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It’s a Small World Fire at Disneyland Sparks Deep-Seated Fears


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Red-hot flames lashed out, threatening to devour that what was so revered – so beloved by so many. Glowing embers flickered and rose into the darkness like brightly-lit fiber optics. Horrified and curious onlookers were kept at a safe distance as firefighters started to douse water on the fire before it could spread and do irreversible damage.

I’m not talking about the fire at It’s a Small World this past weekend at Disneyland. I am talking about the morning of May 27, 1911 at Coney Island. Just past 1:30 AM on the park’s opening day of the 1911 season, fire broke out in the depths of a brand new attraction ironically named Hell Gate. By dawn, Dreamland at Coney Island had been reduced mostly to smoldering piles of ash and rubble as news quickly spread and the masses came to gawk at its ruins.

Fire has always been a great threat and fear when it comes to attractions or iconic locations. Whether we talk about seaside boardwalks, Las Vegas hotels, or famous theme park attractions – fire is a subject that conjures deep-seated fears for both owners and fans.

“Dude! It’s a Small World is on fire at Disneyland!” is a phrase that nightmares are made of. Yet, that’s what I heard shortly after 9:30 PM on Sunday night, as we were finishing an evening spent at nearby Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s a major fear that’s always lingering in the back of one’s mind, but rarely ever manifests itself. Hearing it said aloud was jarring, regardless of how “prepared” we think we are in our thoughts.

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Celebrate the 4th at Disneyland Resort

7_13_DL_00531-808x1024Disneyland Resort guests are invited to show their patriotic Disney Side this summer to celebrate America’s birthday.

Guests will celebrate the holiday with a special fireworks show, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This stunning pyrotechnic production salutes the pioneering spirit and enduring beauty of America. On July 1-4 at 9:25 p.m., the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle will light up with a colorful display of fireworks, choreographed to a striking musical score that celebrates the best of America.

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Disney Parks Around the World Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’ with Global Sing-along, April 10

4_14_DL_007231Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disney’s “it’s a small world” theme park attraction, thousands of guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe united this month in a historic “It’s a Small World” sing-along. Fans everywhere joined in online at SmallWorld50.com, a “global hub” of music and harmony created for the Golden Anniversary of the iconic attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope, saluting UNICEF, at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

“‘it’s a small world’ has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying ‘it’s a small world’ somewhere around the globe. The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world.”

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Disney Legends and Luminaries Celebrate Theme Park Favorites of Yesteryear at D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind

D23_Event_DestD_PressLogoWalt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

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Disney Parks Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world,’ Invites the World to Join a Global Sing-along at SmallWorld50.com

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AT THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARYIn a historic, global event, guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the world will unite in song to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Fans from around the world can join the festivities in a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at SmallWorld50.com.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”

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