When it comes to theme parks and their rides one of the most important components of those rides is the music and sound effects they use on them. While you may not need it for thrilling roller coasters, you certainly need it for the slower rides and themed rides. One reason you need music in rides is because without it the ride feels weird and uneasy. Another reason is because, if you don't feel uneasy, then you get board. Music and sound effects play a big part in a rides entertainment factor and without it theme park rides are not as entertaining. This time around, I will give the top 5 ride soundtracks from the iconic Disneyland.
5. Indiana Jones
One thing I like about this soundtrack is how well it executes a story like feel to it. This is a soundtrack where even if you are not on the ride and you just listen to this you get a good feel of what the ride will be like and what components will be in it. Another big plus for this soundtrack is how well it utilizes John Williams's classic score for the movies. It is pulling mainly from The Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Temple of Doom movies. While it may only be small chunks from the songs, they flow well and it sets up not just a great ride experience, but a great listening experience as well. The music is available on ITunes bit without any of the voice acting or narration. Even without that it still capture the magic of not just ride, but the movies as well, buy it.
4. Soarin Over California
This music is a beautiful orchestra song that makes for both an amazing ride experience and listening experience. Composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who has composed for movies such as Alien, Rudy, and composed the score for Disney's Mulan in 1998, delivers a score that matches each scene in the ride perfectly and really enhances the experience of the ride. From the calm feel of going through the Redwoods, and Palm Springs, to the powerful energy of Yosemite and the Navy Carrier, this song captures all that with an amazing flow to make the ride feel smooth. This is song that doesn't just belong on the ride, but with its great composition it makes for a great orchestra song on its own, I highly recommend buying it on either ITunes, or one of the Disney music collections that includes it.
3. Phantom Manor
While I love the Haunted Mansion ride we have in Anaheim California, I cannot deny the effective soundtrack of the Phantom Manor ride in Disneyland Paris. One thing I like about this soundtrack is that, while the American Haunted Mansion is more comedic this soundtrack at times actually makes you feel uneasy and makes you feel like you should be scared at times. This is an approach I wish the American ride would take a little more. The first thing I would like to point out in this soundtrack is the excellent narration performed by Vincent Price. Price does a good job caring out a creepy sounding guide that sticks with you in the ride and plays a huge part in keeping you engaged with the ride. The second thing is the brilliant musical composition done by John Debney. The music he composes really helps to create emphasis on Vincent Price's narration, and also creates a very spooky atmosphere that keeps you on edge through the ride. This Suite is available on ITunes, but you can only get it if you buy the entire Haunted Mansion soundtrack, which is not a bad soundtrack itself. If you want a physical copy, they sell it in Downtown Disney at the Disney store, or if you are in Disneyland you can pick it up in the park, whether it is California, Florida.
2. Splash Mountain
The Splash Mountain soundtrack is like a mini album of fun sounding songs. From the opening How Do You Do, to the classic Zip A Dee Doo Dah, you get good collection of great Disney music. Each segment of the ride feels like your heading into a music video for each song and the atmosphere is executed well. While there is a story in the ride it isn't the main focus. This is a ride where the music is the main focus and because it is well executed it makes the ride very enjoyable. While the movie it is based on may be controversial, the music is still great and I recommend you go on to ITunes and by this soundtrack
1. The Original Pirates of The Caribbean
The original Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack is a classic ride soundtrack. From the classic songs such as Yo Ho A Pirates Life For Me, to all the amazing instrumentals such as the bayou banjo music and Dead Men Tell No Tales section. This soundtrack is one of the best, if not the best examples of Disney matching the music and sound effects perfectly. Each scene is memorable and all the different takes on Yo Ho are entertaining and fun to hear. Disney Studios certainly did an amazing job of not just creating a great sounding soundtrack, but matching it with atmosphere and feel of the pirate times perfectly. The soundtrack for this ride is available on Itunes, as well as the Disney Store in Downtown Disney, and in many areas of Disneyland itself. Do whatever you have to, but get it and listen to it