I’ve written before about how many Americans are unaware that expos (or “world’s fairs,” as we tend to call them here) still happen. Similarly, the millions of people who live in countries that have hosted expos in the last couple of decades are sometimes unaware of America’s contributions to the medium throughout history. Walt Disney’s story is em…
Walt Disney was responsible for helping create exhibits for four pavilions at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair: the General Electric Progressland Pavilion, the Pepsi/UNICEP “it’s a small world” Pavilion, the State of Illinois Pavilion, and the Ford Motor Company Pavilion.
At the Walt Disney Family Museum, they currently have an exhibit about author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. We thought this timeline in the exhibit was a good demonstration of power of world’s fairs on younger visitors.
Across from one of the entrances at this year’s world’s fair (Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea) was an almost hidden reminder of the 1964-‘65 New York World’s Fair: the “it’s a small world” theme from the Pepsi/UNICEF Pavilion.