We’re almost one week away from the big celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” here at the Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. You can join the celebration, too, at SmallWorld50.com. Today, we’re sharing a special “happy 50th” greeting from some of your favorite ABC stars!
posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort
posted on March 27th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted on March 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
As you may have just heard on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, you’re invited to join a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at SmallWorld50.com to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” – the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to UNICEF’s work for children around the world at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
We’ll be celebrating the anniversary on April 10 but we’ve already kicked off the worldwide celebration. People from more than 25 countries, including bagpipers in Scotland, Bollywood movie actors in India, a firefighter in New York City, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, came together to create a first worldwide “it’s a small world” video.
You can participate in this historic celebration by recording and sharing an online video of yourself singing “it’s a small world” on our new global online hub SmallWorld50.com. At the site, you can also create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to share with your friends. The Walt Disney Company will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” plus $1 for every sing-along video recorded on SmallWorld50.com and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
On April 10, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will come together to sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”
posted on March 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Which nighttime spectacular is your favorite to view at a Disney Park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
Momentum at Hong Kong Disneyland Continues with a Record-Breaking Year and New Experiences Planned for the Future
posted on February 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
Earlier this week, Hong Kong Disneyland released their Annual Business Results for 2013, posting their best year ever, and setting new attendance and hotel occupancy records for the fourth straight year. Guests are loving the new attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, and with the successful openings of Mystic Point (last May) Grizzly Gulch (2012) and Toy Story Land (2011), these new attractions give guests even more opportunities to connect with our characters and be part of our stories. The three themed areas have increased the park size by about one-fourth bringing the total number of attractions and entertainment offerings to over 100.
And there is even more to come. This week, Hong Kong Disneyland also announced a plan to build a new 750-room Disney-branded hotel dedicated to the spirit of exploration that celebrates exotic locations from around the world. Slated to open in early 2017, the hotel will increase the number of hotel rooms at the resort by 75 percent to 1,750.
The hotel will cap a remarkable addition of new experiences, including a brand new nighttime spectacular called “Disney Paint the Night,” debuting this year and the previously announced Iron Man themed area scheduled to open in late 2016. The addition will feature the highly anticipated Iron Man Experience, in which guests join Tony Stark in a battle against alien invaders across the city of Hong Kong and will mark the first major attraction based on a Marvel character.
Combined with Hong Kong Disneyland’s recent expansion, the successful business results and all that’s planned for the resort in the coming years, Hong Kong Disneyland is well positioned to continue its momentum as a premier vacation destination in Hong Kong. Stay tuned for more updates!
Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day with Special Merchandise
posted on February 10th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Join me as we travel back to Hong Kong Disneyland for a window shopping trip with resident expert Fion Lai, who gave me an in-depth look at what our sister park has to offer for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.
“Our team at Hong Kong Disneyland have created a variety of Chinese-New-Year-themed gifts,” said Fion, “including Chinese New Year apparel, plush toys, confectionary items, keepsakes, Disney-themed Lai See Red Packets and Fai Chun, key rings and limited edition pins.”
When I asked Fion how she would be celebrating this year, she replied, “I have decorated my home with Disney-themed Fai Chun and have picked up several different confectionary items from the park for my family and friends to enjoy!”
“I’m also very excited for Valentine’s Day,” Fion went on to say. “This year’s assortment is filled with ‘love’ and features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Duffy the Disney Bear. You’ll find the artwork on several items including D-Tech, frames, plush, pins and more.” Fion graciously sent a picture along, for a special sneak peek. Check it out!
I hope you enjoyed our trip and a glimpse at some of the very special merchandise that has been developed for Hong Kong Disneyland in honor of The Happiest Chinese New Year Celebration and Valentine’s Day.
posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Did you know that in addition to dolls that represent international countries, the attraction also features 38 Disney character figures, including Marie (“Aristocats”), Pinocchio (“Pinocchio”), Abu, Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie (“Aladdin”), and many others?
Thanks to photographer Tom Bricker for the great image.
posted on December 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Check out the gallery below for some amazing images of our parks.
Are you spending the holiday week at a Disney park or resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
posted on December 22nd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
Our Resort Enhancement team at the Disneyland Resort is responsible for the seasonal transformation and as we shared, they’ve been busy creating decorations since February.
And this season, we gathered a group of our favorite Christmas trees from around Disney Parks and created a special holiday slideshow. There are trees from all of the parks, including Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.
Check out the trees and let us know how many you recognize. Do you have any favorites?
Here are some of the other stories we worked on during the week.
Adventures by Disney Invites You to “Step in Time” to the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Set – Walk through and experience some of the locations where “Saving Mr. Bank”’ was filmed!
Counting Down to New Year’s Eve Fun at DisneyQuest at Walt Disney World Resort – Experience “a night of virtual awesomeness,” this New Year’s Eve at DisneyQuest.
“Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Preview Wraps Up Year of Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups – Photos and video of this sneak peek preview of ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ at Walt Disney World Resort.
Holiday Goodies and Menu Changes in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – Read about the special menu offerings available for the holidays at Disneyland Resort.
Windows at Disneyland Park: Fess Parker – Learn about Fess Parker, Disney Legend and the man who played Davy Crockett.
Step In Time: A Tencennial Parade Marches at Magic Kingdom Park – See the sights of the Tencennial Parade, all the way from 1981.
Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade – See these helpful tips to getting the best out of ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade.
posted on December 20th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
Chances are you haven’t seen a majority of our beautiful Christmas trees at Disney Parks – they’re in every park this time of year. So, as we begin the weekend and head into Christmas week, we’re sharing some favorites.
At Hong Kong Disneyland, Main Street, U.S.A., is Christmas Town this time of the year and the celebration includes a wonderfully decorated tree in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
At Tokyo DisneySea, tree lights shimmer off the water and sparkle this time of year.
And at our other parks, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Resort, there are hundreds of thousands of ribbons and bows draped over Christmas trees. Take a look at our newest slideshow and see how many trees you recognize.