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It's a Small World

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 7 out of 10

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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.


A classic ride. However, that doesn't mean it's amazing in every sense of the word. The boats get backed up, causing you to often be exposed to far more of the ride's theme song then is medically safe. And some of the AA's look a bit stereotypical. But I still go on it nearly every time I'm at the park.
There is nothing technically wrong with the ride, and the message behind it is a positive and important one. But the song is literally the most of annoying thing I have heard in my entire life, and it manages to stay in your head long after you leave the ride. David Lynch described it to be "like having a disease." He's not wrong. 2/10
After experiencing the far superior Disneyland version, I just see this as the cheap one. There's just something underwhelming about its presentation. I enjoyed it, but it isn't really worth your time if there's a wait. 5/10
No thank you.
This is one of the best rides at WDW.
Very nostalgic ride. To enjoy it, you have to embrace the spirit!
It's fun, so I don't really get the hate. It's nothing groundbreaking or special, but it is a classic ride that takes you through all the cultures of the world through the use of family-friendly Disney approved stereotypes. Eh, it's charming, and no one's getting patronized, I don't mind too much. I find it to be a happy diversion, and I even think the song is catchy, in a good way. Give it a ride if you're in the Magic Kingdom, especially if you've got kids. They love this ride, and they need to get the message of world peace and acceptance.
I mean I guess it's a good ride but the space can be used for a real 'fantasyland' ride! 7/10
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.
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

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