You’ll take a legendary boat ride around the globe on this musical tour of nations. As you glide along through the themed rooms (Europe, Asia, Africa, Central/South America, and the South Pacific Islands) hundreds of international dolls will sing and dance to the famous “it’s a small world” medley. Your voyage will end as you exit the Good-bye Scene, which is full of brightly colored flowers displaying parting phrases from different cultures around the world.
Opening Day: October 1, 1971
Type of Ride: Slow boat ride using flume pumps. Continuous loading.
Age Recommendation: All ages. Children under 7 must be accompanies by a person 14 or older.
Duration of Ride: 10 minutes 30 seconds
Typical Queue Time: This ride is usually prone to moderately long lines.
Single Rider Line: No
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: Yes
Type of Vehicle: Boats with bench seating.
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes, see our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Accessibility, Special Accommodations and Other Restrictions:
- Must Transfer to Wheelchair
- Audio Description
You must be able to step “down” in to the boats which have very low “bench” seating. The boats occasionally bump in to one another during their voyage and during unloading. Because of this children should remain seated at all times. Some boats are equip to load a wheelchair so if you are unable to transfer on your own into a boat, you can still experience this attraction.
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: All types of photography are permitted.
Park Map of Magic Kingdom:
Other Rides/Attractions In the Area:
This attraction is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.
Shopping: There is no gift shop associated with this ride. Tinker Bell’s Treasures, Pooh’s Thotful Shop, Sir Mickey’s and Fantasy Faire are located near-by in Fantasyland.
Dining/Refreshment: Dining/Refreshment choices for Fantasyland can be found under Magic Kingdom Menus
Restroom: The nearest restroom is to the left (when facing the entrance to “it’s a small world”) just before you enter Liberty Square. The nearest Companion Restroom is located in the lower level of Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.
Full Video Ride Through
it’s a small world Fun Facts
Did you know?
The name of this ride was originally “children of the world”. When Walt Disney demonstrated it to songwriters the ride’s soundtrack featured numerous national anthems all playing at once. Walt Disney said, “I need one song.” In response, “It’s a Small World” was written and the ride renamed.
There are 472 animated/unanimated figures, 289 audio-animatronics dolls, 147 toys, and 36 animated props in the Magic Kingdom’s ride.
The “flume” is 1085 ft (330.7 m) long and holds 500,000 US gallons (2,000 m³) of water.
There are only two “American” dolls inside “it’s a small world”. Can you find them?
it’s a small world Hidden Mickeys:
In the Africa room, elephant’s left side has some vines with Mickey shaped flowers.
The Pom-poms on the Yodeler’s belt form a Hidden Mickey.
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Top 5 Tips for it’s a small world
If you are looking for a place to cool off when it’s hot outside, this attraction is a great place to do it! You can enjoy the air conditioning AND sit down and rest those tired feet at the same time!
Sit in the front for great views. With no “heads” to block your view you can see on both sides of the boat easily. This is great for taking photos or video!
You can view parts of the attraction from Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant.
There are some great photo opportunities in this attraction so have your camera ready.