|By Chris Lyndon|
It's time to continue our series of articles here on Disney Avenue celebrating the magical sounds of Disneyland. Join us today for our sixth stop on this nostalgic audio tour of Disneyland's yesteryear as we enter the exotic and mysterious regions of the world in Walt Disney's Adventureland...
At contributing writer Chris Lyndon's website called DisneyChris.com you will find a collection of over 1500 audio tracks taking you on a magical musical visit through the Happiest Place on Earth. We will be highlighting each of the 27 chapters included in this "Magical Audio Tour" in the weeks and months ahead. Each chapter of this Disneyland Magical Audio Tour highlights one aspect or specific area of the park. Today we resume the tour at Chapter 6 by taking a look at the exotic tropical regions of Adventureland. Found below are a collection of some of the best tracks you will find on this chapter. To view the entire chapter be sure to visit DisneyChris.com.
(For your listening pleasure, please remember to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player located at the top of the page prior to playing the tracks below if you are on a desktop computer.)
Walt Disney Takes You to Adventureland
At this gateway to adventure, Walt Disney invites visitors to enter the mysterious tropical regions of Adventureland. This exotic natural paradise features attractions set in the further most regions of the globe, from an archeological dig among ancient temple ruins, to an enchanted Polynesian tiki garden and remote jungle rivers.
This is now track number 365 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
This instrumental theme was originally written for the 1964 New York World's Fair for the International Gardens at the Ford Motors pavilion. Later it would be reused as the main title for the 1967 animated classic,"The Jungle Book." Today it is often associated with Adventureland, as it can be heard at the Adventure Tower in the Disneyland Hotel.
This is now track number 366 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
How would you like to take a ride on a river boat? This bouncy little tune from a vintage 1950's Little Golden Records children's album was written to introduce youngsters to the many unforgettable jungle animal adventures that awaited them in Disneyland's Adventureland, while cruising along the tropical rivers of the world.
This is now track number 367 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Plaza Pavilion Bandstand
The original area music used for the Enchanted Tiki Garden, the waiting area located just outside the entrance to the Enchanted Tiki Room, was a collection of original Hawaiian inspired compositions orchestrated by Buddy Baker, who was also the composer of many of the original soundtracks used in Walt Disney's classic films.
This is now track number 368 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Enchanted Tiki Room Attraction Preview
The show is about to begin, but first Jack Wagner provides an insightful attraction preview to one of Disneyland's most exotic and colorful musical adventures.After we learn all about the enchanted garden of Polynesian tiki gods, we are then introduced to the talented ornithological cast of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
This is now track number 369 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Enchanted Tiki Garden - Vintage Area Background Music
In addition to his role as the official voice of Disneyland, Jack Wagner was also charged with selecting all of the area background music used throughout Disneyland during the 1970's and 1980's. For the tropical gardens located just outside the main entrance to the Enchanted Tiki Room, he selected music with a distinctive Polynesian flair.
This is now track number 370 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Legends of the Enchanted Tiki - Demo Recording
This rare audio was recorded during the early development stages of what we know today as the Enchanted Tiki Room. At that time the show in development was known as, "Legends of the Enchanted Tiki," and was originally planned as a dinner show with audio-animatronic birds to entertain guests as they dined on Polynesian cuisine.
This is now track number 371 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Musical Score
The soundtrack to Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room is among the most beloved in the Disney parks. The Calypso style title theme,"In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room," was composed by legendary Disney song writers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. The remainder of the lush Hawaiianesque score consisted of preexisting songs, both classical and pop, given a distinctive Disney flair by legendary Disney staff composer George Bruns.
This is now track number 372 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing - The Mellomen
The sing-songy, catchy tune, from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing," is not a Disney original. It was a popular song written in 1932 by Robert Hargreaves, Stanley J. Damerell and Tolchard Evans. This version of the song is performed by Disney's go-to quartet, the Mellomen with Thurl Ravenscroft.
This is now track number 373 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room - Cover Versions
The theme song of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room was composed by Richard and Robert Sherman. These song writing brothers were behind many memorable Disney songs from both theme parks and motion pictures throughout the 1960's. The catchy calypso rhythm of this sing-songy tune has become a classic Disney standard.
This is now track number 374 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Enchanted Tiki Garden Lanai - Area Music
The romantic sounds of Hawaiian steel guitars still provide a musical backdrop for the shaded lanai area located just outside the Enchanted Tiki Room's great ceremonial house. Here guests gather under the swaying palms in a colorful garden of tiki gods and exotic tropical flowers and wait for the main show inside to begin inside.
This is now track number 375 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Aladdin's Oasis Area Music
On the heels of Disney's animated blockbuster Aladdin, the Tahitian Terrace was transformed into an Arabian oasis, complete with Oriental carpets, hanging brass lanterns, and colorful canopies. A menu of Middle Eastern dishes replaced the Polynesian fare, and the Genie in the lamp starred in a new musical comedy revue.
This is now track number 376 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Aladdin and Jasmine Storytale Adventures Musical Score
After the Aladdin's Oasis dinner show finished its short run, the Oasis venue became the location for a special afternoon show aimed towards the park's younger visitors. This retelling the story of Aladdin featured a magical narrator, who took the guise of multiple characters, as well as special appearances by Aladdin and princess Jasmine.
This is now track number 377 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Adventureland Bazaar Area Music
The Adventureland Bazaar gift store is one of Disneyland's more exotic shopping opportunities, offering exquisite costume jewelry, far eastern fashions, and other rare trinkets and curios from around the world. Adding to the ambiance, the atmosphere is filled with haunting musical sounds evocative of Ali Baba and the Arabian Knights.
This is now track number 378 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
The Disneyland Band - Jungle Book Medley
This collection of favorite songs from the 1967 Walt Disney animated feature,"The Jungle Book" was arranged by James Christensen in the late 1960's, shortly after he took over the helm as musical director of the Disneyland Band. It was often played throughout the park and remains in the Disneyland Band's repertoire to this day.
This is now track number 379 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Jungle Cruise Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner
Hark, the jungle drums are pounding, as Jack Wagner offers an exciting preview of one of Disneyland's most time honored adventures. The Jungle Cruise takes its inspiration from many of Walt Disney's classic True Life Adventure films, and brings guests on an exciting river boat excursion through the tropical waterways of the world.
This is now track number 380 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Trinidad and Tobago Showboat Orchestra
The rooftop of the Tropical Imports gift shop has served as the stage for live groups who perform calypso flavored music during Disneyland's peak seasons. One of the most popular of these has been performing steel drum music at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for decades, the Trinidad and Tabago Showboat Orchestra.
This is now track number 381 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Adventureland Steel Drum Band
Live music can be heard in nearly every corner of every land throughout Disneyland. It is yet another one of those extra finishing details that make Disneyland the unique and special place that it is. Adding even more tropical flavor and rhythm to Adventureland, one often encounters a traditional South American steel drum band.
This is now track number 382 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
The Swiss Family Tree House
Disneyland's tree house is based on the similar structure found in the 1960 feature film, "The Swiss Family Robinson." It is completely man-made, with a steel frame, concrete branches and thousands of vinyl leaves. Resonating from a pipe organ salvaged from a shipwreck, guests would hear the memorable Swisskapolka throughout Adventureland.
This is now track number 383 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Tarzan's Tree House
In 1999, the Swiss Family Tree House was transformed into the all-new Tarzan's Tree House, based on Disney's 37th full length animated feature. This 150-ton man made mammoth has 450 branches containing over 6,000 leaves. It's scientific name is Disneydendoron semperflorens grandis, or "large ever-blooming Disney tree."
This is now track number 384 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Sunkist, I Presume
This former snack stand, presented by Sunkist, got it's unusual name from a famous quote in the history of African exploration, when a missionary named Henry Morton Stanley had a chance meeting with another missionary of similar renown named Dr. David Livingstone, simply greeting him by saying, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
This is now track number 385 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Bengal Barbecue Area Music
The location once known as, "Sunkist... I Presume," is today a small but very popular food stand at the western end of Adventureland that serves delicious barbecued shish kabob skewers. Here, the air is filled with the foreboding sounds of strange tropical birds, exotic beasts, and the primitive drum beats of the African continent.
This is now track number 386 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Indiana Jones Outpost Area Music
The instantly recognizable theme music from the epic Hollywood adventures of famed archaeologist Indiana Jones sets the tone for the exciting expedition soon to come, but first we explore the Indiana Jones Outpost, where we find all manner of gifts, souvenirs and other collectible "artifacts" based on the popular film series.
This is now track number 387 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
Temple Excavation Grounds Area Music
The outdoor queue area for the Indiana Jones Adventure was designed to look like an archaeological dig, outside an ancient structure. The time is set sometime in the mid 1930's. Within the grounds, powered by a generator, is a small crystal radio set, broadcasting authentic popular recordings from the era of Big Bands and Swing.
This is now track number 388 in the Disney Avenue Music Player.
I hope you enjoyed Chapter 6 of our Disneyland Magical Audio Tour featuring the sounds of Adventureland. Be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of this series coming soon. See you then!
— Chris Lyndon, DisneyChris.com
You can find other Disneyland Magical Audio Tour Chapters below:
Chapter 1: Welcome to Disneyland
Chapter 2: Town Square
Chapter 3: Main Street USA
Chapter 4: Central Plaza
Chapter 5: Disneyland On Parade
Chapter 6: Adventureland
Chapter 7: New Orleans Square
Chris Lyndon grew up in Southern California, near Disneyland. He formed a lifelong fascination with all things Disney from a very early age, especially Disney music, and has studied the history of the Walt Disney organization for decades. His very first summer job was at Disneyland at age 16, and he also worked at the Florida parks during his college years, as part of the Walt Disney World College Internship Program. His lifelong passion for Disney music has evolved into his website, DisneyChris.com. All manner of Disney music can be enjoyed there including the Disney Song of the Day, but the main focus is audio from the original Disneyland theme park in a collection he calls the "Disneyland Magical Audio Tour," with over 1200 audio tracks, full color imagery and historical information for every track posted. Chris also provided archival Disneyland audio for the September 2015 PBS Walt Disney American Experience documentary. In 2014 he joined the Sideshow Sound Theatre podcast group as a co-host on the MouseMusic podcast, and in December 2015 he began his own weekly podcast covering all things Disney, called Jiminy Crickets! He is now also co-host of Magical Day Radio program, where he interviews notable people within the Disney community.
You can find all of Chris's articles here.