"it's a small world"

Though the oceans are wide...

Step aboard the happiest cruise that ever sailed 'round the world! Experience the colour and excitement of children from countless nations joining together in song, celebrating cultures and concluding: it really is a small world after all.

  • Don't miss this!

Musical voyage around colourful, animated continents populated by hundreds of singing dolls.

  • Opening Date

    12th April 1992

  • Attraction Type

    Water dark ride

  • Duration

    9 minutes

  • Capacity

    22 Guests per boat,
    24 boats

  • Suitablility
    • Children 3-7
    • Children 8-12
    • Young Adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors


  • Every quarter hour is heralded with a parade of international puppets around the clock tower of the attraction. The Disneyland original was inspired by the theatrical clock tower displays in European cities such as Prague, and now the concept has returned home, giving the time every 15 minutes.
  • From its opening in 1992 until August 2010, the attraction featured an exclusive World Chorus "post-show" area not seen at any of the other versions of the attraction. Originally intended to support the attraction's sponsorship by France Télécom, it featured special, animated "holographic-effect" sequences hidden inside international landmarks, which were directed by Chris Bailey (Runaway Brain, Tough to Be a Bug) and created by Walt Disney Feature Animation especially for the attraction.
  • "it's a small world" surprisingly finds its roots outside of Disneyland, at the New York World's Fair of 1964-65. The attraction was commissioned by Unicef and funded by Pepsi-Cola as the centrepiece of its pavilion. It was just one of several Walt Disney projects at the expo, all testing Disney's new Audio Animatronics technology for the first time. The attraction was an immediate success and, when the fair ended, it was transferred to Disneyland in California as a permanent attraction.
  • The attraction's infamous theme song was written by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book) for its 1964 debut, and has been used ever since. For this new version in Paris, Imagineers recorded a brand new version of the theme, using children from local choirs all over Europe.
  • Inspirational artist Mary Blair is most remembered for her stunning, stylised art direction of the attraction, with strong blocks of colour and geometric styles giving its unique look. Whilst the sets of the Paris version were generally updated to a more rounded, modern design, the exterior facade was based heavily on her original concept designs from the 1960s.

"it's a small world" features no less than 281 Audio Animatronic characters, along with 48 animated toys and 247 animated accessories!


  • Ride first thing in the morning for the shortest wait time — then rush back around to the entrance and set sail again! In fact, the attraction has such a high-capacity ride system that you might find it one of the easiest attractions to ride with little to no wait.


  • No transfer required. Enter attraction following signs via exit and wait to board specially-adapted boat.