Disneyland Forever was a nighttime spectacular at Disneyland that premiered alongside the Paint the Night parade and World of Color—Celebrate! on May 21, 2015 as part of the park's 60th anniversary celebration. The show was produced under direction of Steve Davison. Disneyland Forever incorporates fireworks, projection mapping, fire and searchlights to depict scenes from Disney films; the show closed on September 2016 upon conclusion of the Diamond Celebration. The shows exit song "A Kiss Goodnight" would be be released on CD with a book bearing the song's name. Disneyland Forever features fireworks launched both from backstage areas and from selected locations within the park, as well as the largest projection mapping display presented in a Disney park. During the show and images are projected on Sleeping Beauty Castle, the buildings along Main Street USA, the Matterhorn, the facade of It's a Small World, along the Rivers of America, using a total of 25 projectors; the projections in each area are different in order to evenly distribute crowds and to encourage people to view the show multiple times from different locations.
The show features fire effects, lasers and other effects, is fourteen minutes and forty-seven seconds long. The projections installed for Disneyland Forever would remain after the show concluded its run, having been implemented in Disney's Celebrate America, Halloween Screams and Believe... In Holiday Magic for the 2016 Holiday Season. Remember... Dreams Come True, the show it temporarily replaced during 60th anniversary celebration, would incorporate the projection technology at Sleeping Beauty Castle; the Main Street projections are being used for Disney's Celebrate America, Mickey's Halloween Party, Believe... In Holiday Magic and is planned to be used in an upcoming Pixar Fireworks show as part of "Pixar Fest". Two new songs were written for the show: the theme song "Live the Magic" and the exit song "Kiss Goodnight", the latter of, written by composer Richard M. Sherman and sung by Broadway star Ashley Brown. Other songs co-written by Sherman and his late brother, Robert B. Sherman, including "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins and "Heffalumps and Woozles" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are featured in the show.
The rest of the soundtrack includes music and audio from Disney and Pixar films and archival footage of Walt Disney. The show features seven themed sections: "Open": A traditional fanfare, complete with 94 high powered searchlights - forming a diamond over Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street USA - opens the show; as images of orange groves are projected around the viewing areas, the opening narration describes how, 60 years ago, the area where Disneyland stands was an orange grove. As the projected oranges grow larger, they burst into pixie dust. Walt Disney’s declaration that "as long as there’s imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be complete" ushers in Peter Pan and a live action Tinker Bell. Peter encourages Tinker Bell to sprinkle her pixie dust on the castle as they show the audience "how magical this place can be", leading into "Live the Magic." "Clouds": Projections of the rooftops of London accompany the song "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins. Projected kites segue into floating lanterns as "I See the Light" from Tangled is performed.
"Enchanted Places": A projection of Winnie the Pooh floats to the top of the castle and dives into a honeycomb to introduce a sequence featuring the songs "Rumbly in My Tumbly" and "Heffalumps and Woozles" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. "Jungle": The song "Circle of Life", a fireworks "sunrise", projected animals recreate the opening scene of The Lion King. The scene transitions to Angkor Wat from The Jungle Book as King Louie performs "I Wanna Be Like You". A "wild jazz number" punctuated by rainstorm effects and waterfalls follow. "Sea": Giant inflatable coral structures and projections of underwater scenes accompany Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid as they perform "Under the Sea". The number ends abruptly as projections of the Tank Gang from "Finding Nemo" encourage a Nemo puppet suspended above the castle to swim through the "Ring of Fire". Projections and lighting effects on the Matterhorn transform it into Mt. Wannahockaloogie. "Snow": The projected smoke and ash from the volcano transition into snow as artificial foam snow begins to fall in the viewing areas.
Queen Elsa of Arendelle appears to perform "Let It Go" and projections on the Matterhorn transform it into her snow palace. "Finale": The narrator declares that Disneyland will continue to grow and that "the magic, as Walt assured us, will never end." Searchlights and projections of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the buildings on Main Street, the facade of It's a Small World moving and dancing accompany "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinocchio and a reprise of "Live the Magic." As the buildings'disintegrate' and the finale culminates, a projection of Walt hand-in-hand with Mickey Mouse is shown and Peter Pan is heard exclaiming that " is yours…forever!" A bright ensemble of fireworks punctuate the finale. Ellen Dubin - Disneyland Forever Narrator Walt Disney - Himself Keith Longo - male vocalist,'Live the Magic', Sheena Loza - female vocalist,'Live the Magic, Blayne Weaver - Pete
Cinderella Castle is the fairy tale castle at the center of two Disney theme parks: the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disneyland at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Both serve as the flagship attraction for their respective theme parks. Along with Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Castle is a symbol of The Walt Disney Company. Cinderella Castle was inspired by a variety of fictional palaces; these included Fontainebleau and the châteaux of Chenonceau, Chambord and the Alcázar of Segovia but and most Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. Other sources of inspiration include the Moszna Castle in Poland, built in the 18th century, the Tyn Church in Prague, Czech Republic, built in the 14th century; the chief designer of the castle, Herbert Ryman referenced the original design for the castle in the film Cinderella and his own well-known creation — the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California. Cinderella Castle was completed after about 18 months of construction; the castle is 183 feet tall.
Most sources quote the height as six feet taller when measuring from the concrete bottom of the moat, which itself is 6 feet deep at the bridge. Cinderella Castle is more than 100 feet taller than Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. A set-building trick known as forced perspective makes. At higher elevations, its proportions to full scale are reduced for elements such as stones and doors; this castle was the largest Disney theme park castle until the completion of the Enchanted Storybook Castle in Shanghai Disneyland Park. Cinderella Castle is designed to reflect the flamboyant style of the 1400s. Unlike Disneyland's castle, no gold is used on the exterior. Despite its appearance, no bricks were used in its construction. All of the steel and concrete works are supported on a concrete drilled caisson foundation. Much less fiberglass is used. Rather, most of the exterior is a thick hard fiber-reinforced gypsum plaster, supported by light-gauge metal studs. Most fiberglass work.
The roofs are not fiberglass, either. They are shingled in the same type of plastic that computer monitor shells are made from, attached to a cone of light gauge steel sheeting over the steel sub-frame; these towers were lifted by crane welded and bolted permanently to the main structure. Contrary to a popular legend, the castle cannot be taken apart or moved in any way in the event of a hurricane, it would take months to disassemble, it would be too dangerous to operate the 300-foot crane required in windy conditions, there would have to be a more structurally sound building to keep it in. As with every other building at Walt Disney World, it was efficient enough in design to handle a hurricane, it can withstand the 125 mph wind speeds in Central Florida. Cinderella Castle is surrounded by a moat, which contains 3.37 million US gallons of water. There are a total of 27 towers on the castle, each numbered 1-29—tower numbers 13 and 17 were cancelled before construction when it was discovered that they could not be seen from anywhere in the park, due to the other Fantasyland buildings.
The tower with the clock in front is number 10, the tallest is number 20. Number 23 is the other golden-roofed tower. A suite was planned for the Disney family and executives, but since Walt Disney died nearly five years before the park opened, it remained unfinished, was turned successively into a telephone call center, a dressing room, is a hotel room. There are three elevators inside the castle. One is for guest use and goes between the lobby of Cinderella's Royal Table and the second floor restaurant; the second is for restaurant staff use, is located in tower 2 to the left of the drawbridge. It has landings in the Utilidors, the mezzanine level in a break room, on the second floor in the kitchen; the third elevator is in tower 20, services the Utilidors, the breezeway, the kitchen of Cinderella's Royal Table, the Cinderella Castle Suite. The suite is about 30 feet below the level where the cable that Tinker Bell "flies" on for the fireworks show is attached to tower 20. Access to the cable is by ladder.
From January 2007 to December 2009 the suite was used as a prize for the Disney Dreams Giveaway at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Cinderella Castle was designed so that it was tall enough to be seen from the Seven Seas Lagoon in front of the Magic Kingdom, where many guests took ferries from the parking lot to the gates of the park. In theme park jargon, Cinderella Castle was conceived as the primary "weenie" that draws new entering guests through Main Street, U. S. A. towards the central hub, from where all other areas can be reached. The Castle was repainted in the Fall of 2006, now is a off white and pinkish color, the turrets are a much darker blue. Considered to be a copy of Magic Kingdom's castle, the Tokyo version is 168 feet tall. From 1986–2006, a popular walk-through attraction called the "Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour" was featured within the cas
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Storybook Land Canal Boats is an attraction located at the Disneyland and Disneyland Park theme parks. Passengers embark on a leisurely paced outdoor boat ride through a winding canal featuring settings from Disney animated films recreated in miniature; the Disneyland version was one of the original attractions when the park opened on July 17, 1955, although the miniature buildings and landscaping were not added until the following year. The version in Disneyland Paris is named Le Pays des Contes de Fées and opened in the spring of 1994; the ride's concept dates back to Walt Disney's plans for a "magical little park" across the street from his Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. This modestly scaled, never-built amusement park was to include a gravity flow canal boat ride among its attractions; when plans for the much grander Disneyland were being made, there was to be a "Lilliputianland", inspired by Madurodam, a miniature city in the Netherlands that Disney once visited. However, the technology did not yet exist to create the miniature animated figures that were to inhabit the "Lilliputian" village, so the canal ride opened under the name Canal Boats of the World.
It was intended to be a journey past miniature recreations of the great landmarks of the world, but time and money prevented its completion. The ride was plagued by other problems; the outboard motors were prone to overheating forcing the boats to be pulled by hand, because the attraction opened with little landscaping, it earned the nickname among park executives as "The Mud Bank Ride". After two months of operation, the Canal Boats closed while Storybook Land was constructed and the muddy banks were landscaped with miniature plants, including a bonsai tree planted by Walt Disney himself; the idea of having Monstro the whale consume the canal boats came from a never-implemented concept for a "Monstro the Whale" ride, in which small boats were to be swallowed by Monstro and plunged down a watery path into a pond below. The attraction reopened on June 1956, under the new name Storybook Land Canal Boats. Over the years several scenes have been removed from the attraction. Most notably, the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin appeared where the miniature Toad Hall from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad had stood for a major refurbishment done in 1994.
Toad Hall returned the following year in another location. For the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in 2005, the Tinker Bell boat was painted gold and the lighthouse given a gold and maroon theme. Beginning December 20, 2014, the attraction at Disneyland added the village of Arendelle from Disney's Frozen including Anna and Elsa's castle, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, Elsa's ice palace; these additions replaced the three Dutch miniature windmills representing The Old Mill. The three windmills were put into storage by Walt Disney Imagineering. Passengers enter. A lighthouse at the queue's entrance was once a ticket booth from when Disneyland required tickets for riding individual attractions. Storybook Land canal boats required a "D" coupon; the motor-driven boats are scaled-down replicas of Dutch and French boats. All of the boats are named after female Disney characters except for Flower, the male skunk from Bambi. Passengers are seated along the edges of the boat, facing inward, although children are sometimes permitted to ride on the front flat part of the boat.
A costumed guide sits just above the passengers on the back of the boat, perched above the engine housing, narrates the ride. After departing from the dock, the boat passes through a short cave sculpted to look like Monstro, the whale that swallowed Pinocchio. Monstro is animated: his eye opens and closes, periodically steam comes out of his blow hole; the canals past the Monstro cave are landscaped with miniature shrubs. Along the banks are small buildings representing the homes of characters from Disney animated films, although not all the locations were depicted in film. Many of these settings feature sound recordings of characters working; the miniature settings include: The pigs' homes from The Three Little Pigs An English village, with a church and the entrance to the White Rabbit's hole, from Alice in Wonderland London Park from Peter Pan The Sultan's palace from Aladdin The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin The dwarfs' cottage and mine from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The French countryside village from Cinderella, featuring a gold-spired castle The patchwork quilt from Lullaby Land Toad Hall from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Village of Arendelle from Frozen, featuring Anna and Elsa's castle, Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, Elsa's ice palace Cobblestone Alpine village with Geppetto's wood shop from Pinocchio Prince Eric's seaside castle from The Little Mermaid King Triton's underwater castle hidden behind a waterfall, from The Little MermaidThe boat returns the passengers to the loading dock from which they boarded.
The attraction closes during any fireworks shows and resumes normal operation once the show has ended. Names of the Canal Boats: Alice Ariel Aurora Belle Cinderella Daisy Faline Fauna Flora Merryweather Snow White Tinkerbell Wendy Unlike the original in California, a guide does not accompany the riders; the boats here are guided by an underwater wire rather than being propelled by an on-board motor. Passengers enter their boats via a revolving platform; the whole transport system was developed by Intamin. The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin midway through the voyage replaces the Disneyland version's Monstro cave; the boats float past these settings, accompanied by music from th
Disneyland Park Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney, it was the only attraction on the property. Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s, he envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit. After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Disney bought a 160-acre site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955. Since its opening, Disneyland has undergone expansions and major renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country in 1972, Mickey's Toontown in 1993. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is due to open in 2019.
Opened in 2001, Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland's original parking lot. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with 708 million visits since it opened. In 2017, the park had 18.3 million visits, making it the second most visited amusement park in the world that year, behind only Magic Kingdom. According to a March 2005 Disney report, 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees. Disney Announced "Project Stardust" in 2019, which includes major structural renovations to the park to account for higher attendance numbers. Major renovations include widening Main Street, U. S. A. and changing the color scheme and forced perspective of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The concept for Disneyland began when Walt Disney was visiting Griffith Park in Los Angeles with his daughters Diane and Sharon. While watching them ride the merry-go-round, he came up with the idea of a place where adults and their children could go and have fun together, though his dream lay dormant for many years.
He may have been influenced by his father's memories of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. The Midway Plaisance there included a set of attractions representing various countries from around the world and others representing various periods of man. Another influence was Benton Harbor, Michigan's nationally famous House of David's Eden Springs Park. Disney visited the park and bought one of the older miniature trains used there; the earliest documented draft of Disney's plans was sent as a memo to studio production designer Dick Kelsey on August 31, 1948, where it was referred to as a "Mickey Mouse Park", based on notes Disney made during his and Ward Kimball's trip to Chicago Railroad Fair the same month, with a two-day stop in Henry Ford's Museum and Greenfield Village, a place with attractions like a Main Street and steamboat rides, which he had visited eight years earlier. While people wrote letters to Disney about visiting the Walt Disney Studios, he realized that a functional movie studio had little to offer to visiting fans, began to foster ideas of building a site near the Burbank studios for tourists to visit.
His ideas evolved to a small play park with other themed areas. The initial concept, the Mickey Mouse Park, started with an 8-acre plot across Riverside Drive, he started to visit other parks for inspiration and ideas, including Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, Efteling in the Netherlands, Greenfield Village and Children's Fairyland in the United States. His designers began working on concepts, though the project grew much larger than the land could hold. Disney hired Harrison Price from Stanford Research Institute to gauge the proper area to locate the theme park based on the area's potential growth. Based on Price's analysis, Disney acquired 160 acres of orange groves and walnut trees in Anaheim, southeast of Los Angeles in neighboring Orange County; the Burbank site considered by Disney is now home to Walt Disney Animation Studios and ABC Studios. Difficulties in obtaining funding prompted Disney to investigate new methods of fundraising, he decided to create a show named Disneyland, it was broadcast on then-fledgling ABC.
In return, the network agreed to help finance the park. For its first five years of operation, Disneyland was owned by Disneyland, Inc., jointly owned by Walt Disney Productions, Walt Disney, Western Publishing and ABC. In addition, Disney rented out many of the shops on Main Street, U. S. A. to outside companies. By 1960, Walt Disney Productions bought out all other shares, a partnership which would lead to the Walt Disney Corporation's acquisition of ABC in the mid-1990s. In 1952, the proposed project had been called Disneylandia, but Disney followed ABC's advice and changed it to Disneyland two years when excavation of the site began. Construction began on July 16, 1954
Together Forever (Disney)
Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular was a multimedia nighttime spectacular at Disneyland that premiered alongside the returning Paint the Night parade on April 13, 2018 as part of the Pixar Fest celebration. The show used fireworks, projection mapping, fire and searchlights to tell stories of friendship from various different Pixar films. Similar in scale to Disneyland Forever, there were several different viewing locations for the show. Projection mapping was used on Sleeping Beauty Castle, the facade of It's a Small World, the buildings of Main Street, USA; the show was projected onto the water screens on the Rivers of America. The show begins with the Luxo Ball from Luxo Jr. rolling towards the audience via projections. Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story appears flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle as fireworks and searchlights illuminate the sky. Dug, from Up, leads off the next section, but gets distracted by a squirrel allowing other Pixar characters to take over. "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc. plays as characters join from that movie and Monsters University."
The song transitions to the styling of Finding Nemo as Marlin and Dory bicker. The music transitions again to the stylings of Inside Out while Joy and Sadness traverse Riley's mind meeting with Bing Bong who, along with Joy, performs his song. To finish the section, Russell begins his speech to Carl Fredericksen who promptly shuts the door, ending the section; the "Define Dancing" scene from WALL-E is projected onto several different landmarks around the park, WALL-E and Eve from the film can be seen flying across outer space accompanied with fireworks. Next, Miguel from Coco sings "The World Es Mi Familia" from the film. During this segment, inflatable skeletons from the film line Main Street, USA. "Life is a Highway" from Cars. The Incredibles take over in a battle to defeat the Omnidroid. Fire shoots around Sleeping Beauty Castle as the incinerator scene from Toy Story 3, the toys are saved by "The Claw"; the Adventure Book from Up is projected onto various landmarks around Disneyland, as Carl Fredrickson's house flies above Sleeping Beauty Castle.
A montage of several different "friendship moments" from various Pixar films are projected as a pop version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" plays. Buzz Lightyear and Woody appear once again proclaiming their friendship for "infinity and beyond" as the show concludes. Ever After Disney Illuminations Celebrate the Magic Once Upon a Time Ignite the Dream, A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light
Part of Your World
"Part of Your World" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated feature film The Little Mermaid. Performed by American actress and singer Jodi Benson in the titular role as Ariel, a mermaid princess, "Part of Your World" is a power ballad in which the main character expresses her strong desire to become human; the film's theme song, "Part of Your World" is reprised by Ariel after she rescues Eric, a human prince with whom she has fallen in love, from drowning. Directly influenced by Broadway and musical theatre, Ashman believed that The Little Mermaid would benefit from an "I Want" song – a musical number during which the main character sings about what they hope to accomplish by the end of their story. Directors Ron Clements and John Musker asked Ashman to write a song for Ariel in which she expresses her romantic feelings for Prince Eric, but the lyricist felt that a song that details the character's fascination with the human world would better serve the film's plot.
Ashman recruited Benson, with whom he had collaborated on the stage musical Smile, to record "Part of Your World", worked with her to ensure that she delivered a desirable performance. Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg ordered that "Part of Your World" be removed from the final film due to concerns that the ballad would bore young children. However, Clements and animator Glen Keane convinced Katzenberg that "Part of Your World" is essential to the film's narrative, the song was spared after audiences appeared to enjoy it during a subsequent test screening. "Part of Your World" has garnered critical acclaim. Several media publications agree that "Part of Your World" ranks among the greatest Disney songs written, credit the success of the ballad with making "I Want" songs a standard component of future animated musical films. Critics have offered various interpretations of the song's empowering lyrics, ranging from seeking independence from overprotective parents to feminism and LGBT rights.
In addition to becoming Benson's signature song, which she continues to perform live, "Part of Your World" has been covered extensively by several artists of various genres, including Faith Hill, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie J and Sara Bareilles. Actress Sierra Boggess debuted the song in the stage musical adaptation of the film, for which she originated the role of Ariel. Written in 1986, "Part of Your World" was the first song lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken wrote for The Little Mermaid, although Menken had not yet been enlisted as Ashman's composer when the song was first conceived. Directly inspired by Broadway's most successful musicals, Ashman believed that The Little Mermaid's story would benefit from at least one song that serves as its heroine's "inner diary of thoughts". Having always intended for Ariel to perform a song in her grotto and screenwriters Ron Clements and John Musker asked Ashman to write a song in which Ariel declares her love for Prince Eric by singing to a statue of the character, but Ashman suggested that a song depicting the character's fascination with the human world would be a stronger alternative.
Ashman explained to the filmmakers that "Part of Your World" would be Ariel's "I Want" song, likening it to moments in stage musicals during which the heroine sings about her dreams so that the audience can begin to care about the character and her journey. Menken believes that Disney had not yet included explicit "I Want" songs in the studio's films prior to The Little Mermaid, making "Part of Your World" the first time one had been written intentionally for a Disney film. However, Disney princesses had technically been singing "I Want" songs since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella. Observing structural similarities between the song and "Somewhere That's Green" from their musical Little Shop of Horrors, the songwriters nicknamed "Part of Your World" "Somewhere That's Dry" because they believe it resembles an "underwater version" of the Little Shop of Horrors song. Additionally, Ashman had written a song entitled "Disneyland" with composer Marvin Hamlisch for their Broadway musical Smile in which a young girl, much like Ariel, sings about watching Disney anthology series as a means of escaping her troubled childhood.
Menken identified the musical motif he composed for the beginning of the ballad as his favorite part of the song. Ashman debuted "Part of Your World" for Clements and Musker at his apartment in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Only the directors' second time meeting Ashman and first time meeting Menken, Menken provided the piano accompaniment while Ashman sang Ariel's melody himself, instead of their traditional method of Menken singing lead vocals. Moved by Ashman's demonstration, Musker recalled that the lyricist gazed up towards the ceiling as though it were the human world itself as he "became Ariel before our eyes" and "poured out his heart in song", helping them visualize "this far-off place of wonder that so entranced this little mermaid.”Clements and Musker enjoyed the song but would sometimes disagree with Ashman over its lyrics, which Ashman had insisted be specific. Musker wanted to change the line "I wanna be where the people are" because he felt that it sounded too political and reminded him of Governor of Illinois Dan Walker, suggesting that "the" be removed.
Appalled by this suggestion, Ashman insisted that the line remain unchanged to prevent the word "where" from having to be
It's a Small World
It's a Small World is a water-based dark ride located in the Fantasyland area at the various Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. The ride features over 300 audio-animatronic children in traditional costumes from cultures around the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, singing the attraction's title song, which has a theme of global peace. According to Time.com, the Sherman Brothers' song "It's A Small World" is the most publicly performed song of all time. Fabricated at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank as Children of the World, it was created by WED Enterprises shipped to the 1964 New York World's Fair's UNICEF pavilion, sponsored by Pepsi, where it featured at its entrance a kinetic sculpture, The Tower of the Four Winds, a 120-foot perpetually spinning mobile created by WED designer Rolly Crump, it was added to four attractions — Magic Skyway, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, The Carousel of Progress, CircleVision 360 —already under development, which were used by Disney to sponsor and test concepts and develop ride systems and innovative entertainment intended to be moved and rebuilt at Disneyland after the World's Fair closed in 1966.
The Pepsi Board of Directors took so long to agree on what type of attraction to sponsor that then-board member and widow of past company president Alfred Steele, actress Joan Crawford, prevailed upon her longtime Hollywood friend Walt Disney to design such an attraction as would be suitable for Pepsi. Because of the short lead-time to design and construct such an attraction, she insisted that the board of directors accept his proposal, seeing as he was designing attractions for the state of Illinois, General Electric, Kodak and knew Walt was the only one who could accomplish such a feat in the short time left until the fair was scheduled to open; the WED Enterprises company was given only 11 months to build the pavilion. Mary Blair was responsible for the attraction's whimsical color styling. Blair had been an art director on several Disney animated features, including Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan. Like many Disneyland attractions and characters were designed by Marc Davis, while his wife, Alice Davis, designed the costumes for the dolls.
Rolly Crump designed other supplemental figures on display. The animated dolls were sculpted by Blaine Gibson. Walt was involved with Gibson's and Greg S. Marinello development of the dolls' facial design. Arrow Development was involved in the design of the passenger-carrying boats and propulsion system of the attraction. Two patents that were filed by Arrow Development staff and assigned to The Walt Disney Company illustrate passenger boats and vehicle guidance systems with features similar to those utilized on the Disneyland installation of the attraction; the firm is credited with manufacturing the Disneyland installation. "Children of the World" was the working title of the attraction. Its tentative soundtrack, which can be heard on the album, featured the national anthems of each country represented throughout the ride all playing all at once, which resulted in disharmonic cacophony. Walt conducted a walk-through of the attraction scale model with his staff songwriters Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, saying, "I need one song that can be translated into many languages and be played as a round."
The Sherman brothers wrote "It's a Small World" in the wake of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which influenced the song's message of peace and brotherhood. When they first presented it to Walt, they played it as a slow ballad. Walt requested something more cheerful, so they sped up the tempo and sang in counterpoint. Walt was so delighted with the final result that he renamed the attraction "It's a Small World" after the Sherman Brothers' song. Robert J. Sherman, youngest son of Robert B. Sherman, has claimed that this song is the single most-performed and most-translated piece of music on Earth. In 2014, it was estimated that the song had played nearly 50 million times worldwide on the attractions alone, beating out the radio and TV estimates for You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' and Yesterday, which were believed to have been played at least eight and seven million times respectively. A third verse celebrating the attraction's 45th anniversary was written and popularized, but not incorporated into the ride.
The first incarnation of It's a Small World, which debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair, was an afterthought and nearly did not happen. Ford and General Electric had engaged Disney early on to create their pavilions for the 1964 New York World's Fair. WED Enterprises had long been at work developing a "dancing-doll" designed to reproduce human movement resulting in a crude early audio-animatronics fashioned as Abraham Lincoln when the State of Illinois approached Disney to create the Illinois Pavilion, representatives of the state approved after being "introduced" to the robotic figurehead. A nine wide-screen CircleVision 360° exhibit for Kodak's pavilion was being planned as an improvement over the existing Disneyland eleven 4:3 format screen Circarama when Pepsi approached Disney with a plan to tribute UNICEF. Disney seemed to be the showman to give us the package we want... H