VIDEO: Guest Stuck on Ride Experiences 30 Minutes of Loud “Clacking”

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Disneyland's "it's a small world" backdrop mural was designed by Disney Legend Mary Blair and was the inspiration for the recent update of the ride's loading area at Magic Kingdom.

It truly became a small, small world after all for a few Disneyland Resort Guests this week!

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Reddit user u/mrmaestro9420 posted a video taken while they and their wife were stuck on “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort. The Guest reported being stuck for 30 minutes, with no music and only the sound of the clacking animatronics:

There was a post maybe a week or two ago asking if it would be worse to have just the music without the dolls or the dolls without the music. Thanks to yesterday’s breakdown, we can answer that question. This went on for about 30 minutes. As my wife said “how in the world do you break Small World??”

There was a post maybe a week or two ago asking if it would be worse to have just the music without the dolls or the dolls without the music. Thanks to yesterday’s breakdown, we can answer that question. This went on for about 30 minutes. As my wife said “how in the world do you break Small World??” from Disneyland

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A fellow Disney Parks fan commiserated, sharing a story of being stuck in silence on a different part of the ride:

Oh no! Flashbacks! We were once stuck in the Spanish room right by the Three Caballeros and the music stopped but they kept dancing and dancing and all you could hear was “click click click.”

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More on “it’s a small world”

“it’s a small world” opened in Fantasyland on May 28, 1966, 11 years after the opening of Disneyland Park. This all-ages, family-friendly boat ride takes Guests around a world of singing dolls. A similar ride opened with Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971. From Disney:

Board a whimsical boat ride for a song-filled journey around the globe—this cherubic chorus is pure joy!

“The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed”

Voyage along the Seven Seaways canal and behold a cast of almost 300 Audio-Animatronics dolls representing children from every corner of the globe as they sing the classic anthem to world peace—in their native languages. 

Amid vibrant backdrops, you’ll travel through country after country, and by journey’s end, you’ll see that it really is a small world after all.

Spot Familiar Faces

The ride opened in 1966, but additional characters debuted in 2009—thoughtfully placed in the appropriate nations. 

During your cruise, keep an eye out for Peter Pan and Tinker Bell in England, Cinderella in her native France, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket in Italy, Aladdin and Jasmine in the Middle East, The Three Caballeros in Mexico, Ariel and Flounder under the sea, Lilo and Stitch in the South Pacific, and Woody, Bullseye and Jessie in the southwestern U.S.A.

A Famous Façade

Don’t miss the attraction’s delightful moving façade, complete with spinning flowers, whirligigs and icons of famous world landmarks. Every 15 minutes the 30-foot-tall clock tower opens to display a parade of 24 animated figures. Once the procession ends, 2 toy jesters appear and herald the current time.

The Song

“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 singular song that could be sung by Audio-Animatronics figures in multiple languages.

Designing a (Small) World

Walt Disney selected Mary Blair as art director and Alice Davis as costumer to bring “it’s a small world” to life.

Classic Mary Blair Flair
With her distinctive use of color, geometric shapes and simple, childlike art style, art director Mary Blair was known for her unique visual aesthetic. Her colored paper collages give you the impression of sailing through an illustrated children’s book.

Authentic Costumes
Under the direction of designer Alice Davis (with help from her husband, Imagineer Marc Davis), Disney seamstresses sewed over 300 costumes in all. Authentic materials were used for each region’s traditional attire, from silks for the saris of India and fine wool for the Scottish bagpiper.

Disney 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 for 2 seasons at the fair and was eventually shipped back to Disneyland park, where it opened on May 28, 1966.

Some familiar new faces debuted in with the addition of dolls representing Disney and Pixar characters—thoughtfully placed in the appropriate nations.

Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated around the world and is considered a Walt Disney classic.

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Have you ever been stuck on a ride at a Disney Park? Share your story with us in the comments!

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Parks operations.

 

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