A while back we took a look at how to beat back “Disney Depression” and specifically, the role of podcasts in helping us out in between trips to the parks. Today, we will focus on online radio stations. . .yes, there are radio stations (and a fair amount of them) dedicated solely to our
obsession love affair with all things Disney. They range from RadioDisney-style music, to actual music played in the parks or even audio recorded while on the rides themselves! All of them are available to stream right on your desktop computer and most of them stream easily on smartphones of nearly any platform. A few of them even have their own apps in the respective app stores! All of them are excellent. . .ranging from Mouse World Radio, Subsonic Radio, Reedy Creek Radio, and Sorcerer Radio just to name a few. They all offer audio from different attractions, parades and Disney movies. Much like the podcasts we mentioned in our earlier article, these stations will do wonders in keeping you in the spirit of Disney. Our focus today, however, is going to be on the station that we feel hits all the high notes the most often. . .Magical Mouse Radio
When Mike Rahlmann “flipped the switch” on Magical Mouse Radio on September 6, 2010, he launched what is surely one of this author’s favorite pastimes. . . .listening for hours on end to Walt Disney World-themed radio! I assure you, it is not an exaggeration! From the time I wake up in the morning until I fall asleep at night, I am tuning in! I can tell you what day of the week it is merely by listening to whatever is on at any given moment!
No matter what time of day it is, there is always something on that a rabid Walt Disney World fan can find to enjoy. I am a personal fan of actual in-ride and attraction audio and Magical Mouse Radio does not fail to disappoint. Turn it on and you are likely to hear Yehaa Bob Jackson tickling the ivories and guests’ funny bones, the jokes of the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, interactions with the totally rad Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot, or my personal favorites, audio from extinct attractions like Horizons, The TimeKeeper and the dearly departed Maelstrom ride, which was shuttered to make room for Frozen Ever After.
The music played is a mix of official audio from the attractions themselves that Disney has released in the parks and elsewhere, music from original motion picture soundtracks, and Disney-themed releases from artists from across the musical spectrum.
Segments of the broadcast schedule are themed on Magical Mouse Radio. As shown in the graphic, they include Attractions Alley!, Sunday Kiss Goodnight!, Magic Kingdom Monday, Background Loop Tuesday, Tuesday’s Kiss Goodnight!, World Showcase Wednesday, Retro Walt Disney World, Resort Hopping, Future World Friday and though not shown in the graphic, Saturday At The Studios.
This allows the listener to have something more to look forward to, both daily and weekly. The biggest draw on Magical Mouse Radio tends to be Background Loop Tuesday, as literally thousands of people tune in to hear the music from the parks. I am not kidding when I say that the last time we stayed on property at Animal Kingdom Lodge, I immediately recognized my surroundings, not just from what I saw, but from what I heard. I turned to my wife and said, “Oh! I hear this all the time on Magical Mouse Radio!”
On December 29, 2015, it was announced that Live365, the platform that has powered Magical Mouse Radio since its inception, would be going out of business. Fortunately, it appears that they have a contingency plan in place and it will continue in spite of the impending shutdown.
If you are suffering from post-WDW depression, fire up your phone or PC and enjoy some Magical Mouse Radio!