Disney Golden Anniversary of Small World

DisneyThe classic Disney park attraction, It’s a Small World, is going to be celebrating its golden anniversary, where fans can engage in the festivities of an online worldwide sing-along at SmallWorld50.com. The amusement park attraction premiered in 1964 in honor of peace and hope at the New York World’s Fair. One of the most popular attractions at all five Disney Resorts around the globe was created by Walt Disney himself and Walt Disney Imagineering. The attraction features a mellow boat ride through a Lilliputian land occupied by colorfully attired audio-animatronic dolls, who represent different countries from across the globe, singing a catchy tune about universal harmony and peace.

Mr. Disney was approached to create an exhibit for the 1964 World’s Fair as a tribute to UNICEF and children around the world. The original version of It’s a Small World entertained 10 million visitors in New York during 1964 to 1965. In 1966, after some extensive upgrades and a 33 percent augmentation, the attraction became a permanent fixture at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Academy Award winning composers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, won two Oscars for their work on the Disney film Mary Poppins. Walt Disney asked the two songwriters to write an easy memorable tune that could be sung in different languages while visitors traveled by boat through the attraction, the subsequent song, It’s a Small World (After All) became one of Disney’s most popular tunes of all time. During the ride, guests see hundreds of dolls singing It’s a Small World in five different languages; English, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish and Italian.

On April 10, 2014, for the golden anniversary celebration of It’s a Small World, many voices from Disney Resorts in California, Florida, Paris, Hong Kong and Japan will sing the catchy tune of the most joyous boat ride that ever sailed the seven seas. Fans from around the globe have a virtual invitation to join the worldwide sing-along at SmallWorld50.com. Visitors to the site can record their voices singing the signature tune and can create virtual It’s a Small World dolls to benefit UNICEF.

UNICEF is a United Nations program that provides humanitarian aid to children around the around. The Walt Disney Company will give a donation of $150,000 to UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration of It’s a Small World, also another $100,000 from proceeds generated by SmallWorld50.com. Disney and UNICEF have been working together since 1964 on creating a better future for children through programs that encourage creativity and imagination.

On the day of the celebration, Google Hangouts will be sponsored by Disney Parks that invite people from around the world to partake in the jubilee. To add to the commemoration of the golden anniversary celebration, Disney stores will be selling a It’s a Small World doll collection. From April 10 to April 13, participating Disney stores will be inviting children to join a make-believe boat ride around the world learning how to greet people in various languages and singing the infectious song, It’s a Small World that will continue to be timeless for many generations to come.

By Isriya Kendrick

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Orange County Breeze

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