“It’s A Small World”

It's A Small World

It’s A Small World is a boat ride that takes you on a journey around the world with the message that despite our differences it really is a small world after all. On your travels you are greeted by over 300 audio animatronic singing dolls dressed up their countries traditional clothing.

This ride was a opening day attraction at Disney World.

It’s A Small World debuted at the Worlds Fair back in 1964 and then made its way over to Disneyland. Mary Blair is the designer behind this attraction and you may recognize her work on the mural over at the Contemporary Resort. ( Look for the 5 legged goat!)

The ride was originally a tribute to UNICEF and called “Children of the World”.

You can now visit any Disney theme park in the world and ride different versions of the Its A Small World Ride.


It’s A Small World is located in Fantasyland just across from Peter Pan.


This is a slow-paced boat ride with no sudden drops or quick movements.

Is this ride ok for guests with sensory issues?

This ride has a continually looping soundtrack played at a moderate level There are no flashing lights, fast movement, or drops. No scents are released. The theme of the ride is friendly and welcoming. Most guests with sensory issues will find this ride calming and non-triggering.

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Can I use Lightening Lane here?

Yes, Lines can grow quickly here but new boats are constantly boarding. This winding line often seems longer than it is. Once you are inside the line is shaded and you will be protected from the elements. I wouldn’t recommend using a Lightening Lane on this attraction unless you were not planning on visiting other more popular rides that day.

What are the height requirements?

No height requirements here. Kids of all ages may ride. There are no seatbelts so adults must supervise children. Children 7 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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Guests must be able to transfer to a wheelchair. There are special boats that can accommodate wheelchairs. You may have to wait a little longer for them to get one pulled around for you. Service dogs can fit easily on the boats with no issues. We found the front area has a little extra room.

Guests per vehicle

There are five rows that can accommodate 2 to 4 guests per row.

Fear Factor

Unless you have a fear of small dolls singing repeatedly there is no fear factor here. It’s A Small World is a colorful slow moving boat ride with nothing unexpected. Most guests will find this a pleasant and calming experience.

Don’t miss moment

At the end of the ride you will see a area saying goodbye to the guests. Keep an eye out for a personalized message. Using IR Readers your name can be pulled from your magic band and you may receive a personalized message which you will see displayed among the signs saying goodbye in different languages.

Also in Africa look for a hidden Mickey in the purple flowers to the left of the elephant. Keep an eye out on the clock tower as well. It goes off every 15 minutes.

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Its A Small World is about a 12-15 minute ride in an air conditioned building. It can provide some sweet relief during the summer months. Small children are often transfixed by all the singing dolls. It can be a great way to decompress for those with sensory issues. Adults are happy to rest their feet and sit a spell. This is a great ride for the whole family.