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Disney Parks Around the World Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'it's a small world' with Global Sing-along, April 10

Celebration Continues Virtually at SmallWorld50.com, Where Fans Record 'It's a Small World' Song and Design Dolls to Benefit UNICEF

NEW YORK, ANAHEIM, Calif., LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., TOKYO, PARIS and HONG KONG, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disney's "it's a small world" theme park attraction, thousands of guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe united today in a historic "It's a Small World" sing-along. Fans everywhere joined in online at SmallWorld50.com, a "global hub" of music and harmony created for the Golden Anniversary of the iconic attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope, saluting UNICEF, at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

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"'it's a small world' has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme," said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying 'it's a small world' somewhere around the globe.  The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world."

Throughout the day, Disney Parks guests participated in events in all five resorts around the world, including in-park sing-alongs, cavalcades and special musical performances. Richard M. Sherman, the Oscar®-winning songwriter who composed "It's a Small World" with his late brother, Robert, led a sing-along at Disneyland Park in California and participated in a Google Hangout that can be seen at SmallWorld50.com.

Going into Thursday's events, visitors from more than 150 nations had already joined the celebration at SmallWorld50.com. They have designed enough digital dolls and recorded enough videos of themselves singing the song to reach half of Disney's goal on the site, and they will continue to play along through May 30. Disney will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF as part of the anniversary celebration, plus $1 for every video or doll created, up to $100,000.  UNICEF works to provide health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children around the world.

Celebrations at All Five Disney Resorts Worldwide
Today there are "it's a small world" attractions at the Disneyland Resort in California (where the World's Fair attraction was relocated in 1966), Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. All five resorts joined in the worldwide sing-along today and held other events to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

  • At Hong Kong Disneyland, approximately 200 resort cast members and students from Hong Kong Children's Choir gathered in the park to sing "It's a Small World" in Cantonese. A traditional Chinese lion dancer joined in the celebration to offer blessing for the anniversary.
  • Tokyo Disneyland cast members and guests celebrated and sang the song in Japanese at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • A "blue carpet" event featured the international cast members of Disneyland Paris gathered on Main Street, U.S.A., representing 100 nationalities. Nearly 200 international children and 50 choir performers sang a multi-language version of the iconic anthem in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • A choir of Disneyland Resort cast members sang the song in front of the original attraction at Disneyland Park in Anaheim. Songwriter Richard Sherman chatted with fans via Google Hangout while sitting at a piano in front of the attraction. He also was 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 Walt Disney World near Orlando, international cast members from the countries of Epcot led a choir of children and cast members in song in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. Also, hundreds of Magic Kingdom guests joined 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.

Disney Store also joins the celebration with the "it's a small world" doll collection, inspired by the original Fantasyland attraction, along with in-store events. Through Sunday, April 13, children are invited to visit a participating Disney Store to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say "hello" in various languages and sing "It's a Small World" along the way. Guests are encouraged to call their local Disney Store or visit DisneyStore.com to confirm participation and details.

SmallWorld50.com Activities Benefit UNICEF
The activities at the Small World 50th Anniversary website have inspired fans everywhere to join in the fun of the anniversary. Visitors have designed digital dolls with distinctive native headdress and jewelry, and recorded songs on their own or with friends and family, to benefit UNICEF's work for children. Celebrities also recorded the song for SmallWorld50.com, including actress and producer Salma Hayek and the co-hosts of ABC's "The View."

Fans have visited the website from more than 150 countries – nearly 80 percent of the world's nations – including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Visitors to the site have recorded the "It's a Small World" song in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

The Walt Disney Company's relationship with UNICEF began in 1964 when Walt Disney was creating "it's a small world" for the New York World's Fair. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity.

At selected shops in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Ca., and Magic Kingdom Park in Buena Vista, Fla., fans may purchase special "it's a small world" 50th Anniversary pins, totes and T-shirts from April 9-13, 2014, with the entire sale price (exclusive of sales tax) benefiting UNICEF. Fans at Disneyland Paris may purchase 50th anniversary T-shirts and pins from April 10-30, 2014, with the entire sales price (excluding VAT) benefiting UNICEF.

The Creation of a Classic
One of the most beloved attractions in the history of Disney Parks, "it's a small world" is featured at all five Disney Resorts around the world. The original attraction premiered at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, created by Walt Disney himself and WED Enterprises, which eventually became Walt Disney Imagineering (the creative masters behind Disney theme parks and attractions).

The attraction features a gentle boat ride through a Lilliputian land populated by colorfully dressed Audio-Animatronics dolls. They represent children from many regions of the world, all singing a song about universal harmony. A team of WED artistic geniuses, including Disney Legends designer Mary Blair and costumer Alice Davis, created the attraction's now iconic style.

In 1963, Walt Disney was asked to create an exhibit for the 1964 World's Fair to salute UNICEF and children around the world. With Walt's blessing, Marc Davis, one of the original Disney animators, designed the boat ride attraction through the regions and countries of the world. The first version of "it's a small world" entertained and thrilled more than 10 million visitors in New York from 1964-65. In 1966, after some major enhancements, including an enlargement of approximately 33 percent, the attraction found a permanent home at Disneyland in California.

In the attraction, hundreds of dolls "sing" the familiar song, "It's a Small World," in five languages (English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish). Academy Award®-winning composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who won two Oscars® for their work on Disney's feature film "Mary Poppins," were asked by Walt Disney to create a simple, yet catchy piece that could be sung in many different languages while guests traveled by boat through the attraction. The resulting song, "It's a Small World (After All)," became one of the most well known and happiest of all Disney tunes.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than 55 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world's leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is currently under construction in Pudong New District, Shanghai. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

 

Disney Parks Celebrate 50th Anniversary of "it's a small world"

 

Disneyland Resort Celebrates 50th Anniversary of "it's a small world" Global Sing-Along at Disney Parks.

 

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 50th Anniversary of "it's a small world" during Global Sing-Along at Disney Parks.

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About UNICEF
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.  Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA.

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