Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and radio stations are beginning to change their tunes to holiday favorites. If you’re looking for some different variations of classic Christmas music, Disney has produced a number of fun albums over the years. Some of these are exclusive to the theme parks and highlight some of the merriment happening at Disney’s special events. They make perfect gift ideas for Disney fans:
Holiday Wishes: Before Idina Menzel came up with a title for her Christmas collection, Jiminy Cricket lit the night sky with this melodious presentation which is a highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The show is an assemblage of majestic holiday favorites. The orchestration is on-par with any Magic Kingdom Park spectacle: grand, regal, and wonderful ear candy. As a bonus, this album comes with the full soundtrack to the now-extinct Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including audio fun from Rafiki, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Mickey. Unfortunately, it excludes other soundbites from MVMCP, such as the parade and stage shows. Those soundtracks are not currently sold.
Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir as Presented at Epcot: Here is the full soundtrack to Epcot‘s annual Christmas pageant. With narration by Phylicia Rashad, the album includes the telling of the Christmas story along with all the songs included in the program. As a plus, this is the only item on this list that isn’t hard to find: In addition to being sold in the parks, it’s also on iTunes and Spotify. Close your eyes, listen away, and you’re right in the middle of it.
A Musical History of Disneyland: All right, so you might have trouble tracking this one down. It was a six-disc boxed set released in 2005 for the fiftieth anniversary of Disneyland. It pretty much has full (and I do mean full) audio for every Disneyland attraction you could ever imagine, and disc six is devoted solely to special events. Included are it’s a small world holiday, Haunted Mansion Holiday, and The Country Bear Christmas Special (so great). You might need to peruse online scrounging to find it, but once you do, A Musical History of Disneyland is a great package, and not just because of the holiday tunes.
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What tunes remind you of Christmastime in the parks the most?
Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.