It’s a Small World | Disneyland

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

It's a Small World (DisneyLand)
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“It’s a Small World” is one of the most iconic and beloved attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This enchanting boat ride is a celebration of global unity and the beauty of cultural diversity, bringing together a colorful array of animatronic dolls, music, and art from around the world.

The attraction’s exterior, known for its distinctive facade and iconic clock tower, is a visual masterpiece that invites visitors of all ages to embark on a journey celebrating the message of peace and harmony. As you enter the attraction, you’ll find yourself in a magical world where different cultures, costumes, and traditions seamlessly blend together.

Riders board small boats that gently navigate through a series of scenes, each dedicated to a different region or country. The dolls and characters featured in these scenes are dressed in traditional clothing and represent people from diverse cultures across the globe.

What truly makes “It’s a Small World” unforgettable is its enchanting soundtrack. The famous song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” written by the Sherman Brothers, plays continuously throughout the ride. Sung in various languages, the song carries a message of unity and brotherhood that resonates with visitors as they float along the waterways.

As you journey through the attraction, you’ll encounter vibrant and beautifully designed scenes, including depictions of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and more. The attention to detail is extraordinary, with each scene telling a story and capturing the essence of its respective culture.

“It’s a Small World” has become a timeless classic that appeals to both children and adults. Its uplifting message, joyful music, and stunning visuals create a heartwarming experience that leaves a lasting impression. Many visitors find themselves humming the iconic tune long after they’ve left the attraction.

The ride’s enduring popularity has led to it becoming a cultural touchstone at Disneyland, embodying the spirit of togetherness and the idea that, despite our differences, we are all part of one global family. A visit to “It’s a Small World” is a heartwarming and magical experience that embodies the essence of Disney’s commitment to storytelling and unity.

Fun Facts

  • Number of scenes in Disneyland’s “it’s a small world”: 10
  • Number of Christmas lights used outside the ride for “it’s a small world” Holiday: 400,000

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and