In this series, Know Disney?, blogger Kendall Foreman introduces readers to aspects of the Walt Disney Company®, its films, history, and parks, which perhaps are heretofore unknown to the reader.
It is commonly known that while Imagineers are designing new rides, shops, restaurants, resorts, and so on, they like to include hidden details in tribute to Disney films and former attractions. As opening day for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train approached, speculations circulated as to how they would pay homage to the film that started it all—Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As always, the Imagineers successfully included their acknowledgement. While this newest of Magic Kingdom® Park rides is teeming with extraordinary visuals and riders are immersed in images rich with detail from the beginning of the queue to the end of the ride, they might just miss the tribute because, in this case, it cannot be seen, only heard.
As guests make their way through the queue for the ride, they discover incredible interactive elements as well as impressive architecture and beautiful landscape. These attractive features are something newbie and experienced park visitors expect to experience at Walt Disney World® (WDW). Less obvious, yet equally as important and anticipated, are the musical compositions seamlessly woven all throughout the property. Such tunes are utilized in the queues as well as on the rides. While many are familiar to most guests, some are not. One such piece of unfamiliar music can be heard on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. In fact, though it is as old as the film itself, prior to the opening of the ride, no one had heard it played publicly.
Music in Your Soup was intended to be a boisterous dinner tune sung by the dwarfs as they sat down to the meal which Snow White had so lovingly prepared for them. Clanking their spoons and bowls, Happy leads the dwarfs in a chorus of “You can cheer things up with a sup, sup, sup of the music in your soup”. While, in the end, the song was cut from the final version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a rough-sketch version can be seen on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition Blu-Ray as a part of the special feature Snow White Returns. The full version of the song, sung by the “Dwarf Chorus”, is also available for download on iTunes.
So, as you make your way through the winding paths of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue, listen closely for the cheerful notes of Music in Your Soup. Perhaps you can learn the words and sing-a-long with the music of this long-lost piece of Disney history.
Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7) Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)