“it’s a small world” is a classic Disney attraction, located at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Though some find the song a tad annoying, the lyrics are so important and many reference it on a day to day basis.
In case you aren’t aware, the story behind the song is as follows. According to the official Walt Disney World website, “It’s a Small World (After All)” is a timeless classic and one of the most well-known songs of all time. Walt Disney asked the Academy Award®-winning brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, who were hard at work on Mary Poppins, to create a single song that could be sung by Audio-Animatronics figures in multiple languages.
However, some guests who decided to ride “it’s a small world” today in Disney World were in for a surprise — no music!
This Twitter user posted a video of them on the Fantasyland attraction. As they were on the boat going through the ride, there was no music playing in the background. You can hear the sounds of the water, however, you can see that there is no ‘it’s a small world after all’ music.
— bethawho (@bethawho) August 9, 2020
It looks as though “it’s a small world” was down for about 10 minutes, which could be when Cast Members realized the music wasn’t playing and fixed it. At this time, we are unsure if the attraction is currently operating with or without the classic song playing.
— WDW Stats (@WdwStats) August 9, 2020
The official Walt Disney World description of “it’s a small world”
“The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed”
Sing along to the classic anthem of world peace during a delightful musical boat tour. Cruise along the Seven Seaways Waterway on a gentle 10-minute journey through all 7 continents. Pass through vivid, fantastical scenes representing the iconic sights and sounds of dozens of nations.
Behold a cast of dancing darlings from nearly every corner of the globe and watch as the Audio-Animatronics figures achieve universal harmony as they sing one song in many languages.
By journey’s end, Walt Disney’s simple message is clear: it truly is a small world after all!
History, After All
“it’s a small world” was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the attraction was a huge hit. After 2 seasons there, it was shipped to Disneyland park, where it opened on May 28, 1966.
In 1971, “it’s a small world” was recreated to become one of the Opening Day attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated at many Disney theme parks around the world and is considered a Walt Disney masterpiece.
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