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Day 29 - September 30, 2012   

"Just make believe, you're a tiny little seed..."

"One little spark, of inspiration..."

"Veggie, veggie, fruit fruit..."

When Disneyland opened up in 1955 it lacked something a lot of the other theme parks: a library of great Disney songs. With classic Disney songs being only current Disney songs at the time the selection of songs was extremely limited. Luckily, as time went by more songs were added to the Disney canon.

The turning point in Disney music history would come when Walt would hire his "boys," Richard and Robert Sherman. While the Sherman Brothers would go on to write songs for Mary Poppins, Jungle Book, and so many others, one of their biggest turning points with Disney was when approached them with a new idea he had. He took them into a room filled with tiki birds chirping about. After spending a little bit of time in the room they asked Walt what it was. He responded, "You are going to explain that!"

So the two wrote a song that described exactly what would occur in The Enchanted Tiki Room and the following year would write the song that has been recorded more times than any other song in the world: "It's a small world!" After Walt's passing the two brothers would leave the Walt Disney Company until they were called back to help out with Epcot. The Brothers would return to write One Little Spark for Journey Into Imagination along with Magic Journeys.

In addition to the Sherman Brothers being brought back, Disney also brought on some of their other talented songwriters, in addition to outside writers, to help further along the story for their new attractions. For the first phase of EPCOT Center, nearly every attraction had a catchy theme song which would help further the story. While some songs have disappeared throughout the years, their legacy lives on through the spirit of Epcot.

Join us tomorrow for our final day of our 30 days look at Epcot!

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