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"Baroque Hoedown" is an early electronic/synthpop song by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, originally released on their 1967 album Kaleidoscopic Vibrations. In 1971, the song was used as the soundtrack to the Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World's Seven Seas Lagoon, with synchronized and synthesized Disney songs played along with it. This soundtrack was used again in the original 1972-1974 version of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade, the successor to the Electrical Water Pageant. In 1977, a new arrangement was created by Don Dorsey and implemented into the current version of the Main Street Electrical Parade, which premiered that year at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. From 1991 to 2004, it was used in the Fantasy Waters show at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. Another version was recorded in for the updated Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights! in 2001, and in 2009 when Disney's Electrical Parade returned to Disney's California Adventure after the the replacement of all the lights over LED.


The famous tune's popularity has led to appearances in more than just the Main Street Electrical Parade. "Baroque Hoedown" could be heard in the following shows.

Theme parks


Disney's California Adventure

  • Disney's Electrical Parade (2001-2010) - The 1977 Don Dorsey arrangement was used from 2001-2009, when it was replaced with the soundtrack from Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights, which was arranged by Gregory Smith. Some segments were changed from orchestral arrangements from the Tokyo version to more electronic arrangements for Disney California Adventure, as well as entirely new music for floats that had no existing Tokyo counterparts. This arrangement is heard in the version of the parade that currently runs at the Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland Hotel

  • Fantasy Waters (1991-2004) - The Don Dorsey arrangement was heard during the Main Street Electrical Parade segment of the water show.

Magic Kingdom

  • Main Street Electrical Parade (1977-1991; 1999-2001; Summer 2010–Present) - The song served as the parade's main theme and is heard throughout the entire parade. The parade first used the 1977 Don Dorsey arrangement. The 2010 version of the parade will use the current DreamLights version from Tokyo (with out the orchestra and chorus), arranged and programmed by Gregory Smith.

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade (1985-1995) - The song served as the parade's main theme and is heard throughout the entire parade. The parade used the 1977 Don Dorsey arrangement.
  • Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights (2001-present) - The song serves as the parade's main theme and is heard throughout the entire parade. An entirely new arrangement was recorded for this version of the parade, using newer synthesizer technology and a mostly orchestral soundtrack, all performed, arranged, and orchestrated by Gregory Smith.

Disneyland Paris

Hong Kong Disneyland

Video games

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Mickey no Tokyo Disneyland Daibōken (1994)

See also

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