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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... 07 - MASCOT - 185

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1 - Walt Disney Takes You to New Orleans Square  03:38

 

Walt Disney invites guests to one of the Magic Kingdom's most charming and elegant destinations. Among its twisting back alleyways and shady courtyards, with it's many distinctive wrought iron balconies, are quaint little gift boutiques, romantic street cafés and wandering sidewalk Dixieland musicians playing New Orleans style jazz.
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2 - New Orleans Square Dedication  00:00

 

On July 24th 1966, New Orleans Square was officially dedicated, becoming the first entirely new themed land to premiere at Disneyland since the park opened in 1955. On hand to oversee these festivities was then mayor of the real New Orleans in Louisiana, Victor Schiro, who was presented a key to the Disneyland counterpart by Walt Disney.
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3 - Disneyland is Your Land - New Orleans Square  02:39

 

In 1980, for Disneyland's 25th anniversary, a special stage show called, "Disneyland is Your Land," took audiences on a musical journey through The Happiest Place on Earth. An original song was written to represent the New Orleans Square segment, as well as popular favorites "Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate's Life for Me," and "Grim Grinning Ghosts."
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4 - A Day at Disneyland - New Orleans Square  03:47

 

In 1982, Walt Disney Home Entertainment released a special tour of Disneyland exclusively for sale in the park as a take home souvenir, but soon was available for rental at video stores nationwide. It included a colorful tour of New Orleans Square and its two major E Ticket attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.
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5 - Disneyland 25th Anniversary - Way Down Yonder in New Orleans  03:04

 

In 1980, Disneyland celebrated its 25th birthday with a special Family Reunion Parade. The parade was divided into seven sections, representing each of the park's seven themed lands. This naturally included a New Orleans Square segment, where. Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear marched along to the tune of a lively Dixieland jazz band.
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6 - A Day at the Happiest Place on Earth - New Orleans Square  05:46

 

In 1993, an updated "Day at Disneyland" tour was released on VHS for sale as a take home souvenir for Disneyland guests. The New Orleans Square segments of the video included a ride through the Pirates of the Caribbean with Disney characters Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, and a journey through the Haunted Mansion with Chip and Dale.
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7 - New Orleans Square Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner  05:04

 

Jack Wagner, the voice of Disneyland, provides us with a descriptive orientation of the many shops, restaurants and attractions found within New Orleans Square, including two of Disneyland's best E Ticket adventures... a swashbuckling journey with the Pirates of the Caribbean and otherworldly odyssey through the mysterious Haunted Mansion.
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8 - Swanee River - New Orleans Square Medley  05:26

 

Walt Disney made no secret about his love of Dixieland music, and from Disneyland's very beginnings, the sweet sound of New Orleans style jazz could be enjoyed throughout the park. One song in particular, Swanee River, has become a sort-of unofficial theme song for New Orleans Square, having been performed by dozens of musical groups.
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9 - New Orleans Square Waterfront - Area Background Music  55:23

 

New Orleans Square rests along the banks of Disneyland's romantic Rivers of America. Along the waterfront, the air is filled with the syncopated rhythms of New Orleans style Dixieland jazz. Here guests may pause to watch the activity along this bustling river as the graceful Mark Twain and stately Sailing Ship Columbia peacefully glide by.
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- The Disney Gallery -

 

The second story rooms of several of New Orleans Square's buildings were originally intended to be a luxurious private residence for the Disney family, but the project ended following the untimely passing of Walt Disney in 1966. The area remained unfinished and unoccupied for many years. Then in 1987 a new staircase was constructed, and a special museum was opened to guests, showcasing the art of the Disney Imagineers.
 
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10 - Disney Gallery Rotunda - Original Area Background Music  00:00
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11 - Disney Gallery Rotunda - Area Background Music  00:00
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12 - The Disney Gallery - Original Area Background Music  24:36
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13 - The Disney Gallery - Area Background Music  24:16
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- Club 33 -

 

Originally located at 33 Royal Street on the second floors of New Orleans Square, the ellusive Club 33 is one of Disneyland's best-kept secrets. This private club is available to members only, and has a 14 year waiting list. Among the club's furnishings are actual props used in such classic Disney films as Mary Poppins and the Happiest Millionaire. Its two original dining areas were known as Le Grand Salon and the Trophy Room.
 
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14 - Club 33 Introduction  00:00
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15 - Club 33 - Area Background Music  25:21
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16 - Club 33 Harpsichord  00:00
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17 - Club 33 Trophy Room  42:55
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18 - Disneyland Dream Suite  00:00

 

The Disney Gallery in New Orleans Square closed in 2007, and was soon converted into the luxurious and enchanting Disney Dream Suite. Following a special promotion held from 2007-2008, where each day lucky park guests were selected at random to stay overnight, the facility has mainly been used for Disney executives and VIP guests.
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19 - Club 33 Jazz Lounge  00:00

 

In 2014, Club 33 underwent a major transformation, nearly doubling its size to better accommodate new membership demand. The renovation included the relocation of the club entrance to the Court of Angels, as well as the addition of an overpass bridge that led to an new art nouveau inspired cocktail lounge located above the French Market.
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20 - Club 33 Jazz Lounge Pianist  00:00

 

At the insistence of Walt Disney, Disneyland has always been a dry park, and until recently the only place within its gates to indulge in a little libation was inside Club 33. The new Club 33 Jazz Lounge is no acceptation. While guests enjoy a cocktail or two, they are soothed by relaxing jazz music, often performed live on the grand piano.
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21 - Café Orleans  00:00

 

New Orleans had not one, but two full service restaurants. The more famous is the Blue Bayou located inside Pirates of the Caribbean, but the lesser known Café Orleans is no less elegant, with a charm all its own. The indoor dining area is graced in 19th century flourishes and the patio offers terrific views of the passing scene and nearby riverfront.
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22 - One-of-a-Kind Antiques  00:00

 

Disneyland shops were not always as concerned with moving merchandise as they were with providing a unique window shopping experience. Many were considered more of an attraction than a place to crack open the wallet. The One-of-a-Kind shop was a prime example. This veritable museum was inspired by Mrs. Lillian Disney's love of antiques.
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23 - Cristal d'Orleans  00:00

 

Cristal d'Orleans is one of the only shops to remain in New Orleans Square since its 1966 opening. It is sponsored by Arribas Brothers, who's affiliation with Disneyland dates even further back to the 1950's. One of the most popular items sold here are crystal tiaras. Many items are hand-blown on the premises, or can be engraved as you watch.
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24 - Mille. Antoinette's Parfumerie  00:00

 

This New Orleans Square venue also premiered on its opening day in 1966 . Here guests had the unique opportunity to create their very own custom fragrance, one of only two locations in the entire country to offer this to the general consumer at that time. After a long time closure, in the shop reopened in 2011 as a name brand perfume retailer.
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25 - The Blue Bayou Restaurant - Area Background Music  00:00

 

The Blue Bayou is perhaps Disneyland's most elegant dining location, simulating the romance and beauty of a southern swampland in the glow of twilight. Here guests dine under the moon and stars while boats carrying Pirates of the Caribbean passengers peacefully glide by. The famous item on the menu is the Monte Cristo sandwich.
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26 - The Blue Bayou  02:48

 

As passengers set sail for a cruise amongst the wildest crew that ever sacked the Spanish Main, they first float through the Blue Bayou lagoon, a comparatively peaceful prologue to the adventures that lay ahead. Under the glow of the full moon and scattered lightning bugs, one hears the sound of crickets, bullfrogs and a banjo strumming in the distance.
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27 - Disney's Songs of Swashbuckling Adventure and Pirate Lore  00:00

 

"Treasure Island," "Peter Pan," "Swiss Family Robinson," "Blackbeard's Ghost," the Walt Disney studio has had a long infatuation with the lore of pirate adventure, far predating the Disneyland attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean. Here is a musical tribute to the many classic Walt Disney productions celebrating the life of the buccaneer.
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28 - Disneyland 10th Anniversary - Pirates Preview  00:00

 

On a 1965 episode of the Wonderful World of Color prime time TV series, Walt Disney took then Disneyland ambassador Julie Reihm on a tour of his WED Imagineering department. Television audiences were given an unprecedented sneak preview of many Disneyland attractions then in development, including Pirates of the Caribbean.
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29 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Behind the Scenes  02:49

 

After many major Disneyland attractions had premiered throughout 1967, a 1968 episode of the weekly Disney anthology TV program presented a look at these exciting additions, including an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of the WED Imagineering department, focusing on the design and development of Pirates of the Caribbean.
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30 - Pirates of the Caribbean Press Conference  00:00

 

To promote and build hype for the upcoming premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean, members of the media were invited to WED Imagineering for a special press conference including a chance to view storyboards, concept art, scale models, and full mock ups of the final sets complete with animatronic figures, all destined for Disneyland.
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31 - Pirates of the Caribbean Grand Opening  03:20

 

Pirates of the Caribbean officially opened in March of 1967. After the Sailing Ship Columbia was raided by pirates, they led members of the press to the guarded doors of the new attraction. Outnumbered by the marauders, the doors were rammed open, and those in attendance became the first guests to experience the swashbuckling adventure.
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32 - Pirates of the Caribbean Ticket Booth Announcements  00:00

 

When Pirates of the Caribbean opened in 1967, a special prerecorded announcement resonated from loud speakers positioned atop the Disneyland main entrance ticket booths. This provided a colorful description of the all-new E Ticket adventure, to inform that it was a "must-see," and generate excitement for guests visiting the park that day.
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33 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Introduction  01:01

 

Pirates of the Caribbean premiered at Disneyland in 1967, and remains a crowning achievement among Disney theme park attractions to this day. This exciting journey into the legendary days of hidden treasure and swashbuckling adventure is Walt Disney's Disneyland masterpiece, and remains a true living legacy of the master showman.
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34 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Overture  03:07

 

The theme song heard throughout Pirates of the Caribbean, "Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate's Life for Me," is one of the most instantly recognizable and catchy pieces of music ever written for a Disney attraction. Lyrics were written by former Disney animator turned script writer Xavier Atencio, with music by legendary Disney music man, Buddy Baker.
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35 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Load and Unload Spiels  01:10

 

In Disneyland, a visitor's sense of sight and sound can be so overloaded, that their sense of care and caution is often neglected, so many precautions are taken to ensure the safety of all guests. In recent years, new prerecorded spiels can be heard as guest board and deboard ride vehicles, always delivered in a manor befitting the theme of the attraction.
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36 - Pirates of the Caribbean  16:19

 

An ominous Jolly Roger skull warns passengers of the dangers ahead before they plunge down a waterfall into mysterious dark caves filled with hidden treasure. The crew of a pirate galleon does battle with a Spanish fortress as passengers sail into a Caribbean seaside village, raided by a jolly band of fun-loving, swashbuckling buccaneers.
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37 - Pirates of the Caribbean 2006  00:00

 

2003 saw the release of the motion picture "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," inspired by the Disneyland attraction. Its phenomenal box office success led to the first of many sequels in 2006, and in turn, the original attraction underwent a major refurbishment to add elements and characters from the hit film franchise.
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38 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Walt Disney World Scenes  00:00

 

By high demand, the Walt Disney World version of Pirates of the Caribbean opened at the Magic Kingdom in 1973. Although it is much shorter than the California original, there are a few scenes unique to the Florida version, including a peg leg animatronic parrot perched at the attraction's entrance, enticing guests to set sail for the high seas.
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39 - Pirates of the Caribbean - The Television Tour  09:20

 

A 1968 episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color presented TV audiences with an extensive look at Disneyland's all-new pirate adventure. The complete attraction was presented as a ride-through experience. In addition to soundscapes from the original soundtrack, additional music was composed exclusively for the televised version.
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40 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Souvenir Album  17:26

 

The opening of Pirates of the Caribbean would also introduce a Disneyland record sold in music stores nationwide, offering an alternative audio tour of the famous attraction. Featuring Thurl Ravenscroft, it blended new narrative sound effects and dialog recorded for the album, with the sound effects dialog and music from the original soundtrack.
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41 - Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Storyteller Record  05:07

 

For decades, Disneyland Records produced a series of albums for children who could read along with a full-color illustrated book that followed a narrated story. These "little long-playing records" featured Tinker Bell who rang her chimes when it was time to turn the page. Among the offerings was the story of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.
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42 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Recording Sessions  00:00

 

Many talented performers provided voices for Disneyland's pirate cast. This included names familiar to fans of Disney animation, such as Paul Frees, Bill Lee, Ginny Taylor, June Foray, J. Pat O'Malley and Thurl Ravenscroft. Heard here are some of the rare archival recordings made during the studio sessions at Walt Disney Productions.
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43 - The Pirates of Pirates of the Caribbean  00:00

 

Part of the universal appeal of the Disneyland pirate adventure is its colorful cast of unforgettable characters, all designed by legendary WED Imagineer, Marc Davis. The Disney pirates are more of the family friendly, fun-loving and mischievous variety, and less of the violent and bloodthirsty type documented in the pages of actual history.
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44 - The Sounds of Pirates of the Caribbean  00:00

 

Cannon blasts, raging fires, barking dogs, squawking chickens, braying mules, cracking thunder, pistols and ricochets, these are among the many unusual sound effects heard throughout Pirates of the Caribbean. These sounds were all created by the legendary Disney sound effects wizard Jimmy MacDonald. You may recognize a few of them.
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45 - Jolly Roger Spiel  00:56

 

Walt Disney enlisted a long-time Disney animator with little to no script writing experience to compose the dialogue for Pirates of the Caribbean, based on instinct alone. Walt had an unusual knack for just knowing who was right for the job, and Xavier Antencio did not disappoint. He also can be heard in the attraction as the Jolly Roger.
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46 - Grotto Scenes  00:00

 

After guests fail to heed the foreboding warnings of the Jolly Roger, they soar down two waterfalls, leading them into a mysterious series of dimly lit caves filled with skeletons and hidden treasure. Haunting music underscores the ghostly repetitive echo of "dead men tell no tales." These scenes serve as prologue for the pirate adventures ahead.
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47 - Auction Scene - Pirate Redd  00:00

 

What was becoming an increasingly controversial scene in Pirates of the Caribbean underwent a major reworking in 2018, making it more sensitive to modern audiences. The auction for enslaved brides became an auction for stolen treasure, with the redhead from the original scene now leading the festivities, having become a pirate herself.
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48 - Stuffed Pirate  01:01

 

What increasingly became a more controversial bit of dialogue delivered by one of the Disneyland pirates was replaced in the '90's with a more "politically correct" version. Now instead of a monologue concerning his appetite for a young maiden who is hiding from his threatening advances, he instead discussed his insatiable appetite for food.
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49 - Arsenal Scene  01:05

 

A full dialogue scene originally intended for the arsenal room at the end of the Pirates of the Caribbean was never used. It was eventually decided to have the pirates continue singing "Yo Ho! Yo Ho!" to keep up with the jovial spirit found throughout the rest of attraction. Heard here is the soundtrack for that scene as it was originally planned.
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50 - Captain Jack Sparrow  00:00

 

The 2006 refurbishment of Pirates of the Caribbean included several new characters recently made popular by the film franchise based on the Disneyland attraction. This included scenes featuring Davy Jones, Captain Barbossa, and three new animatronic figures modeled after Johnny Depp in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
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- Further Pirate Adventures Around the World -

 

There was no debate that Disney's iconic pirate adventure would be included in the blueprints for the first overseas Disney theme park, and thus, Pirates of the Caribbean debuted on opening day at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. It was also an opening day attraction at Disneyland Paris in 1992, and an amazing new variation of the attraction called, "Battle for the Sunken Treasure," opened with Shanghai Disneyland in 2016.
 
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51 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Tokyo Disneyland  00:00
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52 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Disneyland Paris  00:00
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53 - Battle for the Sunken Treasure - Shanghai Disneyland  00:00
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54 - Pirates of the Caribbean Musical Score  00:00

 

The musical score from the original Pirates of the Caribbean was written and arranged by the legendary Disney composer Buddy Baker. From the banjo strains of a southern bayou, to the jaunty rhythm of a pirate chantey and the haunting refrains of a ghostly grotto, the distinctive soundtrack to this Disney classic is a treasure trove all to itself.
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55 - Pirates of the Caribbean 2006 - Musical Score  00:00

 

While the majority of Buddy Baker's original 1967 soundtrack is still heard throughout Disneyland's pirate adventure today, in 2006 several additional musical moments were added to the attraction. These additions were based on pieces originally written for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, composed by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer.
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56 - Pirates of the Caribbean at the Movies - Musical Highlights  00:00

 

Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean was the inspiration behind the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. In turn, the success of these films had a major impact on the park where it all began. Beginning in 2003, Disneyland began serving as the red carpet venue for the star-studded grand premiere of each pirate film.
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57 - Disneyland Pirate's League  00:00

 

Beginning in 2012, the Pirate's League dropped their anchor in New Orleans Square's Court of Angels. After guests were given a complete pirate makeover by a creative team of makeup artists, they were given their own pirate name, and after taking the official Pirate League oath, were trained in the fine arts of buccaneering and swashbuckling.
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58 - The Disneyland Hotel - Pirates of the Caribbean Suite  11:05

 

For die hard fans, the Disneyland Hotel offers six uniquely themed suites, each tied to an attraction or themed area found within Disneyland, blending five-star luxury with the impeccable attention to detail that Disney is famous for. The Pirates of the Caribbean suite is filled with concept art and rare memorabilia from the classic attraction.
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59 - (Yo Ho! Yo Ho!) A Pirate's Life For Me - Sing-Along  00:00

 

With music by Buddy Baker and lyrics by Xavier Antencio, "Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate's Life for Me," is one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic original songs to ever come out of a Disney attraction. Over the decades, countless cover variations of this simple little sea chantey have been recorded by a multitude of talented musical artists.
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60 - Pieces-of-Eight Pirate Arcade - Area Background Music  02:08

 

At the exit to the Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, guests pass through a gift shop containing pirate themed souvenirs such as toy rifles, Jolly Roger flags, and various items adorned with skull and cross bones insignia. There is also a machine that presses pennies into doubloons and a mechanical soothsayer known as Fortune Redd.
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61 - Pieces-of-Eight Pirate Arcade - Fortune Redd  00:00

 

The Pieces-of-Eight souvenir shop located at the exit to Pirates of the Caribbean was originally an elaborate arcade filled with mechanical games, each with a pirate theme. Today, the sole remnant from the original arcade is a fortune telling machine complete with a mechanical pirate figure inside who shares your future at the drop of a coin.
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62 - The Bootstrappers - Pirate Band  21:11

 

The success of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise sparked a new popularity for all things pirate related. In full circle, this would bring many new themed elements back to Disneyland, including a motley band of musical buccaneers often seen wandering the streets of New Orleans Square, or performing across the river on Tom Sawyer's Island.
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63 - Port Royal Curios and Curiosities - Area Background Music  20:03

 

A popular activity for New Orleans Square guests is browsing through its many quaint little gift shops. The first store guests encounter is a pirate themed mercantile named for the notorious port of call in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Many veteran Disneyland guests may remember when this was the location of the One-Of-A-Kind antique shop.
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64 - Court of Angels  00:00

 

The Court of Angles is one of those small details that makes Disneyland such a special place. Its winding staircase was originally intended as the entrance to Walt Disney's private apartment. Until recently, this peaceful courtyard off the beaten path could be visited by all Disneyland guests, but is now exclusively available to Club 33 members.
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65 - French Quarter Window Chatter - Tootie and the Old Lady  03:05

 

New Orleans Square has several quiet courtyard areas off the beaten path of the park's normal hustle and bustle. Coming from the upper floor windows guests may overhear some of the residents of the Big Easy in several comical scenarios, including the sounds of an elderly southern lady, her destructive feline and a wisecracking mockingbird.
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66 - The Royal Street Bachelors  17:47

 

The Royal Street Bachelors are thee New Orleans Square staple jazz ensemble, having performed their daily sidewalk concerts here since 1966. Although all of the founding members have long since retired, the group, and its definitive New Orleans sound, continues to this day as one of Disneyland's longest standing musical traditions.
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67 - Ernie McLean  51:12

 

Legend has it that Ernie McLean was the very last Disneyland cast member to have personally been hired by Walt Disney. He would go on to perform in the park for over 30 years. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Street Bachelors, but in later years he went solo, performing jazz guitar five days a week in the Court of Angels.
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68 - Mint Julep Bar  00:00

 

Disneyland's non-alcoholic mint julep has been served in New Orleans Square since opening day in 1966. In fact, there is even photographic evidence of Walt Disney himself partaking in the cool beverage. Another popular treat served at the Mint Julep Bar is a delicious puffed pastry once called New Orleans Fritters, but today known as beignets.
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69 - The Disneyland Railroad - New Orleans Square Station  01:56

 

The train depot that serves Frontierland and New Orleans Square is distinguished by its adjacent telegraph office, where the constant clicking of Morse code delivers excerpts from Disneyland's 1955 opening day dedication. Since that speech was first delivered, the Disneyland trains have covered enough track to encircle the globe over 150 times.
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- New Orleans Square Street Performers -

 

A prime motivation for including a New Orleans area in Disneyland was Walt Disney's love of Dixieland music. From day one, a major feature of New Orleans Square has been its assorted musicians who are seen and heard wandering throughout the winding streets of this charming 19th century locale. To this day, the streets of New Orleans Square are filled with the toe-tapping rhythms of traditional southern style jazz.
 
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70 - The Strawhatters  42:28
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71 - The Banjo Kings: New Dixie Rebellion Band  54:42
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72 - The Original Dixieland Jazz Minors  59:55
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73 - The Bayou Brass  42:32
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74 - Gloryland Brass Band  00:00
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75 - The Reynolds Brothers - Rhythm Rascals  25:36
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76 - The Jambalaya Jazz Band  08:01
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77 - The New Royal Street Bachelors  00:00
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78 - Duncan & Allen - New Orleans Square Street Party  06:58

 

Disneyland's fanciful recreation of New Orleans, LA, has served as the backdrop to many a memorable TV moment. Here in 1974, celebrated trumpet man of Tonight Show fame, Doc Severinsen, teamed up with talented Sandy Duncan, and Debbie Allen brightened up Disneyland's 30th Anniversary special with a colorful street party, Southern style.
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79 - Tiana's Showboat Jubilee  19:28

 

The 2009 theatrical release of the Disney animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog," would inspire a live show featuring the songs and memorable characters from the film. The production was staged aboard the Mark Twain Steamboat, and followed the cast along the Rivers of America as they marched their way up to New Orleans Square.
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80 - New Orleans Bayou Bash - New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band  00:00

 

The second half of Tiana's Showboat Jubilee took place in New Orleans Square. The cast followed a marching Dixieland jazz troupe, appropriately known as The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, to a stage set up along the shorefront of the Rivers of America. These Louisiana natives performed at Disneyland daily for a limited time engagement.
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81 - The French Market - Area Background Music  25:04

 

The French Market in Disneyland is inspired by the New Orleans original in the historic French Quarter. This large outdoor café offers traditional Creole dishes and delicious southern fried soul food. When there are no live musicians performing at the bandstand, guests are treated to a collection of songs in the Cajun style of the Louisiana bayou.
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- The French Market Bandstand -

 

Beginning in 1955, a wrought iron laced bandstand was located along the shores of the Rivers of America. When the riverfront was rerouted to accommodate the construction of New Orleans Square, the bandstand was removed, but eventually a new bandstand of very similar design debuted at the French Market restaurant in 1966. The musical talent featured live at this venue over the decades that followed has been immense.
 
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82 - The Firehouse Five Plus Two  1:00:28
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83 - The Delta Ramblers  00:00
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84 - The Dukes of Dixieland  56:53
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85 - Pete Fountain and His Orchestra  28:29
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86 - Teddy Buckner and the Jazz All-Stars  50:21
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87 - Side Street Strutters  17:02
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88 - Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers  49:37
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89 - The River Rascals  44:13
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90 - Le Bat en Rouge - Area Background Music  13:08

 

Le Bat en Rouge is mainly a clothing store today, but originally, all manner of Gothic themed paraphernalia could be found here in abundance. It also carried a wide selection of items based on Tim Burton's musical fantasy, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which was the theme for the Christmas overlay of the nearby Haunted Mansion.
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91 - Le Bat en Rouge - Haunted Mansion Area Music  07:00

 

The cult following for Disney's Haunted Mansion resulted in a growing demand for merchandise related to this beloved attraction. Le Bat en Rouge was once the best place in Disneyland to find it. The area music heard in this shop was a combination of music from the Haunted Mansion soundtrack and "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
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92 - Le Bat en Rouge - Caged Old Hag  00:00

 

In a display window outside the Le Bat En Rouge gift shop, locked in a cage, was a talking witch bearing a striking resemblance to the evil hag from Walt Disney's Snow White. For years she had been located in a shop on Main Street, and later would move to a shop in Fantasyland. Who knows if and when she will make her next startling appearance?
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93 - Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted Mansion  14:49

 

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion exterior was completed in 1963, but lay dormant for six years. In 1964, a Disneyland Record inspired by the anticipated attraction featured a series of macabre scenarios told though the extensive library of Disney Studio sound effects. This album quickly became a must-have for at home Halloween festivities.
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94 - Disneyland 10th Anniversary - Haunted Mansion Preview  00:00

 

On a special 1965 episode of Disney's weekly TV program, honoring Disneyland's 10th anniversary, Walt Disney took park ambassador Julie Rheim on a rare backstage tour of his Imagineering department, introducing her to several legendary Imagineers, and previewing many upcoming Disneyland projects including The Haunted Mansion.
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95 - Disneyland Showtime - Haunted Mansion Behind the Scenes  10:20

 

In a segment from a 1970 Wonderful World of Disney episode, "Disneyland Showtime," audiences were given a behind the scenes look at the making of the all-new Haunted Mansion, culminating in a sneak peak at the completed 'E" ticket adventure as Kurt Russell, E.J. Peaker and the Osmond Brothers toured the happy haunting grounds.
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96 - Haunted Mansion Introduction  01:30

 

The Haunted Mansion is truly a definitive Disney classic. Since it began welcoming mortal guests in August of 1969, this groundbreaking and technologically innovative theme park experience has remained one of the most popular Disneyland attractions. In fact, a substantial number of guests continue to rank this as their all-time favorite.
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97 - Haunted Mansion Radio Ads  02:36

 

The Haunted Mansion is one of Disneyland's most popular 'E' ticket experiences. The emphasis here is more on the light than on the fright, with dark humor and comical puns abound. Veteran voice over artist Paul Frees provided a comical preview of the many unearthly delights awaiting guests to this new attraction, through a series of radio ads.
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98 - The Haunted Mansion  16:18

 

Disneyland's happy haunting ground is home to 999 spooky residents, including a foreboding ghost host who guides "foolish mortals" through the boundless realm of the supernatural. Here brave visitors encounter dark and eerie hallways, a mysterious séance room, a ghostly ballroom, a haunted attic and a musical graveyard.
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99 - The Haunted Mansion - Musical Score  00:00

 

A critical component to the overall experience of The Haunted Mansion is its brilliant musical score, and the music never stops throughout the entire attraction. Legendary Disney composer Buddy Baker wove a haunting tapestry of musical themes that range from the eerie to the macabre, and from the humorous to the devilishly delightful.
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100 - Haunted Mansion Safety Spiels  00:00

 

In Disneyland, a visitor's sense of sight and sound can be so overloaded, that their sense of care and caution is often neglected, so many precautions are taken to ensure the safety of all guests. In recent years, new prerecorded spiels can be heard as guest board and deboard ride vehicles, always delivered in a manor befitting the theme of the attraction.
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101 - Haunted Mansion Pet Cemetery  00:00

 

The Haunted Mansion's pet cemetery was added in the 1980s. Originally it was tucked away on a small patch of lawn, that was easily overlooked by most guests. In 1993, the final resting place for the Mansion's animal inhabitants was moved to a new plot along the main queue. Today, the gravesite is visible to everyone visiting the ghostly manor.
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102 - The Story and Song from The Haunted Mansion  23:53

 

Thurl Ravenscroft serving as narrator, Peter Renaday serving as ghost host, and child star and future Academy Award winning director Ronnie Howard as a typical teen, were each featured in this classic 1969 Disneyland Record that brought listeners on a frightfully fun guided tour of Disneyland's all-new Haunted Mansion attraction.
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103 - Walt Disney Presents: The Haunted Mansion - Storyteller Record  06:32

 

Disneyland Records produced a series of children's storyteller albums that provided narrated tours of several 'E' ticket Disneyland attractions, including The Haunted Mansion. A read-along illustrated book was included with the album, and as children listened, they knew it was time to turn each page when Tinkerbell rang her little bell.
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104 - The Ghost Host  00:00

 

From the moment guests step into the Haunted Mansion's dimly lit foyer, the mood is set by the echoing reverberations of their tour guide, narrator, and self proclaimed "Ghost Host." Legendary voice over artist, Paul Frees gave "life" to this never seen, but never forgotten ghostly presence who brings you on a journey through a mysterious world.
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105 - The Haunted Mansion - Paul Frees Recording Session  00:00

 

The brilliant Paul Frees, voice of the Ghost Host, is the real star of the Haunted Mansion. His unforgettable performance is unparalleled in the annals of voice over artistry. Heard here are an assortment of vintage studio session recordings showcasing the range of his vocal abilities, while providing rare insight into the inner workings of his craft.
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106 - The Haunted Mansion - Unused Recordings  00:00

 

The Haunted Mansion was under development for decades, and over time many ideas changed or evolved. This may explain why there are so many unusual dialogue readings produced during this long period of fluidity. This collection of test recordings were made well before the mansion was Imagineered into the mansion we all know and love today.
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107 - Sounds of the Haunted Mansion  00:00

 

Creaky floors, whispering wind, rattling coffins, hooting owls, shrieking crows, cracking thunder, and ghostly moans and groans, these are among the many unusual sound effects heard throughout The Haunted Mansion. These sounds were all created by the legendary Disney sound effects wizard Jimmy MacDonald. You may recognize a few of them.
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108 - Quote the Raven  01:38

 

An earlier script written for the Haunted Mansion would not have included the now familiar Ghost Host, but would have instead be more loosely narrated by a black raven, who would be encountered at several points throughout the tour. Today, this same raven is still present all over the mansion, appearing four times throughout the attraction.
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109 - The Haunted Mansion - Pipe Organ  03:31

 

World-renowned organist Gaylord Carter was commissioned by Disney to perform the otherworldly organ music heard within the Haunted Mansion's foyer area, hallways and grand ballroom. The pipe organ that appears in the ballroom sequence is the very same one used in Disney's classic live-action adventure, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
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110 - Madame Leota Séance Room  01:48

 

Madame Leota is the glowing head inside the crystal ball in the Haunted Mansion's séance room. She was voiced by Eleanor Audley, who also provided the voices of the wicked stepmother from Walt Disney's Cinderella and the evil fairy Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Imagineer Leota Toombs provided the face for the projected image.
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111 - Constance the Black Widow Bride  00:00

 

A ghostly bride had always been a foreboding presence in the Haunted Mansion's attic scene since the day it opened, but in 2006, the character was expounded upon, thereafter becoming known as Constance Hatchaway, The Black Widow Bride. As guests pass her way, she maniacally boasts about her many nefarious deeds, as voiced by Kat Cressida.
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112 - The Hatbox Ghost  00:00

 

The Hat Box Ghost was an early resident of the Haunted Mansion, but because his disappearing hat trick proved unconvincing to guests, he was removed only days after the attraction opened. Being such an enigma, his social media fan base grew over time. Decades later, using projection technology, Hatty permanently reappeared in 2015.
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113 - Ghosts in the Graveyard  00:00

 

As mortals venture through The Haunted Mansion, little by little its residents begin to emerge. When they finally reach the graveyard finale, guests find themselves completely surrounded by these otherworldly spirits. Here they meet ghostly musicians, singing marble busts, an ancient mummy, a beheaded knight and a rotund opera diva.
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114 - Little Leota  00:00

 

Little Leota is the final spirit encountered by visitors to the Haunted Mansion, offering departing words and an open invitation to become a permanent resident. Both she and Madame Leota from the séance scene are projected images of Disney Imagineer Leota Toombs, but unlike Madame Leota, Little Leota was also voiced by Leota Toombs.
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115 - The Haunted Mansion - Walt Disney World Additional Scenes  00:00

 

The Walt Disney World version of The Haunted Mansion debuted in 1971 on opening day. Much of the attraction is identical to the California original, but there are several additional scenes. These include a library filled with all ghost stories and conservatory where the shadow of an invisible figure pounds on the piano in ominous minor chords.
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There are three other Haunted Mansion inspired attractions found in Disney parks around the world. The Tokyo Disneyland version is nearly identical to its American counterparts. Phantom Manor in Paris is steeped in the lore of the American West, and includes a much more elaborate storyline. Hong Kong's Mystic Manor focuses less on the afterlife and more on the supernatural magic found within ancient treasures.
 
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116 - The Haunted Mansion - Tokyo Disneyland  00:00
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117 - Phantom Manor - Disneyland Paris  00:00
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118 - Phantom Manor: Vincent Price - Disneyland Paris  00:00
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119 - Phantom Manor Musical Score  00:00
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120 - Mystic Manor - Hong Kong Disneyland  05:27
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121 - Grim Grinning Ghosts - Sing-Along  04:28

 

For over five decades, The Haunted Mansion has been humorously horrifying brave-hearted Disneyland guests, many of whom consider this their favorite attraction. So it is no surprise the theme song, "Grim Grinning Ghosts," has been covered by a multitude of recording artists. Here are several interpretations of this beloved graveyard dirge.
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122 - Disneyland 35th Anniversary - The Haunted Mansion  06:23

 

In 1990, NBC aired a television special celebrating Disneyland's 35th Anniversary. It began with a segment featuring the Haunted Mansion. Woody the bartender from the sitcom "Cheers" recalled an early visit to Disneyland where he met and fell in love with a mysterious girl. Comedian Charles Fleischer played an ominous attraction attendant.
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123 - The Haunted Mansion - Motion Picture Musical Score  00:00

 

In 2003, Walt Disney Pictures released a motion picture starring Eddie Murphy based on the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland. Unlike the successful film based on Pirates of the Caribbean that was released in the same year, this film did not fare well at the box office. One high point however was its fantastic musical score, composed by Mark Mancina.
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124 - Ghost Post - Interactive Mystery Game  00:00

 

The Ghost Post was a limited interactive mystery game which was based on the legends and lore of the Haunted Mansion that began in March of 2016. The first 999 people to subscribe via the Ghost Relations Department would receive three mysterious packages over the course of three months, each containing clues to unlock the mystery of the story.
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125 - Singing Busts - The Dapper Dans  01:27

 

Many characters from the original Disneyland attraction were highlighted in the 2003 motion picture "The Haunted Mansion," including the harmonizing marble busts from the famed graveyard scene. Recruited to provide their singing voices for the film version were members of Disneyland's own world famous Dapper Dans barbershop quartet.
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