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It's a Small Facade
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.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Time for Signing Dolls
In 2005, Walt Disney World rehabbed the ride and introduced some scaled-down clock tower elements inside its loading area.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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It's a Small Taj Mahal
Dolls from around the world, including India, join the insufferable sing-along.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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I know a way to cheer up this "blue" hippopotamus: Let's sing, "it's a small world"--over and over and over.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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These dolls don hats to sing the famously annoying tune.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Inspired by Carmen Miranda
These dolls use some fancy fruit-work.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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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.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Coasting Around the World
A roller coaster lights up this tableau.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Cold War Shout Out
Designed at the height of the Cold War, Russian dolls joined it's a small world's song of peace.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Italy is represented in it's a small world. The song is sung in Italian as well as English, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish.