Later today on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ plans are expected to be announced on how Disney Parks and Resorts plans on celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘the happiest cruise that ever sailed,’ ‘it’s a small world.’ The attraction made its public debut at the New York World’s Fair in April 1964, alongside other Disney-created attractions such as Progressland /aka/ Carousel of Progress.
The attraction is arguably most famous for its anthem, written by the Sherman Brothers. Originally the attraction was intended to have children from each of its respective countries perform their respective national anthems in their native tongues, but it resulted in what Richard Sherman would describe as a ‘cacophony,’ resulting in Walt Disney’s request the brothers compose a common theme song to unite the attraction.
In order to commemorate the anniversary, Disney Parks will offer guests around the globe to be part of a ‘small world sing-along.’ The video is expected to debut from the Disneyland Resort on
April 22, 2014, the fiftieth anniversary of opening day at the World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens in New York City, where ‘Good Morning America’ is also expected to broadcast live. UPDATE: The video will be revealed on April 10, 2014 and will benefit UNICEF, just like the original attraction did when it was presented by PepsiCo in the World’s Fair. Disney will donate $1 for each of the first 100,000 contributors to the video along with $150,000 of its own money.
More information should be available later this morning on the official Disney Parks blog.
UPDATE: Prior to the official announcement, Good Morning America has released this video featuring an introduction by Richard Sherman