Scene of the future from the extinct Epcot attraction Horizons, closed in 1999 (Disney Parks)
Scene of the future from the extinct Epcot attraction Horizons, closed in 1999 (Disney Parks)

When I was a kid in the 1990s I’d listen to the Epcot soundtrack on repeat. It had so many amazing songs that would instantly hit all the nostalgia centers of my brain, even if this particular brand of nostalgia was for something as recent as my last trip to Epcot from a year earlier.


The horror of the Trump regime has occupied my brain far too much in the past six months, but I just found myself googling old Epcot songs (something I haven’t done in a very long time) in order to find some kind of escape from the misery.

If you remember Walt Disney World’s Epcot in the 1980s or 90s, let us know what your favorite extinct Epcot song is in the comments. It might even just be the background music (BGM) of a particular era, like this track. Or maybe it’s one of the more folksy songs like “Listen to the Land” from the Land pavilion. Or maybe it’s the horrible (but great) vintage Universe of Energy song.


What’s your favorite? I’ve included a handful of tracks below, but it’s obviously not comprehensive. It’s really hard to choose, but I’d have to say that the “Transitional Tunnel” piece of music from Horizons (RIP) might be my favorite today. But obviously I have a bias towards Horizons for all its retro-future goodness. And my favorite of any Disney thing is bound to change within an hour. I grew up on this stuff.

Again, let us know your personal favorite in the comments. And if Disney Parks music is your thing generally you should check out Reedy Creek Radio.

Epcot entrance loop music

“Figment Theme Song” from Journey Into Imagination

“Tomorrow’s Child” from Spaceship Earth

“Listen to the Land” from The Land

Living Seas main theme

“Universe of Energy” from The Universe of Energy

“Canada” from Canada Pavilion

“It’s Fun to be Free” from World of Motion

“Innoventions” area loop

“Transitional Tunnel” from Horizons

Maelstrom “Norway Ride” music

“Looking Glass” at Wonders of Life

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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