The Voice of Disneyland
Disney Legend Jack Wagner (October 17, 1925-June 16, 1995) was the voice of Disneyland.
He was the official park announcer for Disneyland from the early 1970s to 1993. He is famous for the various announcements over the park PA for parades, shows and special events as well as being heard in various Disneyland TV specials, commercials and Cast Member training videos. He also did voice work for Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and the attractions themselves, including instructions, emergency precautions and safety spiels.
His voice can still be heard in a few places throughout the Disney parks. The Matterhorn Bobsleds’ safety spiel still utilizes Wagner’s voice (though the English language portion has been changed to “Remain seated with your seatbelts fastened”, which was excerpted from a former breakdown spiel), as do the Disneyland Railroad train station announcements (though there are conflicting reports as to whether it is still his voice, or Peter Renaday). His voice can also still be heard when the doors of the Walt Disney World Monorail trains are closing, partly because it is on a system separate from the rest of the spiel system (currently Tom Kane). Though his and Dorsey’s arrangement of the soundtrack was not utilized for Disneyland’s 2017 edition of the Main Street Electrical Parade, his original narration was restored into the parade’s introduction, albeit pitched down a semitone.
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