Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Music: Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair

Here's something brand-new which looks really neat: WALT DISNEY AND THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR, a CD and book set which was just released this week.

The set has 5 CDs, with over 3 hours of material, plus a 24-page booklet detailing the contributions of Walt Disney and his Imagineers to the 1964 World's Fair.

Disney's attractions at the World's Fair included the Carousel of Progress (which can still be enjoyed at Disney World), Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln (soon to return to Disneyland), the Magic Skyway, and perhaps most famously, It's a Small World.

This set looks really beautiful. I expect it will be joining my Disneyland collection very soon, so as not to run the risk of waiting too long and finding it's out of print.

Previous posts which include information on Disney and the World's Fair: January 18, 2008 and February 9, 2008. The model of the Tower of the Four Winds mobile, another of Disney's Fair creations (shown in a photo in the February post), is one of my favorite things at Disney World. It's on display in the Contemporary Resort near Mary Blair's Grand Canyon murals.

5 Comments:

Blogger Ed South said...

There's a semi-great documentary available on Netflix about the `64 Worlds Fair. It features alot of footage from a ride called "Futurama" which is a major influence on the rides at Epcot. Worth checking out! I can find the exact name if you are interested!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Ed,

I'd enjoy knowing the title very much. I've seen the Disney TV episode "Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair" which is in a Disney Treasures set on Disneyland, but I'd enjoy seeing anything else on the topic!

Thanks,
Laura

8:11 PM  
Blogger Jonas Nordin said...

Laura,
There's a lot of great music in that set. Disney had hired the Sherman brothers to write music for the different pavillions at the exhibitions. Some of the music were later recycled in some of the films. A tune called Serengeti Serenade, used in The Magic Skyway became the overture to The Jungle Book in 1967.

2:49 AM  
Blogger Ed South said...

It turns out the DVD is called simply "The 1964 World's Fair" I did a review of it here:

http://blogworetennisshoes.blogspot.com/2008/06/dvd-spotlight-worlds-fair-toy-trains.html

4:29 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for the info, Jonas, that's a fascinating connection with a Disney film. :)

Ed, I appreciate the DVD info. I just added the World's Fair documentary to our Netflix queue -- and also added the Toy Train Layouts disc you referenced in your post. Would love to see Ward Kimball's collection. We own some train layout videos (including a couple on Lionel trains) but I don't remember having seen this one before.

Best wishes,
Laura

10:23 AM  

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