We have an exciting day planned Thursday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disney’s “it’s a small world” attraction, including online and in-park sing-alongs, musical performances and even a special Google Hangout with Disney Legend Richard Sherman.
We’re kicking off the global celebration early on Thursday with a live sing-along with ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” in Times Square in New York City. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. In addition to Times Square, GMA will feature choirs singing live at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, plus a choir at the Unisphere in New York at the original location of the 1964 World’s Fair, where “it’s a small world” debuted.
During the day, you’re also invited to join guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe for a historic “it’s a small world” sing-along at our global online hub, SmallWorld50.com. And as Erin shared last week, you can also join us for our Google Hangout event with Disney Legend Richard Sherman, live at 1 p.m. PDT from Disneyland park. The event can be seen live here and in the “Gallery” section of SmallWorld50.com.
Throughout the day, guests at Disney Parks will be participating in the celebration at all five resorts around the world. Here are the details for each park:
- At the Walt Disney World Resort, hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests are joining in the song during a special “pre-parade” before the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”
Throughout the day, in-park performers – the Dapper Dans, Coke Corner Pianist, Notorious Banjo Brothers, Royal Majesty Maker Musicians and Main Street Philharmonic – are scheduled to include “it’s a small world” in their appearances.
- At the Disneyland Resort, songwriter Richard Sherman is scheduled to appear in a sing-along cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., conducting hundreds of Disneyland guests in their “it’s a small world” sing-along.
- At Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members and students from Hong Kong Children’s Choir are singing “it’s a small world” in Cantonese.
- At Tokyo Disneyland, cast members and guests are gathering to sing in Japanese at Tokyo Disneyland.
- At Disneyland Paris, a “blue carpet” event featuring international cast members is planned for on Main Street, U.S.A., with students from the European International School, singing a multi-language version of the iconic anthem in front of “it’s a small world.”
Our tour of “it’s a small world” around the world continues today with Disneyland Paris. The attraction, which opened with the park in 1992, stands out for its ornate, colorful design. My favorite detail is the double-decker bus teetering over a replica of London’s Tower Bridge.
Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” at SmallWorld50.com!
See the posts below for more ‘it’s a small world’ around the world:
Are you looking forward to the release of Disney’s “Frozen”? If so, you just may add a last-minute trip to Disneyland Paris on your list for Santa Claus after reading this post, because this year the resort is focusing their holiday celebration around the new characters from the film.
The holiday celebration, which runs through January 6, 2014, will feature “Frozen” heroines Elsa and Anna in the park’s “Disney Magic on Parade!” holiday procession. The film’s Olaf the snowman will also serve as the master of ceremonies for the park’s new nighttime “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” show, a new spectacular created for the holiday season. As a part of his role, Olaf will conduct the show’s orchestra, as well as its projections, fountains, special effects and fireworks. Other Disney characters will come to life in the form of projections on the castle, including the cast of “Toy Story,” which will perform their own take of “The Nutcracker” ballet.
Throughout the celebration, guests can also have their photos taken with Santa Claus, who will have his very own village at Disneyland Paris and will appear in a special musical parade called “Christmas Cavalcade.”
Also new for this year is the park’s new Christmas tree, which measures 78 feet tall and will be adorned with nearly a thousand decorations from around the world. The tree will be lit each night during a special ceremony called “Magical Christmas Wishes,” which is led by Pinocchio and his pal, Jiminy Cricket.
Mickey’s Halloween Celebration has arrived at Disneyland Paris, with the resort’s Disneyland Park offering a month of fall fun, including seasonal decor, special character meet and greets, and must-see Halloween entertainment like the “Villains Mix & Mingle” show.
As part of the celebration, Mickey Mouse and friends are holding a special parade that’s inspired by harvest time. The procession features Clarabelle, Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Donald and Daisy – and other friends – in Halloween costumes and seasonal attire. The parade will step off three times daily, throughout the month of October.
Special Halloween character greeting opportunities also exist with Goofy in a candy shop background, Jack Skellington and Sally in a cemetery setting, and plenty of Disney villains.
The celebration will culminate October 31, with a special Disney’s Halloween Party. From 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Disneyland Park will offer guests the chance to enjoy additional offerings with Disney villains, ghosts, and mysterious atmosphere.
Read these posts to learn how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks
Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photos were snapped in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris of one of the park’s spookiest attractions – Phantom Manor, the park’s version of what we know here at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts as The Haunted Mansion.
Phantom Manor opened at Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992, in the Frontierland area of the park. This attraction features a slightly different backstory than The Haunted Mansion. It specifically focuses on the Ravenswood family, Western settlers who struck it rich during the gold rush and were later affected by a series of mysterious demises.
Thanks to photographer Tom Bricker for these great shots.
Which Disney Parks attraction do you think is scarier to experience at night? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. Be sure to check out our list of “Related Stories” to see how Halloween is celebrated at Disney Parks around the world.
Here in the United States, Independence Day may have passed, but the patriotic festivities are still going strong at Disneyland Paris for Bastille Day. Known as La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or Le quatorze juillet (the 14th of July), the holiday celebrates the forming of the French Republic.
Beyond these celebrations of great moments in history, France and the U.S. have long shared a special connection – one that’s reflected and honored at Disneyland Paris.
On Main Street, U.S.A., for example, you’ll find the Discovery Arcade and Liberty Arcade – beautiful structures that highlight imagination and innovation across the decades, including one of the most iconic monuments of the United States, the Statue of Liberty. Created by sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French to celebrate the centennial of American independence and the friendship between the two countries. Gustave Eiffel – who later designed and built the famous Eiffel Tower – was even involved in constructing the statue’s steel structure.
Disneyland Paris guests can also visit the Statue of Liberty Tableau, recreating the historic experience and excitement of shipboard passengers arriving in New York Harbor seeing the statue for the first time as a symbol of freedom, hope, and opportunity.
To celebrate Bastille Day, Disneyland Paris will light up the night sky with a fireworks show set to classic Parisian songs. It’s sure to be an amazing tribute and festive holiday salute! And check out the limited-edition pin we brought you earlier this month, as well as this French-inspired ensemble.
Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark photo comes to us from Disneyland Paris on the eve of the park’s 21st anniversary.
Here, Photographer Tom Bricker captured the bright and beautiful lights of the park’s gateway into Adventureland.
Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow for more on the park’s anniversary and check out our past looks into this park at night in the list of posts below:
In this week’s Disney Parks After Dark, we’re taking a look at Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.
This week’s Disney Parks After Dark takes a look at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris.
Did you know that at Disneyland Paris, this attraction actually sits on an island in the middle of the Rivers of the Far West in the park’s Frontierland? And the attraction also features a cool storyline that ties it to the nearby Phantom Manor, the park’s version of the Haunted Mansion. According to the legend, Henry Ravenswood, proprietor of Thunder Mesa Mining Company, made a fortune in gold mining on Big Thunder Mountain – only the mountain held a curse that Ravenswood ignored. He used part of his wealth to build a Manor nearby and later met his demise in an earthquake. The Manor would later be a site for another tragedy, when the groom of Ravenswood’s daughter, Melanie, met his death on their wedding day.
I don’t know about you, but I think Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sure looks spooky at night!
For more from the Disney Parks After Dark series, check out the posts below:
If you happened to bump into me after visiting Disneyland Paris last year, chances are I’d be raving about Space Mountain: Mission 2. The attraction’s beautiful Victorian-Industrial designs and giant supercharged Canon Columbiad always grab my attention, especially at night.
For more from the Disney Parks After Dark series, check out the posts below: