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Hi everyone.  I have been keeping this journal here on DisneyChris.com since 2013, so that anyone interesting in tracking my audio editing and web design adventures will have an easy means to do so. In 2017 I began doing these updates in video format on my YouTube channel "DisneyChrisDotCom" and Melonie Bush has been providing show notes for these videos. On this blog and in these videos, I discusss all the changes and additions I am making to the website, including an insider's look into all that goes into my audio editing work. I will provide insight on the process of editing my audio tracks, the reasoning behind my artistic choices and the work involved in creating this audio for your listening pleasure. I may also share with you some personal antecdotes along the way. In general, this is to be a "sort-of" look inside my thoughts and the inner workings of how DisneyChris.com is being developed over time. I am also interested in your thoughts and opinions. You are welcome to respond to my blog by contacting me via email at DCLyndon@gmail.com. I will respond to any of your emailed questions or comments either within the blog or in a private email response. Just let me know if you  choose to be anynomous. You can scroll to the bottom of this page to go back in time to read up on what you may have missed in the past, or you can just start with today's blog post and read or watch the videos from here forward. The choice is yours. Enjoy!

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January 2020 Vlog Update

Happy New Year from DisneyChris!

Another year is upon and so are a lot of exciting additions to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour and the Jiminy Crickets! podcast.  Before we get into the updates have you ever considered helping out Chris financially with all of his projects? Consider becoming a Patreon subscriber and choose a monthly subscription that fits any budget.  In return for your generous support Chris provides special rewards based on the amount you donate. Rewards include exclusive podcasts and Disney audio delivered straight to you email inbox! Visit https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris, click on "Become a Patron" and choose a level that works for you!  

Online Store now Open!

Looking to rep DisneyChris while out on the town or in the Disney Parks?  Check out our new online store here to shop for T-shirts, mugs, stickers and more!

Coming in January 2020

Disney Song of the Year has been voted on and the winner is: Into the Unknown.  Visit The Song of the Year Timeline to listen to this year's winner as well as top songs from years past. 

Jiminy Crickets! Podcast just released thier latest episode:  Disneyland '59.  Join Chris and Ruthie as they share memories, history and interesting facts from one of the most magical summers in Disneyland history.  The next podcast will celebrate the 45th anniversary of everyone's favorite space travel attraction: Space Mountain!

Chris and Ruthie will release another Down the Rabbit Hole podcast for all Patreon subscribers at the $5 level or higher.  These fun, informative and completely off the cuff podcasts are recorded each month!

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

Jump to 17:45 in the video for a complete breakdown of everything Chris is working on in Chapters 1-6 and 27.  Here is a quick preview of some of the tracks that will be added/improved in the coming month:

Chapter 1 Track 29 "Disneyland 10th Anniversary" (cleaning up some background noise)

Chapter 2 Track 10 "Disneyland Guided Tour - Welcome to Disneyland"

Chapter 2 Track 15 "Disneyland Firehouse - A Walk in Walt's Footsteps Guided Tour"

Plus several Disneyland Railroad audio tracks!!!

What's on the Docket:   

Chapter 6 Track 64 "Sounds of the Jungle Cruise"

Chapter 2 Track 54 "The Walt Disney Story"

Chapter 6 Track 43 "Aladdin's Oasis Dinner Show"

Chapter 6 Track 104 "Indiana Jones Adventure - Temple of the Forbidden Eye"

In Search of Audio

Chris is looking for some special audio to complete work on three exciting tracks:  

Disneyland Railroad Authentic bells and whistles, specifically from the C.K. Holliday engine.  The most desirable recording would be if a friend of the site went to Disneyland in person and recorded the audio with minimal background noise.  

Walk in Walt's Footsteps  audio clips used during tour.  This would involve someone that has firsthand knowledge of all the audio clips played during the tour.  Ideally someone who can take the tour and make specific notes and/or a recording of the audio.

Enchanted Tiki Room Conch Shell and Tiki Drums.  Chris is looking for someone to record all of the transitional music between each Tiki god's presentation in the pre-show.

Jungle Cruise Skipper needed!  Looking for someone to deliver the dialogue of a Jungle Cruise skipper.  Acting talent and comedic timing experience preferred; male within a pleasant speaking voice preferred as Chris will attempt to replicate the vintage Jungle Cruise experience back when all skippers were male.  

That's all for this update!  Be sure to follow Chris on all his social media accounts to stay up to date on all the new audio releases to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour.  Facebook: Chris Lyndon, Twitter: @DisneyChris73, Instagram: @disneychris_jc_podcast

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December 2019 Vlog Update

 

 

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11/1/19 Vlog Update

A Month Full of Dapper, Mickey and Turkey!

Show Notes by Brian Crawford

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and Chris would like to give a heartfelt thank you for all of the support from Patreon subscribers, others who donate their time and talents and most of all the Cricketeers who listen to and enjoy the content that Chris so diligently works to provide.  He'd also like to thank all of those who took time to wish him a Happy Birthday! A great way to show your appreciation and thanks for all Chris does for the Disney Music Fan community is to become a Patreon subscriber. We all know the work he puts in is a labor of love, however it is not free!  There are costs to maintain and replace aging equipment, monthly internet service fees and the cost to host the website. In return for your support as a Patreon, Chris provides special gifts to include exclusive Cartoon and Disneyland program commentaries as well as monthly Song of the Day downloads sent straight to you!  Visit https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris, click on "Become a Patron" and choose a level that works for you!

Speaking of gifts, Chris is pleased to announce that coffee mugs will be sent to all Patreon subscribers that have pledged $25 a month or more for four months.  Those that pledge at the $10 level will be eligible for their free mug in six months! Soon anyone can purchase a Jiminy Crickets! mug for $15 plus shipping! Details on how to purchase coming shortly!  All proceeds will support both the podcast and DisneyChris.com.

Jiminy Crickets! Podcast

Coming up this month on the podcast is a special episode titled "Disneyland '59".  Chris and Ruthie will explore the three E-ticket attractions that debuted at Disneyland (and all the fanfare and history behind them) in the summer of 1959.  

Three Holidays This Month!

In November Disney fans celebrate three holidays: Dapper Day, Mickey's birthday and of course Thanksgiving.  For Dapper Day Chris has created a new playlist called "Songs to Dapper Your Day By". This 94-minute, 34-track playlist features fashion related show tunes from the 1930s to the 1960s. Go listen on the Jiminy Crickets podcast homepage here and while you're there make sure to listen to the recent episode celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland!  You can also get your Dapper Day on by visiting Chapter 24: Holiday Time in Disneyland and scrolling down to track 117 in the More Cause for Celebration Section.  

Mickey's 91st birthday is coming up and of course Chris will celebrate his favorite character on the Song of the Day page!  Each day from November 11 - 18 look for a special Mickey-themed song.  You can also visit Chapter 25: Disneyland Anniversaries and listen to songs celebrating Mickey's 50th, 60th and 90th birthdays!

During November 24-30 a special Thanksgiving Song of the Day will be featured on DisneyChris.com.  If you can't wait for Thanksgiving music then visit Chapter 24 (link above) to listen to all Thanksgiving-related Disneyland songs...Chris has conveniently placed all of them at the top of the list.

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

Not a lot to report this month on the audio tour.  Jump to 17:05 in the video to listen to all the behind the scenes work Chris is accomplishing on the site.  He explains in detail the process of cleaning the audio and organizing the improved tracks. Currently his efforts address Chapter 1-6 and 19-28.  Here are some highlights: Adding the long awaited Disneyland Railroad Grand Circle Tour tracks; a new version of Fantasmic audio that debuted in 2017; Several Christmas tracks that Chris has planned to have ready next month; consolidating the Disneyland TV special tracks into one seamless episode (i.e. Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland '59 and Disneyland After Dark) in Chapter 27: Disneyland in TV Land.  That's all for this month!  Enjoy the beginning of the holiday season with your family, friends and a healthy helping of Disney Chris!


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10/1/19 Vlog Update

A Big Thank You and...Halloween Time!

Show Notes by Brian Crawford

I would like to welcome my good friend Brian back as our show notes writer. And here is the first of his many updates to come...

Wow! October has arrived and the Halloween celebrations are in full gear in Disney Parks around the world, but are my decorations up in the front yard? Nope!  Chris has me back typing up show notes so some things have to wait! We will get into all of the Halloween shenanigans a bit later, but first: THANK YOU!!! Chris would like to sincerely thank all of his Patreon supporters as well as those who volunteer their time and talents to keep the website running and the podcasts coming.  If you'd like to help Chris by donating your time and/or talents please contact him via his social media accounts (Instagram: @disneychris_jc_podcast, Facebook: Chris Lyndon, Twitter: @DisneyChris73). If you want to help financially consider becoming a Patreon subscriber! Here's how:

Visit https://www.patreon.com/DisneyChris, click on "Become a Patron" and choose a level that works for you.  We are overjoyed if you can contribute $1 a month, but consider the rewards Patreon subscribers get at the $5 (Brave Cricketeer) and $10 (Truthful Cricketeer) levels:

Brave Cricketeer: Exclusive access to the "Down the Rabbit Hole" podcast.  Chris and Ruthie pick a topic and chat about it for an hour, completely unscripted.  Also access to a monthly Disney classic cartoon commentary where Chris, Ruthie and myself watch, offer insightful tidbits of information and laugh at the gags!  

Truthful Cricketeer: Exclusive access to the Brave Cricketeer gifts above, PLUS commentary of classic episodes of the Disneyland Anthology television program that  cover Disneyland the park! The latest edition has Chris, Ruthie and I sharing our dos centavos during the program Dateline Disneyland, the live telecast of Disneyland's opening day on July 17, 1955 (divided into three segments that began in September).  

Halloween Music

This month's Song of the Day features spooky music with a Disney Villains theme.  Click here to listen to what's been released so far this month.  You can also go the Song of the Day archive and listen to music Chris posted for Halloween in 2017 and 2018.  "Boo"-yeah!  What's more you can visit the Holiday Time in Disneyland chapter and listen to tracks 3 - 45 for Halloween music featured in Disneyland.  New this year:

Track 29 - Big Thunder Trail - Haunted Abandoned Mine.  One of the only surviving remnants of the long extinct attraction, Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland, is a mysterious cave located across a catfish pond along the Big Thunder Trail. During the Mickey's Halloween Party events, special lighting, fog and frightening sound effects were used to turn this into a haunted, abandoned mine.

Track 38 - The SCAREolers.  A popular favorite among Downtown Disney Halloween time visitors is a ghostly crew of acapella singers known as the SCAREolers. Their imagined backstory is that each member of the group is among the 999 happy haunts who reside within Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, and have been "let out" for the evening to entertain mortal guests.

In addition to all this great music join Chris and Ruthie on the Jiminy Crickets! Podcast this month for their take on the Haunted Mansion attraction in Disneyland which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary!  Stay tuned to Chris' social media accounts for notification when this podcast is available.

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

Chris revealed his MASSIVE to do list in previous updates which comprises edits and new content to Chapters 1-6 and 19-28.  Tracks highlighted in yellow are existing tracks ready for editing. Tracks highlighted in grey are completed tracks. Those that are not highlighted are "Coming Soon".  Here is what's new this month:

Chapter 25 - Magical Milestones

Track 3 - Walt Disney Productions 50th Anniversary1973 marked the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney Productions, and to honor 50 years of happiness, Disneyland hosted a special three day event with an anniversary parade, a Mickey Mouse cartoon festival at the Fantasyland Theater, and a live musical stage show at the Tomorrowland stage  featuring members of the original Mickey Mouse Club.

Track 8 - The Collector - Mickey Mania.  Music from a video featuring an eccentric Mickey Mouse collector's typical day...except this time it ends with a visit from the Disney company psychiatrist.  

Track 13 - Disneyland 25th Anniversary TV Commercial

Track 53 - Disneyland 50th Anniversary TV Commercials.  Previously contained just one commercial and is now a mix of five commercials narrated by Kelsey Grammer.

Track 58 - The First 50 Magical Years - Lobby Area Music.  This is a new addition from Chapter 2 and Chris explains in great detail the reasoning for this.  Skip to 32:10 in the update to get all the details!

Track 66 - Disneyland 60th Anniversary Commercial - Forever Young

That's all for this month!  Everyone have a safe, enjoyable and spooktacular Halloween!  Many thanks to Chris for providing a soundtrack to our celebrations!  See you next month!

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9/1/19 Vlog Update

 

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8/1/19 Vlog Update

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor

 

Hello everybody, and Happy August! D23 is happening, school is starting, and it’s time for another update of DisneyChris.com and the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour. This month has been a “tidying up” month for the site so once again there is not a massive list of updates and changes, however some fun stuff on this never ending project is brewing so let’s go take a peak…

Patreon

Just a reminder that DisneyChris is on Patreon! This is a way to help support the site, the Jiminy Crickets Podcast and the Dateline Jiminy Crickets Podcast. Becoming a Patron allows you to get exclusive content such as additional podcasts, commentaries, audio collections and more!

August Goings On

The news focused Dateline Jiminy Crickets podcast will be taking a short hiatus during the month, but rest assured that new episodes will resume in September! The reason for this is that the “hostess with the mostest” Ruthie Brown will be taking a vacation at the end of the month to go to D23, and with D23 upcoming it was felt that waiting until after the expo is over would be best.

While Dateline Jiminy Crickets will be on hiatus during the month of August, the regular Jiminy Crickets podcast will keep on trucking with a new episode: one of the ever popular music episodes, in this case “Our Top 35 Songs from Walt Disney Live Action Films” (Episode 113) which focuses on music from films made between 1949 and 1979 (as a special promotion, if you are a Patreon subscriber at the $5 level or higher during the month of August or September you will get a special collection with the 35 songs plus an additional 15 songs) Please note that this episode will not be available on YouTube due to copyright issues but will be available on the other usual platforms for the podcast.

Speaking of D23, Chris and Ruthie ordered a lot of buttons to give out for the event. Keep a lookout for them! Just make sure to mention “Jiminy Crickets” or “DisneyChris.com” though. ;)

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

August 2019 Updates

The Disneyland Hotel

Chris has continued to chug along on this chapter. Here is a list of the tracks he has most recently added:

26 – The Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update

27 – The Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card - 1989 Update

28 – The Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card - 1990 Update

29 – Detective Mick - Magic Kingdom Club 1991

30 – Discover a New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1992

31 – Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom Club 1993

32 – A Whole New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1994

33 – Wonderful World of Disney - Magic Kingdom Club 1995

34 – A Really Big Postcard  - Magic Kingdom Club 1996

These tracks covering the Magic Kingdom Vacation Club (series of promotional films and videos for corporate vacation clubs) are now complete! Chris also was able to track down the 1990 and 1996 videos and has added them here.

41 – Poolside Recreation Area Background Music

43 – Hook’s Point - Neverland Pool

Representing 2 eras of the sandy pool at the hotel, and both are now complete. Track 40 has 60’s Surfer music that would have been pumped out of the speakers back in the day. Track 42 meanwhile has tracks with a more nautical theme.

37 – Hotel Coffee Shop - Monorail Café Jukebox

This track already existed on the site, but Chris decided that it needed a major expansion. The Coffee Shop had been a part of the Disneyland Hotel since near its inception, but in the 1980’s it was given a monorail theme and transformed into a 50’s style Café replete with era appropriate music via jukeboxes, which will be replicated here.

84 – Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

We discussed this track last month, but as a point of interest the actual location at the park will be closing soon so in the not so distant future this will become a “Yesterland” attraction, but if you want to remember it it will always be on the site.

Disneyland Anniversaries

Get Your Ears On: A Mickey & Minnie Celebration – 2018

We went over this section last month but Chris wants to go over it again since it is now completed! Since it’s sort of been phased out now this will serve as a memory of times past.

71 – 90 Years of Mickey

This is a fun montage musical piece that serves as a lead-in to the section proper.

72 – It’s a Good Time - Mickey’s 90th Birthday Theme Song

The full version of the lovely 90th Birthday song that graced many Disney Resort ads throughout 2018.

73 – Mickey’s 90th Birthday Cavalcade

This was an event held at Town Square in Disneyland on Mickey’s 90th Birthday (November 18, 2018). Chris already had the music that they used so he decided to include it (yay for reuse!).

74 – Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

The opening portion of the parade showcasing Mickey Mouse.

75 – Get Your Ears On - Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party

Chris studied multiple YouTube videos of this event to get the playlist right.

76 – Mickey’s Mix Magic

This also features the “It’s a Good Time” song. It was a projection show.

77 – Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

The aforementioned track also on The Disneyland Hotel chapter.

So that’s all the updates we have for August. Chris wanted to keep the update brief but hopefully it was still informative on the going’s-on with the site. However, there is still a lot of work to be done and Chris will have an update for you in September. We hope everyone has a wonderful time at or from home enjoying D23 and a terrific rest of the month during these dog days of summer, and we’ll talk to you again in September along with the Jiminy Podcasts resuming their normal schedule! TTFN!

 

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7/1/19 Vlog Update

 

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor

Hello everybody, and Happy July! Hope you’ve been having a great summer in spite of the crazy weather. It’s time for another update from DisneyChris.com and the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour. While not nearly as insane as the last couple of months, we still have some neat things to go over including some great patriotic content. So let’s cut to the chase and get started!

Patreon

We went over this last month in far more detail, but just a reminder that DisneyChris is on Patreon! This is a way to help support the site, the Jiminy Crickets Podcast and the Dateline Jiminy Crickets Podcast. Becoming a Patron allows you to get exclusive content such as additional podcasts, commentaries, audio collections and more!

July Goings On

From July 1st through June 10th we again paid tribute to the founding of America on July 4th with our annual “10 Days of America”, which consisted of patriotic edged songs for the Disney Song of the Day!

July 17th was of course a very special occasion, seeing the 64th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland! To commemorate this, between July 11th through July 20th we had a “10 Days of Disneyland” celebration for the Disney Song of the Day. For the remainder of the month the standard schedule for the Song of the Day will be unaltered.

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

July 2019 Updates

General Changes

Chris likes to have the same audio on multiple chapters when the track has content that consciously overlaps between 2 of them. As a consequence however, this has meant that Chris has been busy as of late making sure to update each version of a track so that they have parity with each other. Asterisks mean that they are coming soon.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Chris has added just 1 new track since last month.

28 – Star Tours Opening Day Festivities - Cantina Band

This is a jazz/saxophone mix of the Cantina Band theme for E-Ticket riders on Opening Day. Chris “cheated” a little with the image of the Cantina Band in front of Star Tours as he couldn’t find an actual photo of them performing on that day.

The Disneyland Hotel

As with last month, Chris’ top priority is to work on The Disneyland Hotel chapter. Please keep in mind that the track numbers mentioned below may be slightly off, as since his July 1st update, some other tracks may have been added in, bumping up the number positioning. Here are the tracks as they were mentioned on July 1st:

Tracks 1-5 showcase the early years of The Disneyland Hotel during the 1950’s

1 – Disneyland Hotel Theme Song

This is a jingle for the Hotel.

2 – Dateline Disneyland - Jack Wrather and Bonita Granville

Audio from a live broadcast featuring actor (and future President) Ronald Reagan.

3 – Disneyland USA - The Disneyland Hotel

This is from the 1956 documentary “Disneyland USA” which showcased the park.

4 – Disneyland Hotel Heliport

This track was already on the site but it has now been added to this chapter as well.

5 – Disneyland ’61 - The Highway in the Sky

Content from episodes of “Walt Disney Presents” covering the monorail.

19 – Café Villa Verde / El Vaquero - Mariachi Band

Representing the former Mexican restaurants that used to be in the Disneyland Hotel and their live music.

20 – Sgt. Preston’s Yukon Saloon & Dancehall - Yukon Follies Review

This track represents one of Jack Wrather’s successful TV productions and their representation in the Disneyland Hotel in Wrather’s time. Since last month, Chris decided that the live audience recordings that he had were not good enough so rather than use those Chris has decided to forgo a “historically accurate” route for this track and has (rather successfully) used “soundalike” tracks from other sources, many of which consist of the actual songs that were played, just not by Sgt. Preston but by his whole troupe.

21 – Dancing Waters - 1980

22 – Dancing Waters - 1989

23 – Fantasy Waters - 1992

24 – Fantasy Waters Alternate Show - 1996

Chris already had the latter 3 tracks on the page, however Track 21 (the 1980 version of Dancing Waters) is brand new. Chris had had a poor quality source for it, however clean source audio for the majority of the 1980 version has come to light so a reconstruction was possible!

25 – Hotel View - Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

Chris is adding this since you were able to watch it via closed circuit TV back in the day. This is also available on the Disneyland After Dark chapter as well.

Tracks 26-34 and 62-65 are Magic Kingdom/Vacation Club tracks that as you may recall from last month were planned for inclusion on the Welcome to Disneyland chapter, but Chris decided that they should just be included here instead.

36 – Mark V Disneyland Monorail to The Disneyland Hotel

In this case Chris has decided to include it both in The Disneyland Hotel chapter and the Welcome to Disneyland chapter.

40 – Poolside Recreation Area Background Music*

42 – Hook’s Point - Neverland Pool*

Representing 2 eras of the sandy pool at the hotel. Track 40 will have 60’s Surfer music that would have been pumped out of the speakers back in the day. Track 42 will have nautical music.

39 – United Airlines - Disneyland In-Flight Music

This is another track that can also be found on the Welcome To Disneyland chapter, but has been added here as well due to its travel theme.

49 – Disneyland Hotel Elevator

50 – Hotel Room Headboard Music Box - A Kiss Goodnight

Two fun tracks of interior music consisting of actual recordings of the “talking elevator” and the music box.

51 – Disneyland Today - In-Room Muzak

52 – Resort TV - Disneyland Today In-Room Music 2011

53 – Welcome to Disneyland Orientation

54 – Disneyland Trip Tips Countdown

55 – Dining Disney Style*

56 – Disneyland Resort Information - Celebrate You!

57 – Princess Bedtime Stories

58 – Duffy the Bear Bedtime Story

59 – Resort TV - Disneyland Today In-Room Music 2015*

60 – Resort TV - Disneyland Today In-Room Music 2019*

Since last month Chris has decided to merge all the Disneyland Resort TV related material into one section.

61 – The New Disneyland Hotel

The first half of this track was already on the site, so Chris just combined it with another commercial.

69 – Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites - Introduction

70 – Adventureland Suite

71 – Pirates of the Caribbean Suite

72 – Big Thunder Mountain Suite

73 – Fairytale Suite

74 – Mickey Mouse Penthouse

These are tracks that play in the Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites. The first track is an introduction, while the rest represent each suite. The Adventureland Suite has authentic in-room music while the rest are compilations that Chris created to match the theme of each suite. The doorbells however are actual source recordings of what is used in the suites. This section is now complete!

75 - The Blue Sky Suite – Mid-Century Meeting Space

The former penthouse apartment of Jack Wrather and Bonita Granville was recently transformed into a mid-century meeting space so is represented here.

81 – Downtown Disney - Daytime Area Background Music*

82 – World of Disney - Area Background Music*

83 – World of Disney - 2018 Area Background Music*

84 – Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

85 – Downtown Disney – Nighttime Area Background Music 2017*

86 – Downtown Disney – Nighttime Area Background Music 2018

Like the Magic Kingdom/Vacation Club tracks Chris decided to completely remove these tracks from the Welcome to Disneyland chapter and host them exclusively on The Disneyland Hotel chapter.

Track 84 is a recreation of a Disney playlist that can also be found on Spotify and other streaming services. This leads back to what Chris was discussing earlier about updating duplicate tracks for consistency. As a result, this will also be included on the Disneyland Anniversaries chapter to commemorate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday celebrations from 2018.

While we’re here, let’s go over this new section shall we?

Disneyland Anniversaries

Get Your Ears On: A Mickey & Minnie Celebration - 2018

69 – 90 Years of Mickey

This is a fun montage musical piece that serves as a lead-in to the section proper.

70 – It’s a Good Time - Mickey’s 90th Birthday Theme Song

The full version of the lovely 90th Birthday song that graced many Disney Resort ads throughout 2018.

71 – Mickey’s 90th Birthday Cavalcade

This was an event held at Town Square in Disneyland on Mickey’s 90th Birthday (November 18, 2018). Chris already had the music that they used so he decided to include it (yay for reuse!).

72 – Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

The opening portion of the parade showcasing Mickey Mouse.

73 – Get Your Ears On - Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party

Chris studied multiple YouTube videos of this event to get the playlist right.

74 – Mickey’s Mix Magic

This also features the “It’s a Good Time” song.

75 – Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

The aforementioned track also on The Disneyland Hotel chapter.

Speaking of Mix Magic, doing this meant that Chris had to also update his Disneyland After Dark chapter. The hip bone, connected to the thigh bone…

Disneyland After Dark

Tracks 59-62 are identical to Tracks 21-24 on The Disneyland Hotel chapter.

96 – Disneyland After Dark - Sweetheart’s Nite*

97 – Disneyland After Dark - 90’s Nite*

2 tracks representing special after hours events from early 2019.

98 – Get Your Ears On - Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party

Same as Track 73 on the Disneyland Anniversaries chapter.

99 – Mickey’s Mix Magic

Same as Track 74 on the Disneyland Anniversaries chapter.

And you thought we were done. Nope, because in adding the Sweetheart’s Nite track, Chris had to update the Valentine’s Day section of the Holiday Time in Disneyland chapter which then led to other tracks on that chapter as well…

Holiday Time in Disneyland

Happy Halloween

21 – Caged Old Hag

22 – Disney Villains Shop

These represent the Disney Villains Shop that used to be in Fantasyland (now the Peter Pan’s Flight gift shop).

29 – Big Thunder Trail – Haunted Abandoned Mine*

This represents both the long defunct Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland ride and a modern use of the caves from that ride as a Halloween showcase.

38 – The SCAREolers*

Basically the Halloween equivalent to Christmas Carolers. It’s not really in the park, but is a Downtown Disney thing. However, Chris liked the concept enough to break the rules here.

Happy Valentine’s Day

69 – Disneyland After Dark - Sweetheart’s Nite*

Same as Track 96 on the Disneyland After Dark chapter. Keep in mind of course that as holidays change the track positioning here will change as well.

So that’s all the updates we have for July. Chris will continue to work on the chapters featured here plus the Welcome to Disneyland chapter throughout the month. Hopefully by the time August rolls around even more of these track will have been completed to be shown off. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a terrific rest of the month, and we’ll talk to you again in August! TTFN!

 

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 6/1/19 Vlog Update

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor

Hello everybody, it’s that time again! Happy June and welcome as we discuss not 1 but 2 major happenings here at DisneyChris.com and the Disneyland Magical Audio tour. So let’s cut right to the chase and get started.

Patreon Updates

While long time followers of DisneyChris will be aware of this, in case you are new to the site it is felt to be a keen reminder that Chris does this site out of a labor of love, not money. However because of the nature of the site and its continual growth in mind Chris has long accepted donations from those generous individuals who wish to help further the development of the site and the podcasts. Chris has decided to rethink what kind of awards he gives to Patrons and has decided on the following 4 levels themed after the wardrobe of our mascot Jiminy Cricket himself:

Patrons who pledge $1 to $4.99 are “Brave Cricketeers” based off of Jiminy Cricket’s green umbrella. Patrons who pledge at this tier will receive access to an exclusive Patreon chat group for subscribers only, and your name listed in the credits of our YouTube show – Dateline Jiminy Crickets.

Patrons who pledge $5 to $9.99 are “Truthful Cricketeers” based off of Jiminy Cricket’s white gloves. Patrons who pledge at this tier will receive all of the rewards from the above tier, plus a Disney “Song of the Day” MP3 collection monthly with artwork attached (this used to be given to all levels, but Chris decided to move it up) and a monthly Cartoon Commentary video (a reboot of the Cartoon Commentaries from the short lived “Jiminy Crickets Live” YouTube podcast series). We will be starting with “Plane Crazy” and going in chronological order.

Patrons who pledge $10 to $24.99 are “Unselfish Cricketeers” (even though all of you are unselfish for supporting us ;) ) based off of Jiminy Cricket’s top hat. Patrons who pledge at this tier will receive all of the rewards from the above tiers, plus exclusive bonus themed audio collections 3-5 times a year, and a monthly Patreon exclusive podcast “Down The Rabbit Hole”. Like the Cartoon Commentaries, this feature with Chris and Ruthie used to be a feature of the “Jiminy Crickets Live” show, however it never quite worked the way it was intended, so hopefully this new format will be more successful. As a preview Chris has uploaded the first one to YouTube free for everyone as a preview of what these will be like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FfXY7E-4VQ

Patrons who pledge $25 or more are “Official Conscience” based off of Jiminy Cricket’s gold star badge. Patrons who pledge at this tier will receive all of the rewards from the above tiers, plus people at this level will have the opportunity (no we’re not forcing you) to be a guest podcaster by contributing opinion editorials on Disney topics of your choice for our listeners, and exclusive commentaries for the Disneyland TV specials in chronological order that discussed Disneyland (Disneyland, Walt Disney Presents, The Wonderful World of Color and theatrical shorts) with Chris, Ruthie and now joined by longtime supporter of the site (as well as our former show notes editor) Brian Crawford! Like “Down The Rabbit Hole” the first of these commentaries has been uploaded to YouTube for you to get a taste of what these have to offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp3NQAxYd7k

In addition to the above, Chris will be redoing the T-shirts that have been available. We will be making the original designs available again, as well as some new designs. These will be available for purchase at around $20 in the near future, however if you pledge at the “Unselfish Cricketeers” level consistently for 10 months you will receive a free T-shirt of your choice, and if you pledge at the “Official Conscience” level constantly for 4 months you will have the same opportunity as above, just sooner. More details to come soon!

Finally, Chris has noticed that Patreon likes users to set goals, so he has decided to set one. If Chris is in a position where Patrons are sending a cumulative total of $500 or more per month, he will watch a modern Disney animated film that he has not yet seen. Chris is notorious for taking forever to get around to watching the newer Disney film releases. When we reach our goal, Chris will not only watch a recent Disney film, but release a reaction podcast of his first impressions with Ruthie and then record a full audio commentary (no video, but it will be synced to the film) that will be released exclusively to our Patreon subscribers at all pledge levels. If you are a Patron you will also be able to vote on which film he watches when the goal has been reached (the planned choices are Moana, Big Hero 6 and Coco).

We hope that all of you will consider further supporting the site, purchase new content for the site, pay our web hosting fees, buy new recording equipment for improved audio quality and plan special meet and greets at the parks. Every little bit counts so it’s totally okay if you only have pennies to spare. Help us continue to bring you magic!

June Goings On

June 9th marked the 85th birthday of Donald Duck, so the Disney Song of the Day from June 1st thru June 10th we had a special block of songs available entitled “10 Days of Donald”.

From June 11th thru June 16th we celebrated Father’s Day on June 16th with special themed songs on the Disney Song of the Day as a tribute to Disney Dads!

And of course we will also be adding lots of new audio to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour throughout the month.

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

June 2019 Updates

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

It’s open. We may have to delineate in the future Disneyland BGE (Before Galaxy’s Edge) and AGE (after Galaxy’s Edge) as while the crowds have died down somewhat the mass chaos and excitement that erupted after the opening of the park to the general public shall be “a day long remembered” (Chris recommends checking out TheDailyWoo on YouTube who has some nice coverage on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and staying at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time). The good news though is that Chris has under much calmer surroundings been able to make further progress on the latest chapter to the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour and we are pleased to announce that it is now open for viewing to the general public! If you’re looking for a way to experience Star Wars at Disneyland without being trampled by the crowds you’ve come to the right place. Let’s have a brief tour of what’s available (tracks marked with a * mean that they are coming soon):

Section 1: A Long Time Ago… 1977-1985

This section is devoted to pre-Star Tours era content, and shows how Disney became affiliated with the franchise and George Lucas

1 - Star Wars: A New Hope - Musical Score

2 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Musical Score

3 - Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Musical Score

Highlights from the now classic scores for the original trilogy films, composed by John Williams.

4 - The Space Stage: Meco

5 - The Space Stage: Halyx

Two performers who were inspired by the music of Star Wars who played at Disneyland in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. Meco had a hit disco style cover of the Star Wars theme.

6 - Buena Vista Records - The Story of Star Wars*

7 - Buena Vista Records - The Story of The Empire Strikes Back*

8 - Buena Vista Records - Star Wars: Rebel Mission to Ord Mandell*

9 - Buena Vista Records - The Story of Return of the Jedi*

10 - Disneyland Records - Star Wars*

11 - Disneyland Records - The Empire Strikes Back*

12 - Disneyland Records - Droid World*

13 - Disneyland Records - Planet of the Hoojibs*

14 - Disneyland Records - Return of the Jedi*

15 - Disneyland Records - The Ewoks Join the Fight*

16 - Disneyland Records - The Ewok Adventure*

17 - Disneyland Records - Ewoks: The Battle for Endor*

18 - Disneyland Records - Star Wars: Adventures in ABC*

19 - Disneyland Records - Star Wars: Adventures in Colors and Shapes*

It all began with the above albums. These represent the earliest collaborations between Disney and Lucasfilm and thus are included here for posterity. The first 4 are long playing records (about 35 minutes each), whereas the remainder are “read-alongs” which were about 10 minutes each.

20 - America Sings - Geese Quartet

Included here as 2 of the Geese later became droids in Star Tours. Tough way to make a living.

21 - The Muppet Show - The Stars of Star Wars

As the title suggests, this was an appearance from some of the cast of Star Wars (Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker) on an episode of The Muppet Show originally broadcast on February 23, 1980. Chris wanted to add this as it was kind of uncanny how both franchises featured in this episode (Star Wars and The Muppets) are now owned by the Walt Disney Company, and at the end they even sing “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

Section 2: The Adventure is Real 1986-2011

This section (named after the publicity tagline) covers the period between the creation of Star Tours and the last years of the George Lucas era of Star Wars/Lucasfilm and the original Star Tours. Included is rare promotional and press material, background music, musical scores, sound effects, ride-throughs and more!

22 - George Lucas’ Star Wars TV Special - The C3P0 Rap

23 - Star Tours - TV Commercial

24 - Star Tours Spaceport - PeopleMover Preview

25 - Star Tours Press Package Interviews*

26 - Star Tours Press Conference*

27 - Star Tours Interplanetary Launch Preview Party

28 - Star Tours Opening Day Festivities - Cantina Band

29 - Star Tours Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

30 - Star Tours - Tomorrowland Spaceport

31 - K-DROID Radio

32 - The Droid Rooms

33 - Star Tours Loading Bay

34 - Star Tours StarSpeeder 3000 Flight to Endor

35 - Star Tours Exit Corridor

36 - Star Tours Musical Score

37 - The Star Trader - Area Background Music

38 - Jedi Training Academy - Area Background Music*

39 - Jedi Training Academy*

40 - All-American College Band - Star Wars Theme

Section 3: The Adventures Continue 2011-2018

In 2011 a new version of Star Tours called “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” was introduced, serving as a prequel to the original and likewise including material from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Just a year later in 2012 Star Wars/Lucasfilm was sold to The Walt Disney Corporation, officially making them members of the Disney family.

41 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Grand Opening Ceremony

42 - Inside Star Wars: The Adventures Continue

43 - Darth Vader Visits Disneyland - TV Commercial

44 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - TV Commercial

45 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Area Background Music

46 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Travel & Tourism Ad

47 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Spaceport Music

48 - Droid Sector G2-9T Luggage Scanner Droid

49 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - In-Flight*

50 - Stormtrooper Guest Interactions

51 - When You Wish Upon a Death Star

52 - RunDisney - Star Wars Half Marathon

Rare promotional and press material, background music, musical scores, sound effects, ride-throughs and more!

53 - Season of the Force - TV Commercial

54 - Season of the Force - Area Background Music

This was a special overlay of Tomorrowland with a Star Wars theme.

55 - Star Wars: Launch Bay - Area Background Music

56 - Star Wars: Launch Bay - Cantina Bar

57 - Dark Side Gallery: Commander on the Bridge - Darth Vader

58 - Dark Side Gallery: Commander on the Bridge - Kylo Ren

59 - Light Side Gallery: Wookie on the Bridge - Chewbacca

60 - Meet the Makers - Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Preview

In 2015 the Innoventions attraction was replaced by the new “Star Wars: Launch Bay” attraction.

61 - Tomorrowland Theater - Path of the Jedi

62 - Hyperspace Mountain*

63 - Jedi Training Academy - Trials of the Temple*

64 - March of the First Order

65 - Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite

Section 4: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 2019

In 2019 Disney launched a brand new land many years in the making, promising one of the most immersive experiences yet experienced in a theme park.

66 - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - John Williams Theme

67 - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - Behind the Scenes at Disneyland Resort

68 - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - Attraction Previews

69 - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - Know Before You Go

70 - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - Dedication Ceremony*

As more sources and events come to light more will of course be added!

Disneyland Hotel

Chris is a bit “Star Warsed” out now, so he’s decided to work a bit on the Disneyland Hotel chapter. This has been on the site for years, but it was felt that much more could be added. Here is a list of the new tracks that will be coming to the page over the next month or so (expanding the page from about 40-45 tracks to 84 tracks). Note that the following list includes all new additions and the tracks crossed out have already been added to the chapter…

TRK02 Dateline Disneyland - Jack Wrather and Bonita Granville

TRK19 Café Villa Verde / El Vaquero - Mariachi Band

TRK20 Sgt. Preston's Yukon Saloon & Dancehall - Yukon Follies Revue

TRK21 Dancing Waters - 1980

TRK26 The Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update

TRK27 The Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card - 1989 Update

TRK28 Detective Mick - Magic Kingdom Club 1991

TRK29 Discover a New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1992

TRK30 Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom Club 1993

TRK31 A Whole New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1994

TRK32 The Wonderful World of Disney - Magic Kingdom Club 1995

TRK38 Poolside Recreation Area Background Music

TRK40 Hook's Point - Neverland Pool

TRK47 Disneyland Hotel Elevator

TRK48 Hotel Room Headboard Music Box - A Kiss Goodnight

TRK50 Disneyland Today - In-Room Music 2011

TRK53 Dining Disney Style

TRK57 Disneyland Today - In-Room Music 2015

TRK58 Disneyland Today - In-Room Music 2019

TRK59 The New Disneyland Hotel – UPDATE

TRK60 Disneyland Resort Vacation Planning DVD - 2003

TRK62 Disneyland Resort Vacation Planning DVD - 2014

TRK63 Disneyland Resort Promotional Spots

TRK67 Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites - Introduction

TRK68 Adventureland Suite

TRK69 Pirates of the Caribbean Suite

TRK70 Big Thunder Mountain Suite

TRK71 Fairytale Suite

TRK72 Mickey Mouse Penthouse Suite

TRK73 The Blue Sky Suite - Mid-Century Meeting Space

TRK79 Downtown Disney - Daytime Area Background Music

TRK80 World of Disney - Area Background Music

TRK81 World of Disney - 2018 Area Background Music

TRK82 Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

TRK83 Downtown Disney – Nighttime Area Background Music 2017

Notes on some of the above tracks...

19 - Café Villa Verde / El Vaquero - Mariachi Band

Representing the former Mexican restaurants that used to be in the Disneyland Hotel and their live music.

20 - Sgt. Preston’s Yukon Saloon & Dancehall - Yukon Follies Review

This track represents one of Jack Wrather’s successful TV productions and their representation in the Disneyland Hotel in Wrather’s time. Chris was unsure of how he is going to represent this track, but he managed to use some live recordings to assemble a “sound-alike” version with actual songs performed in the show in a very similar style. Came out just great!!!  

Tracks 26-32 are Magic Kingdom/Vacation Club tracks already planned for inclusion on the Welcome to Disneyland chapter, but Chris decided that the Vacation theme of these meant that they should be represented here instead.

38 - Poolside Recreation Area Background Music

40 - Hook’s Point - Neverland Pool

Representing two eras of the sandy pool at the hotel.

47 - Disneyland Hotel Elevator

48 - Hotel Room Headboard Music Box - A Kiss Goodnight

Two fun tracks of interior music

67 - Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites - Introduction

68 - Adventureland Suite

69 - Pirates of the Caribbean Suite

70 - Big Thunder Mountain Suite

71 - Fairytale Suite

72 - Mickey Mouse Penthouse

These are sound effects and music inspired by the Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites. The first track is an introduction, while the rest represent each suite

79 - Downtown Disney - Daytime Area Background Music

80 - World of Disney - Area Background Music

81 - World of Disney - 2018 Area Background Music

82 - Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

83 - Downtown Disney – Nighttime Area Background Music 2017

84 - Downtown Disney – Nighttime Area Background Music 2018

Finally these tracks were the main impetus for all the new work on this chapter. While this doesn’t mean that Chris is going to cover Disney’s California Adventure yet, a friend of his pointed out that Downtown Disney was closer to the Disneyland Hotel than California Adventure or the entrance to Disneyland so he decided to add it here. These were already on the Welcome to Disneyland chapter but they will be removed from there and added here. Track 82 is brand new.

So that’s all for the updates for June. As you can see Chris has his work cut out for him (still needs to finish Star Wars and the Hotel chapter has opened up another can of worms) however always remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. The fun and anticipation of editing, as well as the continual support of people like you are what keeps this adventure going. Also with the addition of the Galaxy’s Edge chapter Chris has reached another milestone as the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour now has 1700+ track! “Gawrsh” as Goofy would say, but it’s always nice to reach another hundred tracks. Hope you had fun and have a wonderful month of June and summer, we’ll talk to you again in July, and may the force be with you! TTFN!

DIVIDER LINE

5/1/19 Vlog Update

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor


Hello everybody, and welcome to the month of May! It’s time for another monthly update on DisneyChris and the Magical Audio Tour. They say that April showers bring May flowers, and that is certainly true here at DisneyChris.com. So let’s get right into all of the latest developments this month.

Hollywood Studio’s 30th Anniversary

May 1st marks the 30th anniversary of Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios (originally opened as Disney-MGM Studios). A young 15 year old Chris was actually there the first week of it opening so it is a place near and dear to his heart. He went back in the mid-1990’s and worked as a cast member on the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Star Tours. If you want to see some fun images from the land over the years, please check out the official DisneyChris/Jiminy Crickets Podcast Instagram page (disneychris_jc_podcast). Chris and Ruthie have had an account there for a while, but recently decided to start using it to upload rare photos of the Disney parks, both old and new, as they wanted to connect with the younger audience that uses it.

Special Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Jiminy Crickets! Podcast has become a member of Roarbots. Roarbots is a podcast and article network that is “a celebration of geek culture, representing a diversity of voices that covers a broad swath of the nerdy landscape. Fair warning: Our working definition of “geek culture” is constantly evolving, so you’ll likely see us geek out about everything from movies, games, and toys to food and travel destinations.” Both the normal Jiminy Crickets! Podcast and its news based sister show Dateline Jiminy Crickets! are included. An episode will be posted every Thursday, but rest assured that this will not involve a lowering of the quality and standard that Chris and Ruthie have strived for. Rather, during weeks when new podcasts are not released (one week a month) an archival release from the ever growing archive of past releases will be released onto their site. If you want to look more into Roarbots you can check them out at https://theroarbots.com/. The podcasts will of course still be available via https://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ as well as iTunes and Stitcher.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

The new land will be opening at Disneyland Resort on May 31st, and to coincide with this, the intention is to have the newest chapter of the Magical Audio Tour available on May 31st, regardless of whether the audio is fully done. If the audio is not finished by then, it will be added at a later date, with placeholders in the meantime. Keep in mind that it can take quite a while to work on each track due to strict but necessary quality control measures.

The Month of Moms and Star Wars!

May is indeed the month of Mom and of Mother’s Day, and Chris has some fun things planned. As always, DisneyChris has a Song of the Day throughout each day of the month, and from the 6th through the 12th (Mother’s Day week) Disney mother themed songs will be featured throughout the week. In addition to the aforementioned Hollywood Studios images, Chris will be sharing Mother’s Day related imagery on Facebook (Chris Lyndon), Twitter (@disneychris73) and Instagram throughout the month as well. Plus pictures from other May celebrations…

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour
May 2019 Updates

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

May is also Star Wars month, and DisneyChris will be celebrating on the Fourth by uploading Star Wars photos to the aforementioned social media platforms, and just another reminder that on the 31st, just in time for the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, Chris will be adding a new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge section to the site! Last month we went over what the plans were for the new chapter of the Magical Audio Tour, and we are pleased to announce that much progress has been made, and the list below has been updated accordingly.

Tracks in bold lettering have been completed...

Section 1: A Long Time Ago… 1977-1985

This section is devoted to pre-Star Tours era content, and shows how Disney became affiliated with the franchise and George Lucas

1.   Star Wars: A New Hope - Musical Score
2.   Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Musical Score
3.   Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Musical Score


Highlights from the now classic scores for the original trilogy films, composed by John Williams.

4.   The Space Stage: Meco
5.   The Space Stage: Halyx


Two performers who were inspired by the music of Star Wars who played at Disneyland in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. Meco had a hit disco style cover of the Star Wars theme.

6.   Buena Vista Records - The Story of Star Wars
7.   Buena Vista Records - The Story of The Empire Strikes Back
8.   Buena Vista Records - Star Wars: Rebel Mission to Ord Mandell
9.   Buena Vista Records - The Story of Return of the Jedi
10.   Disneyland Records - Star Wars
11.   Disneyland Records - The Empire Strikes Back
12.   Disneyland Records - Droid World
13.   Disneyland Records - Plannet of the Hoojibs
14.   Disneyland Records - Return of the Jedi
15.   Disneyland Records - The Ewoks Join the Fight
16.   Disneyland Records - The Ewok Adventure
17.   Disneyland Records - Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
18.   Disneyland Records - Star Wars: Adventures in ABC
19.   Disneyland Records - Star Wars: Adventures in Colors and Shapes

It all began with the above albums. These represent the earliest collaborations between Disney and Lucasfilm and thus are included here for posterity. The first 4 are long playing records (about 35 minutes each), whereas the remainder are “read-alongs” which were about 10 minutes each.

20.   The Sounds of Outerspace

This is a 1981 sound effects album inspired by the sounds of Star Wars. This also concluded a 17 year run of sound effects albums on Disneyland Records that began with “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted Mansion” in 1964. (also included elsewhere on the DisneyChris site)

21.   America Sings - Geese Quartet


Included here as 2 of the Geese later became droids in Star Tours. Tough way to make a living.

22.   The Muppet Show - The Stars of Star Wars

As the title suggests, this was an appearance from some of the cast of Star Wars (Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker) on an episode of The Muppet Show originally broadcast on February 23, 1980. Chris wanted to add this as it was kind of uncanny how both franchises featured in this episode (Star Wars and The Muppets) are now owned by the Walt Disney Company, and at the end they even sing “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

Section 2: The Adventure is Real 1986-2011


This section (named after the publicity tagline) covers the period between the creation of Star Tours and the last years of the George Lucas era of Star Wars/Lucasfilm and the original Star Tours. Included is rare promotional and press material, background music, musical scores, sound effects, ridethroughs and more!

23.   George Lucas’ Star Wars TV Special
24.   Star Tours Press Package Interviews
25.   Star Tours Press Conference
26.   Star Tours Interplanetary Launch Preview Party
27.   Star Tours Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
28.   Star Tours TV Commercial
29.   Star Tours Spaceport - PeopleMover Preview

30.   Star Tours - Tomorrowland Spaceport
31.   K-DROID Radio
32.   The Droid Rooms
33.   Star Tours Loading Dock
34.   Star Tours StarSpeeder 3000 Flight to Endor
35.   Star Tours Exit Corridor
36.   Star Tours Musical Score
37.   The Star Trader - Area Background Music
38.   Jedi Training Academy - Area Background Music

39.   Jedi Training Academy
40.   All-American College Band - Star Wars Theme

Section 3: The Adventures Continue 2011-2018

In 2011 a new version of Star Tours called “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” was introduced, serving as a prequel to the original and likewise including material from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Just a year later in 2012 Star Wars/Lucasfilm was sold to The Walt Disney Corporation, officially making them members of the Disney family.

41.   Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Grand Opening Ceremony
42.   Inside Star Wars: The Adventures Continue
43.   Darth Vader Visits Disneyland - TV Commercial
44.   Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - TV Commercial
45.   Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Area Background Music
46.   Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Travel & Tourism Ads
47.   Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Spaceport Music
48.   Droid Sector G2-9T Luggage Scanner Droid


49.   Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - In-Flight

As for track 49 - Chris is unsure of how to edit it due to the randomized nature of the attraction. Chris believes that because of this, the track will not be available at launch, but wants to do something with it at some point regardless.

50.   Stormtrooper Guest Interactions
51.   When You Wish Upon a Death Star
52.   RunDisney - Star Wars Half Marathon


Rare promotional and press material, background music, musical scores, sound effects, ridethroughs and more!

53.   Season of the Force - TV Commercial
54.   Season of the Force - Area Background Music


This was a special overlay of Tomorrowland with a Star Wars theme.

55.   Star Wars: Launch Bay - Area Background Music
56.   Star Wars: Launch Bay - Cantina Bar
57.   Dark Side Gallery: Commander on the Bridge - Darth Vader
58.   Dark Side Gallery: Commander on the Bridge - Kylo Ren
59.   Light Side Gallery: Wookie on the Bridge - Chewbacca
60.   Star Wars: Launch Bay - Rogue One Preview


In 2015 the Innoventions attraction was replaced by the new “Star Wars: Launch Bay” attraction.

61.   Tomorrowland Theater - Path of the Jedi

62.   Hyperspace Mountain
63.   Jedi Training Academy - Trials of the Temple

Tracks 62 and 63 are ones where Chris lacks good enough quality source material, so they may be delayed until after launch.

64.   March of the First Order
65.   Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite


Section 4: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 2019

In 2019 Disney launched a brand new land many years in the making, promising one of the most immersive experiences yet experienced in a theme park.

66.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - John Williams Theme
67.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Behind the Scenes at Disneyland Resort
68.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Attraction Previews
69.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Know Before You Go


Good news as can be seen is that we now have 4 tracks relating to the actual Galaxy’s Edge attraction, and as the years progress more can be added as things, well, happen. Fear not space travelers!

There are only 26 tracks left to edit so Chris thinks he will be in good shape for the launch. Like the actual Disneyland launch, not everything will be completed, but the vast majority will be available.
The release date is now set for May 31st, regardless of what is completed by that date. The page he displays in the YouTube vlog is a dummy page, and when launch day arrives Chris will copy the material from this page (currently set to private) onto the real page so it should seem instantaneous.

And that’s it for our May updates. We here at DisneyChris can’t wait for you to see (and hear) what’s to come. Have a wonderful May, Mother’s Day and Star Wars related hijinks, and we’ll see you soon! TTFN!

DIVIDER LINE 

4/1/19 Vlog Update

 

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor

 

No this not an April Fool’s Joke! ;)

Hello everybody, and happy April! It’s time for another monthly update on DisneyChris and the Magical Audio Tour. It’s the month of Easter so we’ll be showing how you can participate in the festivities through the site. Also we’re going to give you a sneak peek into a brand new chapter being added for the Magical Audio Tour.

 

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

The new land will be opening at Disneyland Resort on May 31st, and to coincide with this the intention is to have the newest chapter of the Magical Audio Tour available on May 31st, regardless of whether the audio is fully done. If the audio is not finished by then the unfinished tracks will be added at a later date. Keep in mind that it can take a while to work on each track due to strict but necessary quality control measures.

 

Special Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Jiminy Crickets! Podcast has become a member of Roarbots. Roarbots is a podcast and article network that is “a celebration of geek culture, representing a diversity of voices that covers a broad swath of the nerdy landscape. Fair warning: Our working definition of “geek culture” is constantly evolving, so you’ll likely see us geek out about everything from movies, games, and toys to food and travel destinations.” Both the normal Jiminy Crickets! Podcast and its news based sister show Dateline Jiminy Crickets! are included. An episode will be posted every Thursday, but rest assured that this will not involve a lowering of the quality and standard that Chris and Ruthie have strived for. Rather, during weeks when new podcasts are not released (one week a month) an archival release from the ever growing archive of past releases will be released onto their site. If you want to look more into Roarbots you can check them out at https://theroarbots.com/. The podcasts will of course still be available via https://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ as well as iTunes and Stitcher.

 

Easter Fun!

Throughout the month of April we will be having Easter related content on the site as well as Chris’ social media. Check him out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyChris73 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyChrisDotCom for this and lots more content. Chris also has two Facebook groups: Disney Music Fans and the Jiminy Crickets Podcast, so if you have any interest in either (and aren’t trying to sell something ;)) please make sure to contact Chris and he’ll get you set up. Between April 10-21 the Disney Song of the Day will have a “Countdown to Easter” event, where each day has Easter themed songs. And of course the remainder of the month will have a normal Disney Song of the Day. On Facebook and Twitter Chris will also be sharing vintage Disney Easter photos throughout this time. Chris wants to point out that he has a decade long backlog of Easter images available, and while he gives credit where it is due, 99% of the time he does not know who created the original images

 

Holiday Time in Disneyland – Happy Easter

Being that time of year, Chris has moved the Easter tracks up on the Holiday Time in Disneyland chapter, and the St. Patrick’s Day tracks have been moved down. 10 hopping tracks for your enjoyment!

 

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

April 2019 Updates

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Yes it’s that time. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge promises to be a major addition to the park(s), and it only seems appropriate that such a big new chapter in Disneyland necessitates a new chapter of the Magical Audio Tour! Chris began work on this chapter around mid-February, and work has steadily progressed behind the scenes to get it ready in time for the launch of the new land itself. Originally Chris was simply doing preliminary work on it, however when Disney announced the land’s opening for late-May, Chris decided to pause all other work and focus exclusively on the new chapter. This chapter is a one-stop station; a celebration of Star Wars, of both the films as well as the association between Disney and Star Wars that long predates the 2012 buyout of Lucasfilm. The page itself is currently up, but the actual content will be launched later so please be patient. And with that, it’s time for an exclusive sneak peak of what is to come…

 

Section 1: A Long Time Ago… 1977-1985

This section is devoted to pre-Star Tours era content, and shows how Disney became affiliated with the franchise and George Lucas

Star Wars: A New Hope - Musical Score

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Musical Score

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Musical Score

Highlights from the now classic scores for the original trilogy films, composed by John Williams.

The Space Stage: Meco

The Space Stage: Halyx

Two performers who were inspired by the music of Star Wars who played at Disneyland in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. Meco had a hit disco style cover of the Star Wars theme.

Buena Vista Records - The Story of Star Wars

Buena Vista Records - The Story of The Empire Strikes Back

Buena Vista Records - Star Wars: Rebel Mission to Ord Mandell

Buena Vista Records - The Story of Return of the Jedi

Disneyland Records - Star Wars

Disneyland Records - The Empire Strikes Back

Disneyland Records - Droid World

Disneyland Records - Planet of the Hoojibs

Disneyland Records - Return of the Jedi

Disneyland Records - The Ewoks Join the Fight

Disneyland Records - The Ewok Adventure

Disneyland Records - Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

Disneyland Records - Star Wars: Adventures in ABC

Disneyland Records - Star Wars: Adventures in Colors and Shapes

It all began with the above albums. These represent the earliest collaborations between Disney and Lucasfilm and thus are included here for posterity. The first 4 are long playing records (about 35 minutes each) whereas the remainder are “read-alongs” which are about 10 minutes each.

The Sounds of Outerspace

This is a 1981 sound effects album inspired by the sounds of Star Wars. This also concluded a 17 year run of sound effects albums on Disneyland Records that began with “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” in 1964 (also included elsewhere on the DisneyChris site).

America Sings - Geese Quartet

Included here as two of the Geese later became droids in Star Tours. Tough way to make a living.

 

Section 2: The Adventure is Real 1986-2011

This section (named after the publicity tagline) covers the period between the creation of Star Tours and the last years of the George Lucas era of Star Wars/Lucasfilm and the original Star Tours. Included is rare promotional and press material, background music, musical scores, sound effects, ride-throughs and more!

Mickey’s Space Fantasy: Tomorrowland / Star Wars Theme

George Lucas’ Star Wars TV Special

Star Tours Press Package Interviews

Star Tours Press Conference

Star Tours Interplanetary Launch Preview Party

Star Tours Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Star Tours TV Commercial

Star Tours Spaceport - PeopleMover Preview

Star Tours - Tomorrowland Spaceport

K-DROID Radio

The Droid Rooms

Star Tours Loading Dock

Star Tours StarSpeeder 3000 Flight to Endor

Star Tours Exit Corridor

Star Tours Musical Score

The Star Trader - Area Background Music

Jedi Training Academy - Area Background Music

Jedi Training Academy

All-American College Band - Star Wars Theme

 

Section 3: The Adventures Continue 2011-2018

In 2011 a new version of Star Tours called “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue” was introduced, serving as a prequel to the original and likewise including material from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Just a year later in 2012 Star Wars/Lucasfilm was sold to The Walt Disney Corporation, officially making them members of the Disney family.

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - Grand Opening Ceremony

Inside Star Wars: The Adventure Continues

Darth Vader Visits Disneyland - TV Commercial

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - TV Commercial

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - Area Background Music

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - Travel & Tourism Ads

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - Spaceport Music

Droid Repair Bay RX-24 Pilot Droid

Droid Sector G2-9T Luggage Scanner Droid

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues - In-Flight Musical Score

Stormtrooper Guest Introduction

When You Wish Upon a Death Star

RunDisney - Star Wars Half Marathon

Rare promotional and press material, background music, musical scores, sound effects, ride-throughs and more!

Season of the Force - TV Commercial

Season of the Force - Area Background Music

This was a special overlay of Tomorrowland with a Star Wars theme.

Star Wars: Launch Bay - Area Background Music

Star Wars: Launch Bay - Cantina Bar

Dark Side Gallery: Commander on the Bridge - Darth Vader

Dark Side Gallery: Commander on the Bridge - Kylo Ren

Light Side Gallery: Wookie on the Bridge - Chewbacca

Star Wars: Launch Bay - Rogue One Preview

In 2015 the Innoventions attraction was replaced by the new “Star Wars: Launch Bay” attraction.

Tomorrowland Theater - Path of the Jedi

Hyperspace Mountain

Jedi Training Academy - Trials of the Temple

March of the First Order

Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite

 

Section 4: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 2019

In 2019 Disney launched a brand new land many years in the making, promising one of the most immersive experiences yet experienced in a theme park.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - John Williams Theme

Aye, there’s the rub. Galaxy’s Edge has not opened yet so the content that can be provided for it is, shall we say, limited and that’s why Chris is putting a call out to those who may have any audio material that they would like to share with the site. Contact info can be found near the top of the Audio Editor’s Blog.

Setting up the chapter was more difficult than it would seem, as it involved tedious work renumbering and rearranging everything to facilitate the placement of a new chapter. Chris would like to give a shoutout to an anonymous friend of his who helps him in situations such as these. It is greatly appreciated! In addition, there will be a continuous play feature at the bottom, just like all the other chapters.

We’re excited to bring this new chapter to you. Please be patient as Chris continues to work on this new content for a late May launch. In the meantime there are many other chapters that you can check out if you need a Disney park music fix.

Thank you for joining us for the April 1st update. Chris was nice and decided to not play an April Fool’s joke on you all, everything that’s here is actually happening. It’s going to be an exciting couple of months coming up so make sure to tune-in to the next audio editor’s blog on May 1st. Have a wonderful Easter and/or related holidays, and we’ll see you soon! TTFN!

 

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3/1/19 Vlog Update

 

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor

 

Hello everybody, and happy March! It’s time for another monthly update on DisneyChris and the Magical Audio Tour. Just a quick reminder that updates are now being released at the start of each month. It’s the month of St. Patrick’s Day so as a result that is the theme of the month! Chris even decided to make a special title card for this month’s update with this theme. We’ll be going over some of the fun things that you can do to get into the spirit, as well as the going’s on with the site in general.

 

Special Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Jiminy Crickets! Podcast has become a member of Roarbots. Roarbots is a podcast and article network that is “a celebration of geek culture, representing a diversity of voices that covers a broad swath of the nerdy landscape. Fair warning: Our working definition of “geek culture” is constantly evolving, so you’ll likely see us geek out about everything from movies, games, and toys to food and travel destinations.” Both the normal Jiminy Crickets! Podcast and its news based sister show Dateline Jiminy Crickets! are included. An episode will be posted every Thursday, but rest assured that this will not involve a lowering of the quality and standard that Chris and Ruthie have strived for. Rather, during weeks when new podcasts are not released (one week a month) an archival release from the ever growing archive of past releases will be released onto their site. If you want to look more into Roarbots you can check them out at https://theroarbots.com/. The podcasts will of course still be available via https://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ as well as iTunes and Stitcher.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Holiday Time in Disneyland – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Being that time of year Chris has moved the St. Patrick’s Day tracks up on the Holiday Time in Disneyland chapter, and the Valentine’s Day tracks have been moved down. Admittedly not all of the tracks are purely St. Patrick’s Day related and those are more a general Irish theme, but we hope you enjoy them! 8 tracks from end to end of the rainbow.

 

Song of the Day Archive

Between March 11-17 the Song of the Day will be either Irish or St. Patrick’s Day themed with a Disney connection. The rest of the month will be a standard Disney song as usual.

 

Jiminy Crickets! Podcast – From the Archives

If you want to further get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit Chris recommends Episode 62 of the Jiminy Crickets! Podcast: “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” which can be found here as well as the other usual places, and make sure to check out some of the other legacy episodes too: https://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/2017/03/episode-62-darby-ogill-and-little-people.html

 

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour cont.

March 2019 Updates

Chris has been quite busy the last month and has made great headway in finishing the Welcome to Disneyland chapter. Out of 40 odd tracks 17 are now done, with more on the way.* The finished tracks include:

  1. Track 19 The Disneyland Story – REDO

  2. Track 30 Disneyland Around The Seasons

  3. Track 61 Main Gate Newsstand Souvenirs Medley

  4. Track 62 The Unlimited Passport

  5. Track 73 In Search of Excellence - The Disney Cast – REDO

  6. Track 75 We Create Happiness - Cast Member Training

  7. Track 84 And Now a Word from Our Sponsors

  8. Track 87 Disney Dollars

  9. Track 100 Saxophone Quartet - Good Morning Concert

  10. Track 101 The Dapper Dans - Good Morning Concert

  11. Track 102 The Straw Man Strutters - Main Gate Concert

  12. Track 107 Park Opening - Rope Drop Ceremony – REDO

  13. Track 112 D23 Expo 2017 - Disney Parks and Resorts Presentation

  14. Track 115 Annual Passholder Days - Welcome Center

  15. Track 121 Disneyland Jukebox

  16. Track 122 Disneyland - Songs of Tribute – REDO

  17. Track 120 Downtown Disney - Nighttime Area Background Music 2018

Meanwhile the list of tracks that are still being worked on are as follows

  1. Track 22 Dateline Disneyland - Opening Day Live Broadcast

  2. Track 25 Kodak Presents Disneyland ‘59

  3. Track 29 Disneyland 10th Anniversary

  4. Track 35 Disneyland 10th Anniversary Banquet

  5. Track 39 Superstar Limo - Southern California Freeway Music – REDO

  6. Track 49 Kennel Club - Area Background Music

  7. Track 51 Disneyland Landscaping Presentation - Jack Wagner

  8. Track 71 Disney University Cast Orientation - The Disney Tradition – REDO

  9. Track 72 Cast Member Orientation - Main Gate / Main Street USA

  10. Track 76 Team Disney Anaheim - Lobby Area Background Music

  11. Track 77 Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update

  12. Track 78 Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card - 1989 Update

  13. Track 79 Detective Mick - Magic Kingdom Club 1991 Update

  14. Track 80 Discover a New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1992 Update

  15. Track 81 Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom Club 1993 Update

  16. Track 82 A Whole New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1994 Update

  17. Track 83 The Wonderful World of Disney - Magic Kingdom Club 1995 Update

  18. Track 109 Disneyland Resort Vacation Planning DVD 2003

  19. Track 113 Disneyland Esplanade - 2017 Area Background Music

  20. Track 114 Disneyland Esplanade - Pixar Fest Area Background Music

  21. Track 116 Downtown Disney - Daytime Area Background Music

  22. Track 117 World of Disney - Area Background Music

  23. Track 118 World of Disney - 2018 Area Background Music

  24. Track 119 Downtown Disney - Nighttime Area Background Music 2017

 

For more detail on these tracks make sure to read the February 2019 show notes.

Chris hopes to be done with the vast majority of these tracks by the end of March, but has said that realistically he knows this could change at a moment’s notice, since he is incredibly busy with the podcast and his social media presence.

*A quick update. Since the March video went out Disney unveiled the whole hoo-ha surrounding the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge expansion at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Since the opening dates were officially announced, and they are much earlier than originally rumored, he decided to immediately pause work on the “Welcome to Disneyland” chapter. and work on his new chapter exclusively devoted to Star Wars in order to have it ready in time for the grand opening on May 31st. We hope to provide more info on what this entails in April at the earliest so please stay tuned!

We hope that everybody has a very happy and wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and we hope that these additions will help get you into the Irish spirit. The next update will be at the start of April so we hope to see you then. TTFN!

 

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2/1/19 Vlog Update

 

Show Notes by Ryan Komitor

 

Hello everybody, and happy February! It’s been a while, and there’s a reason for that. As of the last update back in January, Chris will be doing something a little different for 2019 where, rather than posting audio blogs bi-weekly, they will now be done at the start of each month! You probably guessed based on the special banner for this episode but February means Valentine’s Day, so a lot of this month’s audio blog will be about the new Valentine’s Day content Chris will be adding to the site. Things have been incredibly busy the past month for both the Magical Audio Tour and the site as a whole, so there are lots of updates to share.

Let’s cut right to the chase and talk about the new Valentine’s content.

 

Song of the Day Archive

For February, the Song of the Day entries will be devoted to Disney Love Songs to fit into the Valentine’s spirit! This is the 5th year of Song of the Day and the month begins with Barbra Streisand’s cover of “Someday My Prince Will Come” from the 2005 Disney themed Make A Wish Foundation album “Wishes”, inspired by the fireworks show of the same name. Barbra being such a legendary singer made her a perfect choice to kickstart the month, and of course each day a new love song will be added throughout the month. Impatient for a love song fix? DisneyChris also has an archive of the past couple years’ (2017-2018) worth of February Song of the Day entries so be sure to check those out as well. Clicking on those pages gives you a continual play option as well as selecting individual tracks. Great for a boring day at work, but perhaps best to use headphones if it’s allowed, just in case the boss walks in. ;)

 

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

Holiday Time in Disneyland – Happy Valentine’s Day

Another option for Valentine’s Day music is on the Magical Audio Tour. Since Valentine’s Day is the most current holiday these entries have been moved up on the Holiday Time in Disneyland chapter to near the top. 7 tracks of park related Valentine’s goodness. Like chocolate but without the potential toothache. Like Song of the Day each chapter has a continual play option in addition to the individual track selections.

 

Jiminy Crickets! Podcast

In time for Valentine’s Day is Episode 105 of the Jiminy Crickets! Podcast, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty. Chris and Ruthie go over everything you would want to know about the making of this classic animated love story. Check out this and many more podcasts on https://jcricketspodcast.blogspot.com/ as well as iTunes and Stitcher.

 

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

February 2019 Updates

Lots of things are in the works here at DisneyChris. Focus has largely been on Chapter One, Welcome to Disneyland, for the past few months, and things are ready to be unleashed. You may have noticed since the end of last year that there were a lot of “Coming Soon” entries on that page in particular because of this, and now Chris’ work in restoring and editing the audio has nearly been finalized. What this means is that over the next month or so the new (or in some cases, updates of existing entries) tracks will be added. Chris will let you know on both his Facebook and Twitter when tracks are uploaded. The reason why it can take months between a Coming Soon spot and final upload is not merely the volume of tracks, but Chris’ thorough quality control procedures which ends with a final listen-through of each edited track to check for any remaining glitches should they exist. In all 41 tracks are to be added; 35 brand new and 6 updates of previously existing tracks.

Here is a full list of the tracks as well as more details on selected tracks

  1. Track 19 The Disneyland Story – REDO

  2. Track 22 Dateline Disneyland - Opening Day Live Broadcast

This one required a lot of work and fun editing to sound good, as it was a live broadcast. The results should be worth it however.

  1. Track 25 Kodak Presents Disneyland ‘59

There was a version of Disneyland ’59 in theaters called “Gala Day at Disneyland”, however it was a bit too perfectly edited and presented so Chris wanted to use the Kodak sponsored ABC TV special instead. Chris spent a lot of time further working on the audio for the site and editing out commercials and making transitions from one section to the next. For those who would like to hear “Gala Day at Disneyland”, it’s available as Chapter 1, Track 32.

  1. Track 29 Disneyland 10th Anniversary

  2. Track 30 Disneyland Around The Seasons

While both tracks previously existed on the site in some form, Chris has decided to go back and tackle these anew using the latest restoration tools and techniques. The original versions were already on the TV Land chapter but the difference here is not only the improved audio, but also that unlike on the TV chapter, here they will be combined into single tracks rather than in sections.

  1. Track 35 Disneyland 10th Anniversary Banquet

  2. Track 39 Superstar Limo - Southern California Freeway Music – REDO

There was 1 song on this that had a truncated start, however Chris was able to locate the original uncut track so that the intro has been restored.

  1. Track 49 Kennel Club - Area Background Music

  2. Track 51 Disneyland Landscaping Presentation - Jack Wagner

These 2 tracks were unearthed a couple years ago in poor quality. Originally Chris didn’t intend on including them but decided they were interesting enough to include after working to improve the sound. The Kennel Club loop is a reconstruction from the original records used at the time. The last track was truncated but luckily other tracks included on the album it was from were also used in the Main Gate Loop from around the same time, so it was able to be located.

  1. Track 61 Main Gate Newsstand Souvenirs Medley

This is going to be a fun track. It’s going to be a mix of 50’s and 60’s songs about souvenirs. While it doesn’t have much to do with Disney, Chris is a huge fan of this era of music and wanted to include context of what people were listening to at this time. Chris also included the ringing of a cash register as a transition between each track.

  1. Track 62 The Unlimited Passport

A short commercial from the early 1980’s about Disney’s Unlimited Passport program.

  1. Track 71 Disney University Cast Orientation - The Disney Tradition – REDO

  2. Track 72 Cast Member Orientation - Main Gate / Main Street USA

  3. Track 73 In Search of Excellence - The Disney Cast – REDO

Elements of Tracks 71 & 73 were already on the site as 1 single track, but Chris decided to expand them and add a third track as well. A major reason for the change was originally what will be Track 71 ended the track, and had a film projector sound overtop to give the impression of watching a training film. Chris became increasingly unhappy with this decision so he has made the changes as seen above. Track 72 is another Jack Wagner narrated track. As the “voice of Disney” from the early 1970’s into the early 1990’s, aside from his duties as park announcer and curating music loops he was also often hired to do narrations for Disney’s internal films & slideshows for employees & cast members, and this is yet another example. It’s an almost ludicrously detailed track for new cast members so it will be a fun listen.

  1. Track 75 We Create Happiness - Cast Member Training

Early 1990’s training video for cast members.

  1. Track 76 Team Disney Anaheim - Lobby Area Background Music

This is actually based on a loop that plays for the Magical Express airport bus lines in Walt Disney World, however the tracks are also used in closed circuit broadcasts in the Team Disney Anaheim lobby, so Chris really wanted to include this. Think of it as “artistic license”. ;)

  1. Track 77 Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update

  2. Track 78 Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card - 1989 Update

  3. Track 79 Detective Mick - Magic Kingdom Club 1991 Update

  4. Track 80 Discover a New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1992 Update

  5. Track 81 Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom Club 1993 Update

  6. Track 82 A Whole New World - Magic Kingdom Club 1994 Update

  7. Track 83 The Wonderful World of Disney - Magic Kingdom Club 1995 Update

This is a brand new section devoted to audio from films and videos released to members of the Magic Kingdom Club national travel discount program offered to employees of large corporations. Most stuff that doesn’t involve Disneyland has been edited out, but rest assured, there’s a lot of Disneyland material here.

  1. Track 84 And Now a Word from Our Sponsors

On “The Wonderful World of Disney” TV related chapter as well as the Anniversary chapter there’s a lot of tracks devoted to commercials and related items. This is a combination of most of them in one place. This is from 1980 to the present day.

  1. Track 87 Disney Dollars

This is a news spot issued by Disney to local TV stations to inform the public about the then new Disney Dollars program. To fill it out Chris added “We’re In The Money” as background music, which is most appropriate.

  1. Track 100 Saxophone Quartet - Good Morning Concert

  2. Track 101 The Dapper Dans - Good Morning Concert

  3. Track 102 The Straw Man Strutters - Main Gate Concert

These 3 are being added to have more Main Gate material other than the Disneyland Band track which was already on the site.

  1. Track 107 Park Opening - Rope Drop Ceremony – REDO

 

This is now the authentic audio. The older version was pieced together using Walt Disney World and Disney Home video materials.

 

  1. Track 109 Disneyland Resort Vacation Planning DVD 2003

After the Magic Kingdom Club disbanded in 2001 DVD’s such as this were sent out to anyone interested in planning for their vacations.

  1. Track 112 D23 Expo 2017 - Disney Parks and Resorts Presentation

Music only segments from the 2017 D23 Expo.

  1. Track 113 Disneyland Esplanade - 2017 Area Background Music

This is the most recent loop, replacing the one that played beginning in the early 2000’s.

  1. Track 114 Disneyland Esplanade - Pixar Fest Area Background Music

A special loop that played in the summer of 2018 for Pixar Fest

  1. Track 115 Annual Passholder Days - Welcome Center

Mix of tracks used for Annual Passholder Days. Chris decided to include it here even though the actual event was held at the Starcade in Tomorrowland.

  1. Track 116 Downtown Disney - Daytime Area Background Music

  2. Track 117 World of Disney - Area Background Music

  3. Track 118 World of Disney - 2018 Area Background Music

  4. Track 119 Downtown Disney - Nighttime Area Background Music 2017

  5. Track 120 Downtown Disney - Nighttime Area Background Music 2018

Chris originally didn’t want to go down the proverbial rabbit hole of Downtown Disney, but as it’s such an integral part of Disneyland’s history now he decided to include some tracks from there. Another reason is that recently proper music loops have been added where before generic music was played. In the case of the 2018 World of Disney loop, Chris only has 3 songs from it currently as a full tracklist has yet to be ID’d, so unless Chris is able to find out what the other tracks are, he will just include the 3 tracks and replace it when the full loop is found.

  1. Track 121 Disneyland Jukebox

  2. Track 122 Disneyland - Songs of Tribute – REDO

These 2 tracks are replacements for a previous track (Chris can’t remember the name now) which combined Disney related pop songs with tracks created by Disney. Chris decided to split them into 2 tracks. “Disneyland Jukebox” is a collection of rock & pop songs by people about Disneyland, and admittedly some of the songs are negative towards the park. After some deliberation it was decided to include them anyway. Meanwhile, “Songs of Tribute” is about songs that are used in celebration and in tribute to the park, and is the concluding track for the chapter.

 

Whew, that’s all the updates coming through February. Hopefully everyone enjoyed this peak behind the curtain into the goings-on here at DisneyChris. Also even though these notes should go out after Valentine’s Day has occurred, Chris nevertheless recommends that those who find themselves single on that day have a fun day for themselves, and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s a day to have fun in general whether you’re freshly out of a relationship or have been happily married for decades, just have fun!

Again, the next update will be at the start of March so hope to see you then! TTFN!

 

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1/1/19 Vlog Update

 Show Notes by Brian Crawford

Happy New Year from Disney Chris!

Happy New Year Disney music lovers!  Chris has been hard at work all December long finishing up the Christmas chapter, but despite the feverish pace the end of the year found him three tracks shy of fully editing Chapter 22 - Christmas Time in Disneyland.  Oh well, that just means something to look forward to next Christmas!  We’ll get into the Disneyland Magical Audio Tour a bit later, but first let’s see what’s new with the Jiminy Crickets Podcast:

Jiminy Crickets Podcast Update

The live show hasn’t turned out to be what Chris and Ruthie envisioned.  There have been many technical challenges, copyright issues with posting the cartoon commentary piece, and lack of participation in the live audience.  There were some faithful participants and Chris and Ruthie would like to sincerely thank those dedicated Cricketeers for their support and interaction during the live show.  Many listeners just preferred catching the live show after it was posted, and that’s totally OK! So going forward the live show will be eliminated and replaced with a YouTube show that will focus on Disney news and current events with one additional segment that was introduced on the live show.  This segment will rotate between The Top 10, Disney book reviews, Disney Doin’s and other fun productions. The new format will be pre-recorded every other Wednesday and made available the following day on DisneyChris’s YouTube channel at 8pm Eastern Time.  The first episode was recorded and uploaded on Thursday, January 10th.  Go on over to the channel and catch up on all the recent events happening at the Disney parks around the world.  

The regular Jiminy Crickets podcast will still be released once per month and Chris and Ruthie have also planned three additional music shows.  These bonus episodes will be released in February, July and September! Chris has also decided to make exclusive podcast content available for Patreon subscribers!  Selected subscribers will be given a chance to participate in “The D Show”, a Disney trivia game for the consummate Disney nerd! Chris and Ruthie will also continue to record Cartoon Commentaries for subscribers as well.  As these shows are recorded and posted to the Patreon site, Chris will provide a link to all subscribers. Consider this an added incentive to subscribe today! For as little as $1 per month you can get access to this exclusive content as well as special musical selections Chris will send to all of his friends who contribute.  Click here to donate to this unique place of Disney music and magic!

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour

Let’s review all of the track updates Chris made to Chapter 22 – Christmas Time in Disneyland.  Unless otherwise noted the update was essentially lengthening the track and/or cleaning up the audio.  As Chris finds new audio to enhance tracks he will usually spend considerable effort adding this new material and enhancing the aural experience for the discriminating Disney audiophile!  

Track 38 – Charles Dickens Christmas Carolers

Track 39 – The Dickens Yuletide Band

Track 40 – The Holiday Brass

Track 42 – The Dapper Dans – Holiday Medley; all new musical selections with improved audio quality with special assistance from a barbershop quartet loving Patreon subscriber!

Track 43 – Coke Corner Pianist – Holiday Medley

Track 44 – ‘Tis the Season Handbell Carolers

Track 52 – The Disneyland Hotel – Holiday Area Background Music

Track 55 – Jingle Cruise – Queue Area Background Music; completely redone 1.5 hour musical loop of the now “retired” holiday overlay…bring it back, bring it back!

Track 57 – The Rivers of America – Holiday Area Background Music

Track 58 – The Blue Bayou – Holiday Area Background Music

Track 70 – Frontierland – Holiday Area Background Music

Track 71 – Big Thunder Ranch – Holiday Area Background Music

Track 73 – Jingle Jangle Jamboree – Billy Hill and the Hillbillies; not original music by the popular and hilarious Golden Horseshoe ensemble, but a nice compilation of holiday music in that infectious Kentucky Bluegrass style

Track 74 – Bear Country – Holiday Area Background Music

Track 86 – Mickey’s Night Before Christmas; this is currently the Walt Disney World version of the show.  Chris is working with a former cast member who performed in the Disneyland version and will do his best to get it posted next year.

Track 87 – The Magic of Christmas

Track 89 – Mickey’s Nutcracker

Track 94 – Sleeping Beauty Castle – Winter Castle Lighting Ceremony

Lastly, Chris added five new versions of the Candlelight Processional and is now just missing two versions of the annual classic: Jack Wagner and Howard Keel.  These will be available next year!

To close out this update, Chris shared his “to do” list to finish up Chapter 1 so expect a lot of great new additions to that chapter in the coming weeks.  As usual (and my pleasure of course!) I will summarize all of the new content and additions in the next update. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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