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This is a Disney sound effect that has not yet been released on any current commercial or professional sound effects libraries.


  • First recorded: 1936
  • Creator: TBA
  • Owner: RKO Radio Pictures (1936-1941), The Walt Disney Company (1941-Mid 1980s)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year debut: November 20, 1936
  • First heard: Winterset (an RKO Radio Pictures film)
  • Area used: Worldwide

The sound effect originates from RKO Radio Pictures's sound library and debuted in the crime film, Winterset on November 20, 1936. It was soon picked up (and heavily used) by Walt Disney Productions starting around 1941 up to the mid-1980s. Filmation's shows in the 1970s and early 1980s often used it as their main thunder effect, as well. It uses some elements of Sound Ideas, THUNDER - THUNDER CLAP AND RUMBLE, WEATHER 01 (H-B) (also an RKO/Disney sound effect) from the Hanna-Barbera Sound Effects Library, which was made by Sound Ideas.

Clean, Full Length and Unedited Link to the Sound Effect

Similar Variations

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials




Video Games



Theme Parks

  • Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour (Tokyo Disneyland)
  • Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha E Komo Mai! (Tokyo Disneyland)
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)
  • Universe of Energy (Original 1982 Version)

Other Media

YouTube Videos

Image Gallery

See Disney Castle Thunder/Image Gallery

Audio Samples