“it’s a small world” Animatronics Have Hair That Actually Grows!

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Small World

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“it’s a small world” is a classic Disney attraction, located at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. The ride features hundreds of dolls singing and dancing to the iconic song of the same name, “it’s a small world”.

But did you know that the animatronics actually receive haircuts from time to time, as the hair on the dolls actually grows?

Related: VIDEO: “it’s a small world” Malfunctions, Guests Burst Out Into Song

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Now, the dolls in “it’s a small world” do not have actual human hair, but what’s interesting is that the yarn that is used for hair on the animatronics does still grow due to the humidity inside the attraction, causing Cast Members to have to give them haircuts once per year, according to a TikTok video shared by @themouselets.


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♬ It’s a Small World (cover) – musicbox

If you have never experienced “it’s a small world”, the official Walt Disney World description reads:

“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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Did you know that the dolls featured on “it’s a small world” get haircuts once a year because the yarn grows due to the humidity inside the attraction? Let us know in the comments below.

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