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It's a small world

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Last Update: January 16, 2014



Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom is known for its immersive experience into a variety of worlds, including adventures into the old frontier and adventures into the deep jungles of the world. However, one adventure you can take is a peaceful one and it is on the ride simply known as “It’s a Small World.”

It’s a Small World opened with Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. The ride was designed by WED Enterprises (Known today as Walt Disney Imagineering) and features over 300 different audio-animatronics. These audio-animatronics sing the song “It’s a Small World.” It was written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. The ride and song revolve around the common theme of world peace. This is Disney’s second installation of this ride at a theme park, with the first opening at California’s Disneyland Park on May 28, 1966.

After you board your boat, you begin your journey on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.” Guests enter the Hello Room where there are representatives from several countries. They are dancing, playing trumpets, and playing drums while singing the song in a foreign language. You pass through Europe with the children of England singing the song in English. After a turn, you notice the representatives of France singing the song in French. You also pass by the land of Ireland and other countries of Europe. Afterwards, you enter Asia as you pass by India. You also pass by Japan as the song is sung in Japanese. After you leave Japan, you enter Africa and go through Egypt. You also see a large variety of animals that you’d see on an African safari. You continue to float through and pass through Mexico. After you venture through Mexico, you pass through the tropical lands of the Caribbean and Hawaii. In the background, the song is played through ukuleles and drums. You also pass through the lands of Native Americans as they play the song on drums. The ride then passes through Disney World. You can see a roller coaster and Cinderella Castle as the song is being sung in English. There are representatives from many countries singing the song in unison. After you exit Disney World, you enter a room which has many different goodbye messages in many different languages on the sides. After this, you enter the station and exit the ride.

It’s a Small World is a cheerful ride that should not be missed when at Magic Kingdom!



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