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Throwback Thursday – “it’s a small world”

In honor of “it’s a small world” 50th anniversary, I found a video of the original attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  It is amazing how different and alike the current attractions are to the original.


If you are a Mary Blair or Rolly Crump fan, this version show cases some of the artwork for the original attraction.


This video is on the 1964 New York World’s Fair in general and follows certain people around the Fair – boy scouts get lost, families have fun together, teachers learn, and boys chase girls.  It is almost like being at a retro Epcot and Magic Kingdom at the same time.

(Did anyone notice how everyone dressed up to go to the World’s Fair?  Or, the lack of strollers?  Ahhh, the good ‘ol days.)


~~~ Happy 50th Anniversary “it’s a small world” ~~~

Happy 50th Anniversary “it’s a small world” and Carousel of Progress

April 22nd was a busy day, indeed!  Not only was it Earth Day, which is the day Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened 16 years ago in 1998, it was also the 50th anniversary of the April 22nd opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair – which means it is the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress and Disney “it’s a small world”, since they both first opened at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

The Disney Parks Blog has some great pictures and history from the 1964 New York World’s Fair about these classic attractions.

Pepsi-Cola presents Walt Disney's "it's a small world" at the 1964 New York World's Fair from Disney Parks Blog

Pepsi-Cola presents Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair from Disney Parks Blog

Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench from Disney Parks Blog


According to the history of “it’s a small world” attraction listing on the Disney web page:

“it’s a small world” was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the attraction was a huge hit for 2 seasons at the fair and was eventually shipped back to Disneyland park, where it reopened on May 28, 1966.

In 1971, “it’s a small world” was recreated to become one of the Opening Day attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated in every Disney Resort around the world and is considered a Walt Disney classic.


And the history on the Disney website for Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress goes like this:

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

Featuring state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics—Walt Disney’s latest animation technology at the time—the show was originally conceived as part of a new area at Disneyland park called Edison Square. When the concept was abandoned, the idea was re-imagined, eventually opening under the name “Progressland” at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

With the classic song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” written and composed by the Academy Award®-winning team of brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, the show was an instant hit. Following its success, the show moved to Disneyland park and was renamed “The Carousel of Progress,” where it played until September 9, 1973.

In January 15, 1975, the attraction moved to Magic Kingdom theme park where it was rewritten and restaged with a new theme song, “The Best Time of Your Life.” But in the true spirit of progress, the show was reworked in 1994 to its initial incarnation with the original theme song intact—as a tribute to nostalgia.

To mark the occasion of the anniversary of Disney “it’s a small world”, check out where you can upload a video of you singing the theme song or create a custom doll, all to benefit UNICEF.  (Forewarning – it you don’t want to have the song in your head for the rest of the day then turn the volume off on your computer before you click the link.)

Disney and UNICEF’s relationship began in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair when Disney unveiled the “it’s a small world” attraction, a tribute to UNICEF and children around the world. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of “it’s a small world”, Disney will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF. In addition, the company will donate $1 for every video recorded and every Small World digital doll created at, up to $100,000.


To commemorate the 50th anniversary, you can download Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper for your computer, ipad, and smartphones thanks to the Disney Parks Blog.  There are also some “it’s a small world” wallpapers also.


And with all things Disney, there is merchandise to commemorate the occasion.  Don’t miss out on getting your limited-release tees at

Online Exclusive - Available Through April 27th Celebrate 50 Magical Years it's a small world 50th anniversary The beloved Disney Parks attraction opened at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Commemorate 50 years of laughter and cheers with our limited-release tee. Get 2 for just $40 when you mix and match tees reg.$21.95-$24.95. The celebration continues with this limited-release tee featuring the classic Disney Parks attraction Carousel of Progress. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. | Make Them Yours


Happy Anniversary to

Disney “it’s a small world”


Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!!!


The Latest on the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

It is almost Spring!!  (Well, it might not seem like it in the Northeast right now with the latest polar vortex but now you have something to look forward to in the next few months.)  The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is getting close to being finished and it will be on Main Street U.S.A. before we know it.

Check out the latest from the Disney Imagineers.

It has been so long since we’ve had a new 3 o’clock parade and I am sooooo excited about this one!!!

Which float are you most excited about?

Here is some concept art to help get you excited:

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

'Peter Pan'-Themed Float for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

The Story of 'Tangled' Will be Highlighted in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

Limited Time Magic: Veterans Salute this Week

In honor of Veterans Day, there will be an enhanced Flag Retreat Ceremony  for the Limited Time Magic promotion at the Magic Kingdom this week (November 11th – 15th).

You’ll be able to enjoy the patriotic music of the Main Street Philharmonic and the Voices of Liberty, as well as honor a deserving armed forces service member or veteran.

If you aren’t familiar with the Flag Retreat Ceremony you are missing a very moving event that occurs daily.  During the day, a member of the armed forces or a veteran is selected and at 5:00 p.m. he or she assists WDW Security with the lowering of the American Flag in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom.  For participating the individuals receives a certificate, a photo taken at the event, and a pin.  There is music and pomp and circumstance and everything that makes a patriotic heart swell with pride.

Here is a random video of the Flag Retreat Ceremony from

If you are in the Magic Kingdom, you won’t be sorry that you took time out of your day to see the Flag Retreat Ceremony.  It is one of the reasons the Magic Kingdom remains so special.



Throwback Thursday – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Throwback Thursday is a new feature – shamelessly stolen from Twitter and Facebook.

I’ve been going to Walt Disney World since I was a little girl.  We don’t have a lot of surviving pictures but I have found a few.  The photography isn’t very good since a Kodak Instamatic was probably used but it is fun to remember Walt Disney World with fond memories even if the pictures aren’t crisp and clear or taken with any skill.  (Don’t judge me, I was a teenager.)

Anyone have fond memories of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage?


A view of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage taken from the Skyway to Fantasyland in 1985.

Do you have any retro pictures of Disney Attractions to share?  Just let me know and maybe we can use your photo memories in an upcoming Throwback Thursday feature.

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