Disney World It’s a small world 50th Anniversary

by Fatima Delle Donne

Disney’s “it’s a small world” is turning 50 this year.  On April 10, there will be a live “it’s a small world” sing-along event at all of the Disney parks. At Disney World in Florida, representatives from 11 countries featured at Epcot will gather at Cinderella Castle to lead guests through the “it’s a small world” song.  See the TODAY.com story for details.

Created as a tribute to peace, friendship and children around the world for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the “it’s a small world” boat ride through a colorful, indoor land filled with hundreds of singing, animatronic dolls from many nations is now featured in all five Disney parks around the world.

The 10-minute ride — with its earworm-inducing theme-song that plays in a continuous loop — (you’re singing it now, aren’t you?) turns 50 this year, and to celebrate Disney has launched a website that features singers from around the world performing the song. Fans are invited to record and upload videos of themselves singing the tune as well. 

“It’s a small world’ is one of those iconic Disney attractions that very small children can ride and consequently, it’s been one of the earliest Disney vacation memories for several generations of visitors,'” said Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, family vacations expert at About.com. “The song may sound kitschy today but it’s certainly an earworm — you can’t go anywhere in the Magic Kingdom without hearing someone humming it.”Disney’s “it’s a small world” is turning 50 this year, marking half a century of laughter and tears, hope and fears.
Thank you, 
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Family Vacations Expert at About.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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