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It's a Small World Turns 50: 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Iconic Disney Ride (After All) | Walt Disney World

It's a Small World Turns 50: 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Iconic Disney Ride (After All)

Originally posted 04/10/2014 01:15PM

Ever since its debut at the New York World's Fair on April 22, 1964, Walt Disney's It's a Small World attraction has become a beloved highlight for park visitors around the world.

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Disney's It's a Small World Turns 50 – Join the Celebration

Disney's It's a Small World Turns 50 – Join the Celebration

Originally posted 03/21/2014 08:35AM

Rarely has reaching 50 been so smooth a ride.

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Harry Potter Expands His Playground at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter Expands His Playground at Universal Orlando

Originally posted 01/24/2014 02:55PM

Since Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened in June 2010, its two rides, shops, restaurant and pub have been jam-packed with visitors – making the overcrowded acreage seem ripe for expansion.

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Jessica Chastain Poses As Brave's Merida for Disney

Jessica Chastain Poses As Brave's Merida for Disney

Originally posted 01/09/2014 01:00PM

If Angelina Jolie can play Maleficent in a live-action movie about Sleeping Beauty's wicked nemesis, what's to stop Jessica Chastain from grabbing a bow and arrow and stepping into the boots of Brave's heroine Merida for celebrated photog Annie Leibovitz?

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Elizabeth McGovern Spoofs Downton Abbey at Disney World (PHOTO)

Elizabeth McGovern Spoofs Downton Abbey During Disney World Trip

Originally posted 12/30/2013 07:05PM

Downton at Disney?

Elizabeth McGovern poked fun at herself on Sunday as she posed for a portrait that parodies the Downton Abbey cast photo during a visit to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

McGovern, 52, stood at the head of two lines of Disney employees in front of Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion, which was meant to represent Highclere Castle, the historical building used in the hit television show.

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Katie Holmes & Suri Cruise Take Smiley Carousel Ride at Disney World

Katie Holmes & Suri Cruise Take Smiley Carousel Ride at Disney World

Originally posted 03/25/2013 07:30PM

It was another mother-daughter bonding day for Katie Holmes and daughter, Suri Cruise.

The actress, 34, couldn't hide her smile on Sunday at Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., where she took her little one, 6½, on a carousel ride.

Clad in a dress and sweater, with a green polka-dot backpack, Holmes snapped photos of Cruise on her cell phone while sitting on a carousel horse.

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How Are Disney's Princesses Spending Their Holidays? | Ginnifer Goodwin, Jordin Sparks

Disney World's New Fantasyland: The Princesses Open Their Own Castles

Originally posted 12/24/2012 10:25AM

Poor Cinderella may not have a stocking to hang by the chimney with care, but she does have that choice bit of Florida real estate: her own castle smack in the middle of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

This season, she isn't the only Disney princess with a stronghold to call home. Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast now boast their own splashy attractions in the recently launched New Fantasyland, which more than doubles the original 10 acres of the most popular section of the most popular park in the world's most popular resort. (Yes, expect crowds.)

"To all those who are young, and young at heart," Once Upon a Time star Ginnifer Goodwin – joined by Jordin Sparks, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas Staggs and Mickey Mouse – said at the Dec. 6 dedication ceremony. The actress also said, "The castles here are far more beautiful than they are on Once Upon a Time – with no trolls or giants to worry about."

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Inside Suri's Magical Night in Cinderella's Castle Suite | Suri Cruise

Suri Cruise Spends a Magical Night in Cinderella's Castle Suite

Originally posted 08/06/2012 12:30PM

Not everyone gets to step into Cinderella's shoes.

Suri Cruise was the envy of children everywhere as she toured Disney World with dad Tom Cruise last week.

But perhaps the best part of the 6-year-old's adventure has been staying in one of Disney's most coveted rooms, Cinderella's Castle Suite. The room cannot be booked at any price, but it's often used by Disney for charity events and promotions, so the mystery of what it's like to spend a night inside is part of its appeal. Suri – who wore an Ariel costume while exploring the park last Monday – loves princesses and even celebrated her 3rd birthday with a Beauty and the Beast-themed cake, so visiting the suite must have been a dream come true for the young fan.

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PHOTOS: Tom and Suri Cruise Catch Some Waves in Florida | Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise and Suri Catch Waves at Disney World Surf Pool

Originally posted 08/03/2012 12:50AM

Suri Cruise's friends must be pretty jealous of her this summer. In addition to being one popular 6-year-old, she's been able to visit the zoo, ride in a helicopter and even go to Disney World – where earlier this week she frolicked in the waves of Typhoon Lagoon with dad Tom Cruise.

"Tom and Suri got into a splash fight," onlooker Morgan Ayres, 17, visiting from Terre Haute, tells PEOPLE. "They were laughing and giggling and splashing. He looked like he was having an amazing time."

Tom also took Suri to Disney World's Magic Kingdom on Monday and Hollywood Studios on Wednesday. During a Thursday visit to Animal Kingdom, Tom bought Suri a banana smoothie.

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