Official Guide – New York World’s Fair

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Front and Back Covers

The thing I enjoy most about collecting is that you just never know where or when the next big find is going to come from. I’ve been looking for a guide to this World’s Fair for years because it hosted many Pavilions designed and built by Walt Disney’s Imagineering company.

But before we get to the individual Pavilions, how about a couple of maps to get your bearings?

     Approaches to the Fair

Plan of the Fair          Enlarge to find Disney Pavilions

For this second map, I’ve circled in red the numbers indicating each Pavilion’s location and labeled each with the name of the sponsor and/or attraction. So definitely enlarge this one to get an idea of where each Pavilion was in relation to the others.

The four Disney Pavilions were:

  • In “Pepsi Presents Walt Disney’s ‘It’s a Small World’ – a Salute to UNICEF and the World’s Children” at the Pepsi pavilion, animated dolls and animals frolicked in a spirit of international unity accompanying a boat ride around the world. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers.

  • General Electric sponsored “Progressland”, where an audience seated in a revolving auditorium (the “Carousel of Progress”) viewed an audio-animatronic presentation of the progress of electricity in the home. The Sherman Brothers song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” was composed for this attraction.


  • Ford Motor Company presented “Ford’s Magic Skyway”, a WED Imagineering designed pavilion, which was the second most popular exhibit at the fair. It featured 50 actual (motorless) convertible Ford vehicles, including Ford Mustangs, in an early prototype of what would become the PeopleMover ride system. Audience members entered the vehicles on a main platform as they moved slowly along the track. The ride moved the audience through scenes featuring life-sized audio-animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen.

  • At the Illinois pavilion, a lifelike President Abraham Lincoln, voiced by Royal Dano, recited his famous speeches in “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”.

Unfortunately, this attraction was not pictured in the book, but only explained. Perhaps this was intentional to increase the impact on the audience to the animatronic Lincoln.

I’ll be reading this book over the next little while and will share tidbits that I find about Disney and the wonderful Pavilions that he and his team created.

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Abraham Lincoln

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln -- a show that inspired other shows at Walt Disney World!

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln — a show that inspired other shows at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!  Thanks for joining me and my friends Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse as we bring you our fun Disney trivia!

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65 Days til Disneyland – Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to day 65 in our countdown to Disneyland!  Today’s featured attraction is The Disneyland Story featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!

Walt Disney was always interested in the life of Abraham Lincoln, to the point that he even recited the Gettysburg Address to his elementary school class!  Abraham Lincoln first appeared in a Disney attraction at the Worlds Fair in 1964, and The Disneyland Story opened at Disneyland in 1965.  It is purely by coincidence that I’m showcasing this for day 65 of our countdown.

Over the years, the Audio-Animatronic characters have really been enhanced to the degree that President Lincoln does so much more realistic movement now then he ever did before!

In addition to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the world famous Voices of Liberty — just like the ones that you can find in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase — perform at various times throughout the day before the show starts.  If you have never seen them before, make sure you check them out, because they are incredible!

This historical treasure at Disneyland is one of the things that I am most looking forward to seeing when we get to Disneyland.  Tell me, is this one of the attractions you can’t wait to see?  Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook Page, and thanks for stopping by!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: The American Adventure!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, the Disney Trivia hope that I am pleased to participate in with Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog!

Today I’m taking a trivia question from the Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume II, by Lou Mongello!  This book is a must own for anyone that loves Disney trivia, there are so many great questions to read and learn more about Walt Disney World with!  So here’s the question:

“What two former U.S. Presidents are depicted by Audio-Animatronics figures during their presidential terms in The American Adventure show?”

a) George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

b) Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt

c) Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

d) Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy

This was a hard question for me — in fact, I got it wrong (So did my niece Stephanie and her husband Shane though too!)  The problem is that I really enjoy the show, but I don’t see it very often so it’s hard to remember which Presidents have more face time.  Have I given you enough time to Google the answer?  If so, then here is the answer:

b) Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt are the only Presidents represented by Audio-Animatronics figures during their terms as President.  Theodore Roosevelt is seen speaking with naturalist John Muir about the beauty of America and its destruction due to industries such as logging.  Franklin D. Roosevelt is depicted giving his famous “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” speech in 1929.  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are also depicted, but during times in their lives before they became President.

As a follow-up, Did You Know — that the scene in the American Adventure Show with George Washington was the scene at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War?

That wraps up my edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia for this week!  Make sure you check out the rest of the entries by clicking on the links below!  Do you have any Disney Trivia to share, and a blog also?  If so, why not write it up and link your post to the rest of the ones you see here?  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!