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Live! 1964 World's Fair / GE's Carousel of Progress and Pepsi's It's a Small World

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Completing our talk on the 1964 World's Fair, we discuss the history of General Electric's Carousel of Progress, and the frantic pace needed to develop Pepsi's last-minute Fair entry, it's a small world.

The idea behind the General Electric pavilion had been in development for a number of years, as a possible addition to Disneyland. It's an interesting story, though, to hear how the Disneyland idea morphed into a high-capacity World's Fair attraction.

Pepsi's pavilion is a whole other ball of wax. As late as 1963, Pepsi didn't have any idea as to what they were going to do. It took Joan Crawford (yes, that Joan Crawford) to get them to talk to Walt. And what's great about the story of small world's development is that it shows every bit of Walt's talent, from coming up with the ride idea, to choosing the right artists, to knowing a catchy song when he heard it.

Did we really say "catchy song?" Forgive us.

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released November 13, 2014

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The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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