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Disney From The Twenty-Something: Disney Background Music

Cinderella CastleThis week, I’ve been spending a lot of time doing some research and planning my next trip to Walt Disney World this fall. To get me in the spirit of the parks, I of course had some background music playing on my computer while doing my research. I started thinking about how amazing the background music throughout WDW is. It can be understated to the point where you almost don’t notice it or loud and dramatic. It can be a sweeping score like on Soarin’ or a subtle beat of drums coming from the exotic bushes of Adventureland. Regardless of what the music is, you are seamlessly immersed in the environment around you. There are several different pieces of background music that are my favorites. They are the ones that can transport me to an exact spot in WDW after hearing just a few bars. Below, I’ve attached some links to these pieces of background music for you to enjoy and to add a touch of Disney magic to your day. I would love to hear what your favorite background music is, so be sure to tell me in the comments below!

Now sit back, relax, and let’s get to some background music!

Future World East near Ellen’s Energy Adventure: This was the very first piece of music that popped into my head when I started to make this list. It perfectly encompasses the spirit of both Future World and Ellen’s Energy Adventure and it always puts me in a good mood. My favorite part is at the [3:36] mark.


Tower of Terror Queue: In my opinion, this is the perfect background music. The melancholy wails of jazz are a mixture of eerie and mysterious setting the tone of the attraction to come. The music also helps to further establish a time period for the attraction you are about to experience. I still get goose bumps walking through those foggy gardens on the grounds of the Hollywood Tower Hotel as I make my way to the lobby, and it’s all thanks to this perfect sample of background music.


Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: Okay, so while this technically isn’t pure background music (rather a mix of music with the narration of the attraction), it is still one of my favorite things to listen to in between WDW vacations. With every change in the music and every word of the narration, I can perfectly picture exactly where I would be while gliding along on the TTA.


Tomorrowland: This loop is one of the ones I use most frequently as my own background music at home while working. My absolute favorite part features the familiar tune of “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” from the Carousel of Progress. To hear that part, skip to the [18:45] mark.


Drums in Adventureland: These distinctive percussive beats always build my excitement and anticipation of what’s to come ahead of me as I cross the bridge from the hub into exotic Adventureland.


Expedition Everest: This piece of background music makes me feel as though I am wandering through Anandapur in the shadow of the mountain waiting for my chance to meet that elusive yeti.


Beauty and the Bees: If you listen carefully while waiting in the lobby of It’s Tough to be a Bug you’ll be treated to this great play on the classic music from the animated feature Beauty and the Beast…but with a bug’s twist of course!


So there you have it, some of my favorite background music from Walt Disney World! Just a quick listen to any of the above, and I feel as though I am actually in the parks. What are your favorite pieces of background music? Do you have one piece that can transport you to a particular spot on property? I would love to hear what you like to listen to, so please feel free to tell me in the comments below!

Love Disney background music as much as I do? What is your favorite piece? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.