Its A Small World originally started out at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Walt Disney liked the concept, so he brought it do Disneyland. It was a success.
REPORTED: Jordan Wasyliw 29 JUN 97
CONFIRMED: Tinkerbell 27 AUG 99
The attraction "It's a Small World" was designed by the Disney company for the 1964 World's Fair with an agreement that after the World's Fair ended, Disneyland would recieve the attraction. " It's a Small World " when at The World's Fair was the Pepsi-Cola Pavillion.
CONFIRMED: Sabrina 20 JUL 00
Its A Small World was originally used in the World Fair. Disney sponsored it and because it was so popular,Disney decided to open it as one of the attractions permanately at the park. It is one of my dad's all time favorite rides because he still remembers riding it when he was 11 years old. Pretty neat huh?
CONFIRMED: Gina Weber 21 MAY 01
Mattel is the current sponsor or "presenter" of It's Small World, before it had been Bank of America and some other companies
REPORTED: Steven M. Saito 04 JAN 00
Its is no longer sponsored by Mattel. According to my collection of Disneyland Today's (the little maps that they give you when you enter the main gate) the official date that Mattel ceased to sponsor Small World was Friday, August 27, 1999. That date they also ceased to sponsor the "it's a small world" Toy Shop. However, I do recall them still having Mattel Toys in the Toy Shop during the holiday season of 1999.
UPDATE: Honolulu 03 JUL 00
The pavillion in the 65 World's Fair in NY was sponsored by Pepsi and AT&T. The ride was a continuous chain of individual, fixed seats that enclosed you with speakers to either side of your head. (Imagine something like the end of the haunted mansion ride when the ghost rides with you, with only one person to a "car" and no space between them.) There was a single sound track and each seat as it reached the same point heard the same part of the track.
UPDATE: David Porter 12 SEP 01
Inside the Small World Attraction, one of the buildings has been constructed as a replica of the Taj Mahal. During the early years of this attraction the "relecting pool" on this building actually had flowing water. You may notice a 2-3 inch gap between the side of the pool and the blue plastic covered bottom. This allowed the water to flow through this trough to create the "pool" effect. I can only assume that the continued maintenance of this effect lead to its demise.
REPORTED: anon 12 APR 00
Backstage of It's a Small World there are 2 different-sized doors side-by-side. These (as Disney legend has it) are for the 2 different sized dolls that inhabit IASW.
REPORTED: John V 12 AUG 98
Its A Small World, with its 436 animated human figures and 169 animated and unanimated animals, thrilled more than 10 million people of all ages at the New York World's Fair.
There are no cameras on the ride "It's a Small World After All" but there is one guard tower so think twice befor you take your date on this ride.
REPORTED: Jonathan West 03 JAN 97
I swear on everything once you are all the way in the ride there are no cameras or laser or security divices of that sort of any kind.
CONFIRMED: Sara Morgan* 25 NOV 99
There are no security cameras or laser servelance devices in It's a Small World. However ... there is a "Centinal Tower" inside the attraction. Cast Members take turns monitoring the happenings in the boats. It's pretty well hidden, but it's there. But I can tell you that it takes a lot to get a cast member to climb down and interfear with something (it's a real pain to get up and down).
CONFIRMED: BoBo the Moose 10 APR 00
I worked on It's a Small World for 4 years and I never once had to go into any sort of "observation" tower inside the ride. Maybe that is something new.
WISHFUL THINKING: Renette 27 AUG 01
The turrets and gold colored ornaments on the outside of the Small World Ride are actual 22K gold leaf. Normal gold tone paint had been used early on when the ride first opened but the paint would oxidize very quickly and need to be replaced on a continual basis much the same way as San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. While initially expensive to gold leaf, the gold is actually more cost effective in the long run.
REPORTED: DrGallegos 20 OCT 97
Hello, I just visited Disneyland this past weekend, and noticed a little fun fact in "It's a Small World." Near the beginning of the attraction, your boat will pass a sign on the left, where "hello" is written in many languages. I was visiting the park that day with my girlfriend who is Japanese, and I myself speak, read and write Japanese. As we were looking for "hello" in Japanese, we started to laugh as we saw it. Instead of writing "konnichiwa" (hello in Japanese), Disneyland had used the Japanese Kanji saying "kyoo wa," which literally means "today is." We both thought that it was funny, because no one probably has ever noticed it, except for the thousands of confused Japanese tourists that has passed through on the ride. I wonder if Disneyland has any clue what it actually says?
REPORTED: Tyler Larkins 11 MAY 01
Only one of the two little kids playing the flute is playing it correctly - the first one is but second one is not. The one playing the flute is playing it wrong. Its right hand should be facing the opposite way.
REPORTED: Sarah Sahutske 08 JAN 01
In all of "It's a Small World", there is only one lone doll representing the Philippines. She is on a platform between the mermaids and the Hawaiian set, wearing a pale dress and holding a folding fan. I know which country she represents because my stepmother is Filipino and pointed her out on a trip several years ago.
REPORTED: Kellee Richards 26 JUL 01
There are 297 children representing 100 nations.
REPORTED: Kendra 02 MAR 99
In "It's a Small World" when you look at the top of the Eiffle Tower, look for one of the dolls dressed in a red poncho and a red poncho holding a paint brush. This doll was made to represent Mary Blair, the designer of the look & feel of Small World.
REPORTED: JP 27 APR 02
The original color of "Its a Small World" was blue and white. Later the attraction was colored purples, pinks, peaches, etc. The company that supplied the paint was Sinclair Paint. I know this because my mom was a graphic designer who created almost all the ads and labels for them. If you ever see a wet paint sign with a black background and a hand impression of the front and says Wet Paint, you should think about the people who design those things
REPORTED: pogiboy 20 APR 00
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Small World were first shown at the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York before being moved to Disneyland.
Right before you enter the Mexico scene, a part of the "canal" branches off to the right. After a few feet the branch off is covered by a vertical tarp-like thing (I is black. They look sort of like curtains which have the consistancy of paper). After the Mexico scene another part of the "canal" branches back on to the part that the boats are carried on. There is another tarp-like thing there too. Late in the evening when the lines are pretty short (about 1 or 2 hours before closing) you will see a CM (Cast Member, which is Disney talk for "employee") standing on a platform right before the first tarp. The tarp is raised slightly to let empty boats through. If you are lucky enough to be in front of or behind an empty boat you will see the CM "catch" the boat and pull it towards the branch off of the "canal" and the boat will go under the tarp. After going past the tarp I believe the boats go to a service/storage area. The other side of the Mexico scene is where the boats rejoin the "canal" (from the serv
REPORTED: Honolulu 03 JUL 00
I worked on It's a Small World many years ago and know all about the curtains inside the ride. That is indeed where the boats are taken off and put on. As the boats are taken off they are stored in a large water filled holding area. When they are put on, the ride operator used a long metal pole with a hook on the end to pull the boats into the channel and then push them into the flume as the other boats go by. Often the operator doesn't time the entry quite right and the boats jam. Then the operator has to stand on the front or back of the boat and bounce up and down to loosen it.
CONFIRMED: Renette 27 AUG 01
Has anyone noticed that they no longer sing the entire song of "It's a Small World" at Disneyland in California? When I was a child I never noticed if they simply never said the entire song or if they cut it short in an updated version but recently as an adult I've been on Small World twice this month and noticed that the following verse is not heard in the ride:
"There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone.
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It's a small small world"
Has anyone else noticed this? I am very fond of the song (I find it really poetic) so I was a little disapointed!
REPORTED: NewDisneyEmployee 21 FEB 06
It's true. The full song to "It's a small world" is not played anymore. I was there last Saturday and while we were all singing I kept thinking.... "I swear there's more to this song!" Too bad it's gone!
CONFIRMED: Sara 02 APR 06
If you're bored with Small World, get to love it all over again by going on it at Christmas time! They redecorate the whole ride in a holiday motif with lights and wreaths, etc. On top of that, they alternate the usual song with "Jingle Bells". (The Scottish piper plays, as a counterpart, "Tunes of Glory", which is his national anthem.)
In France, they're celebrating the New Year with a marquee that flashes from the old year to the new.
The mermaids sing an altered version of "Jingle Bells":
Dashing through the foam
On a seahorse we sashay
Or the waves we go laughing all the way (ha ha ha)
Shells on bobbles gleam
Making treasure bright
Oh what fun it is to sing
A mermaid's song tonight!
Jingle shells, jingle shells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a seahorse open sleigh...
The rain forest has been covered on black cloth, and there are banners hung from the ceiling proclaiming "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy Holidays!".