Where Can You Find Disney’s Tomorrowland Area Music?

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Every section of the Magic Kingdom has a different look, but it also has a different sound. Have you ever wondered where you could buy the music you hear in Tomorrowland? Apparently you can’t. We looked all over iTunes and online music stores, and no soundtracks appear to be for sale.

But we did locate lots and lots of YouTube video links. You don’t have to watch the actual videos, which many times are just random photos set to music, but rather just press play on our videos. Then let the memories begin! Time to do some laundry, eat dinner with the kids, all with the sounds of Disney World in your ears. We threw in some trivia just for fun…

Tomorrowland sign

Through his television programs, Walt Disney showed America how he thought the world was moving into the future. Tomorrowland was simply a culmination of his futuristic views. Mr. Disney said, “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.”

This video is for the music most often heard in Tomorrowland, and they call it a “loop” because it plays continuously for almost an hour.

Tomorrowland Loop

For a little different take on the traditional version, try this Tokyo Disney loop.

Tokyo Disney Tomorowland

Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland opened on October 1, 1971 at the Magic Kingdom. Just like at Disneyland, WDW’s Tomorrowland was opened unfinished, but it was completed by 1975. It is said that the Florida version more closely resembled Walt Disney’s actual vision for Tomorrowland. Some of the most popular Disney park attractions premiered in this Magic Kingdom area, like Space Mountain, which opened in 1975, a ride that is now found in every Disney Tomorrowland around the world.

Opening with a beautiful trumpet solo, here is the link to Space Mountain music:

Space Mountain Soundtrack

For most of its history, Tomorrowland’s  look was a retro-modernist landscape, accented by a color scheme of simplistic whites and light blues. In 1994, Tomorrowland was completely re-imagined and altered to resemble a galactic spaceport, taking inspiration from Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon science-fiction comic strips of the early 20th century.  Tomorrowland now has a metallic look with bright neon lights in a multitude of rainbow colors.

Many of the attractions changed through the years, with some of the classic Tomorrowland rides and shows that closed in Disneyland still open in Florida, including the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Carousel of Progress, which was moved from Disneyland to Walt Disney World in 1975. Walt Disney’s model display of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, the first incarnation of what would become Epcot, is only visible from a display window on the Peoplemover ride.

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This is a video for the TTA/Peoplemover attraction, because there seems to be no “audio” recording like many of the attractions have. While you still do not have to actually watch the video, it’s interesting to hear the cars click over the tracks and to hear guest’s noises as the recording goes on.

Peoplemover 

For a little sing along time, here are two songs from the Carousel of Progress, the updated version followed by the original recording.

WDW Carousel Of Progress Audio

Disney Carousel Of Progress Best Time Of Your Life Vintage Version

Gone but Not Forgotten

What you won’t see in Tomorrowland in Florida are the following attractions:

  • Skyway to Fantasyland (1971–1999)

  • Circle-Vision 360° (1971–2006)

  • If You Had Wings (1972–1987)

  • The Timekeeper (1994–2006)

  • Mission to Mars (1975–1993)

  • Delta Dreamflight (1989–1996)

  • ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (1995–2003)

Tomorrowland Area music

For those of you old enough to remember If You Had Wings, then you’ll enjoy this recording:

If You Had Wings

And for a little bonus, this video contains the audio once played on the monorail circling the resorts. Hit play, close your eyes, and it’s a virtual vacation in a time machine!

Walt Disney Monorail Full Voice – Old Version

So there you have access to Disney World’s Tomorrowland attractions and area music. If you can’t purchase the area music, what better way to listen than to playing YouTube videos for free.

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Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Where Can You Find Disney World’s Main Street Area Music?

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Music plays a huge part in my Disney vacations. I can just hear a certain song and suddenly feel seven years old again, like I am walking through the Magic Kingdom with my family way back in ’77. Living in this amazing age of technology, you can relive those Disney feelings when you get home just by simply listening to music.

Where can you find the Main Street, U.S.A., area music loops?

We haven’t located a place to purchase the actual CDs, and these songs are not available on iTunes.

So we did a little searching and found videos on YouTube, plus several bonus videos for those cold or rainy days where you  want to stay inside and relive those old memories. These videos are really just brief visual images to go with the recordings. We’ll give you some info. about Main Street too, for those that like a little knowledge to accompany their tunes.

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Disney Main Street

Disney World’s Main Street features stylistic influences from New England and Missouri. This is most noticeable in the “four corners” area in the middle of Main Street where each of the four corner buildings represents a different architectural style. Whereas Disneyland has an Opera House, WDW’s Main Street sports Exposition Hall.

Here is the Main Street, U.S.A, music loop, over an hour’s worth of songs you’ll instantly recognize.

WDW Main Street USA Area Music Loop

Disney Main Street parade

Main Street’s decor is early 20th century small-town America inspired by Walt Disney’s childhood.  City Hall contains the Guest Relations lobby for information and assistance. You can actually get your hair cut in a barber shop. (Use this link: Should You Get a Haircut at Walt Disney World? For $20, with Pixie Dust and Stickers, Yes!) The Emporium carries a massive variety of Disney merchandise such as plush toys, collectible pins, clothes, jewelry and hats. Tony’s Town Square and the Plaza Restaurant are table service restaurants for a nice sit-down meal, while Casey’s Corner, located at the end of Main, sells traditional American ball park items like hot dogs and french fries.

Just beyond the end of Main Street, separating this from every other main street in the United States, is Cinderella Castle.

The Main Street music has changed some through the years, so here is a link to the “original” Main Street loop.

The Original Main Street, USA Area Loop: 1971 – 1992

Disney Transportation on Main Street

Standing at only 189 feet tall, WDW’s Main Street benefits “forced perspective.” Forced perspective is a simple technique that uses optical illusions to make objects appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than they actually are. The second stories of all the buildings along Main are shorter than the lower story, and the third stories are even shorter than the second. You will notice the same technique used on Cinderella Castle.

Main Street is like the opening act for the Magic Kingdom. As you pass under the train station/opening curtain, you then view the opening credits on the upper stories of the main street buildings.

Main Street Disney windows

The windows have business names on them, such as “Seven Summits Expeditions, Frank G. Wells President”, with each of the names connected to important Disney individuals. The windows/credits are ordered as they would be for a movie.

Before you walk onto Main Street, U.S.A., you will pass through the bag check and the entrance, with this music loop playing in the background.

Magic Kingdom Full Entrance Loop

Disney Main Street Area Music Loop

So you woke up early enough to make rope drop? Well, then you heard these tunes. Listening, I can almost see Mickey and his pals waving from the train station.

Magic Kingdom Welcome Melody

While the next video has no direct connection to Main Street per se, this video is the 1971 grand opening television special of Walt Disney World, which was broadcast on the Wonderful World of Disney show. Julie Andrews hosts this celebration with celebrity appearances by Glen Campbell, Bob Hope, Buddy Hackett and Jonathan Winters. This footage is a true Disney treasure, mostly because the Disney music is completely reminiscent of the 1970s. Highlights of the musical arrangements include Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and It’s A Small World.

The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World

And where does Main Street lead you? Right here, to that famous castle…

Disney Castle at the end of Main Street

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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There are some great “101 Best Disney Tips” lists floating around out there on the Internet. You’ve probably read them; they’re good material with solid information. But they were each written by just one person, from the vantage point of that one person. My ideal Disney article would be to write about waking up at noon, resort swimming until say five.ish, then heading over to the Magic Kingdom and staying up until 4 a.m. Now do that four days straight, because that was my greatest Disney vacation EVER. But my particular vantage point might not be what you are looking for to help plan your next Disney vacation.

I like to hear opinions from all sorts of  people who have been there and done that, so we asked this question to our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans:

“What you would tell your friends NOT to do at Walt Disney World?”

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Disney World’s NEW & Improved Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)

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It was Walt Disney that said, this sentence so often quoted in regard to his humongous and ever-changing empire, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Quite a few eyebrows were raised by Disney fans everywhere when it was announced that Starbucks was taking over the Magic Kingdom’s beloved Main Street Bakery. Change – it happens all the time at Disney World. They change the flowers. They tear down Mickey and Minnie’s homes and put up a circus. They build new resorts. They tear down shows and put in Star Wars Land (Ok, that’s still rumor. Just seeing if you are paying attention.) Change.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

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new Main Street Bakery

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” That’s another of my favorite Walt Disney quotes, and really how I approach any news of coming changes within the gates of WDW. I like to be optimistic, be hopeful, but I lost this one. The Disney Main Street Bakery that I knew and loved is gone.

I managed to score four tickets for a preview into The NEW Main Street Bakery on Father’s Day, June 16th, 2013, the last day of our summer Disney vacation. Walking by on the way to snag FASTPASSES to Space Mountain 20 minutes after park opening, I saw two Cast Members handing out tickets. Forget Space Mountain…I shoved my husband and sons into the waiting line. I thought they were tickets just to get in the door for a soft opening preview. Imagine my surprise when it was tickets for free food and drinks. Woohoo! FREE! I looked at my husband and said,”Happy Father’s Day!”

 Read: If You Want to Save Time and Money on Disney World Food, Eat Now and Not Then!

Disney meal dining voucher

Here’s a breakdown for you, trying to be as unbiased as possible, because while I fear change as a general rule, I also try to embrace it so I can keep moving forward.

The Good

I love all improvements to buildings, rides, and whatever the Disney Company chooses to “plus.”  The term “plus it” was commonly used by Walt Disney to  mean making further improvements to a project, no matter if it was a film, a television show, or a theme park. You Starbucks fans have been “plussed.” There are a lot of coffee/latte options, and The Bakery smells of delicious Starbucks Coffee. After years of reading complaints about whatever coffee Disney was serving, apparently Nescafe, you guys will be happy.

My husband said the breakfast sandwich he ate was really good, probably one of the best “meals” he had eaten on Disney property during our vacation.

My piece of berry coffee cake was Ok; it was better than a Wilderness Lodge brownie I once ate, but not as good as the Lemonade Cupcake they served at the Contempo Cafe last summer. Average.

I have read online that those people on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) will be able to purchase food and drinks here that will count as snack credits. This is great news if you were planning to buy your Caramel Macchiato here anyway, because that’s one less expense.

 Read: Can You Afford the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at Disney World?

Disney's breakfast sandwich

My sons said their Vanilla Bean Latte was fabulous.

We didn’t actually get a coffee. This Disney Princess is no fan of coffee or latte from anywhere, so I let them enjoy it.

The Cast Members are as delightful as ever. They were helpful, smiling, and exactly what I have come to expect from Disney employees. They did not disappoint. The Cast Member that got us the vouchers actually went back into the building to get them for us, and we thanked her no less than three times. This is Disney World at its finest.

The floors were lovely, the wood trim was warm and inviting, and the brick work was a nice touch. It’s nothing to do cartwheels over, but the building has been updated. I personally liked the old building, but this change in appearance is still a positive.

Disney changes the Main Street Bakery

The Bad

Those Bakery fans who loved all the food they offered previously will be disappointed, or I was in a huge way. I never ate breakfast at the old Main Street Bakery, but  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans said there was a ham and cheese croissant on the breakfast menu that was fabulous. No croissant items are listed on the new menu.

Remember the famed Main Street cinnamon roll?

Disney World Main Street Cinnamon Roll

It’s no longer on the menu.

I remember an apple turnover bigger than my hand. My youngest son and I split one like six years ago on the sidewalk outside The Bakery. How do I remember? Because it was that yummy, better than any bakery food I have in my home town.

I remember a massive slice of chocolate cake. I remember a chocolate chocolate-chip muffin with white powdered sugar sprinkled on top. I remember carrot cake, because while I am not a fan, my middle child certainly is. He bought a slice every trip with his own money. Come to think of it, I probably remember too many yummy calorie-filled snacks.

Read: Can You Bring Your Own Food into a Disney World Theme Park? 

Disney Coffee cake

I remember a cinnamon roll so huge we split it in fourths. Word has it this treat has been relocated to Gaston’s Tavern in the new Fantasyland, which is not open as far as I know after Wishes, and it’s like two miles away from Main Street. OK, it feels like two miles, but it’s probably just one-quarter of a mile away. And I know there are fans of Le Fou’s Brew out there, don’t send me hate mail, please, but I thought that drink was blah at best, cold apple juice at worst, and I only set foot in the door once despite the amazing night-time lighting.

I don’t think of the new Fantasyland as the place to eat my Main Street Bakery cinnamon roll. What I knew is gone, and Starbucks stole it.

Disney peanut butter cupcakes

All my yummy snacks, the ones I looked forward to from The Bakery, are gone, gone, gone the way of Snow White’s Scary Adventure, or at least when I was there for the preview visit.

In Internet chatter regarding the new Bakery, many people have remarked that Disney is filled with corporate sponsorships, in fact there is an Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor almost door. My issues with the changes are not about branding and corporate sponsorships. I don’t buy coffee anywhere, so I honestly don’t care what brand of coffee is being served; it could be Goofy’s Coffee Company for all I care. Most people i know go to Starbucks for the quality of coffee, not necessarily for a snack. There are snacks all over the Magic Kingdom, and I was one of those people who ate here for the quality of the snack.

I wrote two paragraphs ago, “What I knew is gone, and Starbucks stole it.” A Reddit reader found this to be “a bit over-the-top.” Well, I’m going to stand by that as far as the food. Starbucks may have brought in a tremendous taste improvement as far as coffee, but it dropped substantially in terms of quality of snacks. That cake pop below is pretty, but it’s no match quality-wise for any of the foods I mentioned they served previously.

Bring in your Starbucks Frappuccinos, your Goofy’s Coffee, your Coca Cola coffee, (insert any brand here) but leave the Bakery snacks as they were. I read a review where it was pointed out that The Main Street Bakery wasn’t actually baking their food items on site. Neither is Starbucks, so why change up a good thing?

But hey, things change, and the menu might as well.

Wiping a formerly sugar-filled tear…

Starbucks Disney snacks

The Ugly

There is no seating now. This was a horrible realization for my family. Both my sons asked where we would sit with our food. Well, dears, mommy doesn’t exactly know.

This has really messed up my after “Wishes” snack plans in a royal Cinderella Castle-sized way. I was one of those die-hard Disney fans that watched people walking down Main Street toward transportation – on their way home  – while I enjoyed a snack in The Bakery. It was like a secret we knew, along with thousands of other Disney fans, that when the Magic Kingdom closes, you get a snack and stay a while. Some of us waited so long they kindly reminded us it was time to go now.

Starbucks stole the seats, and now there are a couple small (probably granite) counters to stand at. Listen, I’ve stood enough by 11 p.m. I liked my table. My kids liked the tables. We sat and watched the glass blowers in Crystal Arts next door. We watched sleepy kids sit in mom and dad’s laps and eat snacks. We talked about what we would order on our next visit. We watched parents fight, lovers share snacks with one fork, girls rip off princess dresses in preparation for a good night’s sleep beginning in a stroller. We watched a lot. We ate a lot of snacks on those small tables through the years, and if there wasn’t table space, you sat on the bar by the wall.

We enjoyed a lot of late night snacks in the Main Street Bakery, had some good conversations, made some vacation plans.

Goodbye tables and yummy snacks. Hello…Starbuck’s coffee? Hello Starbuck’s cookie standing at a counter? Readers have remarked that “it’s silly to get mad about this kinda stuff,” and that I was being “nitpicky” and “complaining just to complain.” I say to them…you never enjoyed a great snack here with family, because if you had, you would know what you are missing out on in the future.

Disney Main Street Sarbucks

If the worst I can say is there is nowhere to sit, then that’s not all that bad, really. It’s a nice, clean shop with reasonable prices and friendly staff.

What I have lost is memories, and a table and chair on which to make future memories. Yeah, yeah, there are tables down the street  and at the train station, but ya know, change is hard.

I’ll be back, but not like I was. I’ll stop in if I need a cold drink, because they do not lack in available soda bottles. I’ll stop in if my high school-aged daughter wants to get a latte, even though we have a Starbucks offering the same latte just 10 minutes from my house.  I’ll be back if I want to accompany my husband as he purchases another breakfast sandwich, and I’ll walk with him while he eats it, hoofing it down the sidewalk on the way to more FASTPASSES.

Wait…Disney just changed the Fastpass system too. Wow, change can be hard!

But I won’t like it, not like I used to. I’ll just have to find a “new” favorite snack spot, maybe in different  park. We found a great coffee shop in Hollywood Studios with the coldest air EVER and a really great cherry pastry over by Star Tours. Yea, maybe I’ll go there and pout and talk about what was, how the Main Street Bakery used to be when my kids were kids.

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Disney Starbucks

When I think of “Main Street,” the kind Walt Disney so fondly remembered from his childhood, I think of soda fountains, quaint stores, and cafes where I could spend time with family and friends. I don’t think of drive-through windows and taking my coffee to go. I’m on vacation to get away from my McDonald’s Happy Meal world. I’d like a table to have a seat, rest my feet, plan my next stop, with my vacation-weary butt parked in a chair.

I didn’t win this round of change, but I truly have high hopes for that Cars Land rumor.

Stop by when Starbucks, I mean the new Main Street Bakery, and see for yourself. Let us know what you thought… 

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

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Bringing Food into Disney World Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2018!

If you ever tried to sneak food into some sort of establishment, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Most Walt Disney World visitors are aware that you no longer have to sneak your food into the theme parks, because the rules have changed from years past. I have a mini-anxiety attack every time we go through Security, because my dad snuck in food during every trip we made to Disney when I was a child. I call it “Post Traumatic Cheapskate Syndrome.”

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Time is money at Walt Disney World. While many of us joke about living there forever, money will only buy you a certain amount of time in Orlando. Ideas for what you do with that time are not endless, but there sure are a lot of ways to have fun. Getting a hair cut has never made my personal list of fun. It’s probably not on your fun list either.
Photos of kids with fun haircuts from The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom have been popping up more frequently on Facebook. When you compare the prices for many special experiences at Disney World, it turns out a haircut at this location is not crazy expensive.

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Those of you who know your way around blindfolded you can use these images for virtual vacations or even for scrapbooking purposes!

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Disney’s Extra Magic Hours: a Cheapskate Princess Guide

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If you ever said,”Let’s just stay at a cheap hotel, because with the money we save, the longer we can stay at Disney World longer,” then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. I’m all about finding a bargain. And there is no doubt that staying at a Disney World Resort can be more expensive than staying “off property.” 

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