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Its a Small World - Magic Kingdom
This was one of the original attractions when Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened in1971. Walt Disney had designed the attraction for the Pepsi-Cola Company to benefit UNICEF at the 1964-65 New York World’ s Fair and when the Fair closed, the attraction made its way to Disneyland and was very popular. This made Walt Disney decide to include it in the Magic Kingdom.
Children of all ages will enjoy this ride. There is nothing scary about it, no drops, no darkness, and no sudden loud noises or surprises. This ride is a great place to visit when it’ s very hot outside, you really will appreciate the cool air.
Although the queues appear long at busy times it is a continuous loading ride. This means as soon as one boatload of visitors disembarks, another is then loaded on so the queue is continually moving. Each boat can hold up to 20 people. During crowded times, the boats often back up at the end of the ride and sometimes gently bump each other, do not stand or allow your children to stand up until the Cast Member calls you to unload.
The children of the world host this simple charming, whimsical, gentle boat ride. Small boats glide along the international waters and you are very quickly surrounded by dancing dolls, animals and flowers, singing that now almost infamous song, " It’ s a Small World. " My Mother loves this song as do many people but also some people get irritated by it.
As your boat serenely glides along the 1, 000+-foot canal for about ten minutes, you’ ll be entertained by many many Audio-Animatronics Doll Figures as well as toys and other props.
Each room you pass through has a theme, with the Audio-Animatronics outfitted in clothing and with props that reflect their respective cultures. The major themes include: Europe, Asia, Africa, Central/South America, South Pacific Islands, the Finale and the Good-bye Scene.
There are many many different dolls to spot as you wind along the waterway. Look for wooden soldiers, cancan dancers, balloonists, chess pieces, Tower of London guards, bagpipers and leprechauns, gooseherds, little Dutch children in wooden shoes, Don Quixote and a goatherd, yodelers and gondoliers, dancers from Greece and Thailand, snake charmers, Japanese kite flyers, hippos, giraffes, frogs, hyenas, monkeys, elephants, surfers, dolphins and much more!
If you search for Hidden Mickeys look out for one in the Africa scene. There is one in the purple flowers on a vine on the elephant’ s left side.
When you leave this ride if your party is hungry go to the Pinocchio Village Haus which is adjacent to the ride. This is a counter service restaurant and you can look down at Small World through a large window on one wall in the restaurant.
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