With its worldwide array of theme parks and international guest book, no Disney attraction is more iconic than “It’s A Small World.” Now to honor the 50th anniversary of the ride, Disney Parks is holding a global sing-along.
The attraction made its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair where it enjoyed immense popularity for two years. It was later shipped back to Disneyland Park where it reopened as an attraction on May 28, 1966. The ride was also recreated as one of the opening day attractions at Disney World in 1971 and has since become a staple at every Disney park worldwide.
On April 10, guests at Disney Parks in Florida, California, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris will join together to sing the attraction’s well-known theme song. Fans around the world can join the fun by visiting www.SmallWorld50.com
. The website offers a chance to record a video of yourself singing the song and to create and name a virtual doll, which will also benefit the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The attraction offers a musical boat tour along with Seven Seas Waterway, accompanied by a classic anthem of world peace sung by children of the world. The 10 minute journey takes guests to all seven continents. A colorful, vibrant scene is played out as more than 300 traditionally dressed children from around the world have been created out of papier-mâché, glitter and fabric. As you travel from one corner of the world to another, the children sing the simple song, It’s a Small World (After All), in their native language – including French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and English.
During the tour, you’ll visit a vast array of diverse cultures and areas including Scandinavia,
The British Isles, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Asia, Africa, Antarctica, South America, Australia and the South Pacific Islands.
It’s a Small World is designed to create a common bond of friendship, laughter and happiness as seen through the eyes of a child. The message of cultural unity and harmony is ultimately brought together through the simplicity of the theme song, written and composed by the Academy Award-winning Sherman brothers, Richard and Robert.