it’s a small world

Opened: October 1, 1971.


Fantasyland across from Peter Pan’s Flight.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening.

Ride Length: 11 minutes.

Type: Dark ride.

Similar To: Living with the Land with dolls instead of plants.

Requirements: None.

Scary Factor: Zero, but you may lose your sanity depending on your tolerance for repetitious songs.

What to Expect: The queue for “it’s a small world” is covered and mostly indoors, but there isn’t a lot to see or do while in line.

Once you make it to the front of the line, you will board a slow-moving boat that seats about 20 people.

The boat will take you through a number of scenes featuring about 300 audio-animatronic dolls dressed up in costumes from over 100 nations.

Each of the dolls sings the “it’s a small world” theme song non-stop throughout the ride while dancing to the tune.

Where to Sit: Each row seats four to five across.

Most of the action occurs off to the sides of the boat and above your head. Sitting in the front row offers the best view of what’s ahead, but it isn’t necessarily worth requesting it.

FastPass+: Yes – relatively low priority. Availability is good enough that most people will want to select higher priority attractions in advance. Using FP+ here can save 20 to 45 minuets in the afternoon.

What You Miss Using FastPass+:

Not a whole lot. The FastPass+ line runs alongside standby before merging near the dock.

Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 20 minutes.

4th FastPass+ Availability:

Expect to Wait:

When To Go: Before 10:30am, in the last two hours of operation, or with FastPass+.

Rating: 7/10.

Commentary: This is another Disney ride that has been kept mostly the same since it opened more than 40 years ago. It will be popular with kids and adults that appreciate classic Disney attractions, but won’t be enjoyed much by people who are looking for the latest in technology and thrills. It’s a perfectly pleasant ride and a nice relaxing break, but its appeal is mostly nostalgic.


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