‘We Call It Imagineering’ Explores the Power of Disney Music

The second episode of Walt Disney Imagineering’s YouTube series is now available to watch.

This series showcases Disney Imagineers — the brilliant creatives who make the impossible possible — as they take viewers through how they’re designing, innovating, and crafting new experiences.

For episode two, We Call it Imagineering is going behind-the-scenes of how music is created for attractions and entertainment across Disney Experiences — including a first look reveal at the finale of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a sneak peek at new music for Country Bear Musical Jamboree, and more.

For Disney Experiences’ newest attraction — the highly anticipated Tiana’s Bayou Adventure — the Imagineers called on Grammy® winners PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard to helm new music for the attraction and queue, respectively.

“We really wanted to showcase New Orleans music, give people who are going to be in the queue line an experience of being in New Orleans,” Blanchard — a featured musician in the Disney Animation Studios film The Princess and the Frog — said. “It will hopefully create a lasting memory and a relationship with the city.”

Morton wrote an all-new original song, “Special Spice” — with vocals by Anika Noni Rose, the original voice of Princess Tiana — as a lyrical love letter to New Orleans.

Not only does the latest episode of We Call It Imagineering feature a sneak peek of this catchy new tune, but the full version will also debut this Friday, May 31, across all streaming platforms.

Musical accompaniment at Disney Experiences goes way back, including the work of songwriters like the Sherman Brothers.

The duo was among the first songwriters for Disneyland attractions, creating classics like “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” and “It’s A Small World (After All),” which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and has been an earworm ever since.

Follow Imagineers every step of the way in this engaging series on the Walt Disney Imagineering YouTube channel.