It’s A Small World Overview | Disneyland Attractions

Hop aboard the happiest cruise that ever sailed on it’s a small world at Disneyland

It’s A Small World Details

Disneyland Resort Park Disneyland
Location in Park Fantasyland
Height Restrictions Any height
Age Interests Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, and Teens
Thrill Type Slow ride, water ride, loud
Hours Park open to park close
Wait Times Average of 30 minutes
Genie+ Yes
Accessibility Information Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV


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“it’s a small world” entrance, Disneyland photo by Harsh Light on Flickr

Attraction Overview

Prepare yourself for a slow moving boat ride that will bring you and your party through many different countries from all over the world. “it’s a small world” will lighten your heart as you hear a famous Disney Parks song sung all around you through different elaborate rooms filled with many animatronics. Even though the world may seem big, you’ll learn it’s truly a small world after all. 

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The jungle room from “it’s a small world” , Disneyland photo by Brian Holland on Flickr

As you start your journey around the globe, you will be loaded into a boat outside of the attraction’s main building. You’ll find a beautiful clock tower and notice yourself surrounded by many beautiful topiaries shaped like different animals. Once you are all boarded, your journey begins inside. Here you will start to see many children singing the famous tune of “it’s a small world”. You’ll see that each area has the theme song sung in their own language. 

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Lilo & Stitch inside of “it’s a small world”, Disneyland photo by Harsh Light on Flickr

Each room you enter on your boat ride is bright and colorful! You’ll observe that these rooms also represent the country these children live in. Some will show icons of their homelands, such as the Eiffel Tower and so much more. Not only will you see the children who live in these countries, but you’ll even see some familiar Disney friends. Disney characters are also placed in “it’s a small world” where their stories would have taken place. You can keep your eyes out for characters like Cinderella, Stitch, Aladdin , and so many more. 

As you end your journey, you’ll see the message of goodbye written in many different languages. Once you make your way out of the showrooms, you’ll be outside again waiting to disembark at the dock. After this journey, you’ll surely know why “it’s a small world” is known as the “happiest cruise that ever sailed”. “it’s a small world” holds a lot of history regarding Walt Disney and his parks. This attraction was originally created for the World’s Fair in 1964. With such popularity, the attraction got packed up and shipped to Disneyland Park in 1966. The famous tune you hear of ‘it’s a small world” was written by the renowned Sherman Brothers. You may recognize their music from the highly known Walt Disney film Mary Poppins. 


Disneyland Its a small world on map

Location & Wait Times

You can find “it’s a small world” located in Fantasyland on the edge of Mickey’s Toontown. Here, this attraction is neighbors to the Matterhorn BobSleds and Alice In Wonderland. The wait time for “it’s a small world” is usually low besides when it has its holiday overlay for the wintertime. 

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The outside queue of “it’s a small world”, Disneyland photo by Justin Ennis on Flickr

Queue Experience

The queue for this attraction is entirely outdoors in a shaded area by a garden and some trees. You will be able to hear the classic tune playing of “it’s a small world”. Additionally, the clock tower on the outside will open up every fifteen minutes, and you will see a mini procession of what to expect inside the attraction.

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Written by

Bobby Asen

Contributing Writer

Bobby has a strong passion for Walt Disney’s stories and the Disney Parks. From taking vacations to the parks, to being an Annual Passholder, to working as a cast member for seven years at Magic Kingdom, his passion for Disney continues to grow. After visiting every Disney Park in the world, Bobby knew he wanted to share his experiences and his love for Disney in his writing.

One comment on “It’s A Small World Overview | Disneyland Attractions

  1. Okay, for visitors that mostly go to Walt Disney World, this seems like something to avoid. Don’t. Make time for this lovely attraction. The outdoor entry and facade is just beautiful. The scenes are different, subtly so, but there are characters from different Disney classic movies in the country of origin of the movie. (It was really fun to try and figure out what characters were from what movie!) This is something I WISH they would do at WDW, it was so very enjoyable. Even the song doesn’t seem quite so long. If you’re in Disneyland, you must have wished upon a star, so start humming and climb in the boat!

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