1 The Mickey Mindset: It's a 50 Year Old Attraction After All....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's a 50 Year Old Attraction After All....

Mitchell Stein- Today, thousands of Disney fans across the globe will celebrate fifty years since the opening of It’s A Small World at the 1964 World’s Fair. The ride, which was one of the four main attractions presented by Disney at the World’s Fair, remains one of the most legendary and one of the most memorable of attractions in Disney history, and the incredible thing is that it still remains today, in each Disney theme park. 

Throughout the years, the attraction has entertained millions of guests who passed through the gates of the Disney parks and successfully got the song stuck in their heads on repeat for the remainder of the day. After riding many times throughout all my visits to Walt Disney World, I development a deeper appreciation for this ride.

This attraction is not just a funny boat ride with a catchy tune. This ride really has a much deeper message attached to it, and that message is unity. We all live in separate countries and we all have our differences, but we can all get along, just like the 24-7 singing dolls in it’s a Small World. They’re all entirely different, but they somehow all get along and sing together, and I figure this is the goal that Walt and team had in mind, to show people at the “World” Fair that we’re not all so different after all and we all share the same Earth, so why can’t we get along?

The attraction was such a success that it was decided to add it to Disneyland when it opened two years later, and the ride has been entertaining millions of people ever since, with other versions opening up in other Disney parks like Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, and they still remain open today.
In essence, that’s what I found It’s A Small World means to me, and that’s why it remains one of the most iconic Disney attractions of all time. 

 I’m curious to find out if the Disney Parks are planning a 50 year celebration for Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln which opened at the same time, or even any future events related to the fiftieth anniversary of the World’s Fair would be highly received by fans.

Happy 50th to the Happiest Cruise that ever sailed!  

It's A Small World at the 1964-65 World Fair

1 comment:

  1. Don't forget the Primeval World section from "Magic Skyways" that is now part of the "Disneyland Railroad".