Disclaimer: I am a Disney fan just spreading the news because I love it that much.
It was a ride my son had ridden on several times before he was even born, and one he rode on during his first trip to meet Mickey Mouse.
It was the first app I downloaded on my phone for him to play, and he still chills tapping all of the different characters, singing the song quietly as he plays.
Our last trip to Disneyland he sang it over and over and over even though the ride was closed.
For Wonder Boy, “it’s a small world” is one of the highlights of a trip to Disneyland. Shelter from the sun, a calm longer ride with plenty to see, a respite out of the stroller in a safe place.
And now it’s time for someone else’s first ride.
This Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic ride, which was first at the 1964 World’s Fair. Thursday there will be a celebration at Disneyland park and voices from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort will sing that song that is a global earworm, whether or not you’ve ever ridden the ride.
You can even join in at home, by joining a Google + hangout (which I can watch from my phone while we’re there) and submit a question for Disney Legend Richard Sherman,
Earlier today I finally got a chance to make a doll, which I will have my son also do as we gear up for our trip to Disneyland for the 50th anniversary. For every doll made on the site, Disney will donate $1 to UNICEF on top of the $150,000 it already donated. It’s still less than halfway to their max of $100,000 so go make one!
You can also film a sing-along on the SmallWorld50.com site – and the singing, I’m sure, will keep going the rest of the day!
I also encourage anyone with a free afternoon to check out a participating Disney store (call ahead and ask) from this Thursday to Sunday, where children are invited to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say “hello” in various languages and singing “it’s a small world” along the way.
Will you be celebrating this week too? What’s your favorite section of the ride?