Love it or hate it, Its A Small World is one of the quintessential Disney attractions, but it almost didnt make it off the drawing board. A scant nine months before the Fair, Pepsi approached the Disney Studios requesting that the Imagineers develop an attraction that the company would sponsor to benefit UNICEF. Bob Thomas picks up the story in Walt Disney: An American Original : A Disney executive, believing that three projects were more than enough to occupy WED, sent the Pepsi-Cola people to an engineering firm that specialized in childrens playgrounds. Walt was angry when he heard about it. Im the one who makes those decisions! he declared. Tell Pepsi Ill do it! Walt detailed to stunned Imagineers his plan for a little boat ride in which guests would see simple, childlike figures representing the cultures all over the globe.
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