While it’s not the park’s birthday, there is a birthday within the park. ‘It’s a Small World’ ride is turning 50 this month! This iconic ride has brought smiles to many faces over the past half century. Created in 1964 for the World’s Fair in New York, Walt Disney produced his childlike vision of the world. Music that accompanied the ride was composed by the Sherman Brothers who also composed music for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. Today, close to 300 million people have visited this beloved ride. There are similar rides in Disney parks in Florida, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.
‘It’s a Small World’ is not the only attraction that was created by Walt Disney for the World’s Fair. The audio-visual exhibit “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was also created for the 1964 fair and was centered around the biggest themes of Lincoln’s presidency, slavery. The exhibit is now housed in the Main Street Opera House. Surprisingly, the word “slavery” is only mentioned once during the 15 minute show.
In addition to ‘It’s a Small World’, Matterhorn Bobsleds celebrates its 55th anniversary, the Haunted Mansion celebrates 45 years and Big Thunder Mountain rings in 35 years next month. Raise a glass to Disneyland as they celebrate many wonderful, exciting and beloved rides that have become the highlight of many family vacations over the years.