Top 10 Disney Songs

Woody here! I will be the first to admit that if you click play on my iPhone the first song you will hear will be produced by Disney. Whether it be park music from WDW or DL or one of the many songs from a Disney movie; all of these songs have created a  spot in my heart. My goal today is to make a list of 10 of my favorite Disney songs. This will definitely be a difficult list for me to create, but here it is! My top 10 favorite Disney songs in no particular order:

1. The Second Star to the Right – Peter Pan

“The second star to the right
Shines in the night for you
To tell you that the dreams you plan
Really can come true”

This song depicts to every child and adult that whatever you dream can happen, it just takes some faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust. 

2. Splash Mountain Medley – Walt Disney World Resort

“Hee hee hoo ha hoo hoo
Everybody’s got a laughing place
A laughing place to go
Take a frown, turn it upside down
And you’ll find yours we know”

I have no shame in admitting that I listen to this medley on a regular basis. It brings me back to my favorite attraction in Walt Disney World, allowing me to imagine I’m traveling through the Laughing Place and Briar Patch with Brer Rabbit!

3. Transformation – Beauty and the Beast

This gorgeous piece of music by Alan Menken, is in my opinion one of the most emotionally stirring pieces of music in Disney history. Beginning with the Beast’s unfortunate demise and Belle’s final words to him. Continuing on to his transformation into a human Prince (a.k.a Prince Adam), and finally the finale of Belle and the Prince dancing in the gorgeous palace ballroom. Just listening to this song gives me goosebumps and a belief in love and magic.

4. Soarin’ – Walt Disney World and Disneyland

You know I love a song when it is my ringtone. This score illustrates the beauty of California and creates a bone chilling experience for the listener. While it’s obviously much better when combined with the actual ride, it doesn’t hurt to pretend you’re hang gliding while running around the house and jumping and turning in tune with this wonderful compilation.

5. The Entire Frozen Album – Frozen

This counts right??? How am I supposed to choose between Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?, Frozen Heart, Let it Go, Love is an Open Door, Vuelie, and so many others?! I believe Disney, Kristine Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Christophe Beck outdid themselves on this soundtrack. I am looking forward to seeing much more from these amazing artists!

6. I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) – Hercules

“Oh
At least out loud,
I won’t say I’m in love”

Meg illustrates her desire to want to admit to her feelings for Hercules, but is afraid that it will just end in heartbreak again. Such a fun and relatable song that viewers of any age can sing along to.

7. Chin Chim Cher-ee – Mary Poppins

“Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey 
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be
Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey 
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when I shakes ‘ands with you”

Dancing Chimney sweeps, Bert singing and running around, and Mary Poppins joining in on the fun! What doesn’t this song have?

8. I See the Light – Tangled

“And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything is different
Now that I see you”

A song depicting the moment that Rapunzel and Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider discover that they have fallen in love with each other. Dreamy, romantic, and tear-jerking all in one.

9. You’ve got a Friend in Me – Toy Story

“You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You got troubles and I got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together, we can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me”

One of legendary Randy Newman’s more memorable hits. A cheerful song that just makes Toy Story and Buzz and Woody’s friendship that much better!

10. Grim, Grinning Ghosts – Walt Disney World and Disneyland

“now don’t close your eyes and don’t try to hide 
or a silly spook may sit by your side
shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize,
grim grinnin’ ghosts come out to socialize”

One of my favorite rides — and same goes for Buzz — this song leads through the Haunted Mansions spooky interior, and introduces you to several of the 999 ghosts waiting for just one more…

 

Bonus!!!!

11. Wishes – Walt Disney World

“Star light, star bright, 
first star I see tonight. 
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish, I wish tonight.
We’ll make a wish, and do as dreamers do,
and all our wishes,
will come true.”

A 12 minute compilation of Disney dreams and characters put together. This soundtrack will be sure to bring out your inner child and want you to join you favorite characters as they wish and chase their dreams. 

 

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Top 10 Must- Do Attractions: Magic Kingdom

 

Whether you’re going to Disney World for the first time or you’re an annual pass holder, these are the rides you must ride when you enter Magic Kingdom (in my personal opinion).

10.     Mad Tea Party (Tea Cups)

9.       Under the Sea- Journey of The Little Mermaid

8.       Jungle Cruise

7.       Astro Orbiter

6.       “it’s a small world”

5.       Splash Mountain

4.       Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

3.      Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

2.       Space Mountain

1.       Haunted Mansion   

 

-Buzz °o°

The Bride of The Haunted Mansion

So you all know that Buzz and I completely adore The Haunted Mansion. We know the script, I have a doom buggy sticker on the back of my car, and my phone case depicts the hitchhiking ghosts! But enough about our obsession, many of you may not know that the creepy bride in the Attic scene of this attraction actually has a pretty elaborate back story. Kristen and I especially love to search for the brides engagement ring! So click here and see what myths hide behind the veil of this haunting bride! But make sure you hurry back… we always have more facts to share!

-Woody

The Haunted Mansion

Now it’s no secret to many of Buzz and my friends that Haunted Mansion is one of our absolute favorite rides within Walt Disney World. We are those annoying Disney regulars who know the entire script and recite it word for word. From the stretching room, to Madame Leota, the attic, and of course the beloved hitchhiking ghosts; Haunted Mansion is a must-do attraction whenever you visit Magic Kingdom. Since its Halloween time why not visit the Haunted Mansion, the home to 999 happy haunts which always seems to have room for just one more!

Haunted Mansion is one of the few original attractions left in the park. It opened on opening day, October 1, 1971. And here’s a fun fact for you: Phil Holmes the current vice president of the Magic Kingdom actually opened the attraction on opening day as an attractions cast member! From then on Haunted Mansion has been a beloved attraction that has attracted million upon millions of visitors. Opening two years after Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion there are several similarities and differences between the two attractions that share the same name.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is based in New Orleans Square, and every year to celebrate the Halloween and Christmas season the attraction goes down and is called the Haunted Mansion Holiday. The attraction boasts the characters from the Tim Burton/Disney movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. When riding guests will see Jack Skellington, Sally, and the dreaded Oogie Boogie. Disneyland’s façade is also different, the attraction appears to be a plantation/mansion and when you reach the stretching room you are actually in an elevator moving down.

Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion is located in Liberty Square, a nonexistent land in Disneyland, which celebrates colonial America. Walt Disney World does not have the Haunted Mansion Holiday during the holiday season though. The architecture for this particular mansion is darker and appears to be a manor/mansion. There are two queues; the cemetery which is now the standard queue and a Fastpass+ entrance which bypasses the cemetery. Another key difference is the stretching room; as opposed to Disneyland’s elevator, the roof of the stretching room actually rises instead of guests moving down in an elevator. There are several other differences throughout the attractions but these are probably the most well-known of them.

The Walt Disney World attraction received a major refurbishment in the summer of 2007, and a new queue (the now existing cemetery) was added in March of 2011. The queue is interactive adding to the few other interactive queues in Walt Disney World that the Imagineers are fond of. The refurbishment in 2007 led to a few new rooms—i.e. the staircase room—and some much needed updates.

The Haunted Mansion is a wonderful attraction that if you continue to ride chances are you will always notice something you’ve never seen before. Whether it’s the engagement ring hidden somewhere in the cemetery, an old friend in the pet graveyard, or the silhouette of the Grim Reaper waiting for a new soul. You will be sure to, as the killer bride demands, “Hurry back”!

-Woody

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