“it’s a small world” 50th Anniversary Walt Disney World


The 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York City opened on April 22, 1964. The Disney Parks chose April 10th as the day to celebrate 50 years of “it’s a small world” in the theme parks around the world. This iconic attraction appears in all five of the Disney Theme Parks around the world and the celebration took place in each of those locations.

Small World Celebration Tokyo Disneyland

Small World Celebration Hong Kong Disneyland

Small World Celebration Disneyland Paris


Small World Celebration Disneyland

“it’s a small world” opened at the World’s Fair as a tribute to UNICEF, an organization that works to provide assistance to children around the world. Disney will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF plus $1 for every video or doll created (up to $100,000) on the special anniversary website.


” “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’ around the globe. The 50th anniversay of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope and humanity of people thoughout the world.”

AllEars.net covered the festivities at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

The design of the “it’s a small world” dolls was created by Walt Disney Imagineering art director Mary Blair. Her sense of design and use of color and shapes enhanced the storytelling of the attraction and have influenced each version of this attraction.

Imagineer Gary Langrum talks about the Disney Imagineers who worked on the attraction and reflects on why Walt felt it was so important to create “it’s a small world”.

Costumer Janice Jones discusses the beauty and intricacies of the costumes.

At Walt Disney World, international cast members joined members of a choir of children (many from the Performing Arts Center of Orlando) in song at the base of Cinderella Castle.




It was great to see guests celebrating “it’s a small world” too!


Through-out the day, Magic Kingdom performers like the Dapper Dans,


the Notorious Banjo Brothers,


and the Coke Corner pianist,


each gave a nod to the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world”.

We were in for a special treat when Mark (the pianist) broke into a beautiful rendition of “Let it Go” from Frozen!

Later in the day, guests at the Magic Kingdom joined in the song during a special “pre-parade” before the Festival of Fantasy parade.

Check out the festivities at Disneyland!

RELATED LINKS “it’s a small world”:

Hong Kong Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland

Disneyland Paris

3 Replies to ““it’s a small world” 50th Anniversary Walt Disney World”

  1. I went on the ride in 1965 at the World’s Fair. I also went on the Carousel of Progress there (funny to look back as to what was considered to be the future of the early 21st Century) and saw Lincoln. I was around 8 years old at that time. Fond memories of those Disney rides and the Fair itself.

  2. Hi Deb,my love for it`s a small world starts like this,you see I Lived in Astoria,N.Y. only 3 miles from the 64 worlds fair and I was only 2 yrs. old when my mom and dad took me on on the ride and don`t remember it at all but the nice thing is that me and the wife been going to Disney world for the last 18 yrs and happy to say going on this ride is special to my heart….

  3. Hi Deb –
    I also rode the Original “it’s a small world” at the 1964-65 NY World’s Fair. I also experienced GE’s Progressland and Ford’s Magic Skyway. My family didn’t see Mr. Lincoln in Illinois though.

    As a 2nd grader The Fair captivated me and I filled a folder with maps, articles, brochures and whatever I could get my hands on about The Fair. We lived only 22.5 miles from The Fair, but only went 3 times.

    My love for Walt Disney World grew out of my love for The Fair – both inspire(d) awe and amazement.

    – Jeff

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