June 30, 2008

A Look Back into Small World's Future

From the same mid-sixties souvenir book that announced the real Disney Decade...

Here's a piece of concept art which shows an alternative face to the show building of It's A Small World. If you look closely, you'll notice the iconic smiling timepiece is gone, replaced by flags of the world found in the large oval at the center. Also take notice of the colored geometric shapes and patterns on the building. Interesting, huh? The caption below this illustration fills in the missing information: "This model shows how a 'symphony of lights' will spread across the Small World building, highlighting a new area in Fantasyland." Shades of things to come decades later. Just goes to show good ideas never die in hands of the Imagineers.

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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