I used to make tons of solo visits to Sea World Orlando and would always listen to the album "Oceanic" by Isis, for obvious reasons.
I make a lot of solo visits to attractions or locations when I travel for work and I associate albums with places quite a bit.
Just one more weird example, I always listen to the album "Surgical Steel" by Carcass when I visit the Henry Ford Museum (I'm a member) because of the song "Granulating Dark Satanic Mills" which was a term used to describe the old industrial engines and equipment of the time, many examples of which are on display there. (If you like metal, check it out.)
When I first started going to Cedar Point I seemed to constantly hear the song “Heaven is a Place on Earth” a song I had never heard on the radio or anywhere else (unlike Love Shack) that I came to associate it with theme parks. Partially because of that and partially because it’s fast paced that is the song that leads off any theme park playlist I make (except Disney or Universal, I stick to songs played in those parks for my playlist to them.)
In order to quickly differentiate which park I’m going to I then try to pick a song that sums up the park I’m going to, ideally in a song that gets played in the park here’s five examples:
Dollywood: Rocky Top
Kings Island: Danger Zone
Hershey Park: Hershey Jingle (Hershey chocolate, Hershey chocolate, it a Hershey Chocolate World...)
Knotts: Linus and Lucy
Cedar Point: “Absolutely Amazing” (an incredibly sachrine tune used by the park in a commercial from 2004
I could go on but I’m already showing my true nerd colors. Know that these playlists are timed to be the length of the drive, and there are separate ones for Halloween trips (besides the obvious Halloween songs are also more metal/rock then the pop/country songs that I gravitate to in the summer) and Christmas trips. Holiday World is also one of my favorite lists to make as that list is just a mashup of 4th of July songs followed by Halloween songs and finished up with Christmas tunes.
2020 Trips: Canceled by Corona
Boy I am really dating myself but....
"Waterloo" by Abba was played non-stop at Adventure's Inn in Queens, New York when I was a kid.
I also can not go on any Calypso (And there are so few left) without hearing Carol King's "I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet." It matches perfectly when the ride is getting up to speed.
Finally, The Carpenter's "Yesterday Once More" which I heard a few years ago at Adventureland on Long Island and it felt very out of place. (I loved it though!)
Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!
Rock Me Amadeus reminds me of my days chasing Lisa P at Adventureland.
Were you doing the work of pathetic, lazy morons?
"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" used to remind me of Disneyland but it doesn't anymore.
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