By Jocelyn Buhlman
If you’ve been to a Disney park, you’ve probably experienced the pastel-colored joy of it’s a small world in some capacity. Whether you’ve enjoyed a boat ride with the children of the world, watched the clock tower announce the time with a fanfare of celebration, or just gotten the Sherman Brothers’ classic song stuck in your head… again… and again, this attraction has made its impact on every Disney fan. With an impact so big, it’s hard to imagine a time when it’s a small world was just a concept in Disney Legend Mary Blair’s head. But, oh, what a colorful concept it was! Full of her collage-style design and pastel-hued flair, the concept art for this landmark Disney parks attraction—first created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair—makes us smile almost as much as the attraction. To ring in this world-travelling attraction’s 55th anniversary, enjoy some of Mary Blair’s gorgeous concept art in the gallery below.