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Disney Parks Celebrates ‘it’s a small world’ Live On ‘Good Morning America’

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Disney theme parks around the world joined in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction, part of which was featured live on “Good Morning America.”

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The broadcast began with a chorus of kids singing live in Times Square, cast members and children singing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, a children’s chorus and dancing dragons at Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris), and ended with Disney cast members singing in front of the first “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland Park, punctuated with a finale of fireworks.

Check out the video below to see the celebration for yourself.

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Global Celebrations Mark 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’ at Disney Parks

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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.
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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.”
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ABC Stars Wish ‘it’s a small world’ a Happy 50th Anniversary

posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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!

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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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Global Sing-Along Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’

posted on March 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media 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.”

Go share your online video at SmallWorld50.com and keep checking the Disney Parks Blog as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “After Dark” photo was snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland of the lovely “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks, a show that lights up the night with Disney songs and color.

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Which nighttime spectacular is your favorite to view at a Disney Park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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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, Social Media 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.”

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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!

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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.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘it’s a small world’ at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo comes to us from a quiet Hong Kong Disneyland, and shows the park’s “it’s a small world” attraction at night.

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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.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Celebrations Abound at Disney Parks

posted on December 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in our weekly photo recap, we’re taking a look at how guests celebrated the season at Disney Parks around the world and even at sea aboard Disney Cruise Line.

Check out the gallery below for some amazing images of our parks.

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Are you spending the holiday week at a Disney park or resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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