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Disney World changes its music at Disney's Hollywood Studios

January 11, 2018, 11:59 AM · Did you hear anything different when you walked into Disney's Hollywood Studios this morning? Walt Disney World this morning started playing new background music [BGM] tracks in the park.

The change marks the next step in the ongoing transformation of Disney World's (currently) least-attended theme park. Disney's Hollywood Studios has been a bit of a mess in recent years, as multiple attractions and entire lands have closed to make space for two major new developments: Toy Story Land, which opens this summer, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which opens next year. (Wow, 2019 is next year now!)

From the park's press release:

At the park’s Main Entrance, big band arrangements of familiar Disney tunes get your day started off right. As you enter the park, the music transitions to popular songs from the 30s and 40s, also in the big band style that comes to a crescendo as you approach the Chinese Theater. Throughout the park, the music complements each area’s setting and timeframe perfectly. From brassy horns near Echo Lake and jazz at the BaseLine Tap House, to the sounds of live performances outside Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, it’s music to your ears!

In addition to the two upcoming new lands, the park's iconic Chinese Theater is getting a new ride —: Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, which is replacing The Great Movie Ride. (Disney has not announced an opening date for that yet.) Late last year, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue got a new film, which concludes with guests landing in Galaxy's Edge, and the park also opened that BaseLine Tap House bar near the Star Wars land construction site.

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Replies (7)

January 11, 2018 at 12:12 PM · What was the music before? Did it not have similar period appropriate themes?
January 11, 2018 at 12:26 PM · The description of the "new" BMG doesn't sound that much different from the old DHS soundtrack. The Echo Lake "brassy horns" have been in place for as long as I can remember, and Aerosmith tracks have always been played outside Rock 'n Rollercoaster.

The "big band" Disney tunes at the front seem to be the only real change here with the 30's and 40's tunes that were once played near the entrance pushed back to the area near the Chinese Theater. So from what I can glean from this it sounds like they just created a new sound block at the entrance that splits the soundtrack between the front of the park and the Theater to allow for some Disney songs to be played. Everything else appears to be virtually unchanged.

January 11, 2018 at 12:54 PM · Confession time: Disney could play the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in the parks (hey, Fox property - it could happen!), and I never would notice. I just filter all BGM in theme parks and never hear a thing. I suspect it's a gene mutation that allowed me to survive (and enjoy) working in the Magic Kingdom for so many summers.
January 11, 2018 at 3:46 PM · This Big Band music makes no thematic sense with the modern and new Grand Avenue even as a transition. I wish they play Disney music appropriate to the area.
January 11, 2018 at 4:53 PM · I cannot wait for all of this stuff to be complete. This park has a chance to be one of Disney's best. Just waiting on that new name announcement!
January 12, 2018 at 4:49 AM · They were playing Christmas music Wednesday
January 12, 2018 at 4:50 PM · @Robert I'm sure even you would notice if they started playing Sweet Transvestite as you were walking round!


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