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Finding Disney with Some Tunes for the Road

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life  


In a column all about discovering Disney in the ordinary happenstances, sometimes the focus is so much on the creative and overlooked that the things that become neglected are the most simple of all. This includes the easiest way to bring Disney into an everyday routine: the car ride.

Be Our GuestWe all have that favorite album, playlist, or song, and within the confines of our car is often the most fun place to listen to it. Sometimes we can cater this to a matter of circumstance. For example, I have a special playlist I save for night driving; it consists of songs that have that distinct nighttime “feel” to them. “A Whole New World,” “Part of That World,” “Wishes,” and a few others make up its contents. I try to listen to “Be Our Guest” before volunteering to get into a mindset of putting the guest first.

Other times, we listen to a song so frequently within a specific season of life that whenever we hear the song later on, we always think of those days. I know I’ll never be able to listen to the soundtrack for the Main Street Electrical Parade without recalling driving to the library to study for my summer course (yeah, I don’t know, I got on a techno kick, and it fit the bill).

Lion King Circle of Life SunThere are some moments, though, that cannot be manufactured and could not be repeated even if attempted. The setting is right, the tune by coincidence is perfect for the visual, and things just click. I experienced this big time just last week. I was driving on a mountain road just as the sun was coming up. I could see its light peeking through trees every now and then, but could never see its full shape. “Circle of Life” happened to be playing in my car. Well, wouldn’t you know it, I turn a corner to reveal a huge, beautiful mountain gorge bathed in the light of the full sun, right there in my face coming up over the horizon, right as the lyrics reach the climax of the song. “‘Til we find our plaaaaaaaace….” WOAH. I was freaking out. The timing was SPOT-ON. This writing does not do justice the coolness of what I saw. It was perfect.

Do you have a go-to Disney song or playlist for special occasions, moments, or times of the day? Has timing ever hit you just right like it did for me? 

(As a side note, I love whenever the end of a song correlates with the end of a drive, and I can turn off my lights in sync with the downbeat. Just sayin’.)

 (Images © Disney.)


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.