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

“it’s a small world” is a Disney World attraction located in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. For most, the name “it’s a small world” is synonymous with Disney.

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 a 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.

“It’s a small world”Magic Kingdom



Height Requirement:


Disney Genie+ Eligible


Ride Type:

Slow Moving Boat Ride

Seats Per Vehicle:

3 to 4 per row

Rider Switch:


Good For:

Taking a break

Scare 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” (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.

This “happiest cruise” is another attraction 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 boat ride is relatively easy to experience.

The ride averages wait times of 30 minutes during the busier times of the day.

“it’s a small world” is usually a walk-on during the early morning and later evening hours. Each row of the boat holds up to four guests. Cast members typically don’t make different parties share rows.

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

“it’s a small world” Photos

Here are a few photos from the attraction.

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it’s a small world at Magic Kingdom

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