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PHOTOS: ‘it’s a small world’ at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair

posted on March 28th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair theme was “Peace Through Understanding,” and no exhibition better embodied this idea than “it’s a small world.”

The look and feel of the whimsical entrances to this now-landmark attraction at Disney Parks around the world are well-known, but the look of the exterior of the New York World’s Fair pavilion was quite different from the familiar facades we know today.

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In these rare photos you can see just how different it was from what we see in the parks; yet it is, decidedly, a “Disney look.” To me, it looks like Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, circa 1967.

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Some familiar Disney faces were apparently on hand to greet visitors about to board the “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.”

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9 Comments 3 Replies

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Christina on March 28th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Great photos of my favorite attraction! Thanks for sharing!

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Joseph on March 28th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Are there any plans to celebrate the anniversary in Queens?

 

George Savvas on March 28th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Joseph, Good Morning America will observe the anniversary the morning of April 10 at their Times Square studio, but I don’t believe any public events are scheduled a the site of the fair in Queens.

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Bruce on March 28th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I don’t remember that there was an admission charge for individual pavilions at the World’s Fair. What’s with the ticket window in the picture?

 

George Savvas on March 28th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Bruce, it is, in fact, a passport booth. Adults, 95 cents, children, 60 cents.

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Mary Ann from GA on March 28th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

What was the official name of the sculpture out in the front? It was something to the Four Winds wasn’t it? Is that sculpture anywhere? It would be a cool addition to Downtown Disney.

 

George Savvas on March 28th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Mary, it was called the Tower of the Four Winds. For a time, the marquee in front of the attraction at Disneyland park was themed after the tower.

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Sylvia on March 28th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I remember seeing it when my family visited the New York worlds fair, that and great moments with Mr Lincoln

my father was totally amazed at the entire experience

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Jeffrey from OH on March 28th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I wish I could turn back time for a time and go visit.

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Dia from IL on March 29th, 2014 at 9:11 am

I was able to visit “it’s a small world” at the New York World’s Fair when my high school band performed at the fair. It was an amazing sight for a freshman from a small town in very Southern Illinois. This fall I am looking forward to sharing the attraction with my 2 grandchildren. I’m so excited. It is still an amazing attraction!

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Dawn on April 7th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Imagineer Rolly Crump designed the Tower of the Four Winds. Heartbreakingly, it was dismantled and scrapped after the fair.

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Timothy on April 22nd, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I remember riding It’s A Small World several times when we visited the World’s Fair in 1964 and 1965. I was 6 and 7 years old. We were all amazed at the Walt Disney creations. Years later when I rode it at Disney World with my children, I couldn’t help but get a little misty-eyed with all those wonderful memories!

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