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Five Things You Might Not Know About ‘it’s a small world’ at Disney Parks

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Around the world, Disney Parks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. You can join the celebration at SmallWorld50.com by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll and lending your voice to our global sing-along! Today, let’s dive into some little-known details about this iconic attraction.

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“it’s a small world” was designed to look like handmade, paper-mache children’s creations. Intended to look like a child’s art project, the attraction is a look at the world through a child’s eyes.

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Husband-and-wife team Marc and Alice Davis – (that’s Marc pictured above with Walt Disney and “it’s a small world” designer Mary Blair) were also instrumental in the creation of “it’s a small world” – Marc created many of the character vignettes, while Alice helped create many of the dolls’ costumes. They are the only married couple to have been honored with windows on Main Street, U.S.A.

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The original concept featured the dolls singing the national anthems of their various countries. The result was, in Disney Legend Richard Sherman’s words, “a cacophony.” He and his brother, Robert, composed a simple song that could be translated into many languages and sung consistently throughout the attraction.

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Since “it’s a small world” can be found at five Disney parks on three continents (Disneyland park in California, Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland) the iconic theme song is always playing somewhere around the world.

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Over the course of a 16-hour operating day at Disneyland park, the “it’s a small world” theme song is played 1,200 times.

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Caryl Stern, President & CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Visits ‘it’s a small world’ at Disneyland Park

posted on March 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday, we were pleased to welcome Caryl Stern, President & CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to Disneyland park. In addition to recalling the long relationship between her organization and Disney, Caryl took a moment to look back her own experience as a child, riding “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

You can be a part of the “it’s a small world” 50th anniversary celebration, too, at SmallWorld50.com.

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‘it’s a small world’ Around the World: Disneyland Park

posted on March 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As Thomas Smith told you on Friday, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. As part of that celebration, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Jennifer Fickley-Baker, and I will bring you a look at this iconic attraction as it appears in Disney Parks around the world. Let’s start with the original, here at Disneyland park. Five years ago, the attraction was refurbished and updated with brand-new dolls representing some of our favorite Disney characters. Take a look!

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Check back soon, as Jennifer takes us to “it’s a small world” at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort. And be sure to join the celebration – sing along with us and create your own “it’s a small world” doll at SmallWorld50.com!

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This Week in Disney History: ‘Love Bug’ Day at Disneyland Park, 1969

posted on March 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Forty-five years ago this week, 101 decorated Volkswagen Beetles made their way down Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park to celebrate the release of the film, “The Love Bug,” the story of the 1963 racing Beetle (and one of my favorite movies). On March 23, 1969, Beetle owners gathered at Disneyland to show off their decorated bugs and parade them through the park.

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The cars were judged in the categories of most psychedelic, toylike, comical and best personality. Morton and Barbara Allen of Studio City, Calif., won the grand prize – a brand-new 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, presented by “The Love Bug” stars Dean Jones and Michele Lee. Other prizes represented the pinnacles of 1969 technology: portable color televisions, Kodak Super-8 movie cameras and projectors, and new Polaroid cameras.

I was so inspired by this nugget of Disneyland history that I even created a costume for my own 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. Check her out!

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Which category do you think she would have won? And can anyone guess what name I call her by?

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The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark V, 1986-2008

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I love when we can have a Disney Parks Blog series that spans both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, so many thanks to my fellow author, Nate Rasmussen, for the excellent story on the Mark IV Monorail. Today, we return to the Disneyland Resort to continue our look at the history of the Disneyland Monorail with the Mark V.

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The most recognizable difference with the Mark V, compared to its predecessor, the Mark III, was its look. Designed to resemble the Mark IV monorail at Walt Disney World Resort, this new model was white with an accent color stripe running along the side. The four different colored stripes along the Mark V Monorails were red, blue, orange and purple.

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Another major difference was the new path the Disneyland Monorail would travel. In 1994, the path was diverted to run above the Eeyore section of the original Disneyland parking lot (remember that?) to accommodate the construction of Indiana Jones Adventure. Then in 1999, when construction began on Disney California Adventure park, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Downtown Disney District, portions of the track were re-routed to accommodate these additions.

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The opening of the Downtown Disney District also provided an opportunity for a brand-new station to be constructed for the Disneyland Monorail. When the station opened in 2001, it provided a convenient second entrance to Disneyland park, which is still available for guests today.

Check back next month, when I hand the controls back to Nate Rasmussen, who will tell us about the Mark VI Monorail, which currently travels the “highway in the sky” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Today in Disney History: Fantasy Faire Opens at Disneyland Park, 2013

posted on March 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One year ago today, we celebrated the expansion of Fantasyland at Disneyland park with the addition of Fantasy Faire, featuring the Royal Hall (where Disney princesses meet guests each day), the Royal Theatre (featuring the tales of “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and Maurice’s Treats (serving delicious pastry twists and the wonderful Boysen Apple Freeze). I recently stopped by the Royal Theatre to chat with Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, who join Rapunzel and Belle onstage each day, about the one-year anniversary of this new Disneyland park guest favorite.

What is your favorite part of Fantasy Faire? Tell us in the comments!

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Popular In-Park Social Media Program Expands to Cover Entire Disneyland Resort

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Big news for Disneyland Resort guests today … Disneyland Today is growing! Beginning today, the official source for in-park social media updates and information, Disneyland Today, will expand to cover the entire Disneyland Resort.
Popular In-Park Social Media Program Disneyland Today Expands to Cover Entire Disneyland Resort

Joining forces with DCA Today, Disneyland Today will now answer questions and provide real-time tips and updates for the Downtown Disney District and the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort, in addition to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

So be sure to follow @DisneylandToday on Twitter and Facebook.com/DisneylandToday on your next visit to the Disneyland Resort.

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Starbucks Opens at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort guests can now enjoy a unique Starbucks location near World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District! The new store offers a first-of-its-kind Starbucks experience through its expanded size and outdoor patio, engaging guest experience and sustainable materials, including a massive living wall built with more than 1,000 plants in the shape of a coffee cup.

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This is the first time Starbucks is offering technology to share its coffee story on a 10-foot video installation. An interactive touch screen also inspires creativity for even the youngest Disneyland Resort guests and Starbucks customers. And look for a kiosk location at the Downtown Disney District this summer!

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Reopen March 17 at Disneyland Park

posted on March 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Hold onto your hats and glasses, because I’ve got big news to share today about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park. The wildest ride in the wilderness is reopening on March 17!

In addition to an upgraded track, restoration of the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, repainting on portions of the mountain and updates to the ride vehicles, the refurbishment also includes some new surprises that guests should be on the lookout for when they ride again beginning March 17.

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Starbucks to Open March 10 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Coffee lovers are getting ready to celebrate another Starbucks location at Disneyland Resort. Opening March 10 in the Downtown Disney District – conveniently located near the World of Disney store – this new store will be a first of its kind for guests, providing a unique Starbucks coffeehouse experience.

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This location complements the current Starbucks signature beverage and pastry offerings at Market House in Disneyland park and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure park.

Check back here Monday, when we’ll take you inside this brand-new store!

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