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Magic Kingdom – It’s a Small World

It’s been called the “happiest cruise that/s ever sailed,” and contains the most famous (or infamous) theme song of any Disney attraction. Guests ride in boats for a musical voyage through the world complete with hundreds of singing dolls and dancing animals. During the ride, be sure to look upward as well as to the sides because there are exciting and adorable things happening all around you.

There is no height requirement for this ride.

Age: Attraction Review:
ages 2-4 This is often a young child’s favorite attraction in the Magic Kingdom.
ages 5-10 A lot of kids enjoy the ride and trying to identify the different countries as the boat sails past the colorful sets.
ages 11-15 Some pre-teens and teens find the attraction a little juvenile, while others fall for its whimsical charm.
ages 16-adult While some adults find the attraction a bit dated and the music too repetitive, others consider this to be one of the best attractions in the Magic Kingdom. Try it out and decide what you think.
senior citizens Most seniors greatly enjoy It’s a Small World and many consider it to be one of the best rides in the park.

Disney Tip

It’s a Small World has realtively short lines all throughout the day and is a great attraction to visit in the middle of the day when it’s hottest and lines are at their longest.

Disney Facts

  • The unique graphic style of the attraction comes from the talented artist Mary Blair, who worked as an art director on the ride. She also designed the large mosaic inside the Contemporary Hotel, which is visible from the Monorail.
  • Originally, the designers had the idea of using the different national anthems from all the countries in the ride. Unfortunately, this created a complete sound cacophony and so the Sherman Brothers were asked to compose an original theme song.
  • The original version of this attraction premiered at the New York 1964-1965 World’s Fair.