Nearly Every Background Music Loop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Changes Today, Goodbye Non-Disney TV & Movie Tunes

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If you enjoyed hearing the themes from your favorite classic television show or your favorite non-Disney movie while walking around Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened back in 1989, I’m afraid I have some bad news…

Starting today, almost every background music loop in the park has changed to reflect the new direction Disney’s Hollywood Studios is heading. Disney is stating the changes were made to make you feel like you “are stepping into your own adventure”. This appears to be the new theme of the park, as rumored since a survey we first saw last year. Today’s release goes on to state that “Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a place where imagined worlds become real adventures to explore together”.

Here’s a list of the new background music loops guests will find starting January 11th, 2018:

  • 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 (debuted in 2017): 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 (debuted in 2017): 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.

We’ll be heading over shortly to check out the new music at the park, so stay tuned.



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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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    • Nice try imposter, Mr. Chapek is loaded with only the most innovative mp3 device, the Microsoft Zune.

      • It says “classic TV and Movie tunes”, all of which are gone. These played at the entrance and Great Movie Ride courtyard and are completely gone. There is non-Disney music on Hollywood and Sunset, but they are not related to any non-Disney properties on television or in movies, they’re just classic standards. Keep trying though…

  • Once again you’ve got it wrong, they aren’t removing all music that isn’t Disney:

    “Big Band instrumental arrangements of popular
    songs from the 30’s and 40’s”

    That’s not Disney TV or Film music.

    Are you even trying now or are you just interested in riling people up?

    • The non-Disney TV and movie songs are gone (i.e. Dallas, AVATAR, Gone with the Wind, etc.). In no way does that mention Hollywood or Sunset’s sounds of the 1930’s and beyond, which is (mostly) not TV and movie music to begin with. Re-read the title maybe?

  • Does anyone else feel that this description is so vague that it basically describes what a theme park is?
    “Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a place where imagined worlds become real adventures to explore together”

  • Soooo no more Aerosmith??? If so I’m never going back to Hollywood Studios because Rockin was my favorite ride on Disney property and if they’re retheming it, I don’t want to ride anymore.

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