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It's a Small World

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
The Anaheim Resort, Anaheim
  • Kevin N.
    "Disney characters come in groups, for those of you who count."(14 Tips)
    Catherine N.
    "My favorite ride at Disneyland!"(5 Tips)
    Lee P.
    "left holding 3 balloons forms a Hidden Mickey shadow on the ceiling."(10 Tips)
    Jeremy Y.
    "Longest ride with the shortest line"(3 Tips)
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  • Kaitlyn M.
    Kaitlyn MatyuchAugust 4, 2016
    This ride is great for families. Somethings you should do at least once. The line moves fairly quickly too. Just be prepared to have it's a small world song stuck in your head all day.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GJanuary 26, 2012
    Not a fan of IASW at WDW but the original (from the World's Fair) is really good! Perhaps it was due to the mix of Christmas jingles as well as the main song, to mix it up. BTW, thats real gold leaf!
  • Jacque P.
    Jacque PerkinsJuly 1, 2011
    Escape the heat! This ride has the coldest air conditioning in the park! Plus a nice, long boat ride to enjoy it. Perfect for the summer months, assuming you can tolerate repetitive, joyous singing ;)
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 28, 2012
    Okay...$10 says once you go on this ride, you won't be able to get this infectious song out of your head for at least half the day. ;-) It's a small world after all, it's a small world afterall...
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WellsJuly 31, 2015
    They ruined It's a Small World - too bright (you can see wires and imperfections that would be hidden by theatrical lighting) and Disney product placement (toy story??')
  • Kerry P.
    Kerry PAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the line on the right--it's shorter. And look for all the Disney characters in their home countries! Look up for Aladdin and Jasmine.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonMay 10, 2015
    "It's a world of love and a world of fear" this ride was made as a response to feelings of nationalism during the Cold War. Think of this twee song juxtaposed against the fear of a nuclear bomb.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanAugust 9, 2014
    Larger and more leisurely than the Small World attraction at Disney World Orlando—and equally magical, whether you're five or 50.
  • Nick I.
    Nick IssaMay 24, 2012
    It's a perfect ride for late afternoon when your kid and family are tired.. Do it twice in a row if you can.. Refreshing if you can lose the song later:)
  • Shikamaru N.
    Shikamaru NaraSeptember 10, 2014
    I hate this ride so much ahaha! I always get dragged on by my family. It's honestly a good way to cool down and rest up though
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCallJune 4, 2013
    The original ride from the NY World's Fair in 1964. Added a U.S. section with cowboys and indians! lmao
  • Cody S.
    Cody ShackelfordFebruary 2, 2011
    The new Magic, Memories, and You show is really good a must see event especially on week nights with there being no fireworks.
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FinnJuly 22, 2011
    Keep your head up for a glimpse of Peter Pan then Jasmin and Alladin. Mulan, Mushu, Simba, Timon, Pumba, Ariel, Flounder, Dori, Nemo, Lilo, Stitch, Woody, Jesse, and Bullseye, also make cameos.
    STEALS.comApril 7, 2012
    If you are getting Photopass photos, get the CD! They put all of your pictures on one disk for one price ($59 at this time) The Photopass card is good for 30 days.
  • Cory H.
    Cory HughesMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep close attention -- characters from at least a dozen Disney movies are interspersed throughout the ride
  • Katie@Reference
    Katie@ReferenceJune 25, 2012
    Great place to watch the fireworks. Not crowded and images projected on the facade to accompany fireworks.
  • Explora B.
    Explora BAAugust 14, 2015
    still the best ride at Disney. See how many cultures your kids recognize, spot Disney characters (Lilo & Stitch! Peter Pan!). Line on right is faster.
  • GiGi
    GiGiMay 29, 2012
    I do miss the old Small World but the new one is also fun in trying to find the characters. Can you find the hidden Mickey?
  • Kim S.
    Kim Sanders-WhittleOctober 12, 2013
    My Mom's favorite ride. Needs some serious updating. Some animatronic dolls weren't working or partially working. Reminded me of Charlie & Chocolate Factory doll sequence
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon K.March 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are a teen who finds this kind of thing boring like me, try to find as many Disney characters as you can for fun.
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.February 6
    Look for the Disney characters hidden throughout the ride
  • Katie P.
    Katie PriceDecember 8, 2012
    If you can't transfer out of your wheelchair you can still go on. They have a boat that it should fit on.
  • courtney s.
    courtney schielaNovember 25, 2014
    Super cute during Christmas! They change the whole inside to be holiday themed
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackMay 29, 2012
    if you've been wandering around the park trying to find a corporate sponsored ride, you're in luck! this one is brought to you by sylvania light bulbs.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A woman claimed that one of the 3 Little Pigs ran up to her, groped her and yelled "Mommy! Mommy!" She tried suing the park but dropped charges after Disney showed a picture of the costume.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DengJuly 29, 2015
    Classic. Even though I know it's just a boat ride, I go on it every time because it's cute.
  • Judson M.
    Judson MooreSeptember 3, 2013
    Central Asia is underrepresented.. In that it seems to not be represented at all! Come on Disney, get some yurts!
  • Holly
    HollyMay 22, 2013
    Stand on one of the small bridges and pelt the people in boats passing underneath with pennies
  • DeeMagicGurl
    DeeMagicGurlAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best time is at Christmas! Left side is always quicker
  • Amy S.
    Amy SullivanApril 11, 2016
    The perfect remedy for getting the Yo Ho pirate song out of your head. Best ear worm ever.
  • Kari K.
    Kari KiperJuly 8, 2011
    It's really fun to look for all the Disney characters added to the ride. We found 30. Good luck and happy hunting!!
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MMay 2, 2011
    If you have your honeymoon buttons on they'll give you your own boat for a honeymoon cruise around the world!!!! Very cool! :)
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimpsonJuly 20, 2016
    Watch out for all the other Disney characters hidden in the sides lines.
  • AudreyMay N.
    AudreyMay NuñezApril 28, 2013
    Sit in the front row, on the right side. You'll see it all even better! :0D
  • David N.
    David NelmsDecember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    So happy with the Christmas themed decor. Plus they don't just sing the small world song. They sing jingle bells too
  • Jon M.
    Jon MarshallNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    best during the Holidays - kicks off for 2011 on Nov 14.One of the longest duration rides (that's conditioned) for a short wait
  • Myra B.
    Myra BDecember 26, 2012
    I wud suggest 2 go 2 disneyland on xmas, it is beautiful here!! It's A Christmas Xtravaganza!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HixsonOctober 3, 2011
    At night the do a cool show on the outside of the ride. It uses user photos.
  • Chanda A.
    Chanda AlicantéFebruary 21, 2012
    Use the right outer lane, it's faster because it doesn't load handicap and fast pass
  • Jole P.
    Jole PDecember 14, 2016
    It gets incredibly decked out for the holidays. Wildly impressive
  • Andre Moose G.
    [BFGF] Pro tip: If you don't go on this ride, you didn't visit Disneyland... also, this song will be stuck in your head for the rest of your time here... and the week...
  • Genevieve C.
    Genevieve ChanSeptember 18, 2014
    Such a nice boat ride. Great detail. A winner every time.
    STEALS.comApril 22, 2012
    Photopass tip: take a digital photo of your photopass #. Then if you lose your pass you won't lose your pics!
  • Dan V.
    Dan ValenzuelaMay 13, 2013
    It's okay to drink and splash around the water, Disney uses special vitamin-infused, non-toxic detergent in the water so ducks don't die.
  • Sean O.
    Sean O'NeilJuly 19, 2010
    Stay in the line on the right: it moves faster. The left one gets stopped for wheelchairs and such.
  • Mary R.
    Mary RichardsAugust 4, 2011
    Look for hidden mickey leaves on the vines by the giraffes. Also a pineapple arrangement on the ground.
  • Keith
    KeithApril 25, 2011
    Make sure you ask specifically to get your own boat if you have your Just Married buttons on - the attendant didn't suggest it to us on her own.
  • MissMarilyn D.
    MissMarilyn DarlingDecember 4, 2011
    i try to avoid this one as much as possible around the holidays cause the lines are crazy lone but its still fun once in a while
  • Michael N.
    Michael NevarezMarch 15, 2011
    Count all the EXIT signs that you see in the ride. You'd be surprised how many there are :)
  • Marie
    MarieJanuary 20, 2013
    My mom love this ride!!! Lol
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