‘It’s a Small World’ and ‘Carousel of Progress’ poster art t-shirts from the Disney Store

This is going to be a short and sweet post, but I just can’t pass up wishing a happy birthday to two of my favorite attractions in the World.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Disney’s ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction. I’ve written about it and even have the happy song as my ringtone (yes, really). Well, along with ‘The Carousel of Progress,’ the ‘happiest cruise that ever sailed ’round the world’ just celebrated a big milestone. Both of these sweet, fun and nostalgic attractions debuted at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and, therefore, turn the big 5-0. Celebrations were held at the parks on the actual day.

What I really wanted to let you all know about was the availability of these two super cool t-shirts sporting vintage poster art. I am not the eagerly awaiting owner (in 6-8 weeks) of these shirts. Yeah, I decided to let my crew members in on the fun and purchased one for each of them as well. It’s ‘Small World’ for me and the ‘tween and ‘Carousel of Progress’ for the older “child” (a.k.a. spouse).

It's a Small World attraction poster art t-shirt Photo: Disney Store

It’s a Small World poster art by Paul Hartley, 1963, 1966
Photo: Disney Store

Carousel of Progress attraction art poster t-shirt Photo: Disney Store

Carousel of Progress poster art by Ken Chapman, 1967
Photo: Disney Store

You can purchase your very own vintage poster art t-shirt by visiting the Disney Store online. Make haste though, as these tees are only available for a short time. Orders are being taken online Tuesday, April 22 – Sunday, April 27, 2014. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

The 100% cotton shirts are Hanes Beefy-Ts with ribbed crew necks. The Small World tee comes in a bright happy shade of yellow, and the Carousel tee is a sunshiny shade of orange. Children’s shirts are $21.95 and adult shirts are $24.95. The Disney Store is currently have a promotion of two for $40.

It’s a Small World was created as a tribute to UNICEF and was originally called Pepsi-Cola Presents Walt Disney’s ‘It’s a Small World’ – A Salute to UNICEF and the World’s Children. It opened April 22, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. After the fair, it moved to Disneyland in an expanded form and opened on May 28, 1966. There is a Small World ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as well. I visit it often.

The Carousel of Progress was originally known as General Electric Progressland. Afterward, it moved to Disneyland and opened with the new Tomorrowland on July 2, 1967. It then moved to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and opened with a new format on January 15, 1975.


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