Magic Kingdom ‘it’s a small world’ Improvements Underway

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Disney World recently filed a permit for construction work to be on on “it’s a small world” at Magic Kingdom. On the permit, listed under “general description of improvement,” it states “remove and reinstall graphics.”

Now, thanks to a user on Reddit, we can see some work has already begun on the Fantasyland attraction. In the post below, you can see the famous hippo from “it’s a small world” has had some light improvement work done as new LED lights are in her eyes rather than incandescent lights.

Related: “it’s a small world” Currently Operating Without Music

Small World hippo got a slight “improvement” – LED lights in her eyes instead of incandescent – but they are too bright… from WaltDisneyWorld

For comparison, this is what the hippo looked like prior to the renovations.

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Credit: Inside the Magic

Though we aren’t exactly sure the new improvement is related to the permit mention above, the new LED lights definitely did not go unnoticed by Guests.

Related: The Story Behind Disney’s “it’s a small world”

The official Walt Disney World description of “it’s a small world”

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!

“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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