It’s a Small World!

This for me at least is one of those “classic” rides! It will never go out of style. It’s one of those rides that I remember going on as a child.  I recently was able to remember that memory through my youngest sons eyes. He was in a trance and amazed. I loved it!

The ride features over 300 brightly costumed audio-animatronic dolls in the style of children of the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction’s title song, which has a theme of global peace.

It’s A Small World traces its origins to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. The attraction was built for the Pepsi-Cola Company’s pavilion by WED Enterprises (which later became Walt Disney Imagineering), as a salute to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Artist and Imagineer Mary Blair, famous for her work on many Disney films and attractions, assisted with the design. Song writing brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman wrote the famous theme song.

The fair closed in 1965, and the attraction was moved to Disneyland, where it continues to entertain today. When Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened in October, 1971, it was given its own version.

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