"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds."
The Main Street Electrical Parade is my favorite parade in the world. I saw it when I was a kid at the Magic Kingdom and was completely entranced. And it holds some other special, sentimental value to me but I can't really talk about it here...
It opened in 1972 and has been sponsored by General Electric and Energizer. The Music (Baroque Hoedown), was created in 1967 by synthesizer pioneers Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jacques Perrey. In 1977, it was updated and arranged by Don Dorsey and Jack Wagner.
Supposedly Don used the following synthesizers to create the updated soundtrack: Moog Model III, Mini-Moog, Steiner-Parker Synthacon, Oberheim 8-voice, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Fender Rhodes Piano, New England Digital Synclavier II, Bode 7702 Vocoder, Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter, Yamaha DX7 and Yamaha TX7. But as most of these synthesizers were made after 1977, some bit of information floating around is incorrect. Who can you trust?
Here's a great article about designing the parade:
And here's a very interesting article about ambient sounds at the Disney parks:
I think this is a good halfway point between where we are now and the fourth element I'm about to introduce to Mild Slopes. Synthesizers, Quakerism, C.S. Lewis and Epcot!