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Set Sail on the “Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed”

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One of the dearest attraction in the Disney Parks for my family has to be “it’s a small world.” This truly is the “Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed.” Today we invite you to sit back, relax, and take in this happy cruise while learning some interesting facts about this this classic attraction.

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As many Disney fans may remember, “it’s a small world” was not originally created for a Disney Park.

This attraction was first premiered at the 1964 Universal Exhibition at New York’s World Fair.

Disneyland began to welcome Guests to “The Happiest Place on Earth” in 1955. Due to the success of Disneyland, Walt Disney was asked to create 4 attractions that would premiere at the New York’s World Fair in 1964.

Walt Disney first shared about these attractions during an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.” He shared that he and his team of artists were creating new form of animation with “Audio-Animatronics technology.”

With this new form of technology, Walt Disney and his Imagineers created 4 distinct attractions for this World Fair including:

  • “it’s a small world”
  • “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”
  • The Carousel Theatre of Progress
  • Ford’s Magic Magic Skyway

All of these attractions made their way into Disney Parks, and many are still enjoyed by Disney fans even in our modern age.

“it’s a small world” continued to bring joy to families in 1964-1965 at the New York World Fair. After this the “it’s a small world” attraction was shipped piece by piece to California.

On May 28, 1966, Walt Disney welcomed Disney fans to set sail on the “happiest cruise that ever set sail.”

Since “it’s a small world” premiered in Disneyland Annaheim, it has also set sail at Disney Parks in Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. This attraction has shared with over 1 billion Guests that “it’s a small world after all.”

Over 1 billion guests have set sail on “it’s a small world” at 5 different disney parks

Sherman Brothers

Disney fans may remember the talented Sherman Brothers who wrote many of our favorite Disney songs.

Robert and Richard Sherman composed film scores for “Mary Poppins”, “Jungle Book”, “Bednobs and Broomsticks”, and “The Aristocats.”

They also created the songs for both “it’s a small world after all”(“it’s a small world”) and “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” (Carousel of Progress.)

The “it’s a small world” song is sung in 9 different languages including Danish, English, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew.

This ride truly helps so many to remember that it is “a small, small world.”

Fun Attraction Facts

“it’s a small world” explores 26 counties and includes 281 Animatronic dolls with 48 toys and 247 animated accessories.

Much time and effort was put into making each doll authentic to the country that they represented. It took 2 years for 18 tailors, dressmakers and milliners to create these unique costumes. Special time and care was added to acquire fabric and materials from each of the 26 countries that were represented.

Enjoy this great video that will have be sure to have you singing along as you learn even more great facts about this Walt Disney inspired attraction.

Holiday Overlay

I personally loved the holiday theming that was incorporated at the Disneyland Anaheim attraction. Dolls receive ceremonial holiday costumes for their countries, gifts are added, and Christmas lights and decorations are displayed.

To add to the holiday celebration Guests enjoy both “it’s a small world” and also Christmas music as they set sail.

Does your family love “it’s a small world?” Which Disney Park do you enjoy this attraction at the most? Were you surprised by any of the facts learned about this classic attraction? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.


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