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May 28, 1966 – The Fantasyland Attraction it’s a small world Opens in Disneyland

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“There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware it’s a small world after all.”

On May 28, 1966, the Fantasyland Attraction it’s a small world opened in Disneyland. It was originally designed for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York, and was moved to Disneyland once the fair had closed. The attraction’s design was a group effort, with Disney Legends Mary Blair creating the quirky design and color scheme, Marc Davis creating the character designs, Alice Davis designing the costumes for the dolls, Rolly Crump designing the exterior façade with a 30-foot clock, and Blaine Gibson designing and sculpting the dolls. The songwriting team of the Sherman brothers wrote the song for the attraction, which was a simple tune that could be easily sung in different languages, and has become one of the most recognizable Disney songs. There are 297 Audio-Animatronic dolls and 256 Audio-Animatronic toys in the attraction. The exterior has been redesigned over the years; it was first designed as an all-white attraction with a gold and silver trim, but was then repainted pink and white with pastel accents, matching the façade from the Disneyland Paris version of the attraction.

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