Description And Comments
A happy and upbeat attraction with a world-brotherhood theme and a catchy tune that will roll around in your head for weeks. Small boats convey visitors on a tour around the world, with singing and dancing dolls showcasing the dress and culture of each nation. Almost everyone enjoys it's a small world (well, there are those jaded folks who are put off by the dolls' homogeneous appearance, especially in light of the diversity theme), but it stands, along with the Enchanted Tiki Room, as an attraction that some could take or leave but that others consider one of the real masterpieces of Disneyland Park.
In 2009 Disney inserted more than 20 new figures of Disney and Pixar characters into the classic attraction, over the vocal objections of some serious Disney fans. Tastefully crafted in the style of original artist Mary Blair, the additions don't detract from the ride, except in the tacky U.S.A. tribute tacked onto the end.
In any event, a woman from Holbrook, New York, wrote with this devilish suggestion for improvement:
Small World would be much better if each person got a few softballs on the way in!
A mom from Castleton, Vermont, added this:
it's a small world at Fantasyland was like a pit stop in the Twilight Zone. They were very slow unloading the boats, and we were stuck in a line of about six boats waiting to get out while the endless chanting of that song grated on my nerves. I told my husband I was going to swim for it just to escape one more chorus.
Since 1997, from November through New Year's, the attraction receives an annual holiday overlay inside the attraction as well as outside, featuring "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls" instead of the usual earworm soundtrack. We particularly enjoy the light-show and projection effects outside the attraction that happen every 15 minutes.
Totally renovated and upgraded in 2009 with a deeper flue to accommodate today's heavier guests, it's a small world is a fast-loading ride that's usually a good bet during the busier times of the day. The boats are moved along by water pressure, which increases as boats are added. Thus, the more boats in service when you ride (up to a maximum total of 60), the shorter the duration of the ride (and wait).
Small World is taken off-line in mid-October and reopened in November with a special Christmas holiday theme. Removal of the overlay also keeps the ride closed for several weeks after the holiday season.
Two notes: while the loading can be very quick when there are many boats running, the unloading can be very slow. Second, the attraction has two loading zones, one which has wheelchair access and one without. Unless you need wheelchair access, we recommend using the loading zone on the far side of the entrance by choosing right-hand side of the queue when it splits.
Holiday Ride Through
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for it's a small world when you visit on a day with a given Disneyland Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see it's a small world Wait Times.
A pleasant change of pace.
- Handheld Captioning Available
- Audio Description Devices Available
- Must Transfer To Standard Wheelchair
Other Attractions in Fantasyland
- Alice in Wonderland
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Mickey and the Magical Map
- Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
- Pearly Band
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Pinocchio's Daring Journey
- Pixie Hollow
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Snow White's Scary Adventures
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Storytelling at Royal Theatre
- The Royal Hall
- The Royal Swing Big Band Ball
Touring Plans with it's a small world
- Disneyland One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Disneyland Author's Select One-Day Plan
- Disneyland Dumbo-or-Die-in-a-Day Plan
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan for Adults with Children - Day 1
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan A - Day 2
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan B - Day 2
- Late Arrival Plan for Parents with Small Children
- One-Day, Two-Parks Plan
- Adult Plan-One Afternoon and One Full Day - Full Day 2
- See all Touring Plans...
|Wait per 100 people ahead||2.5 minutes|
|Assumes||Busy conditions with 56 boats operating|
When to go
Anytime except after a parade
|Opening Date||May 28, 1966|
|Scope and scale||Major Attraction|
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