A Fun & Free Way To Relive The Magic Of Your Disney Park Visits

When you go to a Disney park – any Disney park around the world – it’s designed and intended to immerse you by playing to all 5 senses. You can see the buildings, smell and taste a snack, touch (and purchase!) merchandise, and hear background music that matches whatever themed land, attraction, restaurant or even hotel you’re in.

Disney parks’ background music (BGM) is one of the ways to “bring you back” to your Disney vacation again and again. And best of all, it’s FREE! Back in the 80s and 90s, I used to bring a tape recorder with me, locate a speaker and audiotape the loop for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of my audiotape. It wasn’t great; it always sounded hollow, and had its own background sounds of the people passing by. But it was something ;-).

Fortunately, technology has improved substantially, so not only are mere mortals like us about to get clean, crisp digital copies of Disneyland and Walt Disney World BGM, thanks to the likes of YouTube, they’re right at our fingertips. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there:

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How To NOT Earn Points & Miles, Restaurants’ “Resort Fee,” When Airlines Do Nice & Thoughtful Things, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong & Shanghai: Which Disney Resort Should You Go To, And Why?

It’s a timeless question: if you had never been to a Disney park before and could go to any of the six Disney resorts around the world, which one should you pick?

The answer to this question will very much be up to the individual person and what kind of vacation (s)he is looking for. However, the reasons behind that decision are as varied as the amount of rides, shows and attractions each of the resorts have to offer.

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Here’s How Bad LGA Is, International Travel Without Passport, Don’t Get Ripped Off By These ATMs, & More!

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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How Disney’s Tower of Terror Works: From Before The 5th Dimension To The Fall

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in 1994. The attraction was inspired by the old The Twilight Zone TV series and takes place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel in Hollywood, California.

The attraction uses a variety of special effects, as well as a thrill/fall aspect that makes the ride fun, exciting, and, even 25 years after it opened, popular. In fact, the attraction proved to be so well-liked that similar versions were built at Disneyland’s Disney California Adventure (2004), Tokyo Disneyland’s Tokyo DisneySea (2006) and Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios park (2007).

^^^ L to R: Walt Disney World, Disneyland (before it was reimagined as the Guardians of The Galaxy attraction), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris)

When the TZTOT originally opened at WDW, it used what was then state-of-the-art technology. Although technology has improved a bajillionfold in the past 25 years, learning how the ride works – loading, the ghosts, the breaking window, the star field, the fifth dimension, and the elevator ride itself, is still pretty interesting, and a fun look at how a Disney attraction operates.

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