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P resented here, for your enjoyment, is a magical and musical virtual Audio tour of the Happiest Place on Earth, both past and present. From this comprehensive collection of rare Audio recordings, the stay at home listener is granted their very own 'E' Ticket to adventures that recreate the ambiance and simulate the you-are-there sensation of an actual trip to the park. Just close your eyes and let your mind run free. It won't be hard to imagine you are really inside the Magic Kingdom for an exciting day at Disneyland, the place where dreams really do come true... 02 - MASCOT - 190

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1 - Walt Disney Welcomes You to Town Square USA  01:19

 

As we enter the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney welcomes us to Town Square USA. Just inside Disneyland's main entrance is a colorful replica of an early 20th century small American town. At the base of the flagpole in the center of this square, a bronze plaque contains the Disneyland dedication, delivered by Walt Disney on July 17th 1955.
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2 - Disneyland Main Gate Entrance Tunnel  02:29

 

To enter Town Square, guest must pass through one of two tunnels underneath the Disneyland Railroad station. Above the entrance to these tunnels is a plaque that reads, "Here you leave today, and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy." Guests crossing this threshold enter the bygone era of early 20th century small town America.
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3 - Town Square Flagpole - Disneyland Dedication  00:38

 

In the center of Town Square stands a large flagpole, with an ornate wrought iron base salvaged from a Los Angeles traffic accident. When the Disney staff got wind of it, it was removed, restored and brought to Disneyland. Soon after the park opened, an engraved plaque was placed here with Walt Disney's original Disneyland dedication on display.
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4 - Dateline Disneyland - Town Square Overview  02:33

 

On the live opening day broadcast, host Art Linkletter provided commentary as television cameras surveyed over the sights and sounds of Town Square, including city hall, the fire station, horse-drawn street cars, Main Street emporium, Wurlitzer music store and opera house, as the Disneyland Band provided live musical accompaniment.
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5 - Town Square Morning Announcements  01:18

 

On those mornings when Main Street is open early to guests, they are invited to leisurely wander through Town Square and experience its shops, exhibits and attractions, as they anxiously await for the remainder of Disneyland to open, including round trips on the Disneyland Railroad and the first showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
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6 - Town Square Vehicles  00:51

 

In Town Square, guests can board an old-fashioned Fire Engine, Horseless Carriages, a double decker Omnibus or Horse-Drawn Street Cars, for one way trips to the center of Disneyland via Main Street USA. To choose a mode of transportation, each vehicle has a designated stopping zone marked by decorative signs posted around the square.
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7 - Mickey Mouse Club Newsreel: Horse-Drawn Street Cars  01:48

 

The classic 1950's children's television series, "The Mickey Mouse Club," featured a segment which mirrored theatrical newsreels from that period. The news reports were for kids, and by kids, often covering stories about Disneyland, including this informative segment about the Disneyland pony farm and the Horse-Drawn Street Cars.
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8 - The Trolley Song  03:16

 

At one time, Disneyland had several horse-powered modes of transportation. There were surreys and a horse-drawn fire wagon on Main Street, and Frontierland had stagecoaches and Conestoga wagons. Today the only remaining attraction featuring proud steeds is the Horse Drawn Street Cars, a Disneyland favorite for over 60 years.
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9 - Guided Tour Garden  04:09

 

The Guided Tour Garden is located at the very entrance to Disneyland on the west side of Town Square. This shady area is where guests gather for informative guided tours through the park, which can be purchased at the main gate in addition to regular admission. Special tours also offer access to areas generally not open to the public.
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10 - Jack Wagner Audio Tour for the Blind  30:33

 

Disneyland is a feast for all the scenes, but to further enhance the sensory experience for guests visiting who are blind, a free service is offered. Recorded narrative gives context and provides detailed descriptions for the park's themed areas, shows and attractions. The voice of Disneyland, Jack Wagner, voiced these audio tours for many years.
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11 - Cast Member Orientation - Town Square  06:44

 

After newly hired cast members are fully inducted into the "Disney Way" of providing the highest quality in guest service, they are then assigned to their individual on-stage roles. Each area of the park requires unique training, and special knowledge. To facilitate this, multi-media presentations, narrated by Jack Wagner, provided a thorough orientation.
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12 - Paragon Ragtime Orchestra - City Hall Area Background Music  21:39

 

Popular American song styles from the 1900's have traditionally set the mood throughout Town Square and Main Street USA. Recordings by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, an ensemble devoted to preserving the orchestral stylings of the past, long provided much of the appropriate musical backdrop for this late Victorian setting.
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13 - Disneyland City Hall - Phone Greetings  02:31

 

City Hall is the guest service center for the Magic Kingdom. Friendly cast members are always on hand to answer questions, provide touring tips, make reservations and assist guests with special needs. Visitors celebrating an anniversary or birthday may also receive a special message from a Disney character on the guest courtesy phone lines.
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14 - Disneyland Guided Tour - Welcome to Disneyland  00:00

 

First time visitors to Disneyland are encouraged to take a special guided tour. For decades these carefully constructed initiations, led by friendly cast members smartly dressed in sharp plaid attire, have provided an orientation, context, background, and historical perspective, before guests later partake on their own park adventure.
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15 - A Walk in Walt's Footsteps - Guided Tour  33:34

 

Today, Disneyland offers many specially tailored variants on its traditional guided tour. This includes "A Walk in Walt's Footsteps." This exclusive tour provides a special look at the legendary man behind the mouse. On the tour, guests learn how the influence Walt Disney can be found in every corner of his original Magic Kingdom to this day.
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16 - A Walk in Walt's Footsteps - Firehouse Apartment  07:39

 

Providing a rare peak behind the magic curtain, the "A Walk in Walt's Footsteps" guided tour highlights how the park retains a connection to its creator, including a look at areas Walt personally loved and frequented. Many lucky visitors have had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney's private apartment, located above the Disneyland firehouse.
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17 - Disneyland Firehouse - Regina Music Box  11:08

 

Many of the interior furnishings inside Walt Disney's private firehouse apartment have been preserved just as he left them five decades ago. One of his most prized personal items was an antique Regina Music Box. This precursor to the phonograph utilized interchangeable perforated steel discs to mechanically drive its musical mechanism.
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18 - Disneyland Firehouse - Edison Gramophone  08:33

 

The furnishings within Walt Disney's firehouse apartment include Victorian antiques that he and Mrs. Disney collected over the years. One favorite conversation piece is an early Edison gramophone phonograph which plays grooved wax cylinders. Heard here are a few of the actual vintage recordings contained within Walt's personal collection.
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19 - Disneyland Fire Dept. - Horse-Drawn Chemical Wagon  00:46

 

A long retired opening attraction was an authentic replica of a turn of the 20th century fire wagon that offered guests horse powered trips up and down Main Street. Although it has not carried passengers in decades, the very same wagon can still be viewed inside the Disneyland Fire Station in Town Square where it is permanently on display.
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20 - The Hook n' Ladder Band  14:18

 

A long standing Disneyland tradition is a performance by a firehouse Dixieland band. The original ensemble, known as the Firehouse Five Plus Two, was comprised of members of the Walt Disney studio animation staff. Today this tradition continues with the Hook n' Ladder Band, who often perform in front of the Disneyland fire station.
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21 - The Dapper Dans - Town Square Performance  22:24

 

The world-famous Dapper Dans quartet often performs in Town Square to welcome Disneyland guests as they enter the park. Their four-part harmonic repertoire includes barbershop ballads as well as many memorable tunes from the world of Disney. They often accompany themselves with their hand-held antique Deagan Organ chimes.
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22 - Town Square Lockers and Lost & Found - Bekins Van Lines  00:38

 

Many of the shops and guest services throughout Disneyland are subsidized by corporate sponsors. The original sponsor of the lost and found and storage locker facility located in Town Square was the national moving company, Bekins Van Lines. In front of the brick structure was an old fashioned moving wagon adored with the Bekins logo.
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23 - Town Square Lockers and Lost & Found  01:14

 

The Disneyland lost & found department and guest locker facility was originally located in Town Square. It was originally sponsored by Bekins moving company and later by Global Van Lines. In the early 90's it was relocated further down Main Street when the adjacent Main Street Emporium underwent a major expansion.
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24 - Global Van Lines - A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood  04:04

 

This free promotional album was given out to Disneyland guests in 1965 as a tie-in to the 1965 theatrically released Walt Disney live-action motion picture, "A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood." Global Van Lines provided the moving trucks used in the film, and was also the Disneyland sponsor of the Town Square Lockers and Lost & Found.
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25 - Main Street Emporium - Area Background Music  1:01:11

 

Positioned at the corner of Main Street and Town Square is the largest store in all of Disneyland. Here at the Emporium guests can find almost any kind of Disney themed memento imaginable. Providing period appropriate musical atmosphere are selected orchestral arrangements of songs by Scott Joplin and other ragtime era composers.
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- Main Street Emporium - Enchanted Windows -

 

For many decades it has been a tradition to display vignettes from Disney's animated classics in the storefront windows of the Main Street Emporium. Here too, scenes from all-new theatrical releases are showcased to promote the latest animated offerings. In 2015 the tradition returned with elaborate new transforming displays featuring scenes from Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story, Frozen and Aladdin.
 
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26 - Enchanted Windows - Peter Pan  02:16
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27 - Enchanted Windows - Cinderella  02:22
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28 - Enchanted Windows - The Princess and the Frog  02:24
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29 - Enchanted Windows - Toy Story  02:07
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30 - Enchanted Windows - Frozen  02:41
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31 - Enchanted Windows - Aladdin  02:33
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32 - Town Square Popcorn Wagon  00:51

 

Disneyland has always been a feast for the senses, and one of the most popular snack time treats in the park taps into all five of them. There are several colorful popcorn wagons stationed throughout the Magic Kingdom. By far, one of the busiest of these outdoor vending locations is located right at the very center of a bustling Town Square.
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33 - Town Square Area Music - The Jack Wagner Collection  1:00:11

 

When Jack Wagner was deemed official park announcer, he volunteered to find time period appropriate area music for Town Square and Main Street, including syncopated Ragtime standards, barbershop ballads, patriotic marches, wistful waltzes, Vaudeville showtunes, and all other popular American musical styles from the early 20th century.
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34 - Town Square Area Music - Old Timer's Waltz  24:07

 

"Old Timer's Waltz" has been a Town Square background music staple since the early 1970's, containing a collection of popular songs from the early 20th century played in three quarter time. Three different versions have played in Disneyland over the years. Heard here are alternate versions of each song from this medley, complete with lyrics.
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35 - Vessy Walker - Disneyland Band Opening Day Concert  05:43

 

Live entertainment was in abundance during the grand opening of Disneyland, and a true highlight was the Disneyland Band. So popular among the guests that the group's initial two week contract was held-over for over six decades. The founding band leader was veteran bandmaster Vessy Walker who led the march until his 1970 retirement.
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36 - The Original Disneyland Band - Town Square Concert  25:34

 

A band concert in the park was a common civic diversion of small town American life at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Disneyland Band hearkened back to that time with their daily concerts in Town Square. The musical program included marches, popular songs of the early twentieth century and a collection of Disney favorites.
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37 - The New Disneyland Band - Town Square Performance  22:55

 

In July of 2015, the Disneyland Band underwent a major change. After six decades of marching through the Magic Kingdom, the original ensemble was revised with a new crew of energetic young musicians, all new marching routines, and a brand new sound. As with the original band, the new group performs daily concerts in Town Square.
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38 - Wurlitzer Music Store - Player Piano  1:11:32

 

For the better of two decades, the Wonderland Music Store was a prominent feature of Main Street's eastern corner building, facing Town Square. On display were dozens of Wurlitzer keyboard instruments including everything from grand pianos to modern electric organs, as well as a fully operational, restored antique player piano.
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39 - Wurlitzer Music Store  23:15

 

The slogan prominently displayed inside Disneyland's Wurlitzer music store could not have been more fitting; "Wurlitzer Means Music to Millions." In the thirteen years that this store was located at the north east corner of Town Square, literally millions were treated to live music, whether by electric organ, concert grand or antique player piano.
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40 - Disneyland Showcase - A Preview of Coming Attractions  03:37

 

The corner building on the eastern side of Main Street, facing Town Square, was once home to the Wurlitzer Music Store, and in the early '70's it became a preview center for future additions planned for Disneyland. Two proposed attractions that were displayed here, but were never actually built, were Dumbo's Circus and Discovery Bay.
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41 - The Straw Hat Strutters  19:53

 

Another popular Dixieland troupe which regularly performs in Town Square is known as the Straw Hat Strutters. This band was likely formed in homage to an earlier in park group, known as the Strawhatters, who began performing in the park in the 1950's at their own bandstand located on the banks of the Rivers of America in Frontierland.
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42 - Maxwell House Coffee House  08:46

 

Once in a tiny Town Square corner café, hot Maxwell House java was percolated fresh every morning, long before Starbucks or even Hills Bros. were Disneyland's official coffee sponsors. Later, when the menu expanded to include hot breakfast, the venue was extended to an adjacent patio area, becoming known as the Hills Bros. Coffee Garden.
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43 - Town Square Café  02:05

 

When Hills Bros parted company with Disneyland in the mid 70's, everyone's favorite breakfast nook became known as the "Great American Egg House" and eventually the "Town Square Café." The basic breakfast offerings remained much the same, as did the great view of all the bustling early morning activity in and around Town Square.
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44 - The Mad Hatter  00:50

 

Hats have always been a popular souvenir in Disneyland. Town Square has a shop devoted exclusively to head gear known as the Mad Hatter. Fantasyland's hat shop shares the same name, and at one time there was a shop in Tomorrowland known as the "Mod" Hatter. Guests can also have their hats embroidered with their names.
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45 - Saxophone Quartet - Town Square Performance  15:07

 

Disneyland's famous Sax quartet has often performed in Town Square. Originally they were known as the Keystone Cops due to their police style uniforms. Nowadays they are more commonly seen in fireman's costumes, but in the 90's they donned bright zoot suits to promote the live Dick Tracy show, and cartoon garb to promote Mickey's Toontown.
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46 - International Street  25:22

 

An early plan for park expansion was to add an International Street. This themed area, which never came to fruition, would have been accessible from the northeast corner of Town Square, with a series of European shops and restaurants. Peak-a-boo windows along the construction barricade showed a preview model of the coming attraction.
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47 - Liberty Street Introduction  05:28

 

Plans to develop the Town Square accessible area behind Main Street underwent a change in direction from a European theme to a Colonial American themed Liberty Street based on the 1957 live-action theatrical film, "Johnny Tremain." Walt Disney even described these intended plans on an episode of his weekly television show.
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48 - Liberty Street - Area Background Music  29:43

 

Liberty Street would have been an authentic recreation of colonial Bostontown, and early Philadelphia, set in the year 1776, but soon the ideas outgrew the space available behind Town Square while other projects put the expansion on hold until 1971, when it was finally realized as a new themed land at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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49 - One Nation, Under God  05:46

 

The main attraction planned for Liberty Street was the multi-media production, "One Nation, Under God," which would have included a Hall of Presidents. This later evolved into "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln." The solid marble scale model of the U.S. Capitol created for this presentation is displayed in Disneyland's Opera House to this day.
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50 - Babes in Toyland - Movie Set Exhibit  09:19

 

For several years the Disneyland Opera House was only a façade, disguising a lumber mill used during the park's original construction and later expansion. In 1961 this space would finally be accessible to guests as an attraction. On display were several of the original movie sets from the 1961 Disney live-action musical "Babes in Toyland."
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51 - Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters  16:30

 

Another early attraction at the Opera House was tied into the Mickey Mouse Club, which had gone into national syndication by the mid 1960's following its original three year run from 1955-1958. In this "official" headquarters, young guests could become an honorary Mouseketeer while watching classic cartoons in a newly built main theater.
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52 - The Walt Disney Story - Introduction  00:42

 

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln premiered at the Disneyland Opera House in 1965. This was replaced in 1973 by a special showing of a 20 minute film called "The Walt Disney Story." By public demand, Lincoln returned only two years later, and the Walt Disney Story became a lobby preshow to the Lincoln presentation in the main theater.
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53 - Walt Disney Story - Disneyland Wasn't Built in a Day  01:31

 

Within the main lobby of the Opera House are several exhibits honoring the legacy of man behind the mouse, Walt Disney. One of these exhibits, called "Disneyland Wasn't Built in a Day," was a 90 second film on a continuous loop showing the 1950's construction of Disneyland presented in fast motion using time lapse photography.
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54 - Walt Disney, Naturalist - Musical Highlights  03:58

 

Another entertaining exhibit within the Walt Disney Story was a brief film featuring highlights from many of Walt Disney's classic True-Life Adventure nature films. The seating area was decorated to appear like a classroom, and the film was narrated by an animatronic professor owl. Here are some musical moments from this presentation.
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55 - Walt Disney's Formal and Working Office Exhibit  04:08

 

For many years, Walt Disney's actual formal and working offices were exhibited at the Disneyland Opera House. All these furnishing were painstakingly transported from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, and displayed at Disneyland just as Walt Disney had left them. An informed guide would describe the many items on display.
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56 - Walt Disney's Formal Office - Grand Piano  12:49

 

Walt Disney kept a baby grand in his formal office, where songwriters and composers would sample music from film and theme park projects in production. Many renowned musicians sat at this piano to play music for Walt, including Leopold Stokowski and the Sherman Brothers, who were often asked to play Walt's favorite song, "Feed the Birds."
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57 - The Walt Disney Story  09:37

 

The Walt Disney Story is a 20 minute documentary film honoring the legacy of the man behind the mouse. It originally played in the Opera House main theater, but after two years, an abridged version was shown in the lobby area just outside the main theater, becoming the new preshow presentation to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
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58 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Main Gate Announcement  01:41

 

As the '64 New York World's Fair was ongoing, Disney Imagineers built a duplicate Abraham Lincoln audio animatronic figure in order to have it ready for Disneyland's tencennial anniversary on July 17, 1965. Therefore, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln became the first Disney attraction to operate simultaneously in the East and West.
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59 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Introduction  01:37

 

It is well documented that no other historical figure had inspired Walt Disney more than Abraham Lincoln. It had long been his desire to immortalize the inspiring words and chronicle the life of this great man. His insistence on authenticity, and devotion to the integrity of this presentation, led to one of Walt Disney's greatest living legacies.
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60 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Preshow  06:33

 

Before the Walt Disney Story would temporarily replace Mr. Lincoln for a limited two year run, the original preshow, which ran from 1965 to 1973, featured actor Royal Dano as Abraham Lincoln. This retelling of Lincoln's autobiography, in his own words, was presented as a dramatic prologue to the main theater presentation.
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61 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Overture  03:02

 

As guests first enter the Opera House main theater for a few, "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," the patriotic tone of this presentation is established by a somber yet stirring overture composed by Disney Legend, Buddy Baker. In the years to come, Baker would continue to provide some of Disneyland's most unforgettable musical themes.
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62 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln  25:27

 

This ground breaking presentation premiered at the 1964 World's Fair and opened at Disneyland the following year. Veteran Disney vocal artist Paul Frees narrates and Royal Dano portrays the immortal Abraham Lincoln, in this patriotic tribute to our 16th president featuring the world's first Audio-Animatronic robotic human figure.
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63 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Musical Score  18:57

 

The original 1964 musical score to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was composed by veteran Disney Studio musical director Buddy Baker. He combined several original compositions, with traditional Civil War era music, and themes from earlier Disney productions including the 1963 made-for-television presentation of Johnny Shiloh.
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64 - The Gettysburg Address / Letter to Fanny McCullough  08:34

 

Surprisingly, Lincoln's most famous words, the immortal Gettysburg Address, were not a part of the original theatrical version of "Great Moments of with Mr. Lincoln," but Royal Dano did record the speech for the extended soundtrack album released on vinyl. This recording has since been incorporated into the Disneyland presentation.
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65 - Fifth Freedom Mural  01:46

 

When the Gulf Oil Company took over as sponsor of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln when it returned to the park in the 1970's, a new hand painted mural was added to the exit lobby, depicting many great American inventors and creative visionaries who had all benefited from America's free enterprise system, including Walt Disney himself.
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66 - Journey to Gettysburg Preshow  03:27

 

In 2001, Disneyland's long-standing Lincoln presentation was completely revised. In this version, the show was narrated by famous Civil War era photographer Mathew Brady. In the preshow he explained that this is a you-are-there experience, and each member of the audience would represent a soldier named private Cunningham.
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67 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Journey to Gettysburg  15:37

 

The 2001 version of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln had an innovative soundtrack utilizing binaural sound. Guests wore special head sets that resonated amazingly lifelike audio to simulate what it was like to be in Mathew Brady's photo studio, a Civil War battle and in person as Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.
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68 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - 2009  14:22

 

In 2009, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln once again returned to the Disneyland Opera House following a five-year hiatus. In addition to music and dialogue from the classic '64 New York World's Fair version of the show, the new presentation now also includes musical highlights from the 1967 Circle-Vision 360 film, America the Beautiful.
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69 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Golden Dream  06:20

 

In 1985, this sweeping patriotic anthem from the Epcot Center attraction The American Adventure, replaced "Battle Hymn of the Republic," as the new dramatic musical finale to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Today it can still be heard at the conclusion to main show as guests view portraits of many inspirational Americans in the exit lobby.
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70 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Two Brothers  03:33

 

This modern day folk ballad was first recorded by popular singer Kay Starr in 1951 and famously covered by Dusty Springfield in 1962. The Disney version, performed by Ali Olmo, was part of the Epcot Center attraction, The American Adventure, and was later incorporated into Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln during a 1980's refurbishment.
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71 - The Voices of Liberty  15:12

 

The Voices of Liberty is an amazing a capella choir that has been performing live inside the lobby rotunda at Epcot Center's American Adventure pavilion since the Florida attraction first opened in 1982. From 2012-2013, this patriotic ensemble began daily performances at the Opera House in Disneyland for a special limited time engagement.
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72 - The First 50 Magical Years - Lobby Area Music  1:06:31

 

To honor Disneyland's 50th anniversary, Mr. Lincoln went on temporary hiatus for a special Opera House exhibit. Since then, the lobby area outside the main theater has continued to feature Disneyland memorabilia including rare concept art and elaborate models including a detailed scale model of Disneyland as it appeared on opening day.
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73 - The First 50 Magical Years - If You Believe in Magic  04:31

 

As guests entered the Opera House main theater to view a special film presentation in honor of Disneyland's 50th anniversary, they were treated to a new theme song written for the film and a medley of songs from classic Disneyland attractions. This main theme music was also interwoven into the film as instrumental underscore.
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74 - The First 50 Magical Years - Musical Score  15:04

 

The memorable score from "Disneyland, The First 50 Magical Years" was written and arranged by legendary film composer John Debney. His upbeat and whimsical musical interludes perfectly captured the magical spirit of the Happiest Place on Earth while imparting a nod to the past with several mid twentieth century references.
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75 - Disneyland, The First 50 Magical Years  15:47

 

The highlight of the 50th anniversary exhibit in the Disneyland Opera House was a special new documentary starring Steve Martin and Donald Duck which was presented in the main theater. It chronicled the history behind the Happiest Place on Earth using archival film footage. The film continues to be showcased in the lobby area to this day.
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After the original Disney Gallery in New Orleans Square closed in 2007, it reopened in 2009 within the former Bank of America building in Town Square. In the years to follow, a rotating series of special exhibits was presented. Each limited time offering focused on a specific aspect of the art of Disneyland, and a new mix of background music was created for each new exhibition, complementing these changing themes.
 
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76 - The Disney Gallery - Day One: Disneyland  33:47
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77 - The Disney Gallery - The Happiest Fleet on Earth  23:51
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78 - The Disney Gallery - The Colors of Mary Blair  51:35
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79 - The Disney Gallery - All Aboard! The Trains of Disney  28:53
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80 - The Disney Gallery - Crowning Achievements  1:01:46
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81 - The Disney Gallery - Realms of Fantasy  29:26
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82 - Disneyana Gifts - Disneyana Theme Song  01:21

 

Disneyana was originally located on Main Street, but closed in 2013 to make way for an expansion of the Market House when Starbucks coffee moved in as the new sponsor. Since then, the Disneyana shop was combined with the Disney Gallery in Town Square, still offering exclusive art and decorative pieces for the serious Disney collector.
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83 - Bank of America  01:44

 

To offer much needed financial services to Disneyland guests, Bank of America operated a fully functioning branch in Town Square for several decades. During this period this was also their one and only branch to operate on Saturdays and Sundays. From the '60's through the '80's, Bank of America was also the official sponsor of "It's a Small World."
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84 - The Disneyland Railroad - Introduction  11:01

 

The beauty and grandeur of Disneyland's fleet of iron horses truly captures the romance of early steam travel. An important part Walt Disney's legacy, Disneyland history, and one of the park's original opening day attractions, Disneyland's trains have covered enough track to have circled the globe more than two-hundred times.
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85 - Disney Family Album: Ward Kimball - Grizzly Flats Railroad  09:28

 

At one time, the staff at the Walt Disney Studio overflowed with railroading enthusiasts, but none were nearly as passionate as Walt Disney and animator Ward Kimball. Kimball even built his own railroad line with two full-scale, fully restored steam engines in the backyard of his San Gabriel home, affectionately named the Grizzly Flats Railroad.
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86 - The Carolwood Pacific Railroad  09:43

 

Walt Disney's love of model trains is often cited as a key motivation for the creation of Disneyland. From the late 1940's Walt had a miniature railroad set up in the backyard of his Carolwood Avenue home he called the Carolwood Pacific. His pride and joy was the Lilly Belle, a model train he built by hand named in honor of Mrs. Lillian Disney.
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87 - Disneyland Pre-Opening Report - The Disneyland Railroad  11:04

 

Just three days prior to the official press premiere of Disneyland, the popular Disneyland television series aired its season two finale, an extensive, behind-the-scenes look, at the soon to open Disneyland park. Famed Disney narrator, Winston Hibler, described the park's various stages of development, from drawing board to on the site construction.
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88 - Dateline Disneyland - Disneyland Railroad Grand Opening  02:38

 

Aboard the E.P Ripley, one of two steam engines at Disneyland on opening day, Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney at the controls, California governor California governor Goodwin Knight and the then president of the real Santa Fe Railroad, Fred Gurley, pulled into the station for the official grand opening of the Disneyland and Santa Fe railroad line.
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89 - Mickey Mouse Club Newsreel: Disneyland & Santa Fe R.R.  01:48

 

The classic 1950's children's television series, "The Mickey Mouse Club," featured a segment which mirrored theatrical newsreels from that period. The news reports were for kids, and by kids, often covering stories about Disneyland, including this informative segment about the Disneyland Railroad, culminating in a round trip of the park.
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90 - The Sounds of America - Disneyland Railroad Montage  05:01

 

A 1961 episode of the Bell Telephone Hour monthly musical television series entitled "The Sounds of America," was shot entirely on location inside Disneyland. The special opened with a scenic round-trip journey aboard the Disneyland Railroad, highlighting the sights along the Rivers of America and through the Grand Canyon Diorama.
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91 - The Disneyland Railroad - Depot Announcements  05:21

 

Town Square visitors often hear the haunting echoes of the station master calling out announcements as the steam locomotives of the Disneyland Railroad approach the Main Street depot. Before Jack Wagner recorded his well-known version in the 1970's, several others provided these calls, including Disney animator Ward Kimball.
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92 - Disneyland Railroad - Ticket Announcements  02:37

 

Before the days of the unlimited passport, passage on the Disneyland Railroad required a 'D' coupon. A conductor was on hand to punch the redeemed tickets, just as was done in traditional railroading days. Those who did not have a ticket book could purchase an individual coupon directly from the conductor at the entrance to the Main Street Station.
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93 - Main Street Station - Nelson Wiggen Orchestrion  39:55

 

Inside the Main Street train station lobby are early 20th century relics from the days when American railroad travel was in its prime. Among these authentic antiques is a mechanical music machine, known as an orchestrion. When a coin is inserted, music is automatically generated using pulls and levers activated by a perforated scroll.
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- Disneyland Railroad Grand Circle Tours -

 

The Disneyland Railroad is one of the most iconic attractions in Disneyland, taking passengers on a scenic grand-circle tour of the entire Magic Kingdom aboard an authentic steam-powered locomotive. After station stops in Frontierland, Mickey's Toontown and Tomorrowland, guests pass through two scenic dioramas showcasing the Grand Canyon and amazing Primeval World, land of the dinosaurs.
 
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94 - Disneyland Railroad - 1974 Grand Circle Tour  16:31
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95 - Disneyland Railroad - Bicentennial Grand Circle Tour  16:19
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96 - Disneyland Railroad - 1980's Grand Circle Tour  16:18
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97 - Disneyland Railroad - 1990's Grand Circle Tour  16:14
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98 - Disneyland Railroad - 2015 Grand Circle Tour  17:44
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99 - Disneyland Railroad - 2017 Grand Circle Tour  17:00
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100 - The Lilly Belle - Songs to Ride the Disneyland R.R. By  44:37

 

Disneyland's Lilly Belle has been providing luxury travel for dignitaries since it was first added to the railroad line in 1976. Taking inspiration from Disneyland's luxury parlor car caboose, named in honor of Walt Disney's wife, here is a lively assortment of classic railroad themed songs suitable for round-trip Disneyland Railroad travels.
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101 - The Disneyland Railroad - State Fair Express  10:13

 

In 1987, a promotional event called the Disneyland State Fair featured special entertainment and exhibits all over the park, each with an early twentieth century state fair theme. For this occasion, a Ferris wheel was temporarily erected in front of the Main Street station, and Ludwig Von Drake narrated the grand-circle tour.
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102 - The Disneyland Railroad - Grand Circle "Musical" Tour  04:51

 

An on board narrator points out all the sights along the grand circle tour. Passengers first travel through the Adventureland jungles followed by an excursion along the banks of Frontierland's Rivers of America. They then journey past the colorful It's a Small World topiary gardens, then alongside the Autopia highways in Tomorrowland.
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103 - Grand Canyon Diorama  01:54

 

This exhibit was inspired by the 1958 True-Life Adventure short subject, The Grand Canyon. It contains the world's largest woven canvas, which provides a panoramic painted backdrop for dozens of real animals preserved through the art of taxidermy. The background music is from Ferde Grofé's famous Grand Canyon Suite.
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104 - The Grand Canyon Suite  28:17

 

The Oscar winning short subject, The Grand Canyon, is a pictorial interpretation of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite, depicted in documentary style footage displaying the canyon's native wildlife, scenic features and natural elements. Here is the complete musical score from the Disney classic that inspired a classic Disneyland diorama.
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105 - Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair - Ford Magic Skyway  10:19

 

A special episode of The Wonderful World of Color TV program presented four new Disney exhibits designed for the 1964 New York World's Fair. A segment of the program focused on the development of the animatronic dinosaurs created for the Ford Magic Skyway, which would become future Disneyland residents at the conclusion of the fair.
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106 - Ford Magic Skyway  09:13

 

The prehistoric creatures within Disneyland's Primeval World diorama originated from the Ford Motor Magic Skyway pavilion at the New York World's Fair. Traveling through time in Ford convertibles, with narrative provided by Walt Disney himself, the 1964 attraction also included a caveman sequence and ride through a city of the future.
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107 - Primeval World Diorama - Walt Disney  03:06

 

While the cavemen and city of tomorrow segments from Magic Skyway did not make their way back to California, the dinosaurs soon became a permanent fixture of the Primeval World Diorama, a new climactic scene added to the Disneyland Railroad in 1965. Walt Disney introduced this new Disneyland adventure to his TV audience in 1966.
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108 - Primeval World Diorama - Magic Skyway Instrumental  04:30

 

The dinosaurs found within the Primeval World Diorama were originally created for the 1964 New York World's Fair and were featured in an attraction called the Magic Skyway sponsored by the Ford Motor Corporation. For the first few decades, the same music composed for the fair was also used as background music for this exhibit.
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109 - Primeval World Diorama - Sound Effects  03:42

 

How difficult it must have been to develop believable sounds to represent prehistoric beasts that were never actually encountered by humankind before. Disney sound effects wizard Jimmy MacDonald was certainly up to the task, and many of the soundscapes developed for this attraction can be heard in many Hollywood productions to this day.
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110 - Primeval World Diorama - Prelude from Mysterious Island  01:59

 

Since the 90's, the main title from the 1961 sci-fi adventure, "Mysterious Island," has provided the dramatic background music for this journey into the prehistoric past. The design of the life-size dinosaurs featured in this diorama was directly inspired by the "Rite of Spring" segment from Walt Disney's animated masterpiece Fantasia.
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111 - Flag Retreat Ceremony  05:09

 

A Disneyland tradition since 1955 is the official flag lowering ceremony held every evening, just before sundown, at the base of the Town Square flag pole. The moving yet understated ceremony serves as a reminder to guests that Walt Disney himself wanted Disneyland to honor the ideals, the dreams and hard facts that have created America.
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112 - Town Square Evening Concert - Dee Fisher  29:35

 

Pianist and electric organist Dee Fisher was the long time proprietor of Disneyland's music store. Every evening, for decades, he would perform live Disney concerts on his Wurlitzer organ, which could be heard throughout Town Square, providing a hauntingly romantic musical backdrop during the magic evening hours at the Magical Kingdom.
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02 - ACCOLADES
Special thanks to RocketRodsXPR for his many invaluable contributions to this page and to this site.
Special thanks to Foxxy of "PASSPORT TO DREAMS" for providing the research for the 1976 Main Street Loop.
Special thanks to Brian Crawford for playing the role of tour guide for the "Firehouse Apt" track 14.
Special thanks to Joshua Smith for contributing the music for the "New" Disneyland Band, track 35.
Special thanks to Dawn Short for playing the role of the waitress in "Town Square Café" track 41.
Special thanks to 772pilot for providing the 2015 "Disneyland Railroad Grand Circle Tour" narration.