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Its a Small World
I have been going to Disney World for so many years now I should be blasé, but I’m not. I have seen many changes at The Magic Kingdom and I am aware that there are many more to come with the proposed re-vamp of all Walt Disney World’s parks.
However, through all the changes one constant has remained, my favourite ride, It’s a Small World in Fantasy Land.
When my little girl – she is actually 32 now – was bored from sitting with us in Pinocchio’s restaurant which overlooks the start of the ride, she asked us if she could go on the ride on her own. It was in November so the parks were very quiet and as it was around six o clock in the evening there were no queues for the ride. We told her she could as we could see her from the restaurant seats we had. Well the point of this story is that we watched her run down the ramp to the boats which took guests round the ride, climb into a boat on her own and wave to us as she set off through the tunnel. Several minutes later we saw her get off the boat. She waved to us again and ran up the ramp and promptly ran back down the ramp on the other side to the start again and climbed into another boat. This went on for over twenty rides! We lost count.
Such is the joy of this ride, not just for little girls but for everybody.
After entering your boat you move off into a cave where animatronic dolls of all nations are singing, “It’s a small world after all”. They are on swings, roundabouts, see saws and many more playground rides. Some are just singing from word sheets, others are dancing. Some are flying across the roof (“sky”) in hot air balloons and some are in toy aeroplanes.
As you travel through several caves you enter a new continent. In Europe, England is represented by Tot soldiers in bear skins playing drums whilst German Shepherdesses sing to their sheep and Can –Can dancers from Paris show their spectacular underwear. In Hawaii, the dolls are surfing and in Australia they are rocking backwards and forwards in time with rocking toy kangaroos. There are hoola, hoola dancers performing whilst exotic birds fly round them. The Japanese dolls in their elaborate kimonos bow respectfully as you pass.
The finale is in a cave where all the nations come together in a winter wonderland of white and blue all the while still singing “It’s a small world after all”. You will find yourself singing this song for the rest of the day.
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