it's a small world

Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
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"it's a small world" is musical boat ride found in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Hosted by the children of the world, hundreds of Audio-animatronic dolls dance and sign to the legendary Sherman brothers song - "it's a small world".


Height/Age Requirement: No

Facts and Figures

  • Opening date: October 1 1971
  • Show length: 10mins 30secs, travelling along 1085ft of waterways
  • Capacity: 20 guests per boat
  • Volume of water: 500 000 gallons
  • Audio-Animatronic Dolls: 289

Show Scenes

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Central and South America
  • South Pacific Islands
  • Finale
  • Good Bye

During the ride,, the "it's a small world" song can be heard in English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish.


"it's a small world" by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman


The concept design work for "it's a small world" was created by Disney legend, Mary Blair.

The very first version of "it's a small world" was created for the 1964 New York World's Fair. That original version was designed by Marc Davis and was seen by more than 10 million people whilst on display from 1964 to 1965 in New York. That original show was moved to Disneyland in 1966. The Walt Disney World version was then created for Florida to open on October 1 1971.
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