Thursday, April 10, 2014

Attraction Spotlight: "it's a small world"

Happy 50th Anniversary "it's a small world"! It was 50 years ago when the attraction made its debut at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. In the years since, the "happiest cruise that ever sailed" has been an attraction mainstay (not to mention the crowned champion of all earworms). 

One of my favorite parts of this attraction has always been the intricate costumes on every doll. 

Did you know there's an Audio- Animatronic Costume Workroom? The short video below gives a glimpse into this specialized area of the costuming department. Original Kodak snapshots of each doll's costume are used for reference, to maintain the original detail of each part of the costuming. Every doll (all 289 of them!) in the attraction has two costumes- the one they're currently wearing, and a back-up in case of an unexpected fashion emergency. 

Fascinating! The next time you visit this iconic attraction, make sure to pay special attention to these tiny, beautiful  costumes. 

What are your thoughts on the classic it's a small world attraction? Share them with us in the comments!

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