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.”
Last week, we celebrated the arrival of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park. Our Maleficent dragon wallpaper was so popular that today we’re sharing the second in that series with you. This design is inspired by the Bubble Girl costume from the parade.
With the release of Disney’s “Frozen” on Blu-ray combo pack today, the consumables team at Disney Parks has introduced what is now my favorite character apple ever made – Olaf! I visited Main Street Confectionary at Magic Kingdom Park this morning to check it out.
I think my favorite detail on this new apple is the nose. It’s made of Bugles, the corn chip snack that I used to place on my fingers when I was five years old (I know I’m not the only one who did that).
I also found a few other “Frozen”-inspired treats next to the Olaf apples including cake pops and marshmallow wands decorated in a familiar blue and white color.
The Olaf apple will be found in other consumables locations at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
Check out the lovely piece of artwork that our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared with us – it’s the first look at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train logo.
Can you name each of the Seven Dwarfs in order from left to right on your first try? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
For more on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the following Disney Parks Blog stories:
Beginning in September 1991, Magic Kingdom Park kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration early with the debut of a new parade – the “Surprise Celebration Parade.”
The centerpieces of the parade were towering balloons (some measuring as tall as 35-40 feet) depicting Disney characters celebrating festivals from around the world, including balloons for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Roger Rabbit. The parade also featured festive costumes and floats. Other Disney characters walked the parade route carrying red Mickey balloons.
Do you remember this parade? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, I visited one of our consumables locations to survey some of the yummy, holiday-themed treats they have made this year. You may recall that several of our merchandise locations contain a show kitchen, which is an on-stage kitchen where cast members make delicious goodies for all to see. This year, the cast members in the show kitchens have added a splash of green to some of their most popular items including Mickey Mouse-shaped cake pops and crispy treats.
They also have created my favorite treat – pretzel rods covered in green sugar or sprinkles. The pretzel rods join sprinkle-covered or chocolate-dipped marshmallow wands.
Finally, I spotted a Leprechaun-like candy apply complete with chocolate, green sugar and a marshmallow. Nearby, I found a character apple that resembles Kermit the Frog from The Muppets. I figured I’d include him in this story because he’s green (plus, I can’t wait for “Muppets Most Wanted” to be in theatres on March 21!)
If you are visiting Disney Parks during St Patrick’s Day, please stop by these locations:
Walt Disney World Resort
We’re excited to share that Anna and Elsa, from Disney’s Academy Award-winning film “Frozen,” will soon move from Epcot to Magic Kingdom Park. Starting April 20, they’ll join some of their fellow Disney Royals at Princess Fairytale Hall, where Disney FastPass+ service will be available for this character greeting experience.
Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening, after which other visiting Disney Princesses will be available to greet guests. Cinderella and Rapunzel will also continue making appearances at Princess Fairytale Hall, and of course, you can see all these favorite characters and more during daily performances of the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade!”
This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot at Magic Kingdom Park during the nightly performance of “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks. Is this your favorite place to view the fireworks or do you have another go-to spot?
Is this your favorite nighttime spectacular? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
Yesterday, we celebrated our new daytime spectacular, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” at Magic Kingdom Park with a surprise poster giveaway. If you missed it, you’re in luck. We’re adding the same image to our ongoing series of Disney Parks Blog desktop/smartphone wallpapers.
And if you haven’t seen the parade, Jennifer shared a wonderful gallery here on the blog. The procession features nearly 100 performers and Disney characters, with floats specifically telling the stories of “Tangled,” “Peter Pan,” “Brave,” “Sleeping Beauty” and many more.
UPDATE: We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive a “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” poster.
Just days ago, our new daytime spectacular, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” made its grand debut at Magic Kingdom Park. Today, we’re celebrating its March 9, 2014 debut with a special poster created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.
To enter for a chance to win one “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” poster, be one of the first 100 people to email us a “Celebrating Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length to WDW.Sweepstakes@Disney.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.
Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Subject to complete Official Rules. Ends 3/12/14.