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Twin Engine Prop plane used by Walt Disney

What happened to Walt’s plane from Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A rare piece of Disney history is at risk of being scrapped according to multiple sources. The twin prop airplane Walt Disney used to scout locations in Central Florida while developing his ideas for Walt Disney World, then known only as The Florida Project, and… Read More »What happened to Walt’s plane from Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Celebrate 50th Anniversary of “it’s a small world”

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AT THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Fans, cast members, celebrities and more will unite in song around the globe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” one of the most iconic Disney attractions ever built. The first version of “it’s a small world,” opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France, and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.” Fans from around the world can join the festivities in a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at SmallWorld50.com.

While on the website, fans may record videos of themselves singing the classic song and create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to benefit UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). UNICEF provides health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children around the world.

“‘it’s a small world’ has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying ‘it’s a small world’ somewhere around the globe. The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world.”

Disney has also released this short video highlighting some of the history of the attraction:

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Beyond the World’s Fair

The 1964 World’s Fair just had its 49th anniversary. It was very influential not just in the growth of Disneyland, but in Walt’s vision for EPCOT. After the Fair is a documentary that tracks not just what happened to some of the fair’s more iconic… Read More »Beyond the World’s Fair

Robert Sherman – A Son’s Tribute

The Disney Insider has posted a very touching tribute to recently deceased Disney songsmith Robert Sherman, or as the author called him — Dad. We all know there’s something special about “it’s a small world”, but I have new appreciation after reading Jeffrey Sherman’s tribute… Read More »Robert Sherman – A Son’s Tribute