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The Story: "It's a world of laughter. A world of tears. It's a world of hope. A world of fears. There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware, it's a small world after all..."

Hop aboard the happiest cruise that ever sailed and visit all seven continents all while realizing that it truly is a small world after all!

Height Restriction: None
Attraction Length: 12.5 minutes
Fastpass? None

The History: In 1964 Disney went crazy at the World's Fair! Several classic attractions emerged including the Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and of course, "it's a small world." Small World, which at the time was known as PEPSI Presents Walt Disney's "It's a small world" - a salute to UNICEF and the World's Children, was a huge success at the fair while bringing in millions of ticket sales which were all donated to UNICEF.

When the fair closed, Walt decided to bring his hit attraction from the fair to Disneyland in 1966. The attraction remained such a success that when Walt Disney World opened five years later a slightly shorter version opened in Fantasyland with a few changes. The biggest change was the entrance to the attraction. Due to Florida being a much rainier location than Southern California, the Magic Kingdom's version received an indoor entrance to keep guests dry during the rainy season.

The attraction has become a classic which is sure to stay at the Magic Kingdom for good. It opened with the park on October 1, 1971.

Fun Facts: In every "small world" attraction around the world there is a hidden Mary Blaire (the artist who designed the look and feel of the attraction). To learn more about it check out our Mary Blaire article!

The Sherman Brothers, who wrote the music for the attraction, had originally written the song as a prayer of peace. The song was much slower moving than the version that we all know (and is probably stuck in your head) today.

There are only two dolls that represent the United States: a cowboy and an Indian. Both of which can be found in the final room!

The correct spelling of the name of the attraction is "it's a small world" - no uppercase letters. This and "it's tough to be a bug" are the only two attractions in Walt Disney World to feature this fun fact!

Location: Fantasyland.

Touring Tips: The line will get longer from late morning to late afternoon so try to ride the attraction earlier in the morning or late at night for little to no wait!

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