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Climb aboard and glide past nearly 300 brightly costumed dolls and animals as they sing “it’s a small world” and dance on the shores of the Seven Seaways water canals that embrace this miniature globe. Dressed in costumes that represent more than 100 nations, the dolls sing “it’s a small world” in 5 languages. The major themes you sail by include Europe, Asia, Africa, Central/South America, South Pacific Islands, the Finale and the Good-bye Scene.
The line for “it’s a small world” is generally short. The longest wait times generally occur between 1 and 4 p.m. when guests are looking for a break from the heat and an entertaining way to rest their legs. For the shortest lines, try to go during the first few hours of the day or in the evening. Yes, the song will get stuck in our heads, and yes, we'll probably sing it the rest of the day, but we refuse to go to Magic Kingdom and not go on 'it's a small world' at least once. It's an adorable attraction, a great international lesson, and worth the eye-rolling.
“it’s a small world” is an 11-minute gentle boat ride located across from Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Each boat can hold up to 20 people. There are no restraints in the boats as the attraction is slow-moving, gentle and appropriate for all ages. Guests must transfer from their motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair to experience the attraction. Flash photoraphy is not allowed inside the attraction. Children under the age of 7 years old must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
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Disney's Magical Moments pins are designed to interact with this attraction. If lines are long, pick up snacks to keep little ones happy while waiting for this children's favorite. Look for such globally recognized landmarks as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.
The "it's a small world" attraction was first designed for the 1964 New York World's Fair and later moved to the Disneyland Resort in California along with 3 other attractions, including Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (which became part of the Hall of Presidents) and the Carousel of Progress. The original concept for "it's a small world" had the dolls singing the national anthem from each country they represented. A good idea in theory, but everyone singing a different tune resulted in a musical cacophony that clearly weakened the attraction's theme of harmony.
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