan community. You can link to both my Patreon account and PayPal donation page from this page on my site: http://disneychris.com/donate.html

Your help is so appreciated, even if all you can afford is a few dollars that is still a lot of help to me, really.

Well that is all to report on for now. As you can see I have been extremely busy, and there is a lot of work still left to do. So stay tuned...

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June 21, 2016

Happy Summer everyone! I have done a lot of work on the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour so it is yet again time for another update. I have completed fully updating two chapters since my last blog post, The Disneyland Hotel, and Magical Milestones. Lets first take a Monorail over to the Hotel so I can share the changes I have made - BEEEEP BEEEEEP

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/131-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-17.html

3 - Disneyland Hotel Tram - This track used to be combined with the Monorail as a single track, I have split the two up into separate tracks and expanded the narration of both.

4 - Disneyland Alweg Monorail to the Disneyland Hotel - This is the separated version of the Monorail as mentioned above. This is the same version found on the "Welcome to Disneyland" chapter - I used to have a self imposed policy of not posting the same track on more than one page of the site, but since then I have loosened the rules and in some cases, if something fits the theme of more than one chapter, I will post it more than once.

5 - Music to Ride Monorails By - Another import from the "Welcome to Disneyland" chapter. I felt this track belonged on the Disneyland Hotel page as well, since the Monorail is such a key component of the classic era of the Disneyland Hotel.

6 - Embassy Ballroom - Bernie Bernard & His Orchestra - This is an album recorded live at the Disneyland Hotel in the early 1960's - I do have it posted on my "Disneyland Records" page, but felt it needed to be on my Disneyland Hotel page as well.

17 - Dancing Waters - 1989 - I removed the 1980 version of Dancing Waters from the site for a few reasons: A) I did not have all the music for this version B) It is basically just a rehashing of the "Disneyland is Your Land" show which is already posted elsewhere on the site in multiple places C) I found a better version of Dancing Waters on Youtube, from 1989, and was able to make a much better track bassd on the 1989 version. Here is a link to the video I used to replicate my track from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S7Snuxgqdo - Although the video was recorded in 1991, I did a little research and discovered in a news article that this version of the show premiered originally in 1989. I was able to very closely mock the video because I had almost every piece of music at my disposal. It is a near exact duplicate and sounds great.

18 - Fantasy Waters - 1992 - Another version of the Water Show, this premiered in 1992 as far as I can deduct. I had this version on the site previous to now, but was missing some of the music, I have added in the missing portions and now it is the complete show.

19 - Fantasy Waters Alternate Show - 1996 - Had some issues dating this version of Fantasy Waters, but from what I can deduct it premiered in 1996 - It was short lived and the 1992 version was brought back after this version had it's limited run. This recording is taken directly from the original source. It is the authentic audio from the show. I did make a few adjustments to improve some of the transitions that I felt were originally edited poorly, so my version is an improvement on the original.

32 - Princess Bedtime Stories - This rare audio is from the closed circuit hotel channel. Fortunately my pal Scott Leonard (aka RocketRods) grabbed this audio before it was retired and it is something you will not find anywhere else. I did some major clean up on this one too. It was a lot of work.

After completing the Disneyland Hotel chapter, I decided to get my Magical Milestones chapter completed, and just a few days ago I finished fully updating that page: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html

14 - Fantasy in the Sky 25th Night - Anniversary Event - Thanks to my pal Jim Moore, who sent me the complete audio to this fireworks show, I was able to replace some of the sections that did not have the correct music. So this 2.0 version is much more authentic to the actual show. Big improvement!

40-44 Disneyland 40th Anniversary - I added 5 new tracks representing Disneyland's 40th anniversary, including press releases , TV ads, and a 1995 Rose Parade segment. Also I used music from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular from Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World to represent the "Indiana Jones Over Disneyland" track.

45-46 This section is two shows from Disneyland's 45th Anniversary - The Parade of Stars has a special 45th Anniversary introduction which is different from the version of this parade I have posted on the "Disneyland on Parade" chapter.

47-57 This section represents Disneyland's 50th anniversary. It includes press releases, live events, the parade and fireworks shows.

58 - Mickey Mouse's Birthday Cavalcade - A collection of songs used in various cavalcades to represent Mickey's Birthday observances.

59 - It's a Small World 50th Anniversary - Audio taken from the live ABC broadcast on It's a Small World's 2014 50th Anniversary celebration.

60-66 - A block of audio representing Disneyland's 60th Anniversary - One key song is missing from this collection... "A Kiss Goodnight" - I could not find any usable audio of this piece. I am hoping that in the future it will surface and I will be able to add it in.

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Also - Please consider making a one time contribution to my PayPal donation page, or better yet, become a Patreon sponsor.  I am a disabled person, on a fixed income, and running my site and adding new content takes a huge chunk out of my monthly budget. In order to keep my site alive, I depend on help from the Disney fan community. You can link to both my Patreon account and PayPal from this page on my site: http://disneychris.com/donate.html

Your help is so appreciated.

Well that is all to report on for now. I am still deciding what chapter to work on next, but I still have hundreds of new tracks to add, so stay tuned.

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June 1, 2016

Can you believe a whole month has gone by since my last blog post? Well the good news is I have made tons of new additions and have nearly completed two more chapters. So sit back and get ready to be updated...

Before I get started on the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour, I have some other things to mention first. Most notably is that my new T-Shirts are now available to purchase! They are very reasonably priced, have a great retro Disneyland design that I illustrated myself bassd on a vintage TV logo from the 1950's, and all proceeds from the shirts will go to help support the costs of running DisneyChris.com. So don't delay and get your shirts ASAP, they are available for a limited time only. All sizes can be ordered, from SM to 3X, and there are also woman's V-Neck and children's sizes. To order your shirt go to https://disneychrisdotcom.ecwid.com/

I also want to mention that episode 8 of the MouseMusic Podcast has just been released. https://sideshowsoundtheatre.com/2016/05/24/mouse-music-8-the-jungle-book/  This is a good one. We talk all about the 1967 version of the Jungle Book and The Jungle Cruise. Also, don't forget to check out my weekly show, Jiminy Crickets! http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ We will be releasing our 25th episode this Monday! It is hard to believe we have already reached this milestone number.

Now onto the real order of business. To follow along with my updates, you will want to go to Chapter 23 of the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour, which is called "Disneyland in TV Land... And Now Your Host, Walt Disney" All the audio comes from various Disney TV episodes and specials released during Walt Disney's lifetime. Since my last update, I have completed all but 1 track on this page. so this entire chapter is nearly completed. http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/136-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-20.html

14 - A Disneyland Progress Report - This was an existing track on the site that was an abridged version. I have now included the full audio from the entire TV segment.

15 - The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland - This again was an existing track. I have replaced it with a much better version with much improved audio quality.

16-23 Dateline Disneyland - July 17, 1955 - I have cleaned up the audio on every single track from the Dateline Disneyland TV special. With my noise reduction software I was able to make some improvements.

25 - Mickey Mouse Club March - I made some minor editing corrections and improved the cymbal sound at the end of the song.

27 - Mickey Mouse Club Newsreels: Dateline Disneyland - I added an additional Newsreel segment to this mix, so now there are three segments instead of two. I also improved the audio quality of the original two segments.

30 - Jimmie Dodd - Disneyland TV Commercial - This is a brand new addition to the chapter. It is a great vintage TV commercial with Jimmie Dodd, leader of the Mouseketeers.

32 - Building a Jungle - Brand new addition with audio from a 1956 episode of the Disneyland TV series.

33 - Adventureland's Jungle River Ride - From the same episode as track 32, this has replaced an existing track I called "Adventureland Suite," where I edited out all the narrative and had music only. I have now decided to include all the narrative.

35 - Disneyland The Park & Pecos Bill - This again was an existing track. I have replaced it with a much better version with much improved audio quality.

37 - An Adventure in the Magic Kingdom - Originally this was only a four minute track - I have now included the audio of the entire TV episode in full, so it now runs 45 minutes.

40-46 Kodak Presents - Disneyland '59 - I have added several new tracks from this TV special and improved most of the existing tracks - Some of the audio comes from a theatrical short called "Gala Day at Disneyland" which showcased the same event, and not the actual live TV special, because the audio quality and narrative was better in the the theatrical version.

48 - Disneyland '61 - Introduction - This track has been extended to include most of the opening segment of this TV episode. Prior to now it was a very short track with just the name of the episode being announced.

50 - Disneyland '61 - This was originally an abridged version. I have now extended the track to the full length of the TV segment.

57 - Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color - Main Title - I have improved the audio quality and added an extra fun introduction to this track.

58 - Disneyland Theme Music - All new track - This includes several instrumental themes often used on the Disney TV series when showcasing the park. I hope to add more music to this track over time if more of this type of music gets released.

72 - Pecos Bill - I have improved the ending of this song. I was dissatisfied with the way I originally edited it, and have fixed the issue.

73-78 Holiday Time at Disneyland - I decided to include the audio from this entire TV episode. Prior to now I only had one track "Every Day's a Holiday." I have now added 5 new additions. The only segment I left out was the Monorail/Matterhorn/Submarine dedications because it would just be redundant of the tracks presented in the Disneyland '59 section.

82 - World's Fair Attraction Preview - All new track. This covers most of Walt Disney's narrative throughout the "Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair" TV episode.

83 - It's a Small World - A Guided Tour with Walt Disney - I have added a new introduction and ending to this existing track.

84-86 Disneyland 10th Anniversary - Two brand new tracks covering the narrative of this entire episode. And a new and extended version of the Disneyland Anniversary Song.

87 - The Jack Benny Hour: Walt Disney - I have improved an editing glitch on this track as well as replaced the introductory theme music with much better audio.

89-92 - Disneyland on the Big Screen - These four tracks are the complete audio from four theatrically released productions filmed at Disneyland. All four are brand new to the site.

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Meanwhile I shifted gears and did some work on my Disneyland Hotel Chapter, which you can link to here --- http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/131-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-17.html

1 - Disneyland Hotel Song - I have cleaned up the audio on this existing track

4 - The Monorail Room - Cocktail Lounge - Added a brief new sound effect intro to this existing track

8 - Seaports of the Pacific - Area Background Music - Brand new track comprised of easy listing style production music of the mid 70's

13 - The Neon Cactus - Country Western Bar - Brand new track comprised of Country style production music. Special thanks to my pal Jim Moore for contributing this music and the music for track 8.

14 - Dancing Waters - 1980 - This is bassd on a recording posted on this site... http://mountainearsorg.ipage.com/wm2/index.php/just-for-fun/item/269-1980-dancing-waters-show-disneyland-hotel - My pal Scott Leonard helped me ID some of these tracks and I was able to replicate a good 80% of this vintage piece.

22 - Fairytale Wedding Pavilion - Bridal March - I separated the Bridal March music from the area music from track 21.

30 - Duffy the Bear Bedtime Story - This is audio from the Disneyland Hotel in room TV channel.

32 - Disneyland Resort Vacation Planning DVD - This is the complete audio from the 2014 planning DVD. I do have the 2015 version in my possession, but opted to use the 2014 version instead, because it made for a better audio only experience than the newer version did.

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Well that is all for now, but I am busy working on many new additions to the site. I plan to have the Disneyland Hotel and "Your Host Walt Disney" chapters completed withing the next few days. Then I may move onto an entirely new, and untouched chapter, perhaps Adventureland???

Again, if you would like to help support my site, you can purchase a T Shirt, but you can also become a Patreon subscriber, or make a one time donation to my PayPal account. To do any of these three of these things, you can visit this page on my site, http://disneychris.com/donate.html - You will find links to everything there. Remember, I only ask for help because I am a disabled person and live on a fixed income, therefore I really do need the support to help pay for the costs of running my site. I would not ask for help if that were not the case. I do it because I enjoy doing it. It is a labor of love for me.

So Hope everyone has a wonderful summer, and I will be updating you all again very soon, so stay tuned...

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May 1, 2016

Has it been a month since my last blog already? Indeed it has, so it is way past time to update you all on the goings on at DisneyChris.com. But before I get into the meat of the matter, "The Disneyland Magical Audio Tour," I'll go though a few other things that have been happening with the site and with my other Disney ventures.

First of all, my podcast, Jiminy Crickets! is still going strong. I will be releasing my 20th episode tomorrow. How time does fly. I also have a new co-host and he is a welcome addition to the program. Todd Horan is his name, and I am sure you will all get to appreciate his vast knowledge of Disney and likable personality in the weeks, months and hopefully years ahead. If you have not checked out the show yet, please do. You can find us on Itunes under the name Jiminy Crickets!, or you can find all our past shows posted on our blog site which is:  http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ - So be sure to "Catch the Cricket!" every Monday.

Next bit of business is to mention that I am going to be offering DisneyChris.com T Shirts very soon. They will be available in all sizes from infant to XXX and in men's and woman's styles and colors. I designed the graphics for the shirts myself bassd on a vintage Disneyland TV show logo. It is very retro and very fitting with the look of my website. So if you appreciate the visuals on my site, you will love this t-shirt. They should be available in a few weeks, so please keep checking the home page of DisneyChris.com. or my Facebook and Tweeter feeds for further details.

I also recently spent a few days preparing the "Song of the Day" selections for both May and June, so all is set up in advance for the next two months. I like to have the songs planned out ahead so I can concentrate on other projects. I will have the usual salute to Mother's Day and Salute to Father's Day this year, as well as a tribute to Donald Duck's Birthday in early June. So be sure to check out the Song of the Day each and every day.

Last thing I want to mention, before getting into the "Disneyland Magical Audio Tour" is my membership on Patreon. Those who have already subscribed are most appreciated. However, I really need more financial support from the Disney community. Even if all you can pledge is $1.00 a month, everything is helpful and so very much appreciated. I am on a fixed income, and as a disabled person it takes a huge percentage of my limited resources to run and maintain the site. Not to mention the hours and hours of blood sweat and tears I poor into the site. I do not have any sort of advertising and it is 100% non-profit. So I am really depending on the support of my fellow Disney fans, who appreciate what I do, to keep my site up and running for the years to come. My Patreon page can be found here - https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris - and thank you all in advance to anyone who donates as a show of support for my love and passion of Disney and my need to keep sharing that passion with others.

If you prefer to make a one time donation instead, you can do so on my PayPal page. One time donations are fantastic too! The really help me out a lot. To do this, you can just click the following link:  https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=v7jzbqrmhP9uWK2UvwRLs5UV5Zq2Z1KZox28UbwXp2dgavgj2awbR1JQk08&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d6625bf1e8bd269586d425cc639e26c6a

I do plan to offer rewards in the future to those who contribute to either PayPal or Patreon, if and when I have enough support to justify spending some of the acquired funds on those rewards. For example, I would offer complimentary t shirts if I had enough financial backing. In the mean time I will be offering some special exclusive audio content to supporters.

Fweww, now that all that business is out of the way, let's get onto what you really came for, an update on the Magical Audio Tour!!!

Two days ago I completed yet another entire chapter. "I Love a Parade - Disneyland on Parade" - Here is a link to the page so you can follow along with the updated tracks I am about to describe... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/129-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-4.html

Track 3  - The Firehouse 5 Plus 2 - Main Street Parade - This track consists of three classic Dixieland recordings by the Firehouse Five, typical of the type of music they would have performed in parades. Each of these tracks had a piano solo which I removed from the music because parades typically don't have pianos in them. See if you can tell where I made these cuts. I bet you can't. I worked really hard to make the cuts undetectable.

Track 5 - Automobile Club Parade - This is a vintage sounding version of the song "In My Merry Oldsmobile" with the sounds of many vintage auto horns mixed in for fun. Not authentic audio to the parade, but a good way to represent it.

Track 7 - Zorro Days Parade - This includes a version of the song "Zorro" performed by the actor who played Sargent Garcia in the Zorro series, Henry Calvin, followed by some music I found while hunting the web that has the perfect Disney/Spanish feel for this parade. Not authentic music, but it does set the mood of the parade perfectly.

Track 8 - Disneyland '59 - Gala Day at Disneyland - This is audio taken directly from a 1960 documentary called "A Gala Day at Disneyland." The audio was previously on my site, but it was abridged. I have now included the uncut version.

Track 9 - Mickey at the Movies Parade - Disneyland Parade Anthem - The music I used to represent this parade comes from three sources, and each is an example of the type of music Disney used in the early 60's to represent parades when being showcased on TV. It's a sort of marching type music with a very Disney sound to it. The three sources I used are the animated short "Goliath II" a portion of the music from the Disneyland 10th Anniversary TV special, and lastly, the title music from the film "Son of Flubber." All this music represents this era in Disneyland quite well, even if it is not entirely authentic to the actual parade.

Track 10 - Parade of the Toys - This audio comes from a 1962 Disney TV episode called "Holiday Time in Disneyland," and was already posted on my site before now, but I have improved the sound quality quite a bit for this new version.

Track 11 - Anaheim High School Marching Band - This is not authentic music, but is typical to the type of music that would have been performed by marching bands visiting Disneyland.

Track 12 - Fantasy on Parade - Introduction - This is three radio spots narrated by Dean Jones, Peter Ustinov, and Susanne Pleshette. They were on my site before now but they were cut off at the beginning and end in my original recordings. I now have the full uncut versions. Also, I opted to not underscore the narrative with music this time, unlike I had before.

Track 13 - Fantasy on Parade - This audio comes from a 1966 TV episode called "Disneyland Around the Seasons" - It was on my site prior to now but it was a very much abridged version. I have now posted an almost full and uncut version (I did make some minor cuts just to improve the flow of the track, but it is 95% intact)

Track 14 - It's a Small World Opening Day Parade - I do not have any authentic audio for this well documented parade, but because of its historical significance, I felt it needed to be represented. The music I used is the Disneyland Band's 1968 album recording of It's a Small World, followed by two instrumental versions of "It's a Small World" from the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Track 16 - The Kids of the Kingdom - I Love a Parade - This track was originally combined with two other songs, but I separated them and added those other songs at a later point in the chapter. (see track 21 below) The reason I did this is because the time period of this song was 1968, and the other two songs were from 1975, and I wanted to keep things in more of a chronological order to keep the flow of the chapter sounding more evolutionary.

Track 17 - The Disneyland Band - Main Street Marching Medley - I added one additional song to the end of this track just to make it a little more of a substantial representation of the Disneyland Band. I felt the track was too short before now.

Track 18 - Fantasy on Parade - Season 8 - This track is AMAZING and I am so happy to have it on the site. It is very rare and something I only recently acquired. It was shared with me by a long time Disneyland cast member, and my good friend Jim Moore, who fortunately saved a lot of audio during his tenure working in the entertainment division of Disneyland. THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED. I worked really hard to restore this audio and it came out just wonderfully. I am so honored to have this on my site.

Track 20 - Mickey's Character Parade - Existing track that I improved the audio.

Track 21 - The Kids of the Kingdom - America on Parade Medley - This medley was already on the site, but as mentioned above, I divided it from track 16 because it was music used a few years later, and I wanted to keep things in more of a chronological order. Both of these songs were used for an opening pre-parade to the main America on Parade of 1975-1976

Track 25 - Festival Japan Parade - The music for this parade was likely performed all live, so there are no recordings of it. I am using some traditional Japanese music to represent the parade.

Track 26 - Festival Mexico Parade - The music for this parade was also likely performed all live, so there are no recordings of it. So I am using some traditional Mariachi band music to represent the parade.

Track 29 - Dumbo Circus Parade - This is the same circus music used for the Dumbo segment of the Season 8 Fantasy on Parade provided by Jim Moore.

Track 31 - The All-American College Marching Band - I removed this track which had been posted on my Central Plaza page, and placed it on the parade page instead. Instead, to represent the College Band on Central Plaza, I added a brand new track. It is track number 40 "All-Star College Band - Plaza Concert" on this page http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/150-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3b.html - The new Central Plaza track is authentic audio of the band taken from a live performance in the 1990's - I cleaned it up a bit, and added some fun extras.

Track 32 - It's a Small World Parade - Existing track that I improved the audio.

Track 38 - Circus Fantasy - Come to the Circus Parade - The song used in this parade was actually written for a non Disney film starring Dorris Day called "Jumbo" so even though the actual authentic soundtrack to the parade is currently missing in action, I was able to use some placeholder music that is at least the proper song featured in the parade. The first part is from a circus music album I found on Itunes, and the second half is from a 1990's Disney Sing-Along video.

Track 46 - Blast to the Past - The Main Street Hop - Existing track that I improved the audio.

Track 47 - The Main Street Parade - This is another track provided by my great pal Jim Moore, and is a fun new addition to the site. It includes the song "Walkin' Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA."

Track 55 - Hooray for Disney Stars Parade - Existing track that I improved the audio as well as made improvements the introduction and ending.

Tracks 56 - 61 - Tournament of Roses Parades - This block of audio includes parade segments produced by Disney for the Rose Parades spanning from the early 90's to 2016 - Special accolades must be given to Scott Wolf, who moderates this website: www.MouseClubhouse.com Thanks to Scott for providing this very rare audio. Although his copies were from his old cassette recordings, I was able to do a great job restoring them.

Track 62 - Party Gras Parade - Existing track that I improved the audio.  

Track 64 - Celebration USA Parade - Existing track that originally only included one segment of the parade. Now it includes four segments and also the sound quality is greatly improved.

Track 65 - Disney Afternoon Cavalcade - Existing track that I improved the audio.

Track 71 - Hercules Victory Parade - This was an existing track which I added in the Hades House of Horrors segment that was originally missing.

Track 72 - Mulan Parade - This was an existing track with poor audio. I found a much better copy of the audio which includes additional segments from the parade and an introduction by Mushu the Dragon.

Well, that covers all the additions I made to the "I Love a Parade" chapter. and the chapter is 100% updated. I have no materials left to add to this page!!! For now anyway. However, I forgot to mention another great track I added last month to my Disneyland Hotel chapter. This too was sent to me by my buddy Jim Moore. Be sure to check out the Kids of the Kingdom Hotel Convention - "World Friendship Medley," track number 11 on this page: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/131-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-17.html

So what is next for DisneyChris? - I think my next project will be to finally fully update my two TV related chapters, Chapter 23-24, "And Now Your Host Walt Disney" and "The Wonderful World of Disney." which have both been on the back burner for way to long. So much work left to do! So stay tuned my friends.

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April 1, 2016

It has been over a month since my last update, so it is high time to fill you all in on what has been happening with the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour.

Since my last update, I have completed all of Chapter 3, Meet Me Down on Main Street. http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/160-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3-setup.html - and the following tracks have been added or updated:

Track 4 - Main Street USA Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner
Track 28 - Main Street Cinema - Dateline Disneyland
Track 30 - The Dapper Dans
Track 32 - Market House Partyline - Dinglinger’s Store
Track 33 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two
Track 34 - Market House Partyline - Burning Barn/Paddy Wagon
Track 36 - Main Street Windows - Sherman Bros. Medley
Track 50 - Disney Clothiers Ltd. - Area Background Music
Track 53 - Crystal Arts Glass Blowers
Track 58 - China Closet Music Box
Track 61 - Penny Arcade Sounds & The Welte Orchestrion
Track 63 - Penny Arcade - Esmeralda Fortune Teller
Track 64 - Penny Arcade - Pinocchio: Make Him Dance
Track 70 - Coke Corner Pianist - Ragtime Robert

***Special thanks and major shout outs to Melanie Ross, my pal from Facebook, for providing the voice of Esmeralda for track 63 - Her performance is amazing. Be sure to check it out.

My next project was to complete updating my Central Plaza chapter. http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/150-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3b.html I did not quite finish the chapter yet, but I now only have a few tracks left to add. Here are the new tracks that I have added or improved:

Track 11 - Gerber Baby Care Center
Track 12 - Jolly Holiday Bakery Café - Area Background Music
Track 30 - King Triton's Garden - Area Background Music
Track 32 - Pixie Hollow - Area Background Music
Track 34 - The Pearly Band
Track 35 - All-Star College Band - Castle Concert
Track 36 - Carnation Plaza Gardens - Soda Time Dance
Track 38 - Plaza Gardens - Disneyland Band Concert
Track 39 - Plaza Gardens - Fantasy Follies
Track 41 - Belle's Book Shop
Track 42 - Fantasy Faire Village - Area Background Music
Track 44 - Fantasy Faire Village - Rapunzel's Tower
Track 47 - The Royal Theatre - Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones

***Track 42 is something not to be missed. it is the complete area loop of the Fantasy Faire Village. This is from a great recording made live in the park by my good pal CThaddeus. Major shout outs to him for doing an amazing job recording this loop, and for sharing it with DisneyChris.com - Also be sure to check out track 39, Fantasy Follies. This is a rare gem, and shared with me by Scott Wolf who runs a great website: http://mouseclubhouse.com/

Next, I added a few new tracks to my "Magical Milestones" chapter, and completed the block of audio dedicated to Disneyland's 35th anniversary - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html

Track 32 - Tournament of Roses - Celebrate 35 Years of Magic
Track 33 - 35th Anniversary Rededication
Track 34 - Disneyland's 35th Anniversary - TV Commercials
Track 35 - The Dream Machine
Track 36 - The Mouse-O-Rail
Track 37 - Disneyland's 35th Anniversary - Party Gras Parade
Track 38 - Party Gras Street Party

Following that, I decided to move on to my "Disney on Parade" chapter, and updated the entire page with all the images and liner notes for the planned additions. Be sure to check out this page for a sneak preview of what I will be working on next. http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/129-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-4.html

I have added or updated several tracks to the chapter already:

Track 40 - The Disneyland State Fair - Come to the Fair Parade
Track 48 - The Little Mermaid - Pre-Parade
Track 49 - The Jungle Book - Pre-Parade
Track 50 - Peter Pan - Pre-Parade
Track 51 - Ratatouille - Pre-Parade
Track 52 - Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Pre-Parade
Track 56 - Tournament of Roses - The Royal Court
Track 57 - Tournament of Roses - 35 Years of Magic
Track 65 - Desert Storm Parade
Track 78 - Mickey's Shining Star Cavalcade
Track 79 - Mickey's Magic Kingdom Celebration
Track 80 - Frozen - Pre-Parade

So as you can see, I have been very, very busy adding new content to the site. Hope you will all enjoy these great new additions. I have hundreds and hundreds of audio tracks left to add, but never fear, I am in this for the long haul.

Finally, I would like to remind you all that I am now on Patreon. If you would like to become a supporter, and help me out with my web fees and the cost of adding new content to the site, it would be very appreciated. To those who have already sponsored me, big shout outs to you all, and a million thanks. For those unaware, I am disabled person and on a fixed income, so it is quite difficult for me to afford the costs associated with the upkeep of my site. I do it because I am passionate about it and it is a labor of love. So if you enjoy the audio on my site, please consider showing you appreciation. Here is a link to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris

And if you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so on Paypal. Here is a link to that page:
https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=RZTcJ41ijN58f8d2Hh93GOosjxfkjsNRpp_W4sP4acIuDqg8zy3fkIf_pba&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8defcd6970d4fd9d661117ac2649af92bb

So that is all for now. Be sure to keep track of my "Disney on Parade" chapter, as I add some fantastic new audio in the days and weeks ahead.

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February 23, 2016

Hi all. Time for another update. I have been very busy adding to my Main Street USA chapter. A lot of new content has been added. Here is a link to the chapter so you can follow along... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/160-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3-setup.html

Track 2 - Meet Me Down on Main Street - Disneyland USA: This comes from the 1956 theatrically released documentary "Disneyland USA" and is a fun little tour of Main Street with great music.

Track 3 - Meet Me Down on Main Street - The Mellomen Quartet: This combines music from two vintage Disneyland records for a fun little mix. This has been on my website for several years, but I have improved the audio quality.

Track 7 - The Disneyland Band - King Mickey March: Another track that has been on my site for quite some time, but I have revised it and made some fun additions. Thanks goes to my pal Joshua Smith for providing the audio for this track.

Tracks 10-15 - Enchanted Windows: These tracks all represent the new display windows at the Disneyland Emporium. Another shout out goes to my pal Scott, AKA RocketRods, for providing the audio and identifying the appropriate music.

Track 16 - The Storybook Store - Area Background Music: This track has been on my site for some time, but it was an abridged version. I have updated this and it is now the full uncut loop.

Track 23 - Main Street Organ Grinder: This is a fun track representing a feature of very early Main Street. It is audio taken from an authentic antique street organ that I found from a Youtube video, which I then cleaned up and enhanced.

Track 24 - The Keystone Cops - Main Street Saxophone Quartet: This is another long time track on DisneyChris, but I have added several additional songs to the mix. Each of these additions comes from an album sold at the Tokyo Disneyland parks, and is not available in the US, called "All That Brass."  My good pal Joshua Smith also shared this audio with me.

Track 26 - Main Street Cinema - Phantom of the Opera: This comes from a CD of music from the Silent Film era, and is a song called "Villain's Theme" - It is a song I am sure you will all recognize.

Track 29 - Main Street Town Band: This is music performed by a different group that once did perform live in Disneyland called The Rhythm Rascals from a CD they released called "Christopher Columbus." The music is nearly an exact match to the sound of the Main Street Town Band, so I used some artistic license here.

Track 41 - Upjohn Pharmacy - The Triangle of Health: This audio comes from a series of educational shorts produced by Disney in the late 1960's for the Upjohn Company. I felt it was a good way to represent the Upjohn Pharmacy, and the song is a lot of fun. Thanks to RocketRods again for giving me the idea to use this.

Track 42 - Main Street Area Music - The Gaslight Orchestra: This is music from an album called "Alexander's Ragtime Band" which was recorded by the Gaslight Orchestra. Some of the songs from this album have been used in Main Street area loops in decades past, so I have included several songs from this album, some have been used in these loops, and some have not, but all fun stuff.

Track 43 - Main Street Area Music - Gay Nineties Waltzes: This is a complete album also by the Gaslight Orchestra which is believed to have been used, in full, as a very early Main Street area loop. Thanks to my pal Foxxy for providing the research on this. You can find more information about this on her website called Passport to Dreams... http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/

Track 44 - Main Street Area Music - The Jack Wagner Collection: This is an authentic and complete Main Street area loop, likely first used in 1973 and retired in the early 1990's. Special thanks to Foxxy again, for providing the research on this. I had this track on the site previous to now, but I have completely redone it because more authentic materials have now become available.

Track 46 - Center Street - Disneyland Art Festival: This track includes the sounds of a caricature sketch artist from Disneyland Paris doing an in park drawing (authentic audio provided by RocketRods) and a fun little song appropriate to the era that this exhibit was in the park. It is called "The Poor People of Paris."

Track 47 - Carnation Ice Cream Parlor: A fun little ad jingle from the 1950's

Track 48 - Sunkist Citrus House: This track begins with audio derived from cassettes handed out to vision impaired guests to help describe the park to them. It is narrated by the voice of Disneyland, Jack Wagner. This is followed by a vintage ad jingle for Sunkist.

Track 49 - Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor: This loop is from Disneyland Paris. It may have been planned for use in Disneyland USA as well, when they installed this ice cream parlor in the 90's following on the theme of the new ice cream shop of the same name at the Disneyland Paris park, but because of the layout of this venue in Disneyland USA it is not conducive to having it's own loop in comparison to Paris, so I used some artistic license here.

Track 52 - The Silhouette Studio: This is a long time track on DisneyChris, but I added a new introduction with Walt Disney from a 1958 episode of the Disneyland TV series called "An Adventure in Art."

Track 54 - Main Street Mellomen Quartet: This is also a long time track on DisneyChris, but I have improved the audio and added several additional songs. These songs all come from a Disneyland Record called "Meet Me Down on Main Street" - You can hear the full album on my Disneyland Records page: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html - tracks 19 and 20.

Track 55 - Granny's Rocker: The music heard under the sound of this wooden rocking chair is a song appropriately called "Rockin' Chair" and comes from an album of songs recorded from a Nelson Wiggen Orchestrion.  This exact model orchestrion existed in Disneyland, (and still does) at the same time that Granny was still in the park, so it is appropriate music to use.

Track 57 - Dearie - The Main Street Pianist & The Dapper Dans: This is a long time track on DisneyChris, but I revised it with much improved audio.

Track 59 - Main Street USA - Area Background Music 2012: I have had an abridged version of the current Main Street loop on my site for a few years, but I have finally gotten around to replacing it with the full and uncut loop. I did some noise reduction and clean up, and this may be the best version of this loop you will hear. Came out very nice.  

Track 60 - Main Street USA - Area Music Alternates 2012: Another one of my alternate mixes. This has most of the songs from the 2012 Main Street Loop, but alternate versions of these songs, with lyrics. (with he exception of a couple songs that do not have existing lyrics) These mixes are a lot of fun, so be sure to check it out.

Track 66 - Kodak Photo Supply - Makin' Memories: This is the full audio from the former preshow to the EPCOT Center attraction Magic Journeys, sponsored by Kodak. It is a very appropriate representation of Kodak's long relationship with the Disney parks. I used some artistic license here, because the song is more affiliated with Epcot than with Disneyland, but it WAS used in a Disneyland "Sing Along Songs" home video from the early 90's, so it is not an complete stretch to use it. You MUST listen to this track. I did a major clean up on it and it sounds amazing. Crisp, clear and CD quality. You have not heard this song sounding so good in a long time, if ever.

Track 71 - Main Street Medley - 25th Anniversary Parade: This is taken from the Main Street USA section of the 1980 Disneyland 25th Anniversary parade.

Fweew! I have been busy. However, even with all those new tracks, I have managed to do a few other projects as well...

My new "Continual Play" feature, as mentioned in my last blog, is now available throughout the entire Disneyland Audio Tour, on every chapter. You will find the "Continual Play" at the bottom of each page. And now you are also able to navigate forwards and backwards between songs. Someone who has been very generous with their time helped me out with this project. So a big thank you to them. This feature allows you to listen to the tracks in succession without clicking on each one. I have been told by a couple of people that it does not work on their mobile devices, however, never fear, because I do have someone working on a new ap for mobile phones, and soon the entire site will be accessible in that format.

I have also been very busy with my new podcast called "Jiminy Crickets!" - Be sure to check it out. My good friend Jerry and I have been having loads of fun doing the show, and the feedback has been very positive. We have already released eleven episodes, and a new episode comes out every Monday. http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ or you can find us on Itunes. Be sure to give us a five star rating so that more people will find our show.

My other podcast, MouseMusic just released our 7th episode and it is all about the Muppets! Be sure not to miss this show. So much fun. http://sideshowsoundtheatre.com/2016/02/08/mouse-music-7-the-muppets/

And last thing to mention is that I am now on Patreon. If you would like to become a subscriber, and help me out with my web fees and the cost of adding new content to the site, it would be very appreciated. To those who have already sponsored me, big shout outs to you all, and a million thanks. Here is a link to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris

And if you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so on Paypal. Here is a link to that page:
https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=RZTcJ41ijN58f8d2Hh93GOosjxfkjsNRpp_W4sP4acIuDqg8zy3fkIf_pba&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8defcd6970d4fd9d661117ac2649af92bb

So as you can see, I have been very busy, but I plan to remain just as busy in the days, weeks and months ahead, so be sure to check on the site often, I am adding new content almost every day. Stay tuned for more...

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January 30, 2016

I can't believe that nearly a month has passed since my last update. It has been a bit of a slow month on my end because I was so driven to add new content to my website in the late part of 2015 that I sort of had a bit of a burn out and took a little time to relax in the mid weeks of January, but things are picking up again, so I finally have some news to report on the progress of the Disneyland Audio Tour.

The first thing I worked on in 2016 was the first of my five Disneyland Railroad ride-throughs, which I finally completed. You will find it on my Town Square page track number 71: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/127-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-2.html

As expected, it was a really difficult edit, and this is one of the main reasons I got burned out and took some time off once it was completed. I always knew it was going to be tough, and that is why I put it off for so long. The first version of the planned five ride-throughs is very timely though, because it is the just recently retired R.R. narrative that will more than likely change once the attraction is re-opened after it is rerouted due to the Star Wars Land expansion in Disneyland. So I am glad to have it on my site so that people can now continue to ride the train mentally as it will be out of commission for the next approximately 18 months.

I still have plans to get the other four versions of the Railroad done, and sooner than later, but have decided to work on a few other projects first before digging deep into another railroad ride-through. Each version of the railroad has its own unique challenges, so it is like starting from scratch for each one I will be editing. The very thought of jumping back into that pool is not something I am looking forward to at this time. I need to be in the right mindset for such a big undertaking, so in the meantime I am doing some easier projects, but I promise to get back to railroading as soon as I am mentally ready again.

What I have been working on, since I completed the first of the Railroads, is audio for the Main Street USA and Central Plaza chapters of my website. I actually made a huge discovery that made me excited to get back to work again, and snapped me out of my lazy spell.

The 1992-2012 Main Street USA area background loop has always been a bit of a problem for those that collect Disneyland audio. The reason: several of the source version, studio recorded tracks had never been released. This includes the songs "Dearie," "Sidewalks of New York," from Hello Dolly "Elegance" and "Before the Parade Passes By," from Oklahoma "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" "Many a New Day" and "Kansas City," and from the Music Man "Wells Fargo Wagon" "Gary Indiana" "Lida Rose and "Iowa Stubborn"

So over the years, people visiting the parks recorded these missing songs live, by placing a microphone next to a speaker. (Also known as induction recording) Obviously this meant a huge downgrade in audio quality when mixed back together as the full area loop which included the songs that were available from source materials. However, someone, (who would like to remain anonymous,) about 6 months ago sent me a Main Street loop file that I placed in a folder and never listened to, because I assumed it was just the same thing as all the other times I have received this file, a mix of the studio stuff along with the live induction in-park stuff.

However, as I started to go though my files about 10 days ago, as I was thinking ahead of what I am going to be doing for my Main Street chapter, I realized that I had a rare gem in my possession. The file that had been sent to me was the full 1992 Main Street Loop, taken from source. All the songs were there, 100% studio quality! I was so excited to find this out that I immediately replaced all the audio I had been using those induction recordings for with these improved studio versions. So you will now find new versions of the following tracks on my Main Street page...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/160-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3-setup.html

 7 - Main Street USA - Area Background Music
16 - Music Man Medley - Area Background Music
33 - Hello Dolly Medley - Area Background Music
65 - Oklahoma Medley - Area Background Music
(note the track numbering may change because I am currently tinkering with this chapter and moving things around)

Also on my Central Plaza Page - Track 2 - I have posted the entire loop replacing the live recordings with the newly discovered audio...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/150-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3b.html

The reason I have the complete loop on my Central Plaza page and not my Main Street Page is because I am planning to use the complete 2012-Present Main Street Loop on my Main Street page, and I wanted to break things up a bit. Also, it allows me to split up the 1992 loop into smaller sections for the Main Street chapter without having the same music play more than once on the same page.

Also, I need to note that two songs are now missing from my loop because I have a copy of the Disneyland version, not the Walt Disney World version, and two songs from the WDW loop were not included in the Disneyland loop for unknown reasons. One song is "Before the Parade Passes By" and the other is "Gary Indiana" - But I feel ok about leaving these songs out, because they never actually played in Disneyland. However, for my Hello Dolly track (see number 33 above) I have included the version of "Before the Parade Passes By" that comes from the new 2012 loop. So really the only missing song is "Gary Indiana."

I also redid my 1992 area music alternates track (number 17 on my Main Street Page) to exclude the songs "Before the Parade Passes By" and "Gary Indiana" and also removed the final little chunk of songs which all come from the "Old Timer's Waltz" medley. The reason I removed the "Old Timers Waltz" songs is because you can know hear that part of the track as a separated selection on my Town Square page, (track number 17.) I felt those songs had a different pacing that the rest, and work better on their own rather than being tagged on as part of the full Main Street alternate track.

I also plan to do an alternates track for the 2012 loop, so "Before the Parade Passes By" will be making a return when I add that track to the site in the near future.

Two more additions have also been made to my Central Plaza chapter...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/150-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3b.html

I have replaced my existing track 8 - Plaza Inn Dining Room - Atmosphere Music with a new version. The old version was less than 30 minutes long and included background restaurant crowd noises. The new version does not include any added sound effects and is the full one hour loop. I also purchased several CD's to create this version of the loop. This is not taken from the sources that have previously been floating around the web. With I think only one exception, every song in this loop has been taken directly from the original CD, so the sound quality is much improved. The main reason I had those sound effects added on my old version was to hide the poor audio, but now it is not needed.

I also added a new track, track 9 - Plaza Inn Quartet. This track is supposed to represent a live ensemble performing inside the Plaza Inn, So I am now using those restaurant crowd sounds here instead of for track 8. So you still have a track using the sound effects, but I feel it is much more effective here. By the way, the sounds come from the ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion.

The addition of the new track 8 and track 9 on my Central Plaza page has also allowed me to add yet another "Continual Play" track to the site. I will be adding more and more of these over time as I complete more additions. Eventually the entire Disneyland Audio Tour will be available in "Continual Play."

I also added a very cute little commercial jingle called "It Can Only Happen at Disneyland" to my "Welcome to Disneyland" page, Chapter 1 track 64. Be sure to check that out too. http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

Other news to report beyond the Disneyland Audio Tour:  I plan to have DisneyChris T Shirts available soon for purchase. I did the artwork myself bassd on a 1950's Disneyland TV logo and it came out great. I should have the shirts available in only a few weeks. I will post information about them on Twitter, Facebook and on the homepage of my site. I know you are all going to love these shirts. I already have a prototype and it came out beautiful.

Also, I will be releasing episode 8 of my all new "Jiminy Crickets!" podcast this coming Monday. Be sure to check out my show. http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ Jerry and I are having a blast doing the show, and have some amazing episodes and special guests planned in the months ahead. Don't miss it.

Hope everyone is having a happy new year so far. Don't be a stranger, and feel free to contact me anytime with questions, comments or concerns. I would love to hear from you all. Talk to you soon.

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January 1, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone! Lots of exciting additions have been made to my website since my last post, so it is time, once again, to fill you all in on the details.

Before I get to that though, please let me implore anyone who can afford to, to consider becoming a DisneyChris subscriber on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris - Or to make a one time donation to Paypal. http://disneychris.com/donate.html It is now more important than ever that I receive financial support from those who appreciate what I do for the Disney community. I have now reached 100% of my allotted 20MB bandwidth by my website host, and will now be charged an extra fee each month for every MB I am over that allotment. I am already 2MB's over, and I have hundreds of additions to make to the site, plus a new "Continual Play" feature which will double the MB's I am currently using now. So that overage is going to increase over time, and my monthly fees are going to skyrocket. Because I am disabled and on a fixed income, in order to keep adding to the site, and bring you the very best in Disney audio, I really need your financial help. I am also planning special awards and prizes for my Patreon supporters once I reach a certain level of financial support that will warrant it. I plan to provide exclusive audio content and t-shirt giveaways.

I have also invested quite a bit over the past year in new audio editing software to improve the sound quality of my tracks, and have also purchased several rare and expensive vintage Disney vinyl albums which have all been posted to the site. I also had to pay a lot to have these albums professionally cleaned and converted to digital format before I was able to edit them and share them on the site.

My new feature "Continual Play" is what put me over my allotted 20MB, but this is something I really wanted to add to the site for the convenience of those visiting the site while at work or while doing other things besides sitting at their computer. I have now grouped together all the tracks on each page into 3-4 hour long-playing tracks, so you can now alternately listen to everything without clicking on each individual track. This makes it much easier to enjoy the site for those doing things around the house or who listen while at work. No more clicking on each individual track. You will find these "Continual Play" tracks scattered throughout each chapter of the Disneyland Audio Tour as you scroll down the page.

So far I have only added this feature to Chapters 1, 2, 22 and 25. This is because the other chapters are all going to undergo the major re-do treatment, so it is best to wait until the other chapters are updated before posting the continual play tracks, as they will be incomplete. But over time I plan to have every chapter of the site filled with "Continual Play" and now life will be easier for all you who have wanted to enjoy the site without all that annoying clicking.

Before I get to the new additions let me also quickly promote my new podcast called "Jiminy Crickets!" http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ My pal Jerry Skids and I decided to create our very own family friendly Disney podcast Disney with our own spin. We have released three episodes so far. We are also on Itunes so you can check us out out there. Be sure to leave us a 5 star rating. New episodes will be released every single Monday.

Now enough about all that business, lets get into the real reason you have all come here. What is going on with the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour....

The majority of additions I have made this go-round are to my Town Square chapter, so to follow along click on this link - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/127-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-2.html

Track 16 - Town Square Area Music - The Jack Wagner Collection - This is a redo of an existing track and is now the complete unabridged 1976 AM Main Street Loop. Special thanks goes to my Twitter pal Foxy, who is the writer of the blog http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/ for the research behind this.

Track 17 - Town Square Area Music - Old Timer's Waltz - I created a neat mix of alternate versions of all the songs contained in the "Old Timers Waltz," which is a medley of songs that has consistently been a part of Main Street's area music since 1971. Now you can learn the lyrics to these songs.

Track 18 - The Original Disneyland Band - Town Square Concert - All the tracks from this mix are taken from the 1970's Walt Disney World Band album. But, many of these arrangements are identical to the Disneyland Band, so it is apropos to use songs from this album to represent Disneyland. This is an extended version of an existing track, with lots of extra songs and fun surprises.

Track 19 - The New Disneyland Band - Town Square Performance - These songs come from an album available exclusively in Japan called "All That Brass." It is actually the Tokyo Disneyland Band, but they have the exact same musical style as the new Disneyland Band in California, so it is appropriate to use this as a representation. Thanks to my pal Joshua Smith on Facebook for sending me this music.  

Track 20 - Wurlitzer Music Store - This is a fun little mix I created of all the many different types of keyboard instruments that were likely heard at the Wurlitzer store on a daily basis. I have included player piano music, electric organ music, and traditional piano music.

Track 21 - Disneyland Showcase - A Preview of Coming Attractions - This is a redo of an existing track. This was one of my major nemesis. The sound quality of the original version I had posted was so bad that it was almost an embarrassment. This new version while not perfect, is a major improvement over the old version and is now acceptable under my high audio quality standards. It provides a preview of several attractions that were once planned for the park but never ended up being built, including Dumbo Circus and Discovery Bay.

Track 22 - The Straw Hat Strutters - This is a sound alike band I found while searching Itunes. Not the authentic group, but you may not know this unless I told you. Perfect match.

Track 26 - Saxophone Quartet - Town Square Performance - Same as the above track, this is another sound alike group I found on Itunes.

Track 27 - International Street - To represent this attraction that was never built, I have put together a nice mix of easy listening songs with an international flavor. All these orchestrations are very mid 20th century in sound, so very appropriate for the era in which this attraction would have premiered had it been carried out to fruition.

Track 28 - Liberty Street Introduction - This introduction by Walt Disney was taken from an episode of the Disneyland TV series in which the film "Johnny Tremain" was being broadcast. Walt actually mentions Liberty Street as a planned attraction for Disneyland. I also include two songs from Johnny Tremain.

Track 29 - Liberty Street - Area Background Music - To represent another attraction never built, I have taken the 1980 Walt Disney World Liberty Square area loop, and combined it with fife and drum music from the 1971 Walt Disney World Liberty Square area loop. This is definitely the style of music that would have played in this land, had it actually been realized.

Track 30 - One Nation, Under God - Another attraction never realized was the precursor to the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World. Before Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln began its development, the original concept, like the Walt Disney World version, was to include ALL the presidents. So I have taken the audio from the 1971 version of the Hall of Presidents to represent this attraction that never was, and combined it with some appropriate patriotic music.

Track 34 - Walt Disney Story Preshow - Disneyland Wasn’t Built in a Day - This is an existing track which I have improved the audio.

Track 35 - Walt Disney, Naturalist - Musical Highlights - Another existing track with improved audio.

Track 37 - The Walt Disney Story - I have cleaned up the audio on this existing track and added additional music. Most of the audio used in this mix is authentic to the actual film, but I did use a few appropriate placeholders. Due to the very poor audio of the actual film, this is basically a musical highlights mix, but is does include the brief narrated introduction by Pete Renaday.

Track 40 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Preshow - This is very much the same as the version that was previously posted on my site, but I have improved the audio and smoothed out some of the transitions between segments.

Track 41 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Overture - Identical to older version with improved audio.

Track 42 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Again, this is very close to the version that was previously posted on my site, but I have improved the audio and smoothed out the transitions between segments.

Track 44 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Musical Score - The background music from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Track 47 - Journey to Gettysburg Preshow - A redo of an existing track with a MAJOR improvement in audio quality.

Track 48 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Journey to Gettysburg- And yet another redo of an existing track with a MAJOR improvement in audio quality.

Track 51 - The Disneyland Story - Lobby Area Music - This is the current background music used in the lobby of the Opera House. It was also once the music from the Disney Gallery Exhibit called "Enchanting the Classics" - So this is why that exhibit is excluded from my block of Disney Gallery background loops.

Track 52 - The First 50 Magical Years - If You Believe in Magic - This is an improved version of an existing track, which I obtained a better audio source for.

Track 53 - The First 50 Magical Years - Musical Score - This comes from a special very exclusive CD made available only to the press who covered the premiere of this attraction in 2005. It was on my wish list, and an anonymous source shared it with me, so now it is my pleasure to share it with all of you. It is a fantastic musical score.

Track 54 - Disneyland, The First 50 Magical Years - I have improved the audio quality and extended this track to include the full and complete film.

Tracks 55-60 - The Disney Gallery - These are the complete background loops for all the exhibits that were showcased in the Disney Gallery at Town Square before it became the Disneyana store. Two of the tracks were on the site previous to now, "All Aboard! the Trains of Disney" and "Crowning Achievements" but they have now been extended to the full, uncut versions, and the audio has been improved.

Track 62 - The Carolwood Pacific Railroad - This comes from an Episode of the Disneyland TV series called "Where Do Stories Come From?" - a fantastic bit of nostalgia where Walt discusses the popularity of model railroading among his staff and the development of his own backyard train.

Track 63 - The Disneyland Railroad - Introduction - This informative overview of the Disneyland Trains comes from a 1985 local TV broadcast. It provides a great introduction with many insider details about the history of the Disneyland Railroad line and its trains.

Track 64 - The Disneyland Railroad - Depot Announcements - This is a redo of an existing track. I have added extra announcements and changed the format because it became repetitive of what I have now included as part of my new track 65 "The Disneyland Railroad Ticket Announcements" (mentioned in previous blog)

Track 66 - Main Street Station - Nelson Wiggen Orchestrion - This is taken from a CD I came across that is authentic music from the exact same model orchestrion located in the Main Street train station. Some of the songs are also exact matches to Youtube videos people have posted of the orchestrion playing in the station, so even the songs themselves are authentic, because they generally all derive from 20 minute scrolls that contains multiple songs, so if one song matches, it is likely that the other songs are also matches.  

Track 78 - Town Square Evening Concert - Dee Fisher - This is from the 1957 Disneyland Record "Echoes of Disneyland" - But I have done a major overhaul on the audio. I have painstakingly removed every single click and editing glitch on this album one at a time, by hand. It was loaded with lots of issues, and it took me hours and hours of hard work to do this. It now sounds amazing without all the distracting sounds of the levers being clicked on and off whenever there is a change in key. You have not heard this album so crisp and clean before now. I also replaced the version on my "Disneyland Records" page, tracks 17-18 http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html

So that is all for now, but the good news is that I have finally begun work on my Disneyland Railroad ride-through tracks. I saved the hardest project for last, but after much anticipation, I am finally going to get these completed. So stay tuned for more!

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December 14, 2015

Wow, has it really been an entire month since my last blog post? Well I have tons to catch you all up on. Lots of changes have happened at DisneyChris. So sit back, relax, and get get ready for a nice read...

First of all, I need to mention my all new Podcast called Jiminy Crickets! http://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ - My good friend Jerry Skids and I decided to create our own show and do a family friendly podcast with our own spin. Episode 1 was just released today. We are also on Itunes so you can check out out there. Be sure to leave us a 5 star rating.

Second of all, I have become a member of Patreon! Now you can be come a monthly subscriber to DisneyChris and help support what I do through a small monthly donation. It cost a lot of money for a guy like me on a fixed income to keep my website going. I have recently purchased new audio hardware, and have spent thousands of dollars of my own money on software to edit my audio, in order to make the vintage sound crisp and new. I also am constantly purchasing new music, vintage albums, and not to mention the monthly fees I pay to my web host. Also, I only have about 12% of my bandwidth remaining before they start charging me even more for going over my allotted 20 GB's and I still have hundreds, if not over a thousands, more audio tracks to share. So please consider being a subscriber guys. Nothing in life is free.

Once I have enough subscribers to justify it, I plan to have a monthly drawing, and give away special T-shirts and other great exclusive prizes, PLUS I will start to release some exclusive audio content for subscribers only.

Now enough about business, lets discuss why you have all come here. What is going on with the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour....

I have been very busy working on chapter 2 of the collection. This is my Town Square focused chapter, and it includes everything in the circle surrounding the square, from the Opera House to the Wurlitzer Music Store, to the Emporium, and the Disneyland Railroad. I am not only adding several new audio selections to this chapter, but I have also been extending and improving most of the existing tracks.

I will describe for you all the new tracks that have been added so far. If you want to follow along, you will find them all on the following page...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/127-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-2.html

1 - Walt Disney Welcomes You to Town Square USA - This is taken from the classic 1956 album "Walt Takes you to Disneyland" - but I have used some trickery to move around the wording and make Walt's Main Street introduction into a Town Square introduction instead. Pretty sneaky eh?

2 - Town Square Morning Announcements - This is a track I have had on my site for years, but I updated it with more appropriate music. The new song comes from the 1976 Disneyland loop. Originally I was using the song Fortuosity from the 1992 Main Street Loop, but the new music has much more of an early morning vibe to it. I also did some more trickery by removing some sound effects heard at the beginning of the track, so now all you hear is the narration and the music, nice and clear.

3 - Town Square Vehicles - This track is a "You Are There" audio experience. The sounds you hear as you first enter the park. Plus a Jack Wagner description of each Main Street Vehicle with a corresponding sound effects for each said vehicle. It is a short track but with amazing sound and it is lots of fun.

4 - The Trolley Song - Two versions of this song, one from the Disneyland 25th Anniversary Parade and the other from the 1968 Disneyland Band album. I have combined the two into one song, and it is hard to tell they were not originally all one in the same track. This was a lot more difficult to do than it sounds. I had to speed up the parade portion and do some tricks to get the sound quality to match between the two. Came out very nice though.

5 - Guided Tour Garden - Another long time track I have now redone to make some improvements. Same music, but I added two additional spots of narration during two song transition points in the medley. I also removed the ambient Main Street sounds at the start of the track because that is now heard under my Main Street Vehicles track instead. And I made the bird sounds a little louder to emphasize that this is supposed to be a garden, off the path from the main throngs of guests.

Track 6 has no changes.

7 - Disneyland City Hall - Phone Greetings - Mickey, Minnie and Goofy recordings you can hear at City Hall if you are celebrating a special event. I added phone ringing and dial tone noises, etc etc.

8 - Disneyland Firehouse - Regina Music Box - This one is amazing! - before now I was using a placeholder, but now I have audio from 12 of the actual authentic music box discs that are in Walt's Real Apartment. These recordings were all done live, so I worked really hard to do a lot of clean up on these, and it came out fantastic.

9 - Disneyland Firehouse - Edison Gramophone - Another track that has been on the page for some time, but I added a second song, and also did some major clean up to try and remove some of the really bad distortion on these very vintage recordings. This one was really though to do. Lots of work. But although the recordings are by no means perfect now, nor would I want them to be because I want them to sound like old Victrola albums, the removal of much of the high frequency distortion makes these much more enjoyable to listen to now. Less sounding like scratches on a chalkboard than they were before.

10 - Disneyland Fire Dept. - Horse-Drawn Chemical Wagon - I used some of my creativity to mix some sound effects together to come up with this one. I think it sounds pretty authentic.

11 - The Hook n' Ladder Band - This is not the authentic Disneyland group heard in the park. However, I found a Swedish group that were so inspired by the original Firehouse Five Plus Two Dixieland group of the 1950's-1970's that they have emulated their style. So this is the perfect placeholder for the Hook N Ladder Band. I sped up the tempo a bit on their recordings because they had a tendency to play a tad bit slower than the real Firehouse Five did, but it came out nice when I did that.

12 - The Dapper Dans - Town Square Performance - All the songs from this mix are taken from the authentic Dapper Dan album "Shave and A Haircut" - I tried to mix it in such a way to sound like a typical set they would perform in front of the firehouse. I also added the pitch pipe at the start of the mix, just for a little fun.

13 - Town Square Lockers and Lost & Found - I used the same announcement from track number two, "Morning Announcements," but moved things around a bit in order to just describe the lockers. (Seems like I enjoy making people say things they did not actually say) - I also used the player piano version of the song Flitterin' from "Summer Magic" as the music to represent this venue, because that song is about moving to a new home, and the lockers were in fact sponsored by a moving company. (There is method to my madness) I end the track with the sound of a locker opening and closing.

14 - Main Street Emporium - Area Background Music - My original track for this ran all of 16 minutes. The new version I just posted yesterday now runs a full hour and 8 minutes. It is now the full loop. There is some controversy about this loop. Many believe it may not be used in Disneyland, and is only heard at Disneyland in Paris. But there are many that swear they hear this loop at Disneyland, only it is almost inaudible because of how loud it gets inside the Emporium. I will go with the second school of thought, because it is such a great collection of music, and I want to include it.

15 - Town Square Popcorn Wagon  - This is the exact same track you will find on my Central Plaza chapter, but I decided to include it in Town Square too, for obvious reasons.

--- For the rest I am going to describe, I will be skipping over any track numbers I have not yet edited and posted to the site yet ---

22 - Maxwell House Coffee House - Fun mid century advertisement jingle. Perfect feel for Disneyland.

23 - Town Square Café - My friend Dawn Short from Facebook recorded the part of the waitress at the start of the track. I take a song from the 1976 Main Street Loop and underscore it with coffee house ambient sounds and Main Street vehicle noises. At the end of the track it is me you hear saying "Check Please!" This track came out so cute.

24 - The Mad Hatter - The sound effect you hear in this track is 100% authentic. It is the actual machine that was once used to do the hat embroidery. I have underscored the sound effect appropriately with the Unbirthday Song.

30 - Babes in Toyland - Movie Set Exhibit - I used music from the Mickey's Christmas Chalet shop loop which was taken from the original Babes in Toyland soundtrack, with a fun little intro I made using Mother Goose and some wedding bell chimes.

31 - Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters - Consists of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, and introductory song to the Mouseketeers, the Mousekartoon theme, and the soundtrack to two classic Disney shorts - "Orphan's Benefit" and "The Band Concert" followed up by the Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater. I find this one very enjoyable.

32 - The Walt Disney Story - Introduction - I was able to do some editing trickery to get Jack Wagner to say "Town Square" instead of "Main Street" when introducing this attraction. and added new music. Originally I had music from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln underscoring this intro, but now I have music from the actual "Walt Disney Story" film instead. I was having an issue finding the right music to end this track with. I ended up using the end title music to the 1972 live-action Disney film "Napolian and Samantha" and surprisingly it sounds perfect together.

33 - Walt Disney Story - Disneyland Wasn't Built in a Day - No major changes made. I just improved the audio quality of this one. Less echoed.

38 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Introduction - Walt Disney's introduction to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln as seen on the Wonderful World of Color TV episode called "Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair" - I removed some distracting ambient sounds and added new music at the end. I should mention that ambient sounds are accepted more when you can see the action that causes the sound to happen. When you change something originally meant to be experienced visually and it is now an audio only experience, these sounds can just seem like errors in the recording. So it is important to try and remove them if possible. I was successful doing so.

42 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - America the Beautiful - The music from the 1967 Circle Vision film that has now been incorporated into the current version of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, in a nice little 3.5 minute musical medley.

44 - The Gettysburg Address - The portion of the 1964 Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln record album that was omitted from the original show, but portions of which are now being used in the current show. I have the full version here.

45 - Fifth Freedom Mural - I used a piece of music from Walt Disney World's original Hall of Presidents soundtrack for this. It had the exact right feel to represent this mural, which focused on great 19th and 20th century American inventors and visionaries.

48 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Golden Dream - I combined the music that used to be the finale to the 1985 version of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, with the music now heard as you exit the theater and enter the lobby. Came out as a nice mix of both versions.

60 - Disneyana Gifts - Disneyana Theme Song - This is a new song recently written by Bobby Sherman, son to the late Robert Sherman. It is a great song that has the feel of the old Sherman Brothers tunes, and is a great way to represent this gift shop musically.

64 - Disneyland Railroad - Ticket Announcements - These are all the Jack Wagner Announcements from the days when it required a ticket to ride the Disneyland Railroad. It includes each station announcement, and I underscored it with a sort of Honky Tonk style version of the song "Casey Jones."

76 - Flag Retreat Ceremony - I now have two different version of the Flag Retreat posted on Disney Chris - This is because this ceremony is performed in two different ways. Sometimes it is done with live musicians, as is the case with the version I posted on my Town Square chapter, and other times it is performed without any musicians, but with pre-recorded music. I have posted the pre-recorded music version on my Disneyland After Dark Chapter, and you will find it at the top of this page if you want to compare the two...  http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/138-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-18.html

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Fwew - I added a lot didn't I? But there is much more to come. Don't forget to also check out my daily "Disney Song of the Day" because from now until January each song is themed to Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, I will likely not blog again until AFTER the holiday, so I wish you all a happy and safe holiday, and may all your Christmas wishes come true. Peace to all.

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November 15, 2015

It is definitely time to update you all on the progress of the Disneyland Audio Tour. I have made a record number of new additions in the past two weeks since my last blog post, so there is much to discuss.

Before I get into that, let me mention my current side projects I just started working on today. This is more like a little housekeeping than anything else, but worth mentioning to you all so you know what is going on for the next few days, and why things may suddenly seem so quiet on adding new audio to the site.

Song of the Day has crept up on me yet again. Last time I set it up three months in advance, but December 1st is the end of my three month reserve, so I must get December ready now. As you may know this is a big month for Song of the Day, because it is my annual Countdown to Christmas. I also like to decorate my site with a lot of colorful Christmas clip art. I have already set up a new December home page which is good to go, and all I have to do is switch it over at midnight on 12/01. So that is at least one project checked off.

Next I have to pick out all the songs for December and the corresponding images for each day. This year I was smart, and I have been collecting Christmas themed images for the past 12 months, so there should be no searching for images required. I should have all the pictures I need. My only issue is how I am going to make this year's countdown unique. There are only so many Disney songs themed to Christmas. I need to figure out a way to make this year's countdown special, and not just a rehash of the past three years. I am going to try and find alternate versions of songs if I can, but I will still bring back many of the favorites.

Once December is done, I plan to get January and February done in advance as well. I have a big project lingering and I don't want to be distracted by having to set up Song of the Day over and over. Better to get it done now, so I can fully concentrate on my next project. January will be a random month of songs, but February will be the return of "Love Month" - a month of Disney love songs in honor of Valentine's Day.

Next housekeeping project is to set up the Disneyland Hotel chapter with several new additions I am planning to make to that chapter. So expect to see several new "Coming Soon" slots posted on that page in the next few days. I do have to do some hunting down for some images I need, and may need to edit these images, so this could be a 2 day project.

So after all that is completed, I will begin my complete re-do of Chapter 2, AKA Town Square. This will begin in about 4-5 days from now. As I get my plan in order, I will be making a "To-Do" list and will share the list both on Twitter and Facebook in my "Disney Music Fans" group. This list will let you see all I am planning to do to this chapter, and will allow you to keep you updated on my progress as I check things off the list. The "To-Do" list also keeps me motivated, because as I cross things off the lists, it actually gives me a feeling of final accomplishment.

Now with that out of the way, let me discuss what I have been doing for the past two weeks. As mentioned in my last blog, I made a list of tracks to edit that are from all the many 1980's era Disneyland anniversary celebrations. And the good news is, I completed the entire list! This effects both my TV Land page as well as my Magical Milestone page. So first, let me talk about TV Land...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/156-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22b.html

Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary -

Track 42 - Once Upon a Time in Anaheim - I have added the narrated TV special introduction to the beginning of this track, which announces all the guest stars appearing on the program, before fading into the song. This is basically exactly how it was done on the TV show. All other versions of this song posted throughout my site do not have this TV introduction, so now this version is unique to all others.

Track 45 - When You Wish Upon a Star Medley - Micheal Jackson - I did a major clean up on this track. It was already on the site, but the new version has much better audio.

Track 46 - Walt Disney Musical Montage - This was a challenge to edit, because of all the background ambient in-park noise heard throughout. It was obviously recorded on location in the park, and not in a sound proof studio. I managed to maintain a nice balance of keeping the atmospheric qualities of the in-park sounds while also removing excess distortion and smoothing out the fades from one edit cut to the next. I feel it came out quite well and is a big improvement from the original 1980's edit job.

Track 47 - The 'F' Ticket - Disney Dream Montage - Again, this was already on the site, but thanks to my new noise reduction tools, I was able to do a much improved and slightly extended version of this song, no longer needing to be concerned about the many quiet moments in the track. All background hiss is virtually vanished.

Track 48 - Once Upon a Time in Anaheim - Finale - This was a challenge to edit because of a lot of wind and background noise that was not consistent throughout, so in order to mask this, I added in birds chirping, and it did a perfect job of covering up all the issues. I also did some cut and paste to move things around a bit differently than presented on the original show, in order to have a better and more dramatic ending to the track.  

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Track 53 - I was so excited to get "I'm So Excited" because this segment has been cut out from every version of this special I have ever been able to find. I am so happy to be able to include it. It is really bizarre but a lot of fun.

Track 54 - Thank You Mickey - This is the opening number of the show and consists of scenes from the 30th Anniversary Parade and cutaways to all the guest stars on the show who sing a verse of a celebratory song in a nice little medley. Some of the singers chose songs that did not quite fit the same rhythm structure of the rest of the piece, so I cut out a few segments in order to keep the flow of the music consistent.

Track 55 - Zip a Dee Doo Dah - This is another song that was already on the site, but now I have much better audio, AND, I was able to add an extra New Orleans Square segment that was not included before.

Track 56 - Alabama Jubilee - I included this live performance of Roy Clark because I could not find this song in a studio recorded, non-live version. (This will be explained below in track 58) I really like this live version anyway, so it turned out to be a happy accident.

Track 57 - Marie Osmond - I'm Walkin' Right Down the Middle - This is pretty much exactly what was on the site before, only with a major improvement in the audio.

Track 58 - 30th Anniversary - Guest Star Performances - I gathered together all the original studio recorded versions of the songs that were performed live in the TV special, and made a fun medley of songs. Surprisingly, they are all pretty much the same sounding versions as the ones from the TV show, just with much better studio quality source sound. It is a fun medley for those who love their mid 80's nostalgia.

Track 59 - For Thirty Years We've Been Coming Together - This is a song mentioned in my last blog post. I decided to also include the song on my TV Land page. It is identical to the version already mentioned and posted on my Magical Milestones page. Also, I did another version of this song, cutting out references to "30 years" and posted this over on Chapter One - I call it "Who Comes to Disneyland?" and it is track 25 on this page... http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html (As I told you, no page is ever "completed")

Track 60 - Marie Osmond & David Hasselhoff - Castle Ballet - New to the site. A nice little duet.

Track 61 - Julie Andrews - Walt Disney Tribute Medley - Also new, Love hearing Miss Andrews singing Disney classics. Came out just lovely.

Track 62 - Peter Allen - Is There a Band Big Enough? - This again is the same track that was already on the site, but the sound quality is much better now.

And a few others added to this page...

Track 65 Golden Anniversary of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs - Fun little medley of songs by Dick Van Dyke as performed in a 1987 TV special. Although the show has little to do with Disneyland, this production number was filmed in the park, so I felt it was appropriate to include it as part of the Disneyland collection.

Track 66 - Mickey's 60th Birthday - It's Magic - Another 1980's TV special that had little to do with Disneyland, but this one musical routine was filmed in the park, so decided to include it. Had to do some tricky editing to get a good sounding ending to the song, because the song does not really come to a defined ending in the TV show. It is just interrupted by dialogue, but I came up with a good ending using some magic of my own, and it sounds great.

I also made some slight tweaks to two older tracks on this page:

Track 25 - John Davidson - Flattery/Top of the World - I made a correction to improve one little spot in the song that had a bad off key sounding warble. I improved it and it sounds much better.

Track 32 - I Believe in the Unbelievable - I added some bass to this track. It seemed to be missing some lower range resonance.

That is all for chapter 24 the rest of the new additions are on the following page...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html

Track 14 - Fantasy in the Sky 25th Night - Anniversary Event - This was likely the most difficult track to edit on my recent list. Floating about the internet for a few years was a very bad audio copy of this presentation. So bad, there was no way I could have justified using it on my site, and it was totally beyond repair. Then I acquired a much better copy, and was thrilled. However, it was still not perfect, but much more usable. So what I did was extract Jack Wagner's narration, and overlay it on top of the source versions of the songs that were originally used to make this mix. I was able to find source copies for almost everything used in this presentation, with two exceptions... the Matterhorn music, and the medley of "Celebrate/Here's to the Future" But i came up with two very good placeholders for these. Some of the audio on the new mix I acquired was also good enough to be used in combination with the studio recorded audio. So in doing a little cut and paste, and mix and match, I came up with a wonderful sounding version of what I once thought was a hopeless cause. It took me hours of work to get all the sound to match just right, but I  am very proud of how it turned out. I also took some liberties by extending some of the original musical edits from the 1980 presentation, to make the songs a bit longer and less choppy in its transitions from one song to the next. So now it is a more flowing and enjoyable experience than the original show. Don't miss this one.

Tracks 15-18 - All songs devoted to Donald Duck's 50th Birthday. Lots of fun stuff here.

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary - 1985

Track 19 - Disneyland's 30th Anniversary - TV Commercials - two vintage ads promoting the anniversary events.

Track 20 - Disneyland's 30th Anniversary - GM Showcase -  a short but fun little narrative taken from the Disneyland Monorail spiel. I added perfect 80's background music.

Track 21 - The Gift-Giver Extraordinaire - This is virtually the same track as found on Chapter One as mentioned in my last blog post, however, I added a new introduction unique to the 30th Anniversary.

Track 23 - Is There a Band Big Enough? - This is identical to the track mentioned above for chapter 24

Track 24 - 30th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony - The version of Happy Birthday heard here is the authentic audio from the 30th Anniversary rededication birthday party from July 17, 1985. I followed this up by a cover version of the Beatles "Today is Your Birthday"

Track 26 - 30th Anniversary Family Cavalcade - This is the full and complete audio from this event. All of which has been posted on my site in various places before, but never together all in one place. Also the audio is great thanks to my new noise reduction software.

Track 27 - Skyfest Balloon Festival - A collection of flight themed songs, both Disney and non Disney, representing this event. This is not authentic audio, but is meant to give the impression of what this event was like.

And a few more additions to this chapter...

Track 28 - Snow White Golden Anniversary Celebration - I took audio from the Snow White Parade, TV special and live stage show and made a nice little medley to represent all the anniversary events of 1987.

Track 30 - Mickey's 60th Birthday Bash - The was already on the site, but I improved the audio and sounds fantastic!

Track 31 - Mickey's 60th Birthday Parade - This track was posted on my parade chapter prior to now, but I now added it to the Magical Milestone chapter. This is a new version, with much improved audio.

Also note that any parade tracks added to Chapter 25 were also replaced on my Chapter 5 "Disney on Parade" page. Some are identical versions and some are slightly varied, so you may want to check out all the items marked "NEW" on my parade page... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/129-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-4.html

Fweew! Well that is all that happened in the past two weeks. An amazing number of new tracks have been added. I have finally surpassed the 1000 audio track milestone, and as of writing this blog the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour has a grand total of 1014 tracks!

By the way, be sure to check out my Song of the Day postings all this week, as it is a week long birthday tribute to Mickey Mouse. That will be followed by all Thanksgiving themed songs until the end of November, and then, Countdown to Christmas!

Speaking for Thanksgiving, may you all have a wonderful and memorable holiday! I am thankful for so much, and all of you that follow me and appreciate what I do is definitely at the top of that list! Talk to you all soon.

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November 1, 2015

Well I achieved my goal, and completed editing all of Chapter 1 before the end of the month. I posted the final track yesterday evening. I'm so glad to put that chapter behind me and move onto a new project. I love the way the chapter turned out, and feel it is a complete and perfect representation of the history, the themes and all the emotions associated with the entrance to Disneyland. I would say the chapter is "Done" but those who have been following me for a while know, I never say a chapter is done, just "Fully Updated" because new audio will often come along and the chapter will be added to in the future. But to date, everything I have in my possession that represents this chapter has been posted.

A good example of my reasoning for the "Fully Updated" designation is my Rivers of America chapter. At one point I gave that chapter the full treatment, much like I just gave to Chapter One, and had it fully updated, but over a year has passed since then, and I now have more to add to that chapter, and will be including more tracks in the future.

Although some chapters have a lot of spaces that say "Coming Soon" and others do not have any, this is not a prediction of what is to come. EVERY chapter will be getting the same RE-DO full treatment that I gave to Chapter One. I just decided to do some preset work for a few chapters I will be attacking sooner than the others, in order to have them ready to work on. So you will notice Chapters 2-4 and Chapters 22-25 have A LOT of "Coming Soon" slots in place and that is because these are my priority chapters to get done first, before moving onto the middle chapters 5-21. The two exceptions to this are Chapter 9 "Rivers of America" and Chapter 19 "Disneyland Hotel" - Because I have once already given those 2 chapters the full treatment, and even though I do have more to add to both, these will not undergo as intense of a Re-Do as the others.

So if you are keeping score:

Chapter 1 - Fully Updated
Chapter 2-4 Needs a full update and is on the top of priority list
Chapter 3-8 Needs Full Update
Chapter 9 Was once fully updated, but now has some additions that need to be included
Chapter 10-18 Needs Full Update
Chapter 19 Was once fully updated, but now has some additions that need to be included
Chapter 20-21 Needs Full Update
Chapter 22 - ALMOST fully updated. Just one track to add (waiting for this recording)
Chapter 23-25 Needs a full update and is on the top of priority list

My next mini project, as sort of a break for myself, is to concentrate on all of the 1980's Anniversary celebrations. This will effect chapters 25 and 24. After I complete this side project, I will go back to Chapter 2, and give it the full treatment, including the Railroad tracks everyone has been patiently anticipating. Here is a "To Do" List I just made for my 1980's Anniversaries side project...

Chapter 25
1. Fantasy in the Sky 25th Anniversary Fireworks
2. Donald Duck's 50th Birthday TV Ads
3. Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Parade (Redo version from Parade chapter)
4. 30th Anniversary Year Long Celebration - Promo
5. 30th Anniversary TV Ad
6. Is There a Band Big Enough? (REDO of track also used in Chapter 24)
7. 30th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony
8. 30th Anniversary Family Cavalcade (Redo version from Parade chapter)
9. Sky-fest Balloon Festival
10.Snow White's Golden Anniversary Parade  (Redo version from Parade chapter)
11.Mickey's 60th Birthday Bash (Redo version from Parade chapter)
12.Mickey's 60th Birthday Parade (Redo version from Parade chapter)

Chapter 24 - TV Land Part 2
- 25th Anniversary Special
13.When You Wish Upon a Star - Micheal Jackson (REDO)
14.25th Anniversary Music Montage
15.F Ticket Dream Montage (REDO)
16.Once Upon a Time in Anaheim Finale

- 30th Anniversary Special
17.I'm So Excited!
18.Thank You Mickey
19.I'm Walkin' Right Down the Middle (REDO)
20.Debbie Allen - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (REDO)
21.30th Anniversary - Guest Star Performances
22.Marie Osmond & David Hasselhoff - Castle Ballet
23.Julie Andrews - Chim Chim Cheree

- Mickey's 60th Birthday Special
24.It's Magic

I know the list seems long, but the reason I consider this a break is because with one or two exceptions, these are all easy to edit, and with one or two exceptions they are all short tracks less than 10 minutes long. Also there are no area music loops involved in this go-round. So I should be able to fly through these tracks and then get started on Chapter 2 very soon.

I am also at 983 tracks as of this moment, so I am exciting to get to track number 1000. The easy editing of the above list will allow that to happen faster. Smiley

Now, about the new audio I added since my last blog post. You will find all the new tracks (with one exception) on this page... http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

Track 7 - The Disneyland Story - I did some minor tweaking to this track, I improved some of the transitions, and the ending fades out a bit slower. I also tried to make the sound quality of the dialogue more consistent.

Tracks 39-42 Kodak Home Movies - I have completed the remaining audio form the vintage Super 8 films. There are now 7 different versions you can check out. These are a lot of fun, with fun music.

Track 43 - Disney University - Cast Member Orientation - I have gone into detail as to what this track consists of in previous blog posts, so I will not be redundant here. This was the final track I completed and was just posted yesterday. It was extremely challenging to edit. Lots of clean up was evolved, and lots of cutting and moving things around to remove references to Walt Disney World while keeping the information intelligible. Overall this was a major project representing hours of hard work. I saved the hardest for last, but it came out very good. Please check this one out.

Track 47 - The Gift Giver Extraordinaire - This track includes an introduction by Jack Wagner and then the entire 1983 era Fantasyland King Aurthur Carousel Band Organ Loop, with special 5 o'clock whistle sound effects between each musical segment to represent the steam whistle sounds made when grand prizes were awarded. After viewing several amateur videos of the Gift Giver posted on Youtube, it became apparent that it actually did use the same loop as the carousel.

Track 49 - Storage Lockers - Area Background Music - This loop is a bit of artistic license and foggy memory on my behalf. Every version of the recorded narrative/locker instructions used at this location that I have ever come across is underscore by a piece of music from an album called Disney Strings Fantasy, which was released in Japan in the mid 1980's. The song used was "Heigh Ho" which comes from volume 2 of this series. There were two volumes produced. So I decided to create a loop using volume 1 and volume 2 of this collection of instrumentals in its entirety.  If I recall correctly, back in the 80's and 90's there was in fact faint music heard inside the main gate lockers that was unique to that facility, and it may not have only been the song Heigh Ho on a repeating loop. As I remember, and I could be wrong, there was a whole collection of songs heard inside the locker building. So with that in mind, I decided to include both albums. Besides that, the music is fantastic, so why not use it?

The final new addition I made since my last blog post can be found on this page... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html

Track 21 - For 30 Years We've Been Coming Together - This song is from the 1985 Disneyland 30th Anniversary TV special. A Facebook friend sent me his recorded copy of the full, uncut TV special, with very good sound quality compared to other versions I have come across. This is also why I decided to do all the 1980's Anniversary stuff now, before I start chapter 2, because I am excited to have finally obtained a good copy of this TV special, and I am excited to edit it.

A couple other things to mention before I close out today's blog.

I have been getting the hang of Facebook, and after trying out a "Page," I decided it was a better idea to start a group. Groups allow a lot more interaction with others than do pages. I still have my page active, but I have not been focusing on it anymore. Now my Facebook time is spend interacting within my group. If anyone would like to become a member of my group, it is called "Disney Music Fans" and we are now 1800 plus members strong! We have a lot of fun talking about Disney music in the parks and movies, sharing pictures, and posting Youtube clips of Disney songs. Please stop by and join our fun group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisneyMusicFans/

I am also in talks with a great friend of mine about doing a weekly podcast. So in addition to MouseMusic, which is a monthly show, I may be hosting a new weekly show about all things Disney. We will likely start recording in a couple weeks. So look out for that.

In anticipation of this new podcast, I purchased a top grade microphone, So the sound quality will be premium. Before now i was using a camera mic, and the sound was not up to quality standards. My other friend already has very good mic, so we will sound great!

Another recent purchase I made was a program I mentioned in a previous blog that reduces harsh "S" sounds or sibilance from recordings. This sure came in handy when doing my vintage film strip recordings for chapter 1.

So as you can tell, I have been making some investments out of my own pocket to improve my podcasts and website. So now is a good time to once again remind you that I do take PayPal donations. As I am disabled and on a fixed income, it would be most appreciated if anyone could help out. Any amount you are able to spare is more than appreciated. I am also going to start selling t-shirts that I designed in the very near future, of which all the profits will also go towards my website and podcast projects. Here is a link to my PayPal page --- http://disneychris.com/donate.html

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. Can't believe Christmas is so close now. Where did this year go? Well, talk to you all soon, and stay tuned for more...

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October 20, 2015

Time for another update. Some great things have been added to the site in the past 20 days, and I would love to share. So you can follow along, all of the additions to the site I will discuss in today's blog post are located on this page... http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

As I mentioned in my last update, I was on the fence about waiting until a future date or now tackling the 8 tracks located on Chapter 1 that involve audio taken from vintage home movie projector films, often to referred to as "Super 8" Well I made up my mind and decided to go ahead and get them done now. So far I have posted 3 versions. These are tracks 36-38. Each of these films were called "A Day at Disneyland" and could be purchased at the park as a take home memento of your visit, if you happened to own a movie projector at home. Back then, many people did, because this was before the advent of the VCR. These films were first available in the 50's and could be purchased throughout the 60's, but it was not until 1974 that they included sound, so this is why I have started at that year. Every 1-2 years a new version would be produced to reflect changes made to the park, and each version had unique audio, although some are similar.

I have two more of these Day at Disneyland films left to edit, as well as one called An Evening at Disneyland from 1977, and a sort of background/brief history of Disneyland called "Disneyland From Dream to Reality."

I actually ended up purchasing some new editing software that is specifically used for an issue in vintage recordings called "sibilance." This is when the 'S' sounds are too strong resulting in distortion. One of the films left to edit has some significant sibilance issues and I needed to come up with a solution. I think I am going to be able to repair the issue, but I have to play around with the new software and learn how to use it. It is a brand new toy for me. Surprisingly, it is the most recent of the recordings. The 1980 version of A Day at Disneyland that is the problem child. So stay tuned for updates on these Super 8 additions.

The other track that also involves audio from a movie projector film, is actually my "Disney University" track, which is number 43 on the page. I have the audio from a 1970's training film used for newly hired cast members at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This film had some serious audio issues and major damage to correct. I have finally got my first draft edit done, but it was not easy. I finally chose to mask some of the minor remaining flaws by having the clicking sound of a film projector underscoring the entire film. I have shared the audio with one person to see what their opinion of this was, and they liked the effect. As a prologue to the film, I am using audio from a segment in a documentary produced in 1985 called "In Search of Excellence" which discussed in detail the Disney University and cast member training method. It was actually filmed at Walt Disney World, but I have cleverly removed all Florida references and re-edited this to be a Disneyland segment instead. The way I edited the documentary ends with the "class" entering a movie theater to watch a training film, and that is when the 1970's filmstrip audio begins. I still have a ton of final editing to do, but the main set up is completed. I hope to have this done by the months end.

Two tracks I just added in the past 48 hours are my "Alternate" version mixes of the 1992 and 2004 main gate area loops. I have taken each song from both of these loops and chosen alternate versions of the music that are usually the original soundtracks, but in the case when the original soundtrack version is already in the real loop, I have picked other fun alternate versions. Each loop runs over and hour, and they are a whole lot of fun. I have been listening to them quite a lot. They are among my personal favorites now. These can be found at track 53 and track 57.

Incidentally, these two alternate mixes where a major pain to edit. There were a lot of issues I had to clean up in some of the older recordings. I used to just let these things slide, convincing myself people will understand it is older audio and not expect perfection, but now that I have the tools to improve the audio, I have been revisiting many of my old 1930's - 1960's favorites, and making them better. So these two track literally took me weeks to perfect.

And finally, I would also like to invite anyone interested to join a new Facebook group I have started called "Disney Music Fans." https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisneyMusicFans/ We are nearly 1700 members strong already, and we all have a lot of fun discussing all things Disney and Music related, sharing audio clips from Youtube and archival Disney photos. Please come and join us!

So that is all for now. Stay tuned for more!

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October 1, 2015

Time for another update. It may seem that not much has changed over on my site, but I have added a few new tracks, and have been doing some "behind the scenes" preparations for several other tracks I am planning to add. So there is quite a bit to fill you all in on.

First and foremost, I finally got around to creating a Facebook page for my website. This is the address: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyChrisWebsite - I plan to use this Facebook page as a way to better communicate directly with people who want to discuss my site and share ideas. I also have literally thousands of Disney images I want to share. In fact, I have already loaded over 5000 images to the page. I have been collecting Disney images while surfing the web for nearly a decade now, so I have a lot of gems to share. I will continue to use Twitter as well... @DisneyChris73 - So please like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter if you have not already, and you can see all these wonderful pictures and also stay up to date with the many goings on of my website.

I did not reach my goal, mentioned in my last blog post, of completing the four remaining tracks left to do on the "Welcome to Disneyland" page. This is because I had another one of my brainstorm incidents and thought up four additional tracks to add to that chapter. I often get a bolt of creativity each morning as I am getting out of bed. Some of my best ideas seem to happen to me this way. It is quite unusual. However, even though this has caused a slight delay, since my last post I have still managed to add four additions to the chapter and two of them are in fact the result of that brainstorm.

Here is a link to the chapter so you can follow along... http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

The first two new additions are the full and complete, unabridged versions of both the 1992 Main Gate and 2004 Main Gate loops. Tracks 52 and 56. I spend a great deal of effort to find the best possible source recordings and did some major editing to make these loops sound crisp and clean. Likely the best version you have heard without actually being in the parks. Special thanks to my old friend RocketRods from Mousebits.com once again, for leading me in the right direction on this one. Major kudos!

The two completed tracks which were new brainstorm ideas are number 7 and 35 - "The Disneyland Story" and "Parking Lot Tram Loading Zone." Both of these are pretty much the result of my lifting a self imposed restriction on duplicating anything on more than one chapter. There are just so many things that strongly belong in more than one catagory, so I am making the occasional exception to that old rule. The Tram Loading Zone has been on my Disneyland After Dark page for years now. But it really does belong on the Main Gate chapter as well, so I created a new version. This one is neat because it repeats the Jack Wagner spiel a few time over and over, just as it used to do when you were waiting for the tram at the end of the day. So it really makes you feel you are there, waiting in line, as it was back in the Disneyland of yore.

"The Disneyland Story" is from the premiere October 1954 episode of the Disneyland TV series. I have had this on my Disneyland in TV Land chapter for several years as well. But again, this audio really belongs on the Welcome to Disneyland page as well, because this is really the first time Walt ever did welcome America to Disneyland, for real. So, I created a new and improved, extended version of this track. The challenge is that this archival footage has music underscore throughout, but the opening segment requires some of Walt's words to be extracted so it makes more sense as a non visual, audio only experience. Problem is, when you cut things out, it makes the musical underscore skip around. To solve this originally, I simply put new, loader music under Walt's vocals, to mask the quieter original music so you do not notice the cutting. My original attempt at this was pretty good, but you could still hear a lot of the original music in some spots, and it sounded a bit muddy here and there. So this time, I used my more advanced software to remove all the music entirely, so that when I put new music over it, it now sounds clear. This was not easy to do. I had to pretty much remove every bit of music by hand, cutting around the dialogue in the spectrogram (a visual representation of the audio) while trying not distort the natural resonance of Walt's voice. This took me days to accomplish, and it is actually only about 1 minute and 20 seconds of the 4 minute track. The rest of the track uses the original underscore. This 1 minute and 20 second segment took me about three days of very labor intensive work to perfect it. I am very happy with the final result, and hope you all will enjoy it as well.

The other two new ideas that came to me that fateful brain storm morning, was to create two "Alternate Universe" versions of the 1992 and 2004 Main Gate loops. This is still a work and progress, but I am down to the final editing stage on both of these. All the initial set up is completed. This took me about 5 days of work to set up, so these and the "Disneyland Story" tracks are why I am behind now.

What I mean by "Alternate Universe" is that I am placing all the same songs in the exact same order in a new mix, but using all different versions of the songs. So instead of the main gate instrumental version of Zip A Dee Doo Dah, the "Alternate Universe" version will have the original 1946 soundtrack version of Zip A Dee Doo Dah, etc etc. I already created an alternate version mix of the 1992 Main Street USA loop, and there was a lot of positive feedback on it, so I wanted to do more of these. They are a lot of fun, and I plan to do even more of them for other loops throughout the park in the future. I should have both of these Main Gate loops posted in the next few days. I have been listening to set up, non final versions of both and I am enjoying them a lot. They are really fun. I know you are all going to love these.

By the way, if you have not checked out the Main Street USA alternate version mix, it is track number 11 on this page... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/160-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3-setup.html

So after those are done I will be working on track 48 "The Gift Giver Extraordinaire," and track 49 "Storage Lockers - Area Background Music" Then my goal as mentioned in my last blog post will have been reached. I mentioned also that I will not be editing the 8 tracks that involve audio ripped from vintage film strips until a later date. These are tracks 36-43. Now I am on the fence about this plan. After all the hard work I did with the "Disneyland Story" and the "United Airlines" tracks, these should actually be quite easy to edit in comparison. So I may just want to get the entire chapter updated now so I can entirely then focus on to something else and not have to look back. I will decide how I feel after the other four tracks are done. So stay tuned for my decision.

Oh by the way, in case you didn't know, it's October again! So be sure to check out my daily Song of the Day each day this month. This is my fourth annual "Countdown to Halloween" - I can't believe it has been four years already! This year will be a lot of fun because I have "unearthed" (pun intended) several songs entirely new to the countdown. Don't miss it.

Another thing I need to mention, even though I really don't like to, is that I really could use some donations. As a disabled person on a fixed income, it is sometimes hard for me to justify ithe amount of money I spend on the site, either with web service fees, or the cost of purchasing new content and software. So if anyone does have a little that they can spare, every little bit does help me a lot. I will also be doing DisneyChris.com t-shirts very soon, and hope to raise some money selling them. I have already designed them and they are going to sell very well I think. Hope all you reading this will want a t-shirt designed by me. For those who don't know, I actually have a bachelors degree in illustration, so I do know how to create a nice t-shirt. See Dad, all that money did not go to waste! To make a donation, you can go to this page... http://disneychris.com/donate.html

And finally, I must thank each and every one of you who wished me a Happy Birthday last Sunday. It was overwhelming the outpouring of love I got that day, and it made me feel really special. I am a single guy with no kids and I live alone, very far from my family. It is difficult for me to get out of the house too, because of my disability, so birthdays and holidays can be a bit sad for me. But this year was very different thanks to all the on-line love I received. Thanks everyone, and right back at you.

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September 16, 2015

I am going to try and do blog updates more frequently so that when I do write them, there is less to cover, and it is not as daunting a task. So here is a comparatively brief update on what has happened since last week.

As promised in my previous post, I have been working on the seven remaining (non Super 8 filmstrip) tracks from chapter one. So far I have completed three... track 20 "Music to Ride Monorails By," track 22 "United Airlines In-Flight Music" and track 30 "Disneyland Main Gate - Original Area Background Music" - All found on this page: http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

So that leaves just four more...

Track 45 - The Gift Giver Extraordinaire
Track 47 - Storage Lockers - Area Background Music
Track 50 - Disneyland Main Gate - Area Background Music (New Version)
Track 53 - Disneyland Esplanade - Area Background Music (New Version)

I would like to have these done by my birthday, as a little reward to myself. My birthday is on the 27th, so that is 11 days. I think it is possible.

A little background info on the three tracks I just added since my last post. I have had some inquiries regarding all of these in either a forum I frequent or in my direct email. So rather than retype all my answers to the questions I was posed, I am going to paste these here, and you will get some interesting info on these three additions.

1 - "Music to Ride Monorails By" - I was asked if I could provide a track list for my recently posted "Music to Ride Monorails By" track. Here was my response...

1 - The Monorail Song - Buddy Baker
2 - Bright Spark - Harold Smith
3 - Fun in the Sun - Walter Scott
4 - Happy Go Lively - Laurie Johnson
5 - Shopping Spree - K. Palmer
6 - Screw on the Loose - Tony Lawry
7 - Man About Town - Laurie Johnson
8 - Workaday World - J. Beaver
9 - Pleasure Drive - Roger Roger
10 - Busy Life - King Palmer
11 - Trafficscape - Eric Winstone
12 - Light Movement # 1 - John Seely and William Loose
13 - Metropolis - Jack Brown
14 - Hollywood Holiday - Frank Samuels
15 - Flying Saucer - Donald Thorne
16 - Model Girl - Gary Hughes
17 - The World of Tomorrow - Buddy Baker
18 - Monorail Song (Space Mountain Concourse) - Buddy Baker

This track was inspired by a collection of audio found on a Disney fan blog called DesignerLand - http://disneydesignerland.blogspot.com/ I used many of the same songs from that collection, but added in several of my own selections as well.

2 - "United Airlines In-Flight Music" - This audio was sent to me by an anonymous source, and is from an actual in-flight entertainment audio option for United Airlines passengers, from about 12 years ago. This source wanted me to explain the process I used to edit this track. Here was my answer to them...

I knew you were looking forward to this one, and I only put it off as long as I did because I knew it was going to be a monster to re-edit. I mixed in the music from the actual CD to match what was on the original track. In some cases I extended the song, because I felt the way it was presented in the original version felt too truncated. I also changed the way some the songs ended, because the CD these came from had a lot of fading out and not a solid ending. Small World's ending is a good example of this. I took the ending from a different source and matched it to the other version for a more dramatic finish, rather than just a slow fade out.

Also, there was a major editing error in the original version, When the narration introduced the Country Bears, you heard "Laughing Place" and when he then introduced Splash Mountain, you then heard "The Great Outdoors" when it should have been the other way around. So I had to fix this, and it was very tricky to get it to sound right, due to the underscore music the led into the songs did not want to cooperate without a lot of fudging and editing trickery, I also left out three major songs, just to keep the flow of the program better. One song is the Tough to Be A Bug "We're Pollinators" song. Due to its very short length, it just felt tacked on, and did not fit the rhythm of the rest f the musical selections. The other DCA song I left out was the Eureka California parade. This was more a personal preference. I wanted to extend some of the Disneyland songs and keep the track down to an hour, so since I really do not like this music, it was placed on the chopping block. Last song I eliminated was the Space Mountain music. Again I wanted to keep it under an hour. The last piece of narrative is the Tomorrowland lead in, other than a very short goodbye at the very tale end, so with Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Believe. There's Magic in the Stars all squeezed together, it just seemed like too many songs with no narration compared to the rest of the program. So to keep the fluidity consistent, I scratched Space Mountain.

I also reprised the United Airlines Rhapsody in Blue theme at the end of the track and added airplane landing sounds. I moved the "Comeback to Disneyland Real Soon" to AFTER "Believe" when it was original placed before it.

One last challenging thing was the Superstar Limo track, which is actually not referenced as being from that attraction. (Must have already closed by the time the recording was made, but they had only this one option on the CD to represent Hollywood Backlot) I spent a great deal of time redoing the fade transitions from scene to scene, because the original "Studio Produced" mix sounded way off. The transitions just did not flow right from scene to scene. Being the perfectionist that I am, I worked very very hard to get these transitions to sound more naturally flowing and on the right beat.

So everything I just mentioned is what I did to preset the track. And all this was done over a month ago. Then came the final editing process a few days ago, and this was the part I was dreading. The issue was not the musical portions, but the narrative. It contained so much distortion - waving from right channel to left channel, clicks pops and other editing glitches it was "Re-donk-ulous" And I knew it was going to be a major headache to clean. And it was. For example. The narrative between Indiana Jones and Pirates is just under one minute long, but took me four hours to clean. I had to remove all the errors by hand and try to fill in the spaces with audio grabbed from other sections of the track nearby in order to cover up the extracted portions. This is a trial and error process and can sometimes be very very difficult to get just right. When there are dozens of these little glitches, it can be a nightmare if you are not the patient and dedicated type.

3 - "Disneyland Main Gate - Original Area Background Music" - I was asked to explain the time period this loop was used, and I added in a brief history of Disneyland's Main Gate background music loops in general...

To answer your question about the time period. This loop was first used in 1971 and was not removed until 1992. Prior to 1971 they did not have a main entrance loop. There were only recordings from loud speakers directly at the ticket booths, but these just included narration explaining new attraction offerings, park hours and the ticketing system with very occasional underscore music, and more often no music at all. It was the official Disneyland voice over man, Jack Wagner, that pushed the whole concept of area music, and in 1971 he created this loop himself using various commercially available albums of the period. Some of the songs were not even Disney, such as some selections from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A lot of people remember this loop fondly, because it lasted at the park for over 20 years,

There have in fact only been 4 area loops used at the Disneyland main gate in its 6 decades. And one of them is almost exactly the same as the one used prior to it, with only two additional songs added in, so technically there have only been three.

The second one came in 1992. That was the year when a lot of the loops for Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Walt Disney World that Jack Wagner had originally created in the 70's and 80s were finally retired, some after twenty years of use. The new Euro Disneyland in Paris inspired a whole new emphasis on area music, and along with its premiere came a wealth of newly recorded in-park area music, much of which quickly migrated to all the other Disney parks around the world. This too was when the Disneyland main entrance loop was changed.

The 1992 loop lasted until 2001 - When DCA opened, a new loop was then needed that included songs representing BOTH adjacent parks. Many of the 1992 songs were included in the new 2001 loop, but there were also several new versions of Disneyland themed songs and also many DCA themed songs were added to the new mix. Then in 2004, they reworked this loop to include two additional songs, representing two recent additions to the parks, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and the new Bugs Land. No songs were removed, just two additional songs were added in. Since 2004, the loop has remained unchanged.

On my site I do represent the 1992 and 2001/2004 Loops. However, they are currently abridged versions. It is my intention to extend both of these to be the full one hour plus loops. So look for both of those in the next few days. Still working on them. I will be including the 2004 version and not the 2001 version, since as I explained before, it is just the same, but only with two additional songs.

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In another bit of exciting news, I have kept this on the down low for many months, but now that the documentary has aired I can spill the beans. I was approached at the start of the year by the producers of the PBS American Experience documentary on Walt Disney's life. In doing their research, they came across my website. They were interested in using two of my edited mixes for their program. I explained to them that I hold no rights to this audio, and they would have to contact Disney. I explained that Disney likely has this same audio in their vaults and they may provide it to you directly, and if not, I would need to know that they offered their ok to use my audio. So they contacted Disney and got back to me.

Disney gave the producers the green light to use my audio. In return for using it I asked if I could have a credit at the end of the film, and they obliged without a beat. They asked for two specific pieces. One was my 1969 ride thru reenactment of the Mark Twain Steamboat. The other was my Monsanto House of the Future mix with period 50's music. Here is where they are located on the site:

Track 8 - The Mark Twain Steamboat - 1969 Excursion - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/139-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-8.html

Track 13 - Monsanto House of the Future - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/144-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-13.html

So I knew since January about this, but told only family and very close friends, just in case they decided to not use the audio. I was not asked to make this a secret, but I chose to do so in case the deal fell through. I did not want to end up with egg on my face.

So last night the documentary aired and both pieces of audio were used. Just short snippets of each, but was still amazing to be a part of a full scale production like this. If anyone missed the documentary on PBS, you can watch it in its entirely here - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/walt-disney  If you are listening for my audio, you will hear it from the 3:00:50 thru the 3:02:25 mark.

So that is all the news for now. Stay tuned for more new Chapter 1 audio, coming real soon.

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September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day! Time for another update. I decided not to wait so long this time to post a new blog. It makes it easier to write a blog when there is less time between the last post and therefore less changes to discuss. Nevertheless, there is still plenty to let you know about since my last update.

Directly following my last blog update, I took a few days off from the "Disneyland Audio Tour" to get things ready for the months of October and November's "Disney Song of the Day." It gives me piece of mind to have the artwork and songs all set up in advance, so I can fully concentrate on the Disneyland stuff without a looming deadline to interrupt my creative process.

This year, I am doing a more traditional Halloween countdown for the month of October. It is hard to believe this is my fourth annual Halloween Song of the Day Countdown. For those who may not remember, last year I focused on songs about the Disney Villains, but this year, I am doing a general Halloween theme, with only a couple of songs devoted to villains. However, the 2014 Countdown remains active so you can still go back and listen to all the villain songs anytime you like. I also have many songs all-new to the countdown this year, so lots of surprises are in store.

For November I have two themed blocks planned during the course of the month. The first one is a week long tribute to Mickey's Birthday. Then I have the last 10 days of the month planned as a special Thanksgiving themed block. Again, some all new songs to the countdown will be featured in these blocks as well.

Once everything was set up for "Song of the Day," I went back to my Chapter One editing for my "Disneyland Audio Tour," and completed the Superstar Limo Background Loop, found on this page, track 17 http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

The audio on this one was a major headache to clean up. The hour and five minute loop contains dozens of songs, as most of the songs are very short, many clocking in at just around one minute long. Also, each song had its own unique audio qualities to repair. So it was like editing several dozen songs all at once. Each requiring a different approach. Nothing was consistent from song to song. Some had a lot of background hiss, some had a lot of crackling, some had fade in and fade out issues, etc etc. Long story short, this one took me about 5 days of very hard work to perfect. The good news is that is came out very nice, and it sounds just lovely.

Why am I including this track as part of my Welcome to Disneyland chapter when it is a Disney's California Adventure piece? Well, I wanted to use it because it does a fine job of musically setting the mood for mid 20th century Southern California freeway culture, and to me, Disneyland was as much a part of the automobile boom of this time as were drive-in theaters, motor lodges and drive-thru restaurants. Its success was so closely tied into the expansion of the Freeways during that era, that I wanted to represent that part of Disneyland history. It is the perfect music to do this, and also it was located in what was once the Disneyland parking lot. With so many connections to the "Welcome to Disneyland" theme, it was a no-brainer to include it.

After I completed Superstar Limo, I took a slight detour to my new "Magical Milestones" chapter to include a new and 100% improved version of the Disneyland 30th Anniversary Parade. I was excited to share this one, so I did not want to wait until the rest of Chapter One was finished. An anonymous source sent me a version of this that had much crisper audio resonance than any version that has been floating out in internet land over the past several years. It still did still have to do some minor repairs and cleaning to do, bu the final outcome is a jewel. So wonderful to hear this audio in an unmuffled state. You will find it in two places:

Ch 25 Track 24 http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html

Ch 5 Track 26 http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/129-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-4.html

Following this side track, I returned to Chapter One. http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

I added all new and improved versions of two tracks that have been part of my site for quite some time. The first one is the "Main Gate Storage Locker Announcements" - Track 48. I was able to use the actual source music that underscores the narrative, and overlay it on top of the existing track to make the music louder. It sounds much better. The music was way too quiet before.

Next change is to my Mickey and Friends track. Not sure why, but my original edit of this is one of the most often copied and reused tracks I have ever posted. I would come across it constantly on other web sites. My original was actually borrowed from Rick Conant's "50 Years of Imaginearing" collection which he released 10 years ago. I simply added the engine and horn sound effects on top of his original. I was never happy with this track for two reasons. 1 - It was not entirely my own creation asside from the sound effects, and 2 - the music used to underscore the narrative is actually from Disneyland Paris and is not authentic to the tram. However, until recently I did not have a copy of the audio without the music overlapped on it. Once I finally did come across the audio, sans musical underscore, I planned to make it my own by taking out the music. I also added a new preboarding introduction which was missing before now. Track 51.

An all-new recent addition to Chapter 1 is track 18 "Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System." This is a neat piece of audio originally from the 1959 TV special "Disneyland 59" and acts as a perfect general introduction to the Monorail, which I have followed up by two other vintage Monorail related tracks just below this, tracks 19-20. Track 20 is still a work in progress but will be posted to the site very soon.

Once these were done, I went back and made some minor improvements to all three of my recently added Monorail ride-thru tracks. This is numbers 19, 49 and 52. I cleaned up the horns and gliding noises a bit. I noticed some minor up and down waves in the volume when the horns overlapped the other portions of the soundtrack, so I corrected this and also removed a few other glitches here and there that I had missed before. I know, I am too much of a perfectionist. I can't help it.

My final change to this chapter is track 58 - "Entering Disneyland - The Main Gate Tunnel" - This is another recent addition which I originally posted just a couple of weeks ago. After listening to it several times, I was just not happy with it. So I went back from scratch to do a 2.0 version. The newly added version is much better. I am much happier with the transitions and sound effects now. I am glad I went back to redo it. Check out the new version to see what you think.

So my next order of business is to do the remaining 7 tracks on this chapter that do not involve any vintage 8mm film strip audio. I am saving those vintage audio tracks for another round of editing down the road after I get some other chapters updated first. They are going to be a major challenge to clean up, and I need to take a break from Chapter 1 for a while before I dig into the weeds with them. However, the seven that I will be redoing in this go round are...

Track 20 - Music to Ride Monorails By
Track 22 - United Airlines - Disneyland In-Flight Music
Track 30 - Disneyland Main Gate - Original Area Background Music (New Version)
Track 45 - The Gift Giver Extraordinaire
Track 47 - Storage Lockers - Area Background Music
Track 50 - Disneyland Main Gate - Area Background Music (New Version)
Track 53 - Disneyland Esplanade - Area Background Music (New Version)

The three followed by "New Version" in parentheses are already posted to the site, but I am redoing them. The new versions will now be the full loop. Currently they are each abridged versions. Each of the above tracks averages an hour in length, with the exception of "Music to Ride Monorails By" which is about 40 minutes long, so it will be a slow process to get them done. Will take me a week or so to get them completed.

So as you can see, I have a full plate on my agenda. Be sure to check on Chapter One every day or so to see if any of these new tracks have been posted. Talk to you soon!

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August 24, 2015

Hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. Sorry it has been so long since I have updated my blog. I have been really busy with the site though, and have much to share. 

As you may have noticed, the first four chapters and last four chapters of my Disneyland audio tour appear different than the middle 17 chapters, in that these have several tracks listed as "Coming Soon" - It is my goal to get these 8 chapters completed before moving onto the middle section of the tour. so I have set up those pages in advance to make it easier to add new audio as it is completed. This also allows you all a sneak peak into what I have planned for these 8 chapters.

Keep in mind that none of these pages with "Coming Soon" tracks are cast in cement though. As I get into the weeds with each chapter, I often come up with many additional ideas and the list of "Coming Soon" tracks often changes and grows. Such has been the case with the present chapter I have been working on lately, Chapter 1 - Welcome to Disneyland.

I decided to move to this chapter next and get a large portion of it done, since, after all. it is the opening page to the entire audio tour, and the most often visited page on my site. So it would be nice to have it as complete as possible so people who come to that page don't see.. "Coming Soon' posted all over the place. It may leave the wrong first impression.

So I started to narrow down a definite program of tracks for the page, and it ballooned from an original plan of 45 tracks to the current 62. Presently there are 47 of these tracks available now, so that leaves a remaining 15 to edit and add to the page. However, I am also planning on redoing a few of the existing tracks. I will be redoing all three area loops so that they are the complete hour long versions. I am also redoing my Mickey and Friends Tram track, as well as the Main Gate Locker announcements which is being enhanced with improved background music.

The first new addition I worked on for this chapter is something I am very proud of, and that I worked very hard on. It is a special audio mix I created using dozens upon dozens of sound bites. I call it "Welcome to Disneyland" and it is a very special new introduction not only to this chapter, but to the entire Disneyland audio collection. This one is no longer marked "New" as it has been posted for over a month, but, it if you have not heard it yet, please check it out. It took me over a week of 12 hour days to get this right. It is perhaps the most difficult editing mix I have ever attempted, and it came out very well. Do not miss it! Chapter 1 track 1.

Then I made a slight change to an existing track called "Walt Disney Welcomes You to Disneyland" - track 2 --- I shortened the track and moved the ending piece of music to track 9 instead, which is called "Disneyland Theme," because it is actually an instrumental version of the same song, and works much better as an ending there.

Next new additions:

Track 21 "The Disneyland Heliport"  a special track representing the Disneyland Heliport taken from a vintage documentary

Track 16 "Where the Santa Ana Freeway Meets Harbor Blvd"  a a fun track describing the Freeway journey to Disneyland circa 1955 as described by Walt Disney himself

Track 5 "Where it All Began - Walt Disney" Walt Disney's famous where Disneyland started quote with appropriate carousel music underscore

Track 23 "The Disneyland Hotel Tram" - narrative and sound effects representing a trip from the hotel to the main gate.

Track 26 "The Disneyland Gazette" - representing Disneyland's short lived in-park newspaper publication

Track 29 "Disneyland's Official Host - Mickey Mouse" - A brief intro to Mickey as official Disneyland Host with fun underscore music.

Track 45 "Disneyland Newsstands" and a track to represent the main gate Disneyland Newsstands as described by Jack Wagner with clinging cash registers.

Track 25 "Ticket Booth Attraction Announcements" Three vintage main gate announcements. I found the original source music for all three and was able to overlay it over the narrative for much enhanced sound quality.

Following these Chapter 1 additions, I moved onto presetting up most of the remaining tracks in advance, so that all that would be required before posting them would be a final run-through check, to clean up any remaining clicks or editing glitches after the tracks had already be mixed together. I took a couple weeks to do this, so did not add any new audio for a while. then last week I finished these presets, and began to go through and do final editing. I have been adding new audio since then. Sometimes the final checking stage can take a long time, depending on how many errors need to be corrected. Here is what has been added so far...

Track 3 "Disneyland Introduction Jack Wagner" - This replaced an existing track for which I used a single piece of music to underscore a land by land description of the park. In this much enhanced version the new music matches the narrative, with several great instrumental versions of Disneyland songs underscoring the tour. This one was another really challenging editing job, but came out very well. Don't miss this one!

Track 7 "Project Florida Prologue - Disneyland USA" - This is taken from the first five minutes of the 1966 Project Florida film, with cleaned up audio.

Track 10 "Disneyland Symphony" - This is a mix of the entire 1956 Disneyland Record "Walt takes you to Disneyland" - I removed all of Walt's introductions (don't worry they can be heard in several other places on the site) and turned this into a full instrumental symphony. also removed any sound effects and the Tomorrowland Rocket announcements. So this is a nice and different music only version of this album.

Track 13 "Every Day's a Holiday in Disneyland USA" - This track has been on my TV Land page for some time. I went back and gave it a thorough clean up, and this new version is by far better in sound quality. Still can be found on my TV Land chapter as well. I also replaced that version with this new improved track.

Track 15 "Vintage Disneyland Radio Ads" - This is a new version of an existing track - I added two additional ads to this mix and cleaned up the existing ads.

Tracks 19, 49 and 52 - The Mark III, V, and VII Monorails (Three versions of the Monorail) I have three versions of the Monorail spanning from the 60's through today. Each includes monorail ride through sounds, and appropriate music for each time period.

Track 28 "Ken-L-Land Pet Motel" - This is the official theme song for the sponsor who ran the Disneyland Kennel for decades, and dog sound effects taken from the classic 1964 Disneyland sound effects album "Thrilling Chilling Sounds of the Haunted House"

Track 42 "Meet the Disneyland Cast" - This is a segment from a 1985 special parade honoring the Disneyland cast.

Track 58 "Main Gate Tunnel" - After an introduction from the 1956 film documentary "Disneyland USA" - I mix together audio to represent what you would actually hear as you pass through the tunnel to enter Town Square"

After I finish the rest of this chapter I plan to move back to Magical Milestones or Central Plaza, two chapters I started but got side tracked on. I may skip 8 of the planned additions for Chapter One before moving onto the others for a while, as they are going to be difficult to edit, and may need a bit of a break before diving into them. These are numbers 34 - 41. Each of these uses old 8mm filmstrips as my audio source, and as you can imagine, the sound can be difficult to get right on these, since they are ancient recordings derived a less than reliable audio source. I do plan to get these done sooner than later, but may need to move to some easier projects for a while before I do, because some of my recent additions for chapter 1 have been quite laborious. I need a break.

Don't forget, Supercalifragilestic September starts in a few days. This is a month long tribute to the Sherman Brothers. All the "Song of the Day" selections for September will be classic Disney songs written by this legendary song writing duo. Then October will be a month long Halloween celebration.

As always, any donations you could make to my site would be most appreciated. It costs a lot of money to maintain and add new content to DisneyChris and anything you could contribute would be most appreciated. You can make a donation by following this link...Donate to Site

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and stay tuned for more great audio to come...

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July 13, 2015

It has been way too long since my last blog update, so it is high time to get you all up to date on the many happenings here at DisneyChris.Com.

Before I get started, let me first mention a the status of the website called Mousebits.com. I have always been a frequent visitor to that site, and was very active in the chat forums there. Because I have a website and make my email address public, I have been contacted by many members of Mousebits asking me what the status is of the website, which has been down for a few weeks now. As far as I know, the site is going to return. I spoke with one of the administrators and he told me that their server crashed. They have to rebuild the entire site, and it may be some time before it gets done, but they fully intend to bring it back. That is all the information I have so far. I will keep you all updated if I find out more.
Since my last blog post, I first began to add content to my new Magical Milestones chapter. http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html - I completed the entire block of songs for Mickey's 50th Birthday, and continued on to the 25th Anniversary block. I still have two more songs to complete for that section. I am currently working on the 25th Anniversary Parade. Just yesterday someone sent me a much better audio quality version of this parade so I am really excited to post a pristine quality version for all to enjoy. The version I already have on my "I Love a Parade" chapter does not include several segments of the parade, but I now have the soundtrack in its entirety. Every segment will now be included. I should have this completed by today or tomorrow.

After I finished some work on the new "Milestone" chapter, I decided to get all of my "Song of the Day" artwork and audio tracks set up from now until the end of September, so I do not have to worry about it and can fully concentrate on adding content to the Disneyland Audio Tour. I currently have a special tribute to Disneyland's 60th Anniversary going on, and every day until the end of July the songs will be related to Disneyland. I also decorated my site with some special 60th Anniversary artwork. August will be a regular rotation of songs, but for September, I have a special month long tribute to the Sherman Brothers planned. It is going to be a lot of fun.

After completing my "Song of the Day" set up, I moved onto a major project that I wanted to have done in time for the 60th birthday of Disneyland, which is July 17th. It is a special mix I created to act as an introduction to the entire Disneyland Audio Tour, track one, chapter one. http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html - I call it "Welcome to Disneyland" - I have dozens of sound bites overlapping music to represent all the many unique narratives and sounds you hear in Disneyland. It is inspired by the Disneyland tour segment from the "Remember Dreams Come True" fireworks show, but it is my own take on it. Due to the many overlapping bits of audio, from so many different audio sources, this took me over a week to edit. It is one of the most ambitious tracks I ever attempted to mix, and I am very proud of how it turned out. Please check it out, and would love to have some feedback and what you think about it.

Following that project, I received my long awaited digitally converted copies of two of the albums on my "Disneyland Records" page. http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html Tracks 59-60 "March Along with Mary Poppins" - and track 89 "Kids of the Kingdom Show album" - I edited these right away and added them to the site. I was excited to share them. I now only have one missing track from this chapter. I am waiting for my pal who does the recording for me to send me the missing file. It is "Your Trip to Disneyland on Records" - As soon as he gets this to me, I will be posting it, and will have the entire chapter 100% updated.

The Kids of the Kingdom Show album I just added to the Disneyland Records chapter involved several other tracks from other chapters that I either updated, or newly added. I revised my "Kids of the Kingdom - I Love a Parade Medley" on my "I Love a Parade" page, track 12 - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/129-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-4.html - In addition to a much crisper version the song "The Glorious Fourth," it now includes an additional song called "Freedom" which I have confirmed was performed as a PreParade number at the start of America on Parade.

I then extended my "Bicentennial Medley"  to include songs for the "Show album" on my "Holiday Time" page, track 48 - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/137-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-19.html - And I added "Lady America" to my "Disneyland Showtime" chapter, track 5 - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/143-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-12.html

The last "Showtime Album" addition I made is sort of up in the air right now. I posted a track called "Hotel Convention - Kids of the Kingdom" track 9 on this page - http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/131-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-17.html - I was trying to figure out exactly what the purpose of this show was, and was getting mixed information. I made a major educated guess that this was a road show used for conventions. bassd on the name in the song lyrics "Center City" which could possibly be replaced with the "city of your choice" to coincide with whatever venue the show was being staged at, and the fact that I know it was once performed at the Galleria Mall in Glendale CA. However, I have been speaking to a former cast member who worked in entertainment at the time this show was created, and he seems to think, as now do I, that this was actually not a traveling road show for conventions, so I may need to remove it from its current location and rename the track. While I do know it was performed outside the park at that particular mall, it may have been a one time only event, and not something that was a regular practice. My new thinking is that the show may have been staged concurrently with the other "Lady America" show. I know that for the 25th Anniversary in 1980, the show called "Disneyland is Your Land" was staged at the same time as another Kids of the Kingdom show called "The Best of Disney." One show played during the weekdays, and the other show on weekends. So I am now thinking it is possible that there were also two different bicentennial shows which followed this same pattern. It think that is a much more likely scenario.

So I will likely move that track to my "Disneyland Showtime" page. However, I am thinking about replacing the current "Convention" track on the Hotel page with a medley of many different Kids of the Kingdom songs from all different shows. I do know that they made frequent guest appearances at the hotel, and performed many different shows there, so would be a good way to represent that. Stay tuned for those updates.

So I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. If you are like me, and will be unable to attend Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary, try and do something special to honor the day, and make it special for you, so you do not feel left out. Prepare a Disneyland recipe, watch some old Disneyland clips on Youtube, and of course, listen to some Disneyland audio. Make the day special for you. Talk to you soon.

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June 8, 2015

It's high time for another update. A lot of major changes have occurred to the site since my last post, so it is time to fill you all in.

First of all, I decided to delay my original plan, mentioned in the end of my last blog post, of continuing on with editing the Central Plaza tracks. This is still on my to do list, but I needed to find a different project that did not involve any audio for a short time, because I was having some major repair work being done to my apartment and the noise would make it impossible to edit new tracks until the work was done. I had a slow leak coming from above the ceiling of my bathroom, and the ceiling had to be fixed after the leak was stopped. New drywall had to be put in, and the bathroom had to be painted. While they were at it, they replaced the floor tiles in my shower, because the old floor was cracked. (That was like that for several months but it finally got fixed) - So I had to move everything from the bathroom out into the main room. I live in a small studio so it caused major chaos to do so. However, they also decided to give me a brand new kitchen counter and new cupboards, because the tiles in my kitchen were messed up as well. So again, I had to move everything from the kitchen into the main room. I was buried in my own possessions for about a week. To add to the problem, all the tile cutting and the drilling of a hole in the counter top to fit the new sink had dust flying everywhere in my apartment. So once all the work was done, I had a major mess to clean. I had to move all my furniture, dust everything I own down to the smallest knick-knack, and scrub down the floors. It took me three days of hard labor just to clean up after all the repair and installation work was done. I finally finished three days ago, and my life is back to normal.

So here is what I did while all this was going on.

First of all, I decided to go through all the images loaded up onto my site, and reorganize everything. I deleted any duplicate images, placed everything in the proper folders, and renamed the images to make them easier to locate. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Although it is a major headache, in the long run it will make my life easier. So I did complete that chore, and my site is now super streamlined when it comes to images. If anyone is browsing through my site, and notices any missing images, or pictures in the wrong places, please let me know. I may have missed one or two here and there with the many thousands of pictures I have posted.

Next thing I decided to do was to set up all the visual elements for chapters 1-3, aka "Welcome to Disneyland," "Hometown USA" and "Meet Me Down on Main Street." So as I have done for Central Plaza (chapter 4) I put into place all the images and wrote the new liner notes for all the tracks I am going to be adding to those chapters in the near future. Basically that means everything but the actual audio is done for those three chapters. So you can now get a preview of all the exiting additions that are coming. Anything marked "Coming Soon" will have no audio, but everything else on those pages is already available to hear. I will explain each track in finer detail as I add the actual audio files in, so stay tuned for more information in future blog posts.

Here are the links to those three chapters so you can check out the new pictures, liner notes and get a preview of the audio that will be added in the future...

Welcome to Disneyland -http://disneychris.com/a-day-at-disneyland.html

Town Square -http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/127-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-2.html

Main Street -http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/160-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3-setup.html

The final non audio related project I just completed yesterday is the addition of an all new chapter! Chapter 25 This is devoted to all the birthday and anniversaries that have been celebrated in Disneyland. I call it "Magical Milestones." I originally was going to include all this material as part of my "Holiday Time in Disneyland" chapter, but since then, I have acquired a lot more audio related to anniversaries, and also, with the 60th Anniversary in full gear, it's going to add even more to the list, so I now had enough material to justify a special chapter.  I am not going to go into too much detail about what I am planning to add, but I have the entire page set up now, so you can go read all the liner notes and preview everything that will be added. As I add in the audio, I will explain things in more detail. You will notice that nearly everything is currently marked "Coming Soon" but there are 7 tracks on the page currently, carried over from when they were placed on my "Holiday Time" page. You may want to check out the Holiday Time page. I changed the artwork a bit in the third section, under the Halloween section, because it no longer includes birthdays.

Here are the links to those chapters:

Holiday Time in Disneyland (scroll down towards bottom of page to see changes)http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/137-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-19.html

Magical Milestone (All New Chapter) http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/179-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-22.html

So that is all I have to report on for now. I kept it brief this time, because I have not added any new audio since my last update, but as you can see, that does not mean I have not been busy. I will begin to work on audio again right away, because things are finally back to normal, and the dust has literally settled. Talk you all again soon.

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May 21, 2015

Hey everyone. Time for yet another update. A lot has been added to my website lately, so again, it is time to bring you all the latest happenings. Before I get into the new additions, I want to share an email I sent to a fan of my website, because he was asking if I was planning on including a version of the Monsanto House of the Future without musical underscore. Also the other day someone asked me why one of my loops was not the full version. Since this seems to be something that needs to be addressed, so that everyone understands what my plan is for the future of the site, here is my emailed reply...

I am planning on doing a new and improved version of my Monsanto track in the future.

My collection has sort of taken on a change of purpose over time, and many of my older edits are from a different era in my ever evolving story. When I first started creating my Disneyland audio library, it was with the intention of creating a collection of Compact Discs, that I burned multiple copies of and shared with family and friends. This was before a lot of audio was being shared via the internet. Then when I discovered on-line media sharing, I continued with the mind set of creating everything in Compact Disc format. This meant that everything had time limits on it, since a CD is 80 minutes long. This meant that I had to shorten things and leave a lot out. This also meant that I wanted to include musical underscore for everything, because it was not a random choice of what you listen to, but a set program of tracks, meant to be listened to in a certain order, and so it was much more focused on music rather than straight sound effects or narrative.

I started my website about 3 years ago. When I did so, I basically transferred all my audio library I had originally created for these CD collections onto my web site. Over time I have been changing these. I have been extending loops that I had originally abridged for time into the full versions, I have been adding multiple versions of tracks, so that there are versions with and without music. I have also acquired tons of new material to add. When my Disneyland Audio Tour first went live on my site 3 years ago, there were less than 400 tracks. Now there are 925. And I have over 500 more yet to add, and even more yet to re-edit, extend and improve. This is an ongoing project that is going to take a couple years to complete. I add an average of 1 new track a day. So with hundreds to add, it is going to take a while.

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If anyone has any questions about the above email, feel free to email me anytime.

Now onto the business at hand. Since my last update, I have completed all but four of the tracks for my Disneyland Records chapter. The four that are not posted yet are on hold until June, as mentioned in my last blog, because the person who does the conversion from vinyl to digital for me is out of town until then. So as soon as they have returned I will be able to complete the entire chapter. Everything else is done. Here is a link to that chapter so you can follow along as I list the new additions since my last blog post...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html

Tracks 57-58 Thrilling Chilling Sounds of the Haunted House - This was a major headache to edit, not just for me, but I am sure for my neighbors as well, because they must have heard screaming and crashing and banging for hours and days on end. The problem in editing this, even though it came from a digital source, is that no attempt was ever made to remaster this album. There was a unforgivable amount of background hiss, and major distortion in many sections. Another issue was the old school methods used to originally edit this album together. Because the audio sources used to create this back in 1964 were from many multiples of sources, a lot of scissor and tape editing was obviously done, and in many cases the remnant glitches are very detectable and not easy to ignore, even if you are not as picky as I am. So I went in and did a thorough cleaning and re-editing of this entire album. I removed hundreds of glitches, all the background hiss and distortion. This album took me hours and days to edit. I am very happy with the results. You will not find a cleaner crisper version of this anywhere. If you have this in your collection already, please compare it to mine. The improved quality is astounding.

Tracks 90-91 - A Musical Souvenir of America on Parade - Next project was to do a cleanup on this album. Again, I did not use a vinyl source, but used the "Walt Disney World Forever" collection version as my source. The tracks from that collection, which was once sold in kiosks at the Magic Kingdom back in the late 90's, was the exact same as the album. I compared the two. They were identical. So all I did was link all the individual tracks together as one continuous track (divided as Side A and Side B) and removed several glitches and some distortion issues. Sound quality is fantastic! I also replaced the version of the America on Parade track posted on my parade chapter. It is the exact same as the one on the Disneyland Records chapter, but it is not divided into Side A and B, it is the full soundtrack without interruption. It is track number 13 on this page: http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/129-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-4.html - I also created a third version of this on my "Holiday Time in Disneyland" page. This abridged version includes just the major patriotic anthems from the parade, Yankee Doodle Dandy, You're a Grand Old Flag, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Stars and Stripes Forever and God Bless America. It is to represent the Forth of July in Disneyland. Track 57 on this page... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/137-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-19.html

Track 86 - America Sings Original Soundtrack - I went ahead and did a new edit of this. I edited my original version years ago, and since I have much better software now, I decided to do an improved cut. I removed background hiss and corrected many of those aforementioned scissor and tape editing glitches. It sounds better, crisper and cleaner than ever. The America Sings track on my 1970's Tomorrowland page has also been replaced by this improved version. The only difference between the two is that the one on my Tomorrowland page does not include the exit music. I have the exit music as a separated track (which I also replaced with the newly edited audio) The album version on my Disneyland Records page does include the exit music as part of the same track, since that it the way it was presented on the original album. I also added a new track to the Tomorrowland 1970's page featuring three versions of "Bill Bailey Wont You Please Come Home," all performed by Betty Taylor, star of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue. She also sang this for the America Sings soundtrack. So I included a fun track featuring three of her different versions of this song. The Tommorowland page is here... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/146-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-15.html - And the newly added tracks are 2, 5 and 7. As a side note, I did not change side B of the America Sings album, because I had already had it posted on the page before I decided to include side A, and therefore it did not require any changes.

Track 80-81 - Country Bear Jamboree Original Soundtrack - As with the America Sings album, it has been years since I did my original edits from this album, so I decided to do a new and improved cut. I redid both side A and B, and they sound better than ever. I also replaced both of these on my Bear Country Chapter as well... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/140-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-9.html- tracks 4 and 10 - The Country Bear Jamboree show is the exact same track that is on my Disneyland Records page. No changes at all. The Mile Long Bar, which is side B of the album has a minor tweak to the song ordering. The version on the Disneyland Records page is the same order as it was presented on the original vinyl. The version on my Mile Long Bar page just has the last song moved up to the front of the track, so that the second to last song from the album is now the last song on the Mile Long Bar version. I did this because I wanted to end it with the dramatic "Shave and a Haircut" with two heavy beats at the end of that song for the closing of the loop. It just makes a better finish in my opinion.

After I finished the above tracks I took a bit of a side trip, and added one track to my Disneyland in TV Land part one page, Zorro TV series theme song. It is track number 35 on this page:http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/136-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-20.html - As is my nature, I added some fun extras to this, so it is different than the version you would hear officially from Walt Disney Records. I added a fun intro and some extra sound effects. Fun stuff!

Then I finally got back to the Central Plaza Page - here is the link to that chapter, so you can again, follow along... http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/150-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3b.html

Track 5 - The Dapper Dans - Plaza Performance - This is a very old and authentic recording of the original incarnation of the Dapper Dans from the early 60's I am guessing. My source for this audio is from the Big Thunder Mountain queue area. The barbershop in the old west town plays these songs as you pass by. I am not sure what the original origin of these tracks is, but I am guessing they may have been recorded specifically for the Nature's Wonderland - Rainbow Ridge town barbershop back in 1960, and were retained for use at Big Thunder when the attraction was replaced. I took out all the sound effects and dialogue have presented the audio here as just the songs. There was also a huge amount of clean up needed on this audio. The source I had was very distorted with a lot of sibilance. (aka heavy 'S' sounds) and there was a lot of background noise, volume dropping and skips. Took me a couple days to edit this. A lot of work, but it sounds great now. At some point I will be replacing my Big Thunder Town Chatter over on my Frontierland page with an extended version, and will incorporate this improved audio into the new mix, so stay tuned for that.

Track 17 - Adventureland Gateway - Barker Bird - I did some fact checking and a little research on this one. It turns out there were actually two versions of the Barker Bird dialogue used in Disneyland. The original version, which is currently posted on my Adventureland Page, did not include any sponsorship references. However, the version I have now posted on my Central Plaza page is totally different, and is what replaced the original when United Airlines took over as the sponsor. This is also the same version that would eventually be used in the Florida park as well, but because United was no longer the sponsor, they simply edited out all references to them as the sponsor, but kept the rest of the spiel intact. I basically have done the same with my Central Plaza version. I took out all references to United. So, the original version can be heard here...http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/130-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-5.html - Track 4 - and the later version is on the Central Plaza page. The Central Plaza version has no music underscore, but I did add music to the Adventureland version. I also plan to do a special United Airlines version of this in the future, which WILL include references to the airline, and will also include the Enchanted Tiki Garden presow, because their was also a second version of the preshow as well, which mentioned United Airlines several times. Stay tuned for that.

Track 23 - Tomorrowland Gateway Area Loop - The next Central Plaza addition is an abridged version of the current Tomorrowland loop. I wanted to have a version of this that ONLY used the actual Disney songs included in this loop. So all the other music has been removed, and this version runs about 16 minutes. I also have an abridged version of the loop on my "Present Day Tomorrowland" chapter, but I fully intend to replace that version with the full one hour loop in the near future. So you will have the choice to either listen to just the abridged Disney version on the Central Plaza page, or the full uninterrupted loop over on the Tomorrowland page. I also obtained a much improved audio quality of this loop, so you will notice a major difference in the sound of the newly posted mix. The same will be true of the full loop, once I get around to replacing the one on the Tomorrowland page, so stay tuned for that too.

Track 29 - Snow White's Grotto Area Background Music - This is taken from isolated sources of the frog sounds, bird sounds and music. Because I now have all of these as separated elements, which I did not before, I was able to make a much nicer mix of this than the version I had been using on my site prior to now. For the Central Plaza version, I added the Castle Area Background Music Medley in between two playings of the wishing well segment. So you will hear "I'm Wishing," the Castle Medley and back to "I'm Wishing" again for a second round. I wanted to give this the sense of being on a continuous loop, just as it plays in the park. I did a similar treatment to my Adventureland Gateway and Frontierland Gateway (tracks 15 and 19) on this same page, so it is sort of a running theme for this chapter. I also replaced the version of the Snow White Wishing Well on my Fantasyland page. This version is just one run through of the "I'm Wishing" segment, and does not include the Castle Medley. You will find that version on this page -http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/170-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-11-a.html - track 5

Track 33 - Castle Forecourt Mary Poppins Arrival - This fun little bit of audio includes a park announcement for the arrival of Mary Poppins, incorporating the original soundtrack overture from the 1964 film as background music.  As she does today, Poppins would make an appearance in front of the castle for live impromptu shows and a meet and greet opportunity. I cleaned up this old piece of audio and added extra music at the end to make it a little more substantial of a listen. The original just faded out at the end, but in my version I carried the music to the end of the piece. As a side note, the version of the music they used for this was NOT from the film, but was from the 1964 vinyl released soundtrack, which had some slight variants.

Track 16 - Chinatown Tearoom Restaurant - I had not originally even considered representing this on my website, as it is from an attraction that was never actually built. However, since it is significant to the history of the park, as it included the very first audio-animatronic human ever constructed, (even predating Lincoln) I decided to represent it in some way. What I have presented here is a totally imagined mix of songs that would have been appropriate as background music for this area had it ever been built. There is nothing authentic about this in any way. No known audio exists of this as far as I know, but my track is just meant to give the impression and set the mood for what might have been. I had a lot of fun doing this one. It was a bit of a challenge, because the type of music I wanted to use is actually not that easy to find. I wanted this to be an Americanized version of China, as it was thought of in the mid 20th century. After digging through many tracks, I found a handful that fit my criteria perfectly, and really capture the exact sound I was going for. All of the songs are not from the orient, but are American popular songs about China or Asia in general. They include: Chinatown My Chinatown, Hong Kong Blues, Fan Tan Fannie (From the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song) Japanese Sandman, and March of the Siamese Children (From Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I) - I also created a very dramatic intro to this mix using a loud gong and some dramatic Chinese Imperial type music, before fading into the first song. I am also quite proud of the image I edited for this track. I took a wax figure of Confucius, and cut him out, overlaying him in front of the Nine Dragons restaurant interior at Epcot and adding in some red dragon scrolls and a hanging red lantern. Came out very cute. Again, this is not an authentic image. This track is all make believe, but still a lot of fun. Please check it out.

Track 7 - Plaza Inn Area Background Music - This is the most recent track added to the site. I completed it earlier today. A few areas of interest concern this track and the two following track on the same page. This version of the loop is not what is currently used at Disneyland. This is an older version, but it just so happens to still be in use at Tokyo Disneyland in their Crystal Palace restaurant. It may have been used at Walt Disney World's Crystal Palace too, before it was replaced by the current loop. Tokyo Disneyland seems to hang onto loops a lot longer, because guests develop an even deeper nostalgia for them than people in the American parks. Loops seem to be rarely replaced there.

How did I get this loop, or even know it existed? Well a long while back, in passing, I mentioned to some fellow Disney theme park music collectors in an internet forum that I distinctively remembered hearing an instrumental version of the song "Summertime" from the Gershwin operetta "Porgy and Bess" playing at the patio area of the Plaza Inn when I was a young boy. I wanted to know if anyone had any information about this. I specifically remembered one section of the song in my head, and if I heard it, I knew I would recognize it. It sort of had the sound of a full orchestra, heavy on strings, like the Hollywood Strings Orchestra may have recorded it.

Well, it turns out that Disney at one point published the track names of several of the Tokyo Disneyland loops in one of its theme park CD collections. It was sort of an odd thing, because none of this music was included in the collection, only the names of the songs in these loops. One of the loops included in this publication was for the Crystal Palace, and on that list was a Porgy and Bess medley. I knew this had to be the same loop I heard in Disneyland USA back in the 80's. It was much to much of a coincidence. However, all we had to go by was the names of the songs in the loop. We had no recordings of the loop, none of the artists names, and no dates. So what I did was check Itunes to see if a Porgy and Bess medley by the Hollywood Strings existed, and it in fact did! This had to be a match.

Then one by one we began to put the pieces together, finding versions of the other songs that were likely from the loop. We often found versions by artists that we knew already had a connection to the parks because we were aware of other loops that used their music. We also found versions of songs that sounded like they had to be a match, because the song in question is normally played in a very different style, but the version we came across had a very distinctive Crystal Palace/Plaza Inn sound to it, so again, it was too much of a coincidence to not be a match. Mind you, all of these selections are only educated guesses. Nothing has been confirmed. I am hopeful that someday, someone who lives in Japan, or is a frequent visitor to Tokyo Disneyland will get me a live recording of this loop, so that I can confirm what I have, and add more to it.

The version of this I had on my site before now was about 32 minutes long. The updated version is 45 minutes. Since I first made this mix, more of these possible tracks have been located, so I was now able to add a few more songs. Their are still some missing, but a good 75% of the loop, as best as I know it to be, is there. Side note, I also did a major clean up and re-edit on this as well, so the sound quality is much better than the prior version was.  

As far as track 8-9 - Track 8 will be the current loop in full. This is the next project on the docket. My current version is only about 1/3rd of the loop, and it also includes background sound effects replicating the sound of a restaurant. I plan to remove the sound effects, and just have the music. I have also purchased a few CD's and have the original studio recordings for every song in this loop. The current version circulating out there on the web sounds like it is likely from a live induction recording. My version will be 10 times better because it is not taken from a live in park source, but all studio quality sources.

Track 9 is going to be a tribute to the live quartet ensemble that used to play in the atrium of the restaurant as guests dined. I have decided to use the aforementioned restaurant sound effects for this track instead of the background loop itself. It makes more sense, since this is supposed to replicate a live concert, and it will sound very authentic this way. Interestingly, the sound effects i am using come from the Haunted Mansion ballroom scene.

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Fwew, well that is all the additions for now. Much more exciting things are coming though. Before I close this blog though, I want to mention a couple more things.

First of all, I want to remind anyone who is interested, that donations are greatly appreciated. It takes a lot of money to add new content, and I recently purchased several new vintage vinyl albums and other new music, so it would be nice to recuperate some of that investment if possible. to link to my PayPal page and make a donation click here.... http://disneychris.com/donate.html- any amount you can give is appreciated, and every little bit helps.

Last thing I want to mention concerns several inquires made to me on Twitter concerning accessibility to my site via mobile device. If anyone has any technical know how, and is interested in partnering with me to create an app for my site that can be used on smart phone devices, please contact me. Remember, this is a volunteer assignment. I am a non profit site, so if you are interested in volunteering your time let me know. I know nothing about creating an app, and would have no idea how to go about doing it. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Well, sorry to be so long winded today, but hope you appreciate a thorough update. Stay tuned for more, and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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May 3. 2015

Sorry it has been so long since my last blog update. I have been very busy with the Disneyland Audio Tour, and have added lots of great new content since my last update. I recently reached a milestone, surpassing 900 audio tracks! So it is definitely time to do a full update.

Since my last post, I went through every single planned addition for my Central Plaza chapter, and have done what I call an "initial set-up" for each and every track.

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/150-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3b.html

All of the titles on the page marked with a "Coming Soon" next to it have been fully set up, and are prepped for final editing. Finale editing is a very tedious and time consuming job. I go through the entire track, second by second, and listen for any and all clicks, distortions of editing flaws, and correct them manually one by one. This can take me no time at all if there are few mistakes, or can take me hours and hours if there are many. I have spent as much as 8 hours editing just one minute of audio.

After I took about 2 weeks to set up all these planned tracks, then I began to go through and do the final editing. Here are the new ones I added since my last update...

Track 2 - Central Plaza Area Background Music - This track is the full 1992 Main Street USA Loop. I have the songs from this loop also posted on my Main Street and Town Square chapters, but this version is the full loop without interruption, in the proper song order. I decided to place this in Central Plaza because that allows me to use the loop split up in the other chapters to represent many different things, and yet still have a place to listen to it in full if that is your preference. For my version, I took the best sources I could find and cleaned them up the very best I could. For the most part, the sources are original studio recordings, but there are a handful of songs that were recorded live in the parks because the studio versions were never made available. With these live recordings, I worked very hard to clean up the audio and enhance the sound to make it a much better version that what I had to start with. Not perfection, but a huge improvement. This may be the very best version of this loop you will presently hear.

Track 3 - Central Plaza Bandstand - This audio is authentic, and is also from the exact time period when the bandstand was in the park. I took it from the 1956 album "Disneyland Band Concert" - I purchased this album on Ebay and had it digitally converted for me. Then I went through and did a heavy clean up and click removal. The sound came out very nice. This track contains about 3/5ths of the album. The full album has been posted on my Disneyland Records chapter. I will discuss that chapter in more detail further down in this blog post.

Track 4 - The Keystone Cops - Plaza Performance - This track comes from the same album mentioned above. One of the songs on the album was a live performance by this group. So again, this is authentic and of the proper vintage.

Track 25 - Alpine Gardens Swiss Polka Band - Again, more tracks from the Disneyland Band Concert album. The album also contained some songs by the Polka Band, and I have represented them here.

Track 30 - King Triton's Garden Ariel's Grotto - This short track represents the special music that was heard when Ariel made her entrance and exit at this former meet in greet area. Because the character had no legs, the throne she sat in would rotate to the back of the structure, and she would put on coveralls and exit out the back, out of sight of guests. Thanks to Rocket Rods, who made a live recording of this music back in the 90's, I was able to replicate this exact music.

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Upon completion of my Central Plaza Area Music loop, I redid and added more music to both my Main Street and Town Square chapters...

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/127-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-2.html

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/160-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-3-setup.html

Town Square Track 3
Main Street Tracks 7, 10, 21, 27, 33 and 40

You will also notice that track 12 on the Main Street page, the Wonderland Music Store - Wurlitzer Player Piano, has also been redone. This is a much improved and extended version of the track, using the materials I recently edited for my Disneyland Records chapter.

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Speaking of Disneyland Records. After I finished my initial setting up of all the tracks for my Central Plaza page, and did the Central Plaza area loop, I went back to my Disneyland Records chapter and completed several of the items that were marked "Coming Soon"

http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/134-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-21.html

I originally went back to this chapter to do the aforementioned "Disneyland Band Concert" album, because it contained content I needed to edit for Central Plaza. Once I was in the grove (no pun intended) I decided to stick with this chapter a while. I also decided to add more content to the chapter I originally was not going to include, so I had to come up with more artwork and write new liner notes etc.

1 -Walt Disney's Little Man of Disneyland - This album was a major challenge to edit. The copy I had was quite poor, and had a very bad echo effect. After a lot of blood sweat and tears, I was able to successfully clean it up. Sounds great, and I am very happy with the results. You should hear what I had to originally work from. You would be shocked by the difference.

3 - Your Trip to Disneyland on Records - This track was posted on my site, but I have temporarily removed it and marked it "Coming Soon" - I have a better copy of the album (hopefully) and will be replacing it soon. I am waiting for my friend to transfer my copy to digital. I removed the version that was there, because it is not up to DisneyChris.com standards. Stay tuned for this one!

4-5 - Walt Disney Song Parade - The very reason for my expansion over to the Central Plaza chapter was this album, and the themed land specific songs contained therein, which I have used for the the "Gateway" tracks over in that chapter. I finally went through and did the final edit to this entire album. This one was a Doosie! It had so many things I needed to manually fix that I spend 4 full days on this one album. The hard work has paid off though. The album sounds amazing and is an amazing vintage gem. Don't miss this one.

13-14 - You Too Can Be the Life of the Party - Volume 2 - This came out great, and was a relatively easy edit. Now both volumes of this player piano series have been posted, and sides A and B of volume one, as mentioned above, are also available on my Main Street chapter, and an uninterrupted 30 minute track.

15-16 - Disneyland Band Concert - The complete album, which as mentioned above was used for several Central Plaza tracks, is available to listen to here. This one was a bit of a challenge to edit because of some distortion issues. I think these were not because of my copy of the album, but was the way the album was originally recorded and edited back in 1956. According to the liner notes on the back of the album cover, the entire program was recorded live, outdoors in the park. I imagine the distortion was due to the fact that this was a 1950's recording, not done in a studio, and there was a limit to the technology at that time. Regardless, I was able to quite successfully make huge improvements, and it came out  very nice.

30-31 - A Musical Mural - America the Beautiful - This film was redone in 1967 and a new soundtrack was produced. But this is the soundtrack from the 1958 version. I am not exactly sure how the music was used in the film, and how the narrative overlapped the music. It is likely that the songs were not used in full but were abridged for the film version. Then when the album was produced, the full versions were made available. I say this because the album runs over 30 minutes, and the film was about 10 minutes shy of that length. I have personally never seen or heard the original film. Would love to someday be able to. This album was a bit of a challenge to edit because it has some major sibilance issues. Sibilance is the sound made with a harsh "S" - I was able to make a lot of improvement on this problem, but took me a look of trial and error to get it just right. Overall, the final edit of the album sounds lovely.

I used the audio from this album for two new tracks located on other chapters. I posted "O Columbia the Gem of the Ocean" over in my Rivers of America chapter, track 38 --- http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/139-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-8.html

Also in my 1950's Tomorrowland chapter, I extended my "America the Beautiful" track to include several of the songs from the album. I also added an amazing and rare piece of narrative audio from the 1950's that introduces the Circarama theater. You must check this one out. It is fantastic! Tracks 23-24 on this page --- http://disneychris.com/15-disneyland-soundtracks/144-disneyland-audio-tour-chapter-13.html

Back to Disneyland Records ---

42 - Mr. Piano Man - He's My Ideal - I purchased the original 45 in order to get a better sounding version of side B, He's My Ideal" - The sound quality is vastly improved now.

43 - Dance Annette - Around the World - There was some major clicking issues in my original edit of this, so I went back and fixed it all. Sounds 100% better now.

52-53 It's a Small World - 18 Favorite Folk Songs - This version comes from an album I purchased that was factory sealed. Being that this album was typically handled by children, it was neigh impossible to find a decent copy. When I saw a factory sealed version on Ebay, I jumped on it. The sound quality is fantastic. It sounds like it came from a CD and not an vinyl album.

57-58 Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House - Coming Soon - I recently added this track to the page, but was originally not going to include it. My original thought was that it is not related to the park, but in actuality, it really is. The sound effects from this album are used just about everywhere throughout Disneyland, and not just in the Haunted Mansion, so it really is closely tied to Disneyland's history, and should be included. This one is going to be tough to edit. Even though the album has been released digitally, very little if anything was done to remaster it. There is tons of background noise and also many editing mistakes. I am going to do my best to perfect this album, but it is going to be a lot of work.

59 -60 - March A