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Disney celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘It's A Small World’ ride

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Disney celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘It's A Small World’ ride

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 11, 2014

Disney celebrated the 50th anniversary of its popular ride “It’s A Small World” this week with a global sing-along of the ride’s now ubiquitous theme song at Disney parks worldwide. USA Today says the song “may well be the planet's most invasive earworm.”

The ride, now dated compared to many of the Disney parks’ other high-tech experiences, nevertheless remains popular. 
 
It debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair in a salute to UNICEF, USA Today reports. “It moved to Disneyland Resort in California in 1966 and was expanded into a major attraction featuring animatronic dolls singing and spinning as spectators float past them in small boats. Since then, a version of the ride has been installed in all five Disney theme parks, where the song plays an estimated 1,200 times a day.”
 
Want to celebrate? You can sing along as well, and then post a video of your vocal efforts onto the website SamllWorld50.com, where USA Today notes “many truly painful renditions in multiple languages already are playing.
 
“You also can create virtual small-world dolls on the site to benefit UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund. Disney will donate $1 (to up to $100,000) for each video and doll created on the site,” USA Today reports.