Hollywood Studios Changes All In-Park Background Music

By: Amy Kawa

In what is sure to be the first in a long long list of changes to Hollywood Studios over the next couple of years, this week all of the background and ambient music in the different areas of Hollywood Studios has been changed.  The new music reflects “a place where imagined worlds become real adventures to explore together,” according to Disney.

According to a press release from Disney and WDWNT, here is the new track list that replaces the old TV themes, MGM movie scores, and Animation Courtyard loop:

  • Main Entrance: Adapted from a custom work created for Mickey Avenue at Shanghai Disneyland, you’ll hear Big Band arrangements of many favorite Disney tunes.
  • Hollywood Boulevard: Custom arranged specifically for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll be toe-tapping to Big Band instrumental arrangements of popular
    songs from the 30’s and 40’s. These tracks were recorded twice, with a few differences to help Guests transition from Hollywood Boulevard to the hub of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Sunset Boulevard: Sunset Boulevard gives you the opportunity to sing along with vocal tracks from similar Big Band hits played on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Echo Lake: As you transition away from Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard, you will continue to hear Big Band sounds, pushing towards the 50’s and 60’s with bright,
    brassy horns and lush string arrangements.
  • Grand Avenue: Inspired by present-day Downtown Los Angeles, the music on the street includes retro-contemporary west coast funk sound defined by a strong bassline, electric guitars, horns and synthesizers. You may also hear traffic noises, birds, children playing, along with dialog coming from the storefronts. If you stand outside Garcia Sisters, you’ll hear what sounds like a radio inside the shop playing a Latin pop station.
  • Baseline Tap House: As you relax and enjoy a beverage, you’ll hear what sounds like a house band performing jazz and Bossa Nova covers of pop hits from the past few decades.
  • Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster courtyard: As you prepare to go upside down in the fast lane, you’ll hear a music festival in the distance, featuring live versions of classic rock songs by the original artists combined with crowd sounds to simulate a continuous performance.

Dreamer Amy’s take: I know this is a small change, but this one hurts pretty bad.  Background music is a big deal in the Disney parks; it adds to the ambience and overall feel.   Hollywood Studios background music, specifically, always makes me feel like I’m right in the park, even if I’m thousands of miles away in Buffalo.  In fact, I’d even tear up a bit when I’d hear the Gone with the Wind score while standing outside The Great Movie Ride.  This new playlist seems a bit generic, so here’s hoping that I’m wrong and it is distinguishably “Hollywood Studios-y” like the music that preceded it.


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