A much as it is derided as a painful experience, I have great amounts of love for the It’s a Small World attraction (see below). This video is of the original version from the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in New York. I thought it might be interesting, for those here, to hear Walt’s voice describe the trip around the world.
It is fascinating to me how much of it is the same, and notice some of the changes. I can’t imagine how amazing it would have been to experience this in 1964. It was such a departure from anything else the audiences had ever seen.
When my parents were dating, they visited the NY World’s Fair. Coming from Brooklyn and Queens, the fair was in their backyard. My mom really fell in love w/ both Small World and the Carousel of Progress back then and when we made our only trip to the Magic Kingdom growing up, she was overcome with emotion enjoying them both again!
Small World was the first ride for each of my children as toddlers and a family favorite whenever we visit. While the WDW version holds a special place in my heart, it is dwarfed by my adoration of the version in Disneyland (and the holiday overlay!!). I will be wearing my Small World ears when I visit MK in October!!