Disney gleefully manipulates all five of your senses, particularly your hearing. The primary way that the company does it is by playing recognizable songs during rides. These catchy tunes get in your head and force you to sing along, sometimes unwillingly. Which Disney attraction songs are the best? Here’s my top 13.

13. One Little Spark

Image: DisneyThe Sherman Brothers left an indelible impact on Disney theme park music. You’ll (obviously) see them again on this list, but one of their last efforts is also one of the most memorable. One Little Spark celebrates the creative process while describing everyone’s favorite Epcot dragon, Figment.

12. The Three Caballeros

Image: DisneyThe next two songs fall under the heading of "Blink, and you'll miss them!" but I have to mention The Three Caballeros. I go hard when I'm at Epcot, and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros provides a welcome respite on a hot day. You may not even notice, but the song plays throughout the ride, even though you’re distracted by all of the dolls and cartoon animations. The best part for is the snippet of The Three Caballeros that plays during the sky “fireworks.” I always find myself humming it as I walk away from the Mexico Pavilion.

11. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!

Image: DisneyPeter Pan, the movie, caused audiences to fall in love with this song all the way back in 1953. Two years later, the Disneyland version of the attraction reinforced the notion that the ride sweeps you into the air and provides the sensation of flight. Oddly, the Magic Kingdom version plays an instrumental version of the song, which I feel makes the Disneyland ride superior.

10. In the Big Blue World

Image: DisneyThe starfish at the end of The Seas with Nemo & Friends is one of my favorite tertiary Disney ride characters. He has a seemingly endless slew of quips, but my favorite happens when he complains about In the Big Blue World being played on a loop. I totally understand why cast members who work at this ride would agree with the starfish. Even so, I love the tender sweetness of this tune and always exit the ride feeling content.


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