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Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: Last-Minute Music Downloads from Walt Disney Records

posted on December 23rd, 2011 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Walt Disney’s Babes in Toyland Original Cast Album

Walt Disney’s Babes in Toyland Original Cast Album

What you get: The musical score from Walt Disney’s first live-action musical (also available on DVD) starring Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz), Ed Wynn (Mary Poppins) and our own Queen of Walt Disney World Resort, Annette Funicello.

Why it’s cool: It’s a stereo re-creation of the score (not actually the soundtrack as stated on iTunes) with a magnificent overture by Camarata. Listen for Henry Calvin (Sgt. Garcia on Zorro), a young Ann Jillian as Bo-Peep, and a rousing rendition of “March of the Toys,” which accompanied Walt’s vision of the toy soldiers, introduced in the movie and now a Disney Parks parade tradition.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Storyteller Version

What you get: An album length adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol combining soundtrack elements from the 1983 featurette with songs and dialogue from the original 1974 album – which actually inspired the film.

Why it’s cool: Film, radio and TV star Alan Young (beloved as Wilbur on TV’s “Mister Ed”) wrote and starred on the album. He’s the voice of Uncle Scrooge McDuck (also on DuckTales and in Disney Parks shows), and also voices Mickey! All the female roles are played by the great Janet Waldo, voice of Judy Jetson, Penelope Pitstop and Josie (of Josie and the Pussycats). Goofy is voiced by Walker Edmiston (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, H.R. Pufnstuf).

Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp

Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp

Why it’s cool: The Christmas song, “Peace On Earth” opens and closes the Walt Disney Pictures animated classic, coming to Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD in February. The whole soundtrack album is available for download, as well as the 1962 song album, conducted by Camarata with top Hollywood soloists Robie Lester, Teri York, Bob Grabeau and Marilyn Hooven – who sings “Peace On Earth” in counterpoint with “Silent Night.”

The Night Before Christmas

What you get: The Clement Moore poem set to music by Hollywood vocal director Ken Darby (The Wizard of Oz, Finian’s Rainbow). Look for the versions by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians or The Harry Simeone Chorale.

Why it’s cool: You may remember this version from the Disney Parks stage show, “Mickey’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It was introduced on the 1940’s radio sitcom, Fibber McGee and Molly and animated for TV in 1968.

These songs and albums are available for download on selected websites including iTunes and amazon.

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Dean on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I love music downloads!

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Krista on December 24th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for making it available on other sites, like Amazon, since I and i’m sure others don’t use iTunes.

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WM on December 24th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Unfortunately, I only managed to find Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and the Lady And The Tramp score album on Amazon. I’d like to get Babes in Toyland and The Lady and The Tramp song album…

 

Greg Ehrbar on December 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Hi WM,
The Lady and the Tramp song album and the Babes in Toyland cast album are available on iTunes but not on amazon at this time. Sometimes vintage Disney albums appear from one licensed download service, or another one, or both. I hope you can access iTunes where you live, or keep checking to see if amazon or another licensed download service gets them in the future — or maybe they’ll be reissued on CD, from Walt Disney Records or a from partner label(like Intrada (which is currently offering UP, The Black Hole and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on “sea-D”).

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Gina on December 25th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Hi Greg,
From your posts you seem to know a good bit about the play reels at the Disney parks and resorts. We just returned from a trip to the Yacht Club and wondered who performed the song probably called “Let it Snow”. It’s not the traditional Christmas song, but kind of has an easy-listening sound to it.

Also, what about the play reel as you enter Epcot at the bridge between England and France. It sounds like a show tune, but I can’t quite place it.

Thanks for your help!

 

Greg Ehrbar on December 29th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Well, I actually stood at the International Gateway and listened to the music loop myself — it’s very nice, but I could not hear “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (which by the way, has lyrics by Sammy Cahn, who also did the words to “You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!”)

What I did hear, however, were a lot of selections from Percy Faith’s two “Music of Christmas” albums. The first volume is available n CD, and the second album is available for download under the name of “Hallelujah.”

Whenever I’m looking for a specific rendition of a song, I go to iTunes and search for the title, then listen to the samples. You may find it there.

Hope that helps!

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