Happy 50th, it’s a Small World

The song-famous Disney attraction reaches its half-century marker.

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Disney Parks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic it's a small world attraction with a global celebration that benefits UNICEF. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks)
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Disney Parks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic it's a small world attraction with a global celebration that benefits UNICEF. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks)
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This 1964 photo shows the entrance to it's a small world at the New York World's Fair. (Disney Parks)
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Classic scenes, such as Asia, inside it's a small world at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks)
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Fans around the world are invited to join the celebration at SmallWorld50.com where they may record videos of themselves singing it's a small world and create virtual dolls in the style of those from the attraction. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks)
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Academy Award-winning composer Richard Sherman poses at Walt Disney's piano at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., in February, 2014. Along with his brother, the late Robert Sherman, they composed the theme song to accompany the iconic attraction which debuted at the 1964 World's Fair. The song is purported to be one of the most performed and recognized songs in the world, and has become both a beloved and parodied pop culture song staple. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks)
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The Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Richard Sherman (right) and Robert Sherman rehearse their famous song in their offices at The Walt Disney Studios in this 1964 photo. (Disney Parks)
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In this 1964 photo, Walt Disney films “The Wonderful World of Color” episode entitled “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair.” (Disney Parks)
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The it's a Small World celebration continues on April 10, when hundreds of voices from the 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 be united in a global sing-along. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks)
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