Posted by: Sophie M. | 11/12/2011

Ride Profile – It’s a Small World

"it's a small world"

  • Name: “it’s a small world”
  • Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom
  • Ride type: Indoor boat cruise
  • Ride length: 12 minutes, 30 seconds
  • Inversions: 0
  • Max speed: 2 mph
  • Minimum height: None
  • Rider Swap: Yes
  • Extreme score: 0/10
  • Family score: 10/10

“The happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas”

“it’s a small world” is a quintessentially Disney family ride. There are no thrills to be found here but what the ride lacks in excitement it more than makes up for with its beautiful sets and family friendly atmosphere. Brightly costumed audio-animatronic dolls sing the rides signature theme song, “it’s a small world (after all)” written by the Sherman brothers.

"it's a small world"

Travel the world and see London, Paris, Tokyo and many other cities as you’ve never seen them before as animated children of the world sing and dance. “it’s a small world” is a perfect family ride for those with young children. A ride on the worlds happiest cruise will leave you with a smile on your face and have you and your family singing the theme song all day long!

?? Did You Know ??

  • The ride features 472 animated and inanimate figures.
  • The flume capacity is 500,000 US gallons of water!
  • The ride opened on 1st October 1971. It was closed from 2nd May 2004 until 18th March 2005 for major renovations including a state-of-the-art sound system and new lighting effects.
  • “it’s a small world (after all)” was sung and recorded in different studios around the world in keeping with the theme of international unity.
  • The song tune and lyrics are the only Disney creations never to be copyrighted. It is, and remains always ‘a gift to the children of the world’.

“it’s a small world (after all)” – the lyrics

it’s a world of laughter, a world or tears
its a world of hopes, its a world of fear
theres so much that we share
that its time we’re aware
its a small world after all

A scene from the finale of "it's a small world".

CHORUS:
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small, small world

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone.
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It’s a small small world

(chorus)

 

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