Everything You Need to Know About “it’s a small world”

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You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom!

What is “it’s a small world?”

Guests embark on a tour around the world aboard this classic, family-friendly boat ride where dolls representing different areas of the world sing that famous (infamous?) ear worm “It’s a Small World (After All)”.

Where is “it’s a small world?”

Guests can find “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom across the way from Peter Pan’s Flight.

What is the History of “it’s a small world?”

The original “it’s a small world” was sort of a last-minute attraction for UNICEF at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Its signature song was created by the Sherman Brothers who are known for their work on Mary Poppins and other theme park songs like “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.” Disney artist Mary Blair is responsible for the attraction’s distinct color palette and style. She also designed the Grand Canyon Concourse mural at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

The classic façade of it’s a small world at Disneyland

Following its run at the New York World’s Fair, “it’s a small world” moved to the Disneyland park where it debuted on May 28, 1966. Another version of “it’s a small world” was created for Walt Disney World and opened with the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.

What You Need to Know About the Queue for “it’s a small world”

While guests have a view of the boats and the attraction’s signature backdrop, the queue is primarily a series of switchbacks leading downwards towards the loading dock.

What is the Ride Experience Like for “it’s a small world”?

This attraction is a gentle 10-minute boat ride down the Seven Seas Waterway and through various rooms filled with whimsical, colorful scenes and dancing and singing dolls in traditional costumes. There are no dips or drops. This ride is about what there is to see and its timeless message of peace.

The finale room boasts a sparkling white palette and brings the dolls from the different corners of the world together to truly show that it is a small world.

What are the Ride Vehicles Like for “it’s a small world”?

Guests aboard the boats for “it’s a small world” sit on hard benches with a back. There are five rows per boat with a capacity of 2 to 4 guests per row depending on size. There are no safety restraints due to the tame nature of this attraction.

There is a wheelchair accessible boat. Wheelchair users may remain seated to board and ride but ECV users must transfer to a standard wheelchair.

What You Need to Know About Accessibility

Guests must take a step over a small wall and then down a moderate step to enter the boat.

What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Advisories

There are no health or safety advisories.

What are the Height Requirements?

There are no height requirements for “it’s a small world.” Every member of the family can enjoy this attraction together!

Does “it’s a small world” offer FastPass+?

Yes, but the wait is usually 30 minutes or less so a FastPass+ is rarely needed.

Does Weather Affect “it’s a small world”?

A June storm pops over World Drive as a rainy afternoon gets started.

Since “it’s a small world” is an indoor attraction, inclement weather will not impact the ride’s operation.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience “it’s a small world”?

its a small world 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 Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be 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.

Did I answer all of your questions about “it’s a small world”? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

2 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About “it’s a small world”

  • June 16, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Bonus points if you spot the boys and girls in Welsh National dress.

  • June 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    It located in the only parks that don’t serve (easily) alcohol while being the ride you need it the most on.


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