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"When You Wish Upon a Star" is a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.[1] The original version was sung by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards)[1] and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film.

The song was universally praised upon its release. With its theme relating to wishes, dreams and magic—all of which are synonymous with the Disney brand—the song has since become the anthem for the Walt Disney Company, most famously playing alongside the logo of Walt Disney Pictures before a film.

Lyrics

Male Character (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Chorus (Singing):
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing
(Vocalizes)

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalzing):
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme

Chorus (Singing):
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
(Vocalizes)
You'll find your dreams come true

Jimminy Cricket (Singing):
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly it comes in view
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

When you wish
When you wish

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
And this sweet, fulfillment of
Their secret's longing

Like a bolt out of a blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When you wish
When you wish (yeah yeah yeah)
When you wish
Wish upon a star (your dreams come true)

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star (when you wish upon a star)

When you wish
When you wish (when you wish)
When you wish
Wish upon a star (your dreams come true)

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
And this sweet, fulfillment of
Their secret's longing

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

When you wish
When you wish

When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star (wish upon a star)

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish (when you wish)
Wish upon a star

Trivia

  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" is the first Disney song to win an Oscar, earning an Academy Award for Best Song.
  • The American Film Institute ranked "When You Wish Upon a Star" seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History.
  • In 2009, the song was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" has received numerous covers and renditions from popular artists over the decades, some of which include Louis Armstrong, Billy Joel, Idina Menzel and Meaghan Jette Martin.
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" was heavily featured in Remember... Dreams Come True at Disneyland and Wishes at Magic Kingdom as opening and finale song. It was also heard in Believe... There's Magic in the Stars and Disneyland Forever.
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" was also performed on The Muppet Show in the Mark Hamill episode as the closing number.

Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.


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Restaurants: Cleo'sPinocchio Village Haus Restaurant
Shops: Geppetto's Holiday WorkshopPleasure Island CandiesStromboli's Wagon
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey's WaterWorksSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
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Characters
PinocchioJiminy CricketThe Blue FairyGeppettoFigaroCleoHonest John and GideonStromboliThe CoachmanThe Coachman's GoonsLampwickThe Stupid Little BoysMonstro
Locations
VillageGeppetto's WorkshopStromboli's CaravanThe Red Lobster InnPleasure Island
Songs
Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon a StarLittle Wooden HeadGive a Little WhistleHi-Diddle-Dee-DeeI've Got No Strings

Geppetto: ToysEmpty HeartAnd SonJust Because It's MagicBravo, Stromboli!Satisfaction GuaranteedPleasure IslandSince I Gave My Heart Away
Deleted: Jiminy CricketHonest JohnAs I Was Sayin' to the DuchessTurn On the Old Music BoxNo StringsRolling Along to Pleasure IslandThree Cheers for AnythingMonstro the Whale