The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland!

December 7, 2011

Several years ago, MiceAge.com’s Al Lutz  posted an article (since updated – click HERE!) with a complete listing of the songs played on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. at the holidays. Even better, he dug up exactly which album each song came from. However, because Disneyland’s Christmas music loop was created around 1972, most of the tracks on it are from albums that are long out of print and have never been released on CD.

As a former college radio DJ and record shop rat, I zealously took on the challenge of tracking down every single song in the Main Street Christmas loop. Starting in the spring, I spent six or eight months combing local record stores, trawling the web, and stalking eBay. Along the way I may have overpaid for a couple of records, but I also enjoyed the thrill of discovery every time I came upon another rare gem.

After I’d collected all the albums (some of which, I realized, may once have been in my Lawrence Welk-loving grandma’s record collection), I had to digitize the songs with a complicated setup involving my record player, a 4-track recorder and my computer, since they hadn’t invented those USB turntables yet. Some of the records were not in the greatest shape, so a few of the songs have quite a bit of authentic hiss and pop that was impossible to filter out.

Next I spent an inordinate amount of time sequencing the songs so that they flowed seamlessly and there were no duplicates of songs or artists back to back (tricky to do when there are two versions of “Jingle Bells” and of “White Christmas,” plus five songs by the same artist). I’m not sure now why I didn’t go with the actual in-park sequence that Al documented…. I guess the me of six years ago thought she knew better than whichever cast member slaved over the very same task back in 1972!

The last project was creating packaging for my new compilation album, which I’d dubbed The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland! I used the various Christmas albums’ art as inspiration and found these blank CDsdesigned to look like 45s, with plastic grooves in the top and everything!

I was so pleased with the results that I made copies of my album for everyone I knew who was even remotely interested in Disneyland and/or Christmas, and it’s become an annual tradition to search out new people on whom to inflict my pet project.

Which is why this year I’m giving The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland! to all of you! Posted below are all the songs, plus a PDF file of the cover art, if you feel like burning the album to a disc. To grab the MP3 file, right-click on the song title and select “Save Link As…” or its equivalent. Note that the songs on my version are not arranged in the order in which they play at Disneyland—for that sequence you’ll have to check out Al’s article. But I did include a bonus track not found on the original Main Street Christmas loop…

And for all you Walt Disney World fans, I’ve noticed that the loop played in the Magic Kingdom at Christmastime sounds an awful lot like Disneyland’s, so maybe this album will work for you too!

The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland

1. White Christmas – Lawrence Welk

2. The Christmas Tree – David Rose

3. Zu Bethlehem Geboren – A Music Box Christmas

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Ed Sullivan Presents Music of Christmas

5. Twelve Days of Christmas – David Rose

6. Silver Bells – Raymond Lefevre

7. Caroling, Caroling – Hollywood Pops Orchestra

8. Still, Still, Holy Melody – A Music Box Christmas

9. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Lawrence Welk

10. Jingle Bells – Raymond Lefevre

11. The First Noel – Ed Sullivan Presents Music of Christmas

12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Lawrence Welk

13. Lobe Den Herren – A Music Box Christmas

14. Toyland – David Rose

15. Deck the Halls – Lawrence Welk

16. Petit Papa Noel – Raymond Lefevre

17. Ihr Kinderlein Kommet – Felix Slatkin

18. White Christmas – Ed Sullivan Presents Music of Christmas

19. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – A Music Box Christmas

20. Carol of the Bells – Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

21. The Christmas Song – David Rose

22. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Lawrence Welk

23. O Tannenbaum – A Music Box Christmas

24. Christmas Waltz – David Rose

25. Jingle Bell Rock – Hollyridge Strings

26. Ihr Kinderlein Kommet – A Music Box Christmas 

27. Deck the Halls – Felix Slatkin

28. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Lawrence Welk

29. Jingle Bells – A Music Box Christmas

30. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Ed Sullivan Presents Music of Christmas

31. Believe… In Holiday Magic 

Click HERE to download the CD cover + tray art!

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{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth December 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Soooooo cool! Thanks!

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Sure thing! May it bring you many years of holiday enjoyment. :)

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Elizabeth December 7, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Just noticed the “CarrieTone” logo…sweet!

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Diane December 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Truly fabulous! I always assumed Disney would have recorded their own music. Thank you for all that hard work–in the era before the iPod, even. As soon as I started to play your first track, I was completely transported to Main Street in WDW (I guess they do use the same songs in FL!). Whenever I am in Disney World at Christmas, I get such a kick out of hearing White Christmas at that latitude. Merry, merry!

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM

So glad you like it! It is amazing the way the songs can instantly transport you, isn’t it?

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Hope December 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM

You’re awesome!!! Can’t wait to download everything.

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Hope December 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM

p.s. if you ever stumble upon the x-mas parade music, let me know! I can’t get it out of my head. lol

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Golly – you mean they don’t have it on a Christmas album anywhere? It always amazes me how hard it is to find Disney park music. I mean, a Christmas CD featuring the fireworks and parade music seems like it would sell like hotcakes!

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Mindy December 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I second Hope’s request!

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

OK, I’ll keep my eyes peeled! And maybe while I’m at it I’ll dig up the 50th Anniversary parade soundtrack (Most HIGH-larious part: Walt: “To all who come to this happy place [insert loud disco sound effect] welcome!”)

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Hope December 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Yay Carrie! I had that Walt/”Disco” track but I can’t find it on my computer anymore. :(

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Oh man… I WANT that thing!

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Tim December 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I can sincerely say you have made our Christmas with this. Thank you for all your diligence in putting it all together. Simply wonderful.

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Wow! Well I’m so glad you like it!

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Tim December 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

We’ve just spend so many years just waiting for the loop to come around on the various Disney park music sites that it will be great to listen “on-demand” finally. I had been discouraged a bit by the number of tracks not readily available outside of vinyl.

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Cindy December 7, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I agree… you are awesome! I was missing Disneyland at Christmas time, and this made me smile, and really want to go back soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

No problem! I hope you do get to go back soon. :)

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James H. December 7, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Many thanks to you and Patrick… for, once again, confirming my feelings of inadequacy ;-)

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Oh no! Was it something I said? I don’t want you to feel inadequate! I want you to feel merry and bright!

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James H. December 7, 2011 at 11:00 PM

And you were absolutely successful; I was just being facetious.

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lurkyloo December 7, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Whew! :)

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Darby December 8, 2011 at 8:26 AM

OH Lurky…. you just made my DAY!!!! :)

Now excuse me while i stroll down Main Street!!!! (in my mind!) :)

Thank YOU!

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM

:D Glad you like it!

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Lauren December 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM

This is WONDERFUL! Thank you for all the hard work putting this together! Now I just need to make some Mickey ears gingerbread….

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Oh my gosh, you just reminded me that I have a Mickey gingerbread man cookie cutter I can use! :) Thanks!

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Mindy December 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

OMG, This is awesome, THANK YOU!!

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Mindy December 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I’m 10 seconds in to White Christmas and already crying. Do you use Spotify? You should set up a playlist.

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Awwww…. it’s that good! I’ll look into Spotify…

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Any time! Well, sorta… ;)

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Hope December 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Also, a big THANK YOU for including the bonus track! I know Mindy and I both got engaged while that played in the background or just moments afterward so it gives me a personal warm and fuzzy whenever I hear it. :) We already had that version of “White Christmas”, but it’s awesome to hear the ENTIRE score that played for the fireworks before I got asked to be someone’s wife. *tear* ;)

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lurkyloo December 8, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Aw… ! :)

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Mindy December 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM

^^^ What Hope said!!! :)

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Amanda December 9, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Thanks! I am going to burn this and give it to my mom for christmas.

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lurkyloo December 10, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Ooh! Great idea!

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Robin December 12, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Thanks a million, Carrie! They now reside comfortably on my ipod where I can be transported at will to the Happiest Place on Earth at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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lurkyloo December 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I love it!

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Nancie December 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Glad I have the next 2 days off work, I know what I’m doing!

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lurkyloo December 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Ooh! I’m thinking hot chocolate, tree-trimming – the works!

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Andrea Thomas December 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

This is great! I am a huge fan of Disney and of Christmas music!

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lurkyloo December 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Two great tastes that taste great together!

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Jane Rowley December 24, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Thank you so much for this … stumbled across it last night – we’re now listening to the cd whilst we eat Christmas Eve breakfast and I’ll be making everyone listen to it tomorrow. I’ve yet to see Christmas at Disneyland – living in the UK it makes it harder (and soooooo expensive) but this makes it feel real :) Thanks again!

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lurkyloo December 24, 2011 at 9:51 AM

That’s wonderful! I’m so glad I could contribute to your Christmas celebrations. Have a fantastic time!

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Joe January 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Thank you so much! I have been looking for this forever! One question: Do you have the version of “Silent Night” played at Frontierland or do you know a website that does? This is my favorite version of the song. Thank You!!

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lurkyloo January 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

There’s a small chance I might have it in my stash—I’ll look tonight!

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Joe February 4, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Thank You!

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Joe March 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hi! I was just wondering if you ever found it. If you didn’t that’s OK. If you did, could you please post it on this page. Thank you. PS: I am not trying to be a pest. Sorry if I am!

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Carrie March 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Argh! I’m so sorry! I got distracted by our anniversary and totally flaked on you. OK, so I don’t have it in my collection, but I’ve asked Patrick’s pal, who has a HUGE Disney parks music collection, to see if he has it. I will post here when I hear back from him. Honest. :)

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Carrie March 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Hi again, Joe! OK, so unfortunately, Patrick’s pal does NOT have the song either. One thing that might work is using a phone app like Shazam to try to ID the song while it’s playing in the park, but I have a strong suspicion it’s not in the Grace Note music database… Sorry I couldn’t help!

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Joe March 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

It’s OK. At least you tried. Thank you so much for all your hard work! :)

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Frank Parisi January 27, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Lurky, this is such an amazing gift from you that I can’t put into words how grateful we are. We went to Disneyland a few weeks ago and while we made one of our many passes through main street I looked at my wife and said “now THIS, is Christmas music”. It’s been eating at me ever since. I have to have this music and thought ‘how in the world can I get it?’ I started my search and within a few minutes stumbled upon this…….amazing gift.
Thank you so much, I can’t wait until Christmas.

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lurkyloo January 27, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Hi Frank! I am so glad to know I could help out! I too feel like this is the quintessential sound of Christmas, and I am happy to be able to share it!

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SeptemberJoy October 30, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Thank you so much for this. My trip was cancelled this year, and I’ve never got to experience Disney during the holidays. I know I’m a year late, but Disney <3

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Carrie October 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Oh dang! I’m sorry to hear about your trip! Hopefully this album can add a little Disney to your holiday celebration. :)

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Kate November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Oh my gosh! I have been looking for this soundtrack everywhere, thank you for putting it together :) Maybe I am missing something though, every time I click download it just takes me to a page that plays it. How do I download it for real? Sorry I am not very computer literate…

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Carrie November 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

No problem! Instead of doing a normal click on the link, do a right-click and then select the option that says something like “Save File As…” or “Download Link As….” If you don’t have a mouse, your computer will have some alternative way to right-click using the keyboard. For example, on a Mac you hold down CTRL and then click. Hope this helps!

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Kate November 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Thank you SO much :)

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Jenni November 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Just wanted to thank you so much!

I was just at Disney World last week, and they had begun the holiday decorations/party/music. You can imagine how disappointed I was to find out none of the shops were a CD of the Christmas music they were playing in Magic Kingdom. Your list is awesome, and I’ll be playing these tracks at work for the new few weeks.

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Carrie November 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

They must not want to have to chase down all the copyrights, or something, but I think they’d make a mint on a Christmas soundtrack album!

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luis December 24, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Thanks a lot for this music, It´s wonderful to find those christmas treats on this date! Have a wonderful Xtmas!

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Carrie December 24, 2012 at 7:22 AM

You too!

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wendi July 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

This is AMAZING!! Where can I order a copy of this CD?? We are going to Disneyland in December for the first time and this would be perfect for our trip!! Thanks!!

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Carrie July 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Hi! There’s no CD for sale, but you can burn your own by right-clicking on each track to download it from this page. There’s also a link at the bottom to my CD cover art, which you can print and cut out to stick in the jewel case. Enjoy!

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