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    It's a Small Facade

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    Photos of Walt Disney World's Classic Magic Kingdom Ride

    "Small" is a relative term. It may indeed be a small world after all, but since it debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair, about a gazillion denizens of our diminutive planet have boarded it's a small world's boats--and subsequently tried in vain to get the cloying theme song out of their brains.

    Transported to California's Disneyland in 1966, "it's a small world" (sic) instantly became a park highlight. Originally designed as the fair's UNICEF pavilion to help promote a message of international harmony, Disney cloned the charming, classic attraction for the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Florida (and other Disney parks around the world).

    it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida is the only one of the ride's four versions that does not feature an iconic clock tower at its entrance.

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    Time for Signing Dolls

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    In 2005, Walt Disney World rehabbed the ride and introduced some scaled-down clock tower elements inside its loading area.

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    It's a Small Taj Mahal

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    Dolls from around the world, including India, join the insufferable sing-along.

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    Blue Hippo

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    I know a way to cheer up this "blue" hippopotamus: Let's sing, "it's a small world"--over and over and over.

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    Basket Case

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    These dolls don hats to sing the famously annoying tune.

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    Inspired by Carmen Miranda

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    These dolls use some fancy fruit-work.

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    The Man in the...Sun?

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    Illustrator and color stylist Mary Blair, whose work melded a brash 60s go-go look with a warm, reassuring feel, helped give the ride its quirky design.

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    Coasting Around the World

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. ©Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.

    A roller coaster lights up this tableau.

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    Cold War Shout Out

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    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. Disney, 2006. Used with permission.

    Designed at the height of the Cold War, Russian dolls joined it's a small world's song of peace.

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    Venitian Dolls

    it's a small world picture photo Disney theme park ride
    ••• it's a small world at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. Disney, 2006. Used with permission.

    Italy is represented in it's a small world. The song is sung in Italian as well as English, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish.