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Disney inviting 'small world' sing-along videos on classic ride's 50th anniversary

This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the "it's a small world" attraction from the 1964 World's Fair. Disney is marking the 50th anniversary of the ride’s debut at the fair with a website, SmallWorld50.com, that invites the public to post videos of themselves singing the ride theme song.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
This 1964 photo released by Disney shows people at the "it's a small world" attraction from the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Disney is marking the 50th anniversary of the ride’s debut at the fair with a website, SmallWorld50.com, that invites the public to post videos of themselves singing the ride theme song.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
A scene from Disney's "it's a small world ride."
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
This is a picture of the hippo from the Magic Kingdom dark boat ride, "it's a small world," at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
This is a picture of the Taj Mahal India scene from "it's a small world" at the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
A scene from Disney's "it's a small world" ride.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
A scene from Hong Kong Disney's 'it's a small world' ride.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
A scene from "it's a small world" at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
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This 1964 photo released by Disney shows Walt Disney with a model of the
A sign for Disney's "it's a small world" ride.
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Disney is launching a website to create a global sing-along for "it's a small world" to mark 50 years since the classic attraction opened at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

The website invites the public to submit videos of themselves singing the song. Fans can also create virtual dolls on the site, mixing and matching faces, clothes and other elements to build a unique avatar-like figure.

Video: Invitation to submit your own version of "it's a small world"

The original "small world" attraction was billed in 1964 as "a salute to UNICEF and all the world's children." To mark the 50th, Disney is donating $150,000 to UNICEF and will donate another $1 for each video and doll posted or shared on the site — SmallWorld50.com — up to $100,000.

The "it's a small world" boat ride became a centerpiece of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 1966, and the famous song still plays in a continuous loop at "small world" rides in Disney parks.

Several celebrities have already posted videos, some of which we have shared below.

Video: Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters of "The View"

Video: Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Michael Symon of "The Chew"

Video: Actress Isabella Rossellini sings in her native language