“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hopes, and a world of fears. There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware. It’s a small world after all.”
You may not know the story behind that little ditty. Walt Disney originally wanted a choir of children singing National Anthems from many different countries. After realizing that having many children singing all different songs in different languages at the same time would not work, Walt Disney approached the Sherman Brothers to write the song. Richard and Robert Sherman also wrote the score for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and many more Disney movies. “It’s a Small World” is one of the most well-known of all time.
Now that I put that song in your beautiful head, let’s talk about the happiest cruise that ever sailed.
This musical boat tour takes you through 7 countries where the children of the world are happily singing in their native language showing you that it really is a small world after all.
My very first trip to the Magic Kingdom was when I was 6 years old. I can’t tell you every single thing we did during that trip, but I can tell you that we went on It’s a Small World numerous times. While planning our December 2012 trip to WDW, Jersey Mom had two requirements: 1) The Osborne Family Lights and 2) It’s a Small World. Luckily for Jersey Mom we were able to do both those those things- and able to go on It’s a Small World numerous (4 to be exact) times.
I have to admit, I don’t think that I have ever seen Jersey Mom so happy. She was just so super excited to be able to share her all time favorite ride with her grandchildren. Jersey Daughters, Jersey Nephew, and Jersey Niece love the ride as much as Jersey Mom. I am not sure our fellow riders enjoyed their singing, but they had a wonderful time!
During our first time on the ride, the kids were not sure what to make of the ride. They were so amazed at the different countries represented and all the different things they were seeing. Jersey Daughter #1 said ” I get it! No matter where you live, we all like to have a good time. Yes, that’s it! We all have fun!”
That was Walt Disney’s idea behind “It’s a Small World.” Seeing the world through the eyes of a child, we will realize we are all basically the same.
Disney seamstresses sewed every inch of clothing to create a spot-on portrayal of each continent’s attire. If you’ve ridden the ride as much as I have, you would have counted over 300 outfits in all! Each region was depicted using authentic materials.
At the end of this magical musical tour, the children reunite for a finale reminding us of the common bonds of friendship, laughter and happiness that we all share.
“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!”
As your boat returns to the dock, learn just how to say “goodbye” in many different languages, all as colorful as their scenes from inside the tour.