Part of what makes a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort so incredible is the completely immersive environment that Guests can enjoy that literally involves every one of the five senses. There are endless visual details and sights to take in, the smell of delicious snacks and dining options wafting through the air and waiting to be eaten, and some wonderful music that helps to envelop Guests in the theming.
Each individual area of the Walt Disney World Resort features its own unique soundtrack of background music that helps to set the tone and theme of the area and completely immerse Guests in the experience. Depending on the music, Guests might find themselves on an exotic adventure in the jungle, in the heart of the Wild West, launching to a futuristic planet, or even at a marketplace in a galaxy far, far away.
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There are plenty of incredible pieces of background music from the Walt Disney World Resort, but some are so iconic and memorable that they stand out to Guests. Here are some of the best background music loops that can be enjoyed at the Walt Disney World Resort. Happy listening!
NOTE – If you are not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort and are looking for a dose of magic at home, many of these background music loops can be found on YouTube!
Some of the most nostalgic and memorable background music from the Walt Disney World Resort could be found in what was formerly EPCOT’s Future World near Innoventions and the Fountain of Nations. As the major overhaul and construction of EPCOT continues, those locations were either removed or heavily altered, and as a result the music also changed to new instrumental mixes. Guests who want to still enjoy the original background loop, which is the perfect combination of futuristic and nostalgic, can still hear it on select speakers in the World Nature area across from The Land Pavilion.
The entrance to Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings Guests through the Oasis and onto Discovery Island where the Tree of Life, shopping, and dining options can be found. This bright and cheerful area features lush vegetation, vibrant buildings and color schemes, beautiful views of the Tree of Life, and upbeat background music to help tie it all together. The background music on Discovery Island is a delightful blend of different styles that all exude an exotic and tropical emotion while making Guests feel as though they are about to embark on an unforgettable trip to far corners of the world.
Like the background music heard on Discovery Island, Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom also immerses Guests in the exotic spirit of adventure. As Guests cross over the bridge from the hub on Main Street, U.S.A. into Adventureland, they immediately hear the iconic and upbeat drumming that hints of fun experiences awaiting them. Continuing through Adventureland, the drum music begins to intertwine with Middle Eastern notes near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, as well as the iconic theme from the Pirates of the Caribbean films near the attraction of the same name.
Toy Story Mania Queue
Plenty of background music throughout the Walt Disney World Resort includes classic hits from favorite Disney and Pixar films, and Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the perfect example. Toy Story Mania in particular features a wonderful background music loop throughout the queue that Guests are sure to find themselves singing along to while waiting. The music features instrumental versions of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Strange Things,” and “Woody’s Roundup”, as well as other pieces of instrumental music from the four Toy Story films.
Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Sunset Boulevard, where incredible theming and attractions transport Guests back to the golden age of Hollywood. The background music on Sunset Boulevard rounds out the theme with a playlist of popular songs from the 1930s and 1940s by artists including Glen Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Harry James, and more. The nostalgic music often paired with large orchestra accompaniments makes Guests feel as though they have actually stepped back in time, and there are several benches along Sunset Boulevard that offer the perfect spots to just sit back and enjoy the music while soaking in the atmosphere.
Main Street, U.S.A.
Another location that uses background music to transport Guests to an era of the past is Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. The background music played there each day is a combination of patriotic and upbeat instrumental classics from the turn of the century and following years that make Guests feel as though they are walking through a small town years ago. Guests who listen closely to the background music on Main Street, U.S.A. will also catch snippets of songs from the classic musical Oklahoma as well as the beloved Pixar film Up.
BaseLine Tap House
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one location that features background music comprised of popular contemporary hits that have been given a mellow and unique overhaul. BaseLine Tap House in the Grand Avenue area of the Disney Park serves up small bites and beer, wine, and cider from California in a laid-back setting featuring an industrial interior and outdoor deck with picnic table seating. The background music played at BaseLine Tap House features a variety of covers from original artists like Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, The Police, and The Beatles that have been given a relaxed and lounge-like change. It’s a calming and entertaining mix that Guests always find themselves singing along to while enjoying their drinks.