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Did You Know? Disney Attractions Feature Academy Award-Winning Songs

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be glued to the TV this Sunday night to watch the “84th Annual Academy Awards” to see who wins all the big awards, who gives a great acceptance speech and who wears what on the red carpet.

One of the awards we’ll be watching for will be Best Original Song, for which the tune “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” film is nominated.

But did you know there are tons of Academy Award-winning songs you can hear as a part of Walt Disney World Resort attractions?

'When You Wish Upon a Star' of 'Pinocchio' Won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1940

  • “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940) – The Best Original Song of 1940 can be heard in “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and in nightly performances of “The Magic, The Memories and You!” at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da” (1948) – The Best Original Song of 1948 was from the Disney film “Song of the South.” It can be heard today on Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • “Chim Chim Cher-ee” (1965) – This Sherman Brothers classic was penned for “Mary Poppins.” Theme park guests can hear a clip at The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Academy Award-Winning 'Under the Sea' Can Be Heard in 'The Voyage of the Little Mermaid' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • “Under the Sea” (1989) – This upbeat tune from “The Little Mermaid” can be heard in “Fantasmic!” and “Voyage of The Little Mermaid” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • The Academy Award-Winning Title Song from 'Beauty and The Beast' Can Be Heard in 'Beauty and The Beast - Live on Stage' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • “Beauty and The Beast” (1992) – The title song from the film of the same name is performed live at “Beauty and The Beast – Live on Stage” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • “A Whole New World” (1993) – This song from “Aladdin” won the Best Original Song award in 1993. It can be heard at Mickey’s PhilharMagic and in nightly performances of “The Magic, The Memories and You!” at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Academy Award-Winning 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' Can Be Heard in 'Festival of The Lion King' at Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (1994) – This winner for Best Original Song is performed live at “Festival of The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • “Colors of the Wind” (1995) – This song from “Pocahontas” can be heard in Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom Park, and in “Fantasmic!” and sung live at The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • “You’ll Be In My Heart” (1999) – This song from “Tarzan” can be heard in the Valentine’s Day edition of “The Magic, The Memories and You!” at Magic Kingdom, or sung live at The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Academy Award-Winning 'If I Didn't Have You' from 'Monsters, Inc.' Can Be Heard at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Attraction at Magic Kingdom Park

  • “If I Didn’t Have You” (2001) – This song from “Monsters, Inc.” can be heard at Magic Kingdom Park’s Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor attraction.

Which of these songs is your favorite?


  • All of the songs mentioned in the blog post are great. 🙂

    As a side note, this is the official Disney Parks blog. It is a place for readers to offer feedback, ask questions, and give constructive criticism. It is NOT a place for blind cynicism.

  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da was my favorite song as a kid and I still love it today! Disney is constatnly my background music when I’m doing homework. Thank you Walt Disney!

  • I love “When You Wish Upon a Star because it is so beautiful. I would like to sing it when I see a beautiful sparkling star at night.

  • Beauty and the Beast is also used in Fantasmic! for those of you who might be wondering.

    Katherine, A Whole New World is also used in World of Color at DCA.

  • Colors of the Wind is also briefly heard on the train at Magic Kingdom as it passes through Fronteirland.

    • Good catch!

  • Under the sea is also in the new little mermaid ride at California adventure, and both under the sea and colors of the wind are in the World of Color show there also!

  • Gee, think the Muppet song will beat the -other- nominee? 😉

    (What a setup this year: If they were just going to be “Muppets” fans, they could’ve at least pretended to have three nominees–Kermit’s song wouldn’t have looked out of place.
    There were two qualifying songs from Gnomeo & Juliet, two qualifying songs from Winnie the Pooh, and even an Alan Menken song from Captain America, and yet the committee acted like no one who went to the movies last year went around humming anything else.)

  • One of the first songs I learned to sign was Colors of the Wind. I use it today to teach youngsters who can’t hear.

    • Wow, that’s amazing!

  • “When You Wish Upon a Star” has always been a favorite, especially when visiting the parks. However, my favorite is definitely “A Whole New World” – the first song my husband and I danced to as husband and wife.

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