We reported last month that Disney would be real releasing an album consisting of some songs from the Carthay Circle Theater’s background music loop. Here it is…
From Greg Ehrbar on the Disney Parks Blog:
In the wake of the extremely popular “Music from Cars Land” album, another new CD comes out November 6 that has already become a favorite among Disney cast members. “The Circle Sessions: The Music of Carthay Circle” offers, for the first time, sparkling jazz versions of great Disney songs, selected from the soundtrack of the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park!
“We really wanted to capture music across all generations and breathe new life into treasured and familiar songs,” said John Dennis, Director, Music Production, Walt Disney Imagineering, who is music supervisor and producer of the new album. “Everyone involved wanted to allow the variations to weave a different tapestry for our guests.”
Even though several of the songs were created after the themed 1937 setting of the restaurant, the smooth, evocative jazz approach is right at home in the period. But choosing from the voluminous catalog of Disney songs was a daunting task. In cooperation with Chris Montan, President of Walt Disney Music, these are the eclectic, wide-ranging gems they mined for a fresh, yet classic, jazz approach:
1. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (from “Cinderella”)
2. Be Our Guest* (from “Beauty and the Beast”)
3. Ev’rybody Wants to Be A Cat (from “The Aristocats”)
4. Winnie the Pooh
5. A Whole New World*** (from “Aladdin”)
6. Alice in Wonderland
7. He’s a Tramp (from “Lady and the Tramp”)
8. Can You Feel The Love Tonight** (from “The Lion King”)
9. If I Didn’t Have You** (from “Monsters, Inc.”)
10. Married Life*** (from “Up”)
11. Some Day My Prince Will Come (from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”)
12. You’ve Got A Friend In Me* (from “Toy Story”)
*Best Original Song Academy Award nominee
**Best Original Song Academy Award winner
***Best Original Score Academy Award Winner
Not only does the CD feature some of the most beloved Disney songs with an upbeat, sophisticated twist, but this timeless collection also creates an ambiance that allows the listener to feel like they are in another time and place.
“Did you know that the selection of music actually changes from the downstairs to the upstairs?” fellow Disney Parks Blog writer Michelle Harker asked me—and I did not know that! “Guests on the first level will often hear these pieces represented by an ensemble trio, while those dining in the restaurant upstairs, will enjoy the same music but in a variety of light jazz piano tones.”
John is quick to point out the musical virtuosity behind this music. On piano is the album’s arranger, Bill Cantos, who has worked with a “who’s who” of the music industry, including Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, Elton John, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan and Burt Bacharach. And while we’re name-dropping, the album was produced by 11-time Grammy nominee Bill Schnee—who has helped such stars as Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston to Gold Record awards—and Todd Homme, a longtime music supervisor/producer of music for Disney feature films as well as award winning films such as “Almost Famous,” “Catch Me if You Can” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
Both Bills, as well as every musician you’ll hear, are among the most sought-after music names in Hollywood, heard on countless movie and TV soundtracks, as well as best-selling recordings. You can catch a glimpse of them making this music in Valarie Sukovaty’s “Cue the Dining Music at Carthay Circle Restaurant” post.
Here at Disney, we’re no strangers to hyperbole, as you probably have noticed. But in the case of “The Circle Sessions: The Music of Carthay Circle,” everyone involved has become especially attached to the quality and magic of these performances. “I’ve already been told things like, ‘I play this over and over and never tire of hearing it,’” says John. “Best of all, this CD is the perfect way for parents to introduce their children to jazz music. I feel so privileged to have been part of this project—and that’s probably one of the best reasons.”
Look for “The Circle Sessions: The Music of Carthay Circle” beginning Tuesday, November 6 at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, and at nearby locations such as Elias & Co. and Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. (And if you like this album, allow me to also recommend the landmark “Dave Digs Disney” by the iconic Dave Brubeck Trio, one of several albums that paved the way.)
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From Erin Glover on the Disney Parks Blog:
Yesterday, we took you inside the exclusive, private 1901 which will be located at Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park. Today, we’re showing you the inside of Carthay Circle Restaurant, which will be accessible to all park guests when it opens June 15.
The photos above show the inside of Carthay Circle Restaurant, still under construction but close to the way it will appear when it opens on June 15. The new premier dining location will take guests back in time to opening night of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a historic night for Walt Disney and his studio. Re-creating the excitement of that night, Carthay Circle Restaurant will immerse guests in the post-screening atmosphere – as if they are celebrating alongside Walt and Lillian Disney, themselves.
Reservations will be available soon, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates!
From Erin Glover on the Disney Parks Blog:
Carthay Circle Theatre, the iconic focal point of the new Buena Vista Street area coming to Disney California Adventure park on June 15, continues to take shape – and today we’re excited to bring you a look inside the exclusive, private 1901, which will be located inside.
1901 will be a special lounge accessible exclusively by Club 33 members. Named for the year Walt Disney was born – 1901 – the club will be a warm, intimate space with eclectic light fixtures, overstuffed leather chairs, and beautiful, rich touches.
“Imagine it’s the 1930s, and this is where the animators would’ve hung out, swapped stories, doodled on napkins,” as 1901 is described by Imagineer Ray Spencer. “This is the place Walt and the animators might’ve chatted, relaxed, unwound . . . a cozy den.”
The lounge will be decorated with personal artwork and photographs of the animators from the early years of the Walt Disney Studios, including some with Walt Disney’s own signature. “The guest is sort of an insider in this backstage world,” says Ray.
As we announced earlier today, a limited number of new members will be offered Club 33 membership in honor of the 45th anniversary of the Club (June 15) and the completion of the five-year expansion of the Disneyland Resort. Those interested in Club 33 membership may request more information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And mentioned above, the famous waiting list for Club 33 has indeed opened once again to new members. Here’s a little more info…
From Erin Glover on the Disney Parks Blog:
Today we’re excited to announce, in honor of the 45th anniversary of Club 33 and the completion of the five-year expansion of the Disneyland Resort on June 15, a limited number of new members will be offered Club 33 membership!
Envisioned by Walt Disney, who drew inspiration from the executive lounges at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the club opened in 1967 and has since held a place of mystery and legend among Disneyland park guests. You can read more about the history of Club 33 and see some photos from inside the exclusive club here.
New Club 33 members will now enjoy exclusive sneak peeks at park enhancements and new attractions, and the availability to use VIP tour guides, itinerary planning services, valet parking and complimentary hotel upgrades – it will be like having your own Disney concierge service! New membership will also include access to 1901, a special lounge inside the new Carthay Circle Theatre opening at Disney California Adventure park on June 15. We¹ll have more information on 1901 later today on the Disney Parks Blog, so check back!
This opportunity will initially be offered to those individuals who have been on the Club 33 waiting list. As interest and capacity are evaluated, those not currently on the waiting list may be offered opportunities to join. Those interested in Club 33 membership may request more information by sending an email to email@example.com.
I was at the Disneyland Resort yesterday and took some newsworthy photos to share. Photos include Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Matterhorn Refurbishment, and much more…
Buena Vista Street
Oswald’s looking good
The new color on the light posts in Paradise Pier is much nicer.
Cove Bar closed for refurbishment
Crowd Control is using blue tape instead of neon green tape… Yup.
The Parade Towers are back along the performance corridor by Golden Vine Winery
More Buena Vista Street from in the park
Carthay Circle has started to receive its clay roofing tiles
Facade refurbishment in Hollywood has wrapped up
The Monsters Inc. facade is getting a re-paint
Over in Downtown Disney, one of the new displays is already outside the new Lego store
Soon a dragon will rest here
Over in Disneyland, the Nemo extended queue has been set up for the spring break crowds
The observatron is working again…
Some quick night shots of Cars Land
Wrapping up this photo report is the majestic return of Mr. Crane. This time he’s working on Buena Vista Street
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DLNT Reporter Michael Wada was at the Disneyland Resort a few days ago and took some beautiful photos of the resort to share. Photos include Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, The Matterhorn, and much more…
The Grizzly River Run Refurbishment has drained the Pacific Wharf Bay and workers are taking the opportunity to paint some things
Hmmmm. First the Condor Flats letters were painted over by the land entrance, now this has been painted on the Pacific Wharf Cafe
You can see just the top of the “Welcome to Radiator Springs” sign
A look at the mash potato building… Err, Carthay Circle Theater
The sign has finally been pulled off the Candy Shoppe
Elias and Company looking farther behind than the rest of the buildings
Over in Disneyland…
Blue Ribbon Bakery is no more as its space is transformed into Carnation Cafe
Hearing that Coke Corner actually reopened today
Scaffolding is already coming down at the top of the Matterhorn
You can definitely notice the difference in color from top to bottom. Get ready for a much darker Matterhorn.
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DLNT Reporter Max Guggenheim was at the Disneyland Resort a few days ago and captured some really neat photos to share. Photos include Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, and much more…
World of Color banners in Downtown Disney
And also Star Tours banners
La Brea Bakery construction
Over in DCA, a look into the North Plaza area of Buena Vista Street
In Condor Flats, the stage has been set up for Minnie’s Fly Girls
I like this picture
The Carthay Circle fountain
Looks like there are a lot of jets on this fountain we haven’t seen on yet
Moving on, Time for the Pixar Pals may be running out very soon
Over in Cars Land
Looks like some aerial pictures or footage being taken
Work on the parade route in front of Mermaid continues
Though it looks done…
A new desert at Paradise Garden Grill, a Chocolate Brownie and Strawberry Skewer
And one quick photo in Disneyland in Town Square
Owner of the network, Tom Corless took a trip to Disneyland for new years and captured some newsworthy photos to share including Cars land, Buena Vista Street, and Jolly Holiday Bakery…
Trader Sam’s had some neat additions for the Holidays
Tom had a Mele Kaliki-Mocha.
Over in DCA now, a look at the carthay circle
Now over in Cars Land, the meet and greet has been removed in front of the work walls giving us some angles of the street we weren’t able to see before.
Back to Buena Vista Street
The backside of the theater was uncovered
Over in Disneyland, the Jolly Holiday Bakery opened and Tom was one of the first costumers
Love the detail
Over in DCA, work has begun on fixing the second half of the shops on the boardwalk
Rip that stucco out!
It was so good…. That tom decided to come back for lunch
A nod to the old Stouffers mural
Spoonful of sugar please
The Jolly Holiday Combo, a cheese sandwich and tomato and basil soup… and of course the Practically Perfect Punch which I have been told is very Delicious
Quite a line all day
Since Jolly Holiday is now open, Carnation cafe and the Blue Ribbon bakery have been closed for refurbishment
Coke Corner has also shut its doors for its refurbishment
Along with the Penny arcade
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DLNT photographer Hayley Nance was at the Disneyland Resort a few days ago and was able to grab some newsworthy photos to share including Jolly Holiday Bakery, Buena Vista Street, and much more…
Jolly Holiday Bakery may be opening very soon
Over in DCA, Buena Vista Street progress
Imagineering checking things out
You can see the shape of the Elias and Company facade
Carthay Circle Theater
Yup, this is still going
Neat shot of tower
Look down Route 66
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Cool gingerbread house in Storytellers Cafe
And a few more quick shots of Buena vista street, this time from the North
Very Windy Day…
Locker Complex Facade
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DLNT Photographer Matt Valdez was at the Disneyland Resort yesterday and has some newsworthy photos to share with us. Photos include a look and the now complete Disneyland Hotel, The Carthay Circle Theater, and much more…
The Disneyland Hotel’s refurbishment recently wrapped up and Matt was nice enough to talk a stroll through the grounds to grab some pictures
Very modern check in desk
I like the tree topper
Glad to see some of the historical concept art stayed even through the refurb
The Big Thunder Mountain model in the Frontier Tower
Into the parks! Starting off at DCA
Buena Vista Street
New locker complex
A portion of the Carthay Circle Theater was uncovered
Elias & Company Department Store
Clarabelle’s and Fiddler, Fifer, and Pratical Cafe
The leaning tower of tires
The backside of the Cadillac Range is coming along
I guess they were tired of kids trying to squeeze through these poles
Some painting in Maliboomer Park
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DLNT Podcaster Jae Brattain was at The Disneyland Resort recently and was nice enough to grab some photos to share. In this report we take a look at Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Halloween Time around the resort, and much more…
You can celebrate Oktoberfest in Downtown Disney at the Biergarten
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