"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.
Time for Signing Dolls
In 2005, Walt Disney World rehabbed the ride and introduced some scaled-down clock tower elements inside its loading area.
It's a Small Taj Mahal
Dolls from around the world, including India, join the insufferable sing-along.
I know a way to cheer up this "blue" hippopotamus: Let's sing, "it's a small world"--over and over and over.
The Man in the...Sun?
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.
Cold War Shout Out
Designed at the height of the Cold War, Russian dolls joined it's a small world's song of peace.
Italy is represented in it's a small world. The song is sung in Italian as well as English, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish.