Disney’s Most Classic Attraction: “it’s a small world”

Welcome to the magical world of “it’s a small world” at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! This iconic attraction has been captivating visitors since its debut in 1971. With its vibrant colors, catchy tunes, and charming animatronic dolls, “it’s a small world” continues to be a beloved favorite among Disney enthusiasts of all ages.


Originally created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, “it’s a small world” was designed by Disney Imagineer Mary Blair and brought to life by WED Enterprises. Its purpose was to showcase the unity and diversity of cultures around the world. After the fair, the attraction was relocated to Disneyland in California and later replicated at Magic Kingdom in Florida.


The central theme of “it’s a small world” revolves around global unity and harmony. As you embark on a gentle boat ride, you’ll be transported through different continents, encountering over 300 audio-animatronic dolls dressed in traditional costumes. Each scene represents a different country, highlighting its unique culture, music, and landmarks. The attraction’s iconic song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” reinforces the message of global togetherness.

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The average duration of the “it’s a small world” attraction is approximately 10 minutes. However, please note that wait times may vary depending on park attendance.


You can find “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom directly across from Peter Pan’s Flight. After walking to Cinderella Castle from Main Street U.S.A., make a left passed Mickey’s PhilharMagic and the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and you’ll be just a few more steps away.


The attraction is wheelchair accessible, and guests can remain in their wheelchair or transfer to a boat with the assistance of a cast member. Please consult the park’s accessibility guide for further details.

Dad’s Bottom Line

As you conclude your journey through “it’s a small world,” you’ll be left with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the diverse cultures that make our world so beautiful. This timeless attraction continues to inspire and delight visitors, reminding us of the importance of unity and understanding. So, come aboard and experience the enchantment of “it’s a small world” at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!