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Happy 50th Anniversary “it’s a small world” and Carousel of Progress

April 22nd was a busy day, indeed!  Not only was it Earth Day, which is the day Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened 16 years ago in 1998, it was also the 50th anniversary of the April 22nd opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair - which means it is the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress and Disney “it’s a small world”, since they both first opened at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Disney Parks Blog has some great pictures and history from the 1964 New York World’s Fair about these classic attractions.
Pepsi-Cola presents Walt Disney's

Pepsi-Cola presents Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair from Disney Parks Blog

Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench from Disney Parks Blog

According to the history of “it’s a small world” attraction listing on the Disney web page:
"it’s a small world" was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the attraction was a huge hit for 2 seasons at the fair and was eventually shipped back to Disneyland park, where it reopened on May 28, 1966. In 1971, “it’s a small world” was recreated to become one of the Opening Day attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated in every Disney Resort around the world and is considered a Walt Disney classic.
And the history on the Disney website for Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress goes like this:
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Featuring state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics—Walt Disney’s latest animation technology at the time—the show was originally conceived as part of a new area at Disneyland park called Edison Square. When the concept was abandoned, the idea was re-imagined, eventually opening under the name “Progressland” at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. With the classic song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” written and composed by the Academy Award®-winning team of brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, the show was an instant hit. Following its success, the show moved to Disneyland park and was renamed “The Carousel of Progress,” where it played until September 9, 1973. In January 15, 1975, the attraction moved to Magic Kingdom theme park where it was rewritten and restaged with a new theme song, “The Best Time of Your Life.” But in the true spirit of progress, the show was reworked in 1994 to its initial incarnation with the original theme song intact—as a tribute to nostalgia.
To mark the occasion of the anniversary of Disney “it’s a small world”, check out where you can upload a video of you singing the theme song or create a custom doll, all to benefit UNICEF.  (Forewarning - it you don’t want to have the song in your head for the rest of the day then turn the volume off on your computer before you click the link.)
Disney and UNICEF’s relationship began in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair when Disney unveiled the “it’s a small world” attraction, a tribute to UNICEF and children around the world. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of “it’s a small world”, Disney will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF. In addition, the company will donate $1 for every video recorded and every Small World digital doll created at, up to $100,000. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, you can download Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper for your computer, ipad, and smartphones thanks to the Disney Parks Blog.  There are also some “it’s a small world” wallpapers also. Tackett_COP50th_1024x1024 And with all things Disney, there is merchandise to commemorate the occasion.  Don’t miss out on getting your limited-release tees at Online Exclusive - Available Through April 27th Celebrate 50 Magical Years it's a small world 50th anniversary The beloved Disney Parks attraction opened at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Commemorate 50 years of laughter and cheers with our limited-release tee. Get 2 for just $40 when you mix and match tees reg.$21.95-$24.95. The celebration continues with this limited-release tee featuring the classic Disney Parks attraction Carousel of Progress. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. | Make Them Yours

Happy Anniversary to

Disney “it’s a small world”


Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!!!

Throwback Thursday - Mickey Balloons

Ahhh, Mickey Balloons.  I’ve loved them as long as I can remember.  They are so cheerful and iconic.  When I see this picture I took in the summer of 1982 it brings back such fond memories of an almost innocent time.


The balloons were different than they are now.  Back then, the balloons were just latex with no extra protection.  If your balloon popped, and it did quite often given the nature of the latex balloons, you would shed a few tears and listen to an “I told you so” by at least one of your family members.  The tears never lasted long though because your Mickey balloon was always quickly replaced by a cast member.


Today, the latex Mickey balloons of yesteryear are no more.  Now, the Mickey helium balloons are inside of a clear balloon, known as a glasshouse, or are shiny Mylar.  Some even light up with the help of a glow stick.  And instead of lasting a mere 24 hours, today’s Mickey balloons last up to a month.  They cost significantly more than the Mickey balloons of my youth but still bring a smile to my face every time I see them being sold on Main Street USA.

(Did you notice the Disney rental strollers in the old picture?  You gotta love a metal stroller with no padding on the seats.  How about the short shorts with the knee socks?  That’s why the 80’s were a great decade!)

Merchandise Monday - New T-Shirts at Disney World

It is a dreary, rain threatening Monday at Walt Disney World.  But the old saying holds true:  A bad day at Disney World is better than a good day at work - especially when it is Merchandise Monday. I was strolling around Downtown Disney yesterday and found so many cute t-shirts that I went crazy and starting snapping pictures so I could share them with you.  It was so refreshing to see so much new merchandise at one time. Usually it just trickles in slowly over at a glacial pace but not this time.  There is so much new “merch” my head was spinning.  Check out these fun new t-shirts: 20140316_122627 20140316_122725 20140316_122804 20140316_122818 20140316_122927 20140316_122955 20140316_122836 20140316_122842 20140316_122849 20140316_123014 20140316_123045 20140316_123051 20140316_123034 20140316_123120 20140316_123704 20140316_12324520140316_123352 20140316_123136 20140316_123126 20140316_123143 20140316_123548 20140316_123600 20140316_123619 20140316_123537 Most of the t-shirts were $21.95 but a few were $24.95 and came in a range of sizes from XS - XXXL.  And if you can’t make a special trip to Florida to buy your t-shirt but have to “Show your Disney Side”, contact Shop the Magic for all of your personal shopping needs.

~~~ Happy Shopping!!!~~~

Merchandise Monday - Fish Extender Gifts on

After a brutal Winter, which isn’t over for some of the country, my mind has wandered to cruising.  I’m dreaming of a tropical locale with palm trees and “cabana boys” to bring my Konk Koolers.  That can only mean I am at Castaway Cay on a fun filled Disney Cruise Line cruise. One of the fun things to do on a Disney Cruise is to join a fish extender group and exchange gifts with your fellow cruisers.  (If you don’t know about fish extenders click here to get the basics and then google it to get the specifics.) Some people like to make their fish extender gifts but others just aren’t crafty or don’t have the time to make their gifts.  So for today’s Merchandise Monday lets check out what has to offer. Mickey and Minnie Disney Cruise DCL Light Card for Fish Extender FE Gift To save energy on the ships, you have to put a card in the light switch slot.  This would eliminate the need to use your stateroom key.  Pretty handy. Disney Cruise Mickey Mouse Key FOB 10 Pc Disney Inspired Keep Calm & Cruise On Bottle Cap  1 Inch Round Key Chains/Rings Gifts Fish Extenders These key fobs would be great for after the cruise.  It would remind you everyday when you started your car about the fabulous vacation you had on the high seas. Set of 10 FE Gift Magnets-Disney Cruise Magnets Who doesn’t love a magnet?!?!  Everytime you open the refrigerator door at home you will be reminded of all the yummy food you ate on the high seas. Fish extender gifts - FE gift, favor, treat (10) treat stacks - Mickey, Minnie, Cars, Ariel, Tangled, Cinderella, Belle These personalized candy stacks would be welcome in any fish extender pocket, to be sure. Replica Ellie Badge Grape Soda Bottle cap Pin. Disney Pixar Up Everyone needs a Grape Soda bottle cap pin from the movie Up.  It is such a great reminder of a sweet romance. The ideas for fish extender gifts is endless but hopefully this got your mental cruise juices flowing and gave you some fun ideas for your next cruise.

~~~  Happy Shopping ~~~

Merchandise Monday - Designs by Dodie does DisneyEveryone  – or at least anyone worth their salt – loves Disney merchandise.  Have you ever wanted…View Post

Merchandise Monday - Designs by Dodie does Disney

Everyone  – or at least anyone worth their salt – loves Disney merchandise.  Have you ever wanted…

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