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Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair Box set

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These 5 CDs and 24-page booklet whisk you off to the worlds of wonder that Disney brought to the 1964 World's Fair. The imagination displayed here foreshadowed what was to come in Disney parks of the future. You'll hear the original It's a Small World demo (Walt himself is your guide for this "charming little boat ride"). The Magic Skyway takes you from the age of dinosaurs to the ascent of man and into the future (again, Walt escorts you). You'll hear the recording sessions for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, hear the music from the Progressland exhibit (including the Carousel of Progress) and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
  2. Walt Disney and the Sherman Brothers
  3. Carousel of Progress [Early Script Reading]
  4. Carousel of Progress
  5. The Skydome Spectacular
  6. The Toucan and Parrot Electric Utility Show
  7. Music to Buy Toasters By (Medallion City)
  8. Mirror Maze
  9. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [Kaleidoscopic Overture]
  10. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [1890's Variation]
  11. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [Dixieland Variation]
  12. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [1920's Variation]
  13. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [1930's Variation]
  14. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [Swing Variation]
  15. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [1960's Variation]
  16. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow [Horizons Variation (Epcot)]

Disc: 2

  1. Walt Disney Introduction
  2. Pre-Show: The Illinois Story
  3. Main Show: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  4. Pre-Show Score
  5. Main Show Score
  6. Dialog Recording Session
  7. Chorus

Disc: 3

  1. "It's a Small World" [Queue/Entrance Music]
  2. "It's a Small World" [First Demo Recording]
  3. "It's a Small World" [Walt Disney Welcome]
  4. "It's a Small World" [Vocals (Isolated)]
  5. "It's a Small World" [The Ultimate Megamix]
  6. "It's a Small World" [Exit Music]
  7. "It's a Small World" [Disneyland Paris Variation I]
  8. "It's a Small World" [Disneyland Paris Variation II]
  9. "It's a Small World"

Disc: 4

  1. World of Tomorrow
  2. Magic Skyway
  3. The South American Way
  4. Flubber Waltz
  5. Serengeti Serenade
  6. Moonlight Time in Old Hawaii
  7. Nation on Wheels
  8. Flyin' Ford
  9. La Gaviota
  10. Join the Swing
  11. Disneyland '61
  12. Auto Parts Harmonic
  13. Dialog Recording Session
  14. Get the Feel of the Wheel (Ford March)

Disc: 5

  1. Carousel of Progress [Alternate Universe Version]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B001EQUESC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Collectors will enjoy this set of 5 CDs (clocking in at over 3 hours) covering the contributions of Disney to the 1964/65 World's Fair in New York. Disney was anxious to interest the East Coast in his theme park in Anaheim, California, and the World's Fair was the perfect vehicle to showcase what Disneyland was about. Many on the East Coast had difficulty understanding what Disneyland was, thinking it was not much more than a run-of-the-mill amusement park. Ambitiously, Disney put together no fewer than 4 major exhibits, including it's a small world, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Carousel of Progress, and The Magic Skyway. In one form or another, each one of these attractions were eventually installed at Disneyland and then in Orlando at Disney World. How successful was Disney's ambitious gamble? 90% of Fair guests attended the Disney exhibits, and these were the ones that people mainly remembered and raved about, especially the Mr. Lincoln exhibit.

This set contains 4 CD's plus a bonus one:

1. Progressland: A total of 17 tracks covering the Carousel of Progress and the famous Sherman Brothers song, "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow."

Bonus Disc: Progressland--Carousel of Progress (Alternate Universe Version): Discover this fully-scored, full-length performance of the Carousel as you've never heard it before. An alternate script is used here.

2. Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln: 7 tracks featuring the memorable exhibit that is about to return to Disneyland at the Main Street Opera House. Includes Royal Dano's dialog recording session and interpretation of the 16th American President. Includes the dramatic "Battle Hymn of the Republic" finale from the show.

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I read another post that this audio CD package has DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection prohibiting you from ripping the content with iTunes. I DID NOT have any problems ripping the content using iTunes. Like many people I no longer use CDs for audio playback, and need to rip CD for playback through iTunes and my iPod. So I was concerned when I read the previous post claiming this package had DRM protection. I really enjoy the audio tracks, and packaging - thanks Disney Imagineering! Let's hope there is more items like this for us vintage Disney attraction audio. I highly recommend this - if you're a fan, buy it!
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This five-CD set is a delightful look at those famous attractions the brilliant Walt Disney and his staff of creative geniuses did for the
1964-65 World's Fair in New York.It's full of memorable music,songs,
and moments form such exhibits as "Progressland"("The Carousel Of Progress" is a hoot!),"Great Moments With Mr.Lincoln"(Royal Dano's
narration is perfect),and especially the charming "It's A Small World"
(you won't get that cute song out of your head!).Those are the first three discs,and they're the set's highlights.But the fourth and fifth
discs,"Magic Skyway" and the bonus disc,are also full of treasures.
The informative and beautifully illustrated book is a major plus.
This whole set shows why Disney's exhibits became the Fair's most
popular and memorable attractions,and why Walt Disney was so successful:
he knew his audience.He knew how to entertain people while also educating them at the same time,and he did it better than anyone before or since.
The set will bring back many wonderful memories for anyone who saw the
World's Fair at the time(or perhaps may have seen some of the attractions in Disney's theme parks),and will also be a delightful history lesson for others.Whichever you are,you will love this.Sit back and enjoy!
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This is a rare behind the scenes look at Walt Disney's contribution to the 1964 New York World's Fair. It was where Walt unveiled four new unique attractions paid for by sponsors, that would in turn create terrific demand and excitement for the Fair, raise much needed cash for the Walt Disney Company, and forever change not only Disneyland, but greatly influence the future of Disney Theme Parks yet to be imagined. Randy Thornton, the producer of many of the audio CD's from Walt Disney, including the animated feature soundtrack CD's, has restored yet another set of historic music tracks. This new 5 CD set has over 3 hours of audio from the 4 attractions that Walt Disney built for paying sponsors at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair. Three of those attractions were moved to Disneyland after the Fair with financial help from the sponsors, and a portion of Ford's Magic Skyway was moved in the form of Primeval World since the sponsor did not want to pay for relocating the attraction. The portion kept is the diorama of dinosaurs seen while riding the Disneyland Railroad, and the last rehab of the attraction has kept it in great condition for a 35 year old attraction. Included in the oversize CD case is a tall 24 page booklet filled with pictures of concept art from the design phase of the attractions. While I am a big fan of Disney concept art, I like to see the actual finished attraction photos to compare it with and so I was dissapointed at the lack of photos from the final attractions. Nevertheless, the art shared here is terrific including many items that I had never seen in other Disney publications. I especially enjoyed the maps and diagrams. I would love to see Disney release a bigger book on their participation in the 1964 Worlds Fair.Read more ›
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