I told you, dear readers, that my theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge would be "Florida - outside the theme parks". Well, I lied - sort of.
It turns out the winner, according to the article, is a song called "It's a Small World". This song has been part of a theme park ride for over 50 years. It's been played over 50 million times.
This ride now operates at various Disney properties throughout the world, and all those repetitions of that song add up.
I've been on two of those "It's a Small World" rides. One was at Disney World near Orlando, Florida. I visited Disney World for the first time in 1972, barely a year after it opened.
But my earliest riding of this ride was not at a Disney property at all but, rather, at the 1964 New York World's Fair, in the Pepsi pavilion. I rode it several times with my family and once on a school field trip (I grew up in New York City). My spouse also rode it twice with his family (several years before we met).
Would you like a glimpse at what the original look of this ride was like? Click on the video above.
Did you know that the "It's a Small World" song was written by the sons of a novelty song writer of my childhood - Alan Sherman? I didn't. Nor did I know that it was written as a song of hope, not long after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Not bad for possibly the most earworm-worthy song of all time.
The video is a bit long but you will get the point quickly. I don't think the animation is that bad, considering it was 1964 - well, state of the art 1964.
The ride in Florida is not the original World's Fair ride (that ride is in Disneyland, in California, and has been extensively refurbished). The Florida ride opened in 1971, and I read somewhere that it opened on April 10, 1971.
So, to wish the Florida ride a happy birthday, I will break my theme just this one time. Welcome to a ride in a theme park. Although, it is over 50 years old now.
Day 10 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost
"I" day on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge, where my theme (except today) is Florida - outside the theme parks".