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“it’s a small world” at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

“it’s a small world” is a Disney World attraction located specifically in Magic Kingdom park. The name “it’s a small world” is synonymous with Disney for most.

This slow-moving boat ride offers bright pops of colors and animatronics representing children from all over the world. Each scene plays the namesake tune of small world in the native language of the country represented.

This review will cover the Walt Disney World-based version of the attraction.

The table below offers the need-to-know details.

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Height Requirement:


Magic Kingdom FastPass:


Ride Type:

Slow Moving Boat Ride

Seats Per Vehicle:

3 to 4 per row

Rider Switch:


Extra Magic Hours:

Mornings and Evenings

Good For:

Taking a break

Scary Factor:


Must-Do List:


Perfect For:

All Ages

Special Mention:

Look for your name in the final scene, it might be displayed in the farewell signs.

“it’s a small world” at Magic Kingdom

This attraction is a slow-moving boat ride that sails through different countries. Each country offers vibrant displays and child animatronics that sing the “It’s a small world” song in their native language. The transition between each scene is seamless along with the musical notes.

The “happiest cruise” is another attraction that was initially created for the mid-1960s World’s Fair similar to the Carousel of Progress. The attraction was one that Walt Disney oversaw and put artists like Mary Blair in charge of color and designs.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, The Imagineering Story on Disney+ has a great excerpt about the creation of “it’s a small world.”

The queue for “it’s a small world” travels downward in sloping ramp form. This is an easy attraction to experience with a typical wait time of 30 minutes during the busier times of the day.

The ride is usually a walk-on during the early morning hours and later evening hours. Each row of the boat holds up to four guests. Cast members typically don’t make different party’s share rows.

Once you set off on the happiest little cruise that ever sailed, make sure to look up! Guests might be waving down to you while they dine above at Pinocchio’s Village Haus.

“it’s a small world” Photos

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