Shazam, an iPhone and the music of the Disneyland Resort
Written by M. Ryan Traylor
Music is a universal language filled with emotions. People associate their first kiss, first dance, a birth or loss of a loved with songs. Music has been used for thousands of years to stir emotions. A good theme park knows how to use music to its greatest ability.Tweet
Disney is a park and company that has made a career out of music and songs. Most of us know "Zip a Dee Do Dah", "Supercalifraglisticexpialadocious", "Whistle While You Work", "I Got No Strings", "A Whole New World", "Beauty and the Beast", and many (many) others. But there is a lot of music that goes unnoticed. These are the scores to rides and the background ambience throughout the park.
Speakers behind horizontal screening in aluminum signage
I journeyed down to the Disneyland Resort with iPhone in tow and decided to put the Shazam application to the test. Some of these background songs I recognized from films, but there were a few that I couldn't quite place. I was only able to get a 20% response. (I think that 40% of the undefined songs were probably due to the poor reception. The other 40% is probably because Disney has created original mixes of some of its most famous themes and they do not have a digital tag for them yet.)
Speaker in the 5-cent cold shower box
This calliope style is also carried over to Screamin', which is the second best ride score after Soarin'. (Although, I have not heard the Indiana Jones ride score without dialogue and sound effects) The notes scaling on the camel back humps over the midway expresses the rides mood perfectly. The ride is even further enhanced with tension building score for the second lift hill.
Speaker is in the window second from left. (There is no glass in that window. It's a painted screen.)
Over in Disneyland, too much of the material is original content specific for the park and could not be tagged for information.
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