It's a Small World: Magic Kingdom attraction

Have you ever wondered if there is an attraction present in all Disney parks? The answer is It's a Small World!

This is one of the oldest Disney attractions and you can find it in the cities of:

Like its name, It's a Small World represents children from some cultures in the world. In addition, the attraction has a soundtrack of the same name that celebrates world peace.

Come on, if you've ever been to Disney, you've probably walked this attraction, or at least seen it passing in front of it.

It is considered a classic of classics and one of the oldest attractions in all of Walt Disney World (and Disneyland California).

It was created and idealized with Walt Disney still alive, as well as Pirates of the Caribbean and a few others.

I love these classic attractions made many years ago, even though it is not a super technological, innovative and even "rough" attraction in some things, they give me a feeling of nostalgia and magic that the new ones do not give me.

It is certainly not an attraction for everyone, for example, only young adults may find this attraction very annoying (and long), but children tend to love it!

Attraction Features

The attraction is located in Magic Kigdom, in the Fantasyland area. More precisely, in front of Peter Pan's Flight, very close to the exit to Liberty Square.

First of all, know that this attraction has global peace and unity as its main theme.

For this, you will enter a small boat (this time it is not a cart, as the ride is on the water) and admire this harmony.

Altogether, there are about 300 dolls representing children from different cultures. In addition, everyone sings the song “It's a Small World”, as if they were a choir.

Although it involves water, you don't risk getting wet from the attraction, as the ride is slow. Thus, the objective is really to observe every detail of the different cultures in the world.

A very positive point about It's a Small World is that there are no age or height limits. This is a recommended attraction for the whole family!

It is even common for children to be enchanted by colors.

Ah! And there is still a superstition surrounding this attraction.

According to some people, if you throw a coin in the water and make a wish, it will come true.

A big OBS here, this is something that if you look you'll see for almost any place that has water inside the parks. tourists love to play coins in these places as a way of good luck and to be able to return one day (I always wish I could go back to Disney).

I don't think it costs to use one of those change coins, does it ?!

How is the It's a Small World queue?

The queues of the attraction are quiet, as the carts hold about 18 people at a time and leave in sequence.


So, you can enjoy a classic attraction without waiting too long in line. For this reason, It's a Small World does not have a single rider.

In addition, the scenario represents something very similar to a time machine. There are some clocks, gears and other objects that refer to a trip.

FastPass +

It's a Small World has the FasPass +, the Disney line breaks.

However, I believe that it can be preserved for use in more popular attractions.

How is the route of the attraction?

According to Disney itself, It's a Small World is the "happiest cruise in the world". Upon entering your boat, you will travel the 7 continents of the world in a few minutes.

Throughout the moment, children will sing the song of the same name as the attraction. In the end, it is very likely that you will have “It's a Small World, after all” in your head for a long time!

The route is calm and consists only of observing children and their differences in relation to their continents. The activities carried out by them, in addition to their clothes, characterize each location in the world.

Unfortunately, we cannot perceive the representation of Brazil clearly in the South American part. However, It's a Small World is a very traditional attraction, and I think it's cool that you go at least once.

At the end of the route, the goal is for you to realize how small the world is. Thus, we must remain united and at peace!

History of Attraction

As I said earlier in this post, this is a very old and classic attraction and with a very incredible life story!

The “legend” says that if you walk in “It´sa Small World” at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, the music will stay in your head forever, “it’s a small world, after all” (it is part of the lyrics) .

Many people claim that this tour is just a cliché or “just for kids” (I don't think).

Some other people will say that they avoid walking on it as if it were a plague (I don't think so either).

These are the same people who are going to turn around and complain that the Carousel of Progress should be saved, or that they should never have taken Mr. Toad Wild Ride (which was demolished to make room for attraction of Winnie the Pooh).

Their reasoning is that it is Walt Disney's legacy and we agree! Just like the recent case of the announcement of the change in Splash mountain.

Many of the older attractions, or originals, if you prefer, at Disneyland and Disney World have the touch of Walt Disney.

Walt and his team of Imagineers

Walt and his team of Imagineers, led by artist and designer Mary Blair, created “It´sa Small World” as a tribute to the children of the world for the UNICEF pavilion at the 1964/65 World Fair.

The Sherman brothers, responsible for much of the Disney music (eg Mary Poppins), originally wrote the theme song as a ballad.


Legend has it that Walt told them he needed something “energetic” that would last for the entire trip.

It was decided that the song you love to hate would be sped up and sung in one round.

What you see today is very close to Walt's original attraction to the World Fair.

After the end of the World Fair, “It´sa Small World” was transferred to Disneyland, where it remains one of the main attractions of the park.

It has also been part of Walt Disney World since 1971.

There have been some minor modifications and touches over the years, but most of the time there remained that colorful attraction that people love and love to hate.

Mary Blair's original concept for the tour was a completely white and gold vision. The huge smiling face of the clock that adorns the Disneyland version is known by millions of people as the face of “It´sa Small World”.

This is the classic look of this attraction.

Some technical information about It's a Small World

  • Inauguration of the attraction: October 1971;
  • Capacity of people: 18 people per cart, generally;
  • Attraction duration: 10 minutes;
  • Minimum height to enjoy the attraction: none.

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Want to see up close what the attraction is like? Here's a video of what she looks like. In this case it is from Disneyland California, but it is very similar to that of Orlando!

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