This adult admission ticket, priced at $2.00, provided entrance to the inaugural season of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
Opening on April 22, 1964, the fair ran for two consecutive six-month seasons in both ’64 and ’65 and was home to nearly one-hundred fifty pavilions showcasing cultural and technological attractions and exhibits from around the world. Four of the most popular pavilions were designed by Walt Disney and his WED Enterprises staff: General Electric Progressland, Pepsi-Cola Presents ‘It’s a Small World’—a Salute to UNICEF and the World’s Children, the State of Illinois’ ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and Ford’s Magic Skyway. The fairgrounds, which covered Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, hosted more than fifty-one billion visitors over its run and the fair would be looked back upon as a highlight of American optimism and ingenuity on the eve of the counter-culture revolution of the mid-to-late 60s.
The front of the orange-colored ticket (Serial Number: S-164006), along with its identifying text, features the Unisphere, official symbol of the fair which artistically embodied the fair’s mission of “Peace through Understanding” and was based upon the idea of “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.”
This original ticket stub to the 1964 season of the New York World’s Fair is a reminder of the massive spectacle which brought together participants and visitors from all across the world, and which served to yet again establish Walt Disney as one of the biggest names in entertainment.