/ Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life

by Blake Taylor

Mickey and Minnie Playing MusicThere I was, on the bus. I was minding my own business when a few rows back, someone’s phone beeps. But it’s not just any beep. It’s the beep.

[Do do DO do.]

Was that… what? I thought I heard—

[Do do DO do.]

There it was again! I wasn’t crazy. The passenger’s ringtone was Kim Possible’s Kimmunicator call to duty! Despite the series being off the air for several years, apparently many students have quite an attachment to it, because I’ve heard the same ringtone several other times throughout my school’s campus. Each and every time, it catches me off guard and I momentarily have to remind myself that, alas, I am not in World Showcase completing a mission. Every time!

Other Disney-related sounds elusively find their ways to my ears, each as unsuspecting and off-the-wall as the next. For example, it was the first sunny, warm spring day of the year and practically everyone was outside enjoying the weather. Reading, playing catch, hammocking, juggling, you name it. Someone was playing music off in the distance at a volume that was loud enough to be heard softly from where I sat. The tunes were restricted to modern pop from the likes of Bruno Mars and Adele. Until…

“Shoo be doo, da ba da, doo be doo, da ba da da doo bop!”

Was that… ? I strained my ears to listen closer, and confirmed my suspicion.

“Shoo be doo, da ba da, doo be doo, da ba da da doo bop!”

Sure enough, it was the sound of Terk’s voice trashing the camp with her gorilla buddies from Tarzan, blasted loud for all to hear. “Doooo bop she-do!”

In another example, once I was making my way through the student union when I heard the notes of “When You Wish Upon a Star” permeating from the jazz band performing in the coffee shop. On a different walk through the student union, a live band was playing “Iko Iko.” While, strictly speaking, it’s not a Disney song, it is played during Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade and all I could think of as I passed by was Donald Duck chanting to the crowd.

In yet another instance, I participated in a relay to fundraise against cancer. Again, most of the songs played on the loudspeaker were current radio hits. Therefore, I was thoroughly surprised when a certain videogame wrecker proclaimed, “I’m gonna wreck it!” followed by a certain cheery handyman chiming, “I can fix it!” It was the beginning of Owl City’s “When Can I See You Again” from Wreck-It Ralph, and the characters’ intro brought a smile to my face.

Does this ever happen to you? Do you find yourself having to stop and place where you’ve heard certain noises or songs only to discover their root leads to Disney? Share your Disney sound story in the comments, and stay tuned for next week when we uncover another enticing Disney scent: smells!

3 Responses to "Finding Disney: Hidden Disney Sounds"

  1. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    it’s not a song but a couple weeks ago I on a service call and while I was talking to the customer his phone started to ring. but it wasn’t an ordinary ring. The customer’s cell phone proclaimed “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.” I couldn’t help but let out an ear to ear smile at the Monorail ringtone :)

  2. Daniel Young says:

    In college, we have a tv channel dedicated to programs that students create on campus. There was a commercial that was created on the channel promoting the programs available on the station. The music that was used for it is from Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

  3. Kendall Foreman (MoretotheWorld) says:

    When I was an elementary student, my art teacher used to play music for us while we would work. Usually she like to play casettes or CDs that went with upcoming holidays. One year before Halloween, she pulled out a record player and an old record. As it started playing I heard the voice of The Ghost Host. I looked to the classmate sitting next to me and asked if they realized who that was. No one else except for my teacher and I knew that this record was the entire (music and words) soundtrack for The Haunted Mansion. Each year following, I looked forward to when my teacher would bring me a little bit of WDW Magic in the classroom.

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