Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – “it’s a small world”

"it's a small world"

Today in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, we are taking a look at one of my favorite attractions in Fantasyland: “it’s a small world”.  This attraction is a favorite of mine for several reasons, but first, here are the details:

Attraction Name: “it’s a small world”
Attraction Type: Slow Rides
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

As I was saying, there are several reasons why I like this attraction.  For starters, I love the song!  I know that many people can only take the song for just so long, but for me, the song is perfect.  It is catchy, it is something that can stick with you for quite a while, it was written by the Sherman Brothers, and the whole purpose of the attraction is to show us just how much we have in common with one another, despite our geographic, ethnic, and language differences.  In addition, every time I think of “it’s a small world” I remember the times I would visit with my Grandparents and we would have a snack in Pinocchio Village Haus and watch the boats take off below.

Do you have any memories or a special affinity for “it’s a small world”?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Monsanto’s Place in Disney History

{Editor’s Note:  We are pleased to be joined by our buddy Lee from Disney Nouns today!  Lee is excellent at discovering little known tidbits of Disney History, and today he writes about the connection between Monsanto and Disney.  Please give him a hearty welcome!}

So who remembers Monsanto? You may better remember the attraction at Disneyland that they sponsored, The House of the Future, that was open from 1957 to 1967. The attraction offered a tour of a home of the future, set in the year 1986, and featured such futuristic household appliances as the microwave oven!

Monsanto Future House

The attraction hosted over 20 million visitors before it closed after Monsanto shifted their sponsorship to a different attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. But just who was Monsanto back then? What else did they do? I have the answer!

I was watching a special edition DVD of the musical Camelot the other day and it had a feature showing the movie premiere. The cool thing was that this feature also showed the original commercials that played on the TV the night the premiere aired. One of the commercials was for a line of garments designed after the medieval costumes from the film.

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Yup, ladies could wear a dress inspired by Guinevere herself! Horse not included.

These dresses were designed and produced out of Stevetex fabric by Stevens of Monsanto Blue ‘C’ Nylon.

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The line was called ‘The Then Look of Camelot’. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

So Monsanto was into making fabrics at the time they sponsored the House of the Future. So likely if you had the chance to tour this marvel, all of the interior fabrics, whether on furniture or window treatments, would have come from Monsanto. How about a vintage Monsanto commercial for nylon:

Today Monsanto is at the center of controversy over its genetic manipulation of seeds for food production. But back in the day, it was all about futuristic houses, medieval fashion, and dangerous transportation of textiles. Good times!

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about this company and its place in Disney history.

Happy 40th Birthday Carousel of Progress!

Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress celebrates it’s 40th anniversary today, January 15, 2015, at the Magic Kingdom.

On January 15, 1975, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress opened in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World, along with some Mountain of Space.  The Carousel of Progress, or COP as Disney Cast Members sometimes refer to it, is a special attraction for me because it is the same attraction that was on display at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.  This attraction was the brainchild of Walt Disney, and after the World’s Fair, was transported across the country to Disneyland before making the trek back across country to the Magic Kingdom.

What I really enjoy about the Carousel of Progress is that it takes us back in time, while at the same time giving us a glimpse of the future — or at least, a version of the future that some would say is here today.  It’s that trip back, though, that I truly enjoy — looking at how houses operated back in the day, thinking about what it took to live, and to enjoy life, and focusing on the history of it all — I think that is why it is among my favorite attractions.

Knowing that Walt Disney was a lover of history, I see so much of his influence in the attraction, and that is another reason why I enjoy it like I do.  Carousel of Progress is both simple and technologically advanced all at the same time.  How many theaters have you been in where the seats rotate around the sets?

One of the scenes from the Carousel of Progress.

One of the scenes from the Carousel of Progress.

Carousel of Progress incorporates the use of Audio-Animatronics in it’s characters, and that technology is just another example of one of the incredible marvels that Disney has brought to their theme parks.  The attention to detail is remarkable, as you can see in the shot showing how the wiring was all connected and strung out from the light fixture.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is well deserving of it’s anniversary this day, and I hope that it is around for another 40 years.  What do you think about the attraction?  Like it, love it, hate it, want to see it updated, or don’t care?  Whatever your thoughts, I’d love to hear them, so please, let us know what you think in the comments section below.  Thanks, everyone, and have a great day!

Hall of Presidents

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents resides in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.

The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  Thank you for joining me today!  I’m joined by my incredible co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head for our weekly Disney Trivia series, Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now, please check out the other great entries in our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia hop!

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Hall of Presidents

Liberty Square’s own Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  As we saw in Theresa’s article, the Hall of Presidents can play an instrumental role in Learning at Walt Disney World!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

So what do you think about the Hall of Presidents?  Why don’t you leave me a comment below, and thanks for stopping by!