it's a small world

Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

  • Main Details

  • Park Magic Kingdom
  • Land Fantasyland
  • Ride Type Boat Ride
  • Restraint None
  • Thrill Level Low
  • Ride Duration 10mins 30secs
  • Pre-Show
  • Post-Show
  • Gift Shop
  • Photography

  • Photography
  • Video Recording
  • On Ride Photo
  • Queue Details

  • Disney Genie+
  • Lightning Lane Purchase
  • FastPass+
  • FastPass+ Demand Low
  • Standby Line
  • Standby Wait Medium
  • Single Rider Line
  • Interactive
  • Indoor Queue
  • Outdoor Queue
  • Comfort Level Medium
  • Important Dates

  • Grand Opening Oct 1 1971
  • Ride System

  • Type Water Flume
  • Track Length 1085ft
  • Seating Layout 5 rows, 4 per row
  • On-Board Audio
  • Restrictions

  • Height Req. None
  • Age Under age 7 must be accompanied by person age 14+
  • Frightening Kids
  • Accessibility Transfer from ECV to Wheelchair
  • Captioning Handheld Captioning and Audio Description

Disney shares more details on the addition of dolls in wheelchairs at 'it's a small world'
2 years ago

Disney World's 'it's a small world' to be updated with new dolls in wheelchairs
2 years ago

New queue area design changes continue at 'it's a small world' in the Magic Kingdom
3 years ago

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'it's a small world' closed for refurbishment Jul 27, 2021 to Jul 29, 2021

'it's a small world' closed for refurbishment Aug 22, 2016 to Sep 15, 2016

'it's a small world' closed for refurbishment Apr 14, 2015 to Apr 17, 2015

it's a small world' closed for refurbishment Dec 02, 2013 to Dec 12, 2013

'It's A Small World' closed  for refurbishment Aug 01, 2010 to Oct 19, 2010

"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.