MousePlanet today (6/26/06) carries the tragic news that Wonderland CD's are being discontinued.*
>>Cast members tell us that the "Wonderland Music Experience," formerly known as the "CD on Demand" system, will be discontinued at Disneyland sometime in September, probably when the 50th Anniversary celebration comes to an official end. The system allows customers at 20th Century Music Company to choose from a catalogue of nearly 60 out-of-print Walt Disney Records titles, and have them burned to a CD while they wait. New titles were last added to the system in December, 2005, and an unofficial Disney music discussion board, MagicMusic.net, has a multi-page list of titles that members would like to see made available in the future.
Unfortunately, it looks like that music collectors may have to wait for another incarnation of music-on-demand to hear more from Disney's record archives. Cast members were told to suspend sales of the CDs last week, in part because they were running low of the raw materials (blank CDs and empty jewel cases) needed to produce them, while the fate of the system was discussed. Then CMs learned that the system would remain in place through September, and a new shipment of materials arrived over the weekend.
The "Wonderland Music Experience" is also offered at Walt Disney World, and we have not yet heard if the Florida version will also be removed. Disneyland CMs tell us that it is possible that the most popular titles from the program will be offered in the future as regular packaged CDs, and that the entire catalogue might wind up offered for download through the Disney Music store at iTunes.<<
So if you want any of those great old Disneyland/Vista titles on CD - either get to the park this summer - or order them from Mouseshoppe while you can. Camarata's Alice in Wonderland is a must! Also recommended: Parent Trap, Hawaiiannette, Babes in Toyland, Mary Martin Hi Ho, Summer Magic, Ludwig VonDrake, etc., etc.
See the whole list here:
These CD's a practically the ONLY thing I ever buy at the park - - and there were so many great titles still to be posted to this system. I'm just glad we got the ones we did, and thanks to Randy Thornton for that.
I only wish there were some way this huge global coproration could make all of Walt's cool music, film and TV library material available to those who want it. It's such a waste.