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It's a Small World reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for It's a Small World, a dark ride in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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Posted: December 16, 2013

Walt Disney created It's a Small World as a tribute to the United Nations' International Children's Emergency Fund [UNICEF] for the 1964 New York Fair. Artist Mary Blair designed the unique scenes of children playing around the world, while Robert and Richard Sherman wrote the ride's unforgettable theme song. It's a Small World became a huge hit, so, after the fair, Disney moved the ride to Disneyland, where it continues to operate to this day. The Magic Kingdom's version offers a few slight differences from the original, but it has the same iconic design and theme song.

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111 votes, so far

I mean I guess it's a good ride but the space can be used for a real 'fantasyland' ride! 7/10 - Owen Scott

My 2 year old niece loved this, and that was worth listening to the song for the 5 minute boat ride. I do love to look at all of the different dolls dressed up in their native clothing. It's a classic, and if you haven't done it, you should. I do wish they would convert it at WDW for Christmas like they do in California. - Michelle Morgan

This ride has been around for what seems like forever. At least as long as I can remember. I understand where first time riders are coming from when they say how annoying the song is or how mediocre the ride is. I must say I definitely understand where they are coming from, but this ride is about something different. This ride is a part of history. It has been around since 1971. In my opinion, it stands for Disney's openness to world peace. Anyway, I hope they never get rid of it. 8/10 - Joe Keenen

Ahhhhhhhhh I remember thinking as I rode. I was ready to comit suiside will listening to the infamous song. 0/10 - Jaiden Cohen

Beware the stacking in the final room! You'll be trapped listening to the song for several extra minutes! - Mike Brilhart

Nice. Short line, pretty ride. The final scene with the "goodbyes" was covered up completely. 8/10 - David L.

The only reason to ride this is because it's part of Magic Kingdom history. Once is enough. I probably won't ever ride it again. - Tim Taylor

After passing the queue which winds around the detailed and beautiful (yet thematically non-fitting) facade you board the "happiest cruise that ever sailed". In detail, that means you pass a couple of settings displaying different cultures of the world with little dolls singing and dancing to the (in)famous signature song (which DEFINATELY leaves you brainwashed the rest of the day). The experience is better when you focus on the settings and the decent special effect while trying to ignore the dools. The final goodbye-room may be considered as a highlight. - Chris W.

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