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Thea Awards 2015

2015 Thea Classic Award

"it's a small world", Disneyland, California, USA

"it's a small world"

“It’s a world of laughter; a world of tears / It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears / There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all.”

If ever there was a Classic, ‘it’s a small world’ seems to define the category.

Fifty years!  Originally created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair as a benefit for UNICEF, this international voyage celebrated the happy spirit of children everywhere. After two years and more than 10 million visitors, the attraction moved to Disneyland Park in California, where it has entertained hundreds of millions of visitors since 1966. Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris,  and Hong Kong. Consistently among the 10 most visited attractions in each park, year-after-year. It was never the most advanced in technology. Yet it continues to captivate audiences around the world with pure charm, melded with a profound message deceptively hiding in a simple and astonishingly catchy song.

Its message of “hopes and fears” captured our feelings when it first appeared during the height of the Cold War, but continues to resonate as we face issues of global warming, international conflicts and more. This timeless classic continues to engage generation after generation. Surely ‘it’s a small world’ is the very definition of a Classic.


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