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This episode is called "Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair". It's the first of five episodes of Disneyland in what I call "The World's Fair Era".
In this episode, Walt Disney goes about his plans for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, but before he does that, he gives us a look at the history of fairs and some of the inventions shown off at much earlier World's Fairs. As a bonus, Walt demonstrates just how the films prior to the mid 1930s looks so fast. We also see color shots from the 1939 World's Fair, also in New York.
We then see Walt demonstrate just how his company got into building the mammoth figures for the World's Fair, which actually started with the giant octopus for his feature "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", which was the forerunner for similar figures he built for Disneyland.
But then we get into the crux of the presentation, the four exhibits for the World's Fair. First was the Magic Skyway, which he intended to use to document prehistoric times. Then came an exhibit honoring one of his idols, Abraham Lincoln (the preview for which was edited out of the Disney Channel version of this presentation). After that came the Carousel Theater of Progress, a four-act play that told progres through electricity. And finally, "it's a Small World", a ride for people of all ages, which we see in it's entirety near the end of the program, with a Disneyland specialty, fireworks afterward.
But to do all this, Walt needed to invent still another animation medium. He did that though what he called "audioanimatronics", which is taken from three things. Audio, meaning sound, "anima" meaning animation, and "tronics" meaning electronics. What many people did not know was that Disneyland had already opened it's first audioanimatronic attraction, "The Enchanted Tiki Room", probably as an experiment to see if this would actually work, and when it did, Walt knew that his idea for his new animation invention could be a part of the World's Fair.
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