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'It's a Small World' after all; iconic ride celebrates 50 years
'It's a Small World' after all; iconic ride celebrates 50 years

When her phone rang that day in 1963, Alice Davis was working as a seamstress, stitching bras and girdles in the downtown Los Angeles garment district. Walt Disney, the caller said, wanted to see her. When she arrived at Disney's office, the theme park pioneer made her an offer: Design costumes for a new ride he was planning for the 1964 New York World's Fair. That ride would be, he promised her, an attraction that would bring joy "to every child from 1 to 100." "I could hardly wait to get there for the first day," recalled Davis, now 85. Fifty years later, "It's a Small World" remains one of Disneyland's most popular rides, having...

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