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Disney Music Comes to Tokyo Trains

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of rail travel in Japan is the variety of melodies that can be heard at station platforms just before carriage doors close and trains make their departures. And train lines like the Tokyu Toyoko Line have even been offering limited-time specials like the Dragon Quest theme (see below).

Now, Tokyu Dentetsu, one of the country’s major private railway operators, is following up with another treat for their commuters, with new departure melodies being played at six of their main train stations.

The new jingles are being provided by Walt Disney Japan as part of their collaboration on the “Tokyu Christmas Wonderland 2016-Disney Crystal Magic-” promotion, which includes festive installations at Tokyu Plaza Stores and special character wraps for Tokyu trains and buses.

And for those who prefer the less cutesy side of Disney, there are Marvel-themed trains and Star Wars jingles as well.

While the eye-catching visuals have been making news on social media, it’s the unusual train melodies that are grabbing everyone’s attention, with commuters eager to share their audio discoveries online. The video above collates all 12 new jingles into one neat collection, including images of the train stations at which the tunes can be heard.

If you’d like to hear the new jingles in person, this is where they can be found:

1. “Mickey Mouse March” – Shibuya Station, Toyoko Line Southbound
2. “Heigh-Ho” – Jiyugaoka Station, Toyoko Line Northbound
3. “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Jiyugaoka Station, Toyoko Line Southbound
4. “Star Wars” – Jiyugaoka Station, Oimachi Line Northbound
5. “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s theme) – Jiyugaoka Station, Oimachi Line Southbound
6. “Under the Sea” – Oimachi Station, Oimachi Line Southbound
7. “A Whole New World” – Musashikosugi Station, Toyoko Line Northbound
8. “Friend Like Me” – Musashikosugi Station, Toyoko Line Southbound
9. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” – Futakotamagawa Station, Denentoshi Line Northbound
10. “A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes” – Futakotamagawa Station, Denentoshi Line Southbound
11. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – Tama Plaza Station, Denentoshi Line Northbound
12. “Monsters, Inc.” – Tama Plaza Station, Denentoshi Line Southbound

The melodies will be played until the last train departs each station on the night of December 25, 2016. Personally, we’ll be stopping off at Jiyugaoka for the awesome sounds of “Star Wars” and “The Imperial March.”

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