27 April 2014

10 Things You Might Not Have Known About "It's A Small World"

Celebrating 50 Years of Enjoyment :D 
It's A Small World - the song and the attraction we all know and love has many things about it that I love but, here are 10 Things that Maybe you didn't know about it.
  1. According to guest research, one in four guests consider "It's a Small World" a "tradition" - meaning they visit it every time there at the Parks.
  2. The boat ride through the "Seven Seaways" takes 10 minutes, 30 seconds. That's about the same length as Splash Mountain, but not as long as the Hall of Presidents,  22 minutes, 48 seconds. (MK longest ride)
  3. As far as the Dolls in It's a Small World, Disney estimates at least 240 figures, it varies from park to park - they represent children from different nations and cultures. And each figure includes at least a dozen props and toys.
  4. It's A Small World is in every Disney Park around the globe.  It's estimated that the It's a Small World song plays every hour, 365 days a year in a Disney park. 
  5. After leaving the World's Fair in NY, "It's a Small World" was packed up and shipped off to California, where enhancements were added, eventually growing the attraction by 33% and it reopened in 1966 in Disneyland.
  6. Disney partnered with UNICEF on the original World's Fair ride.
  7. Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman were the brothers who wrote It's a Small World (After All).
  8. During the ride, hundreds of dolls perform It's a Small World in 5 languages: English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish. When the ride was originally conceived, the plan was for the dolls to sing their own national anthems. 
  9. Walt Disney himself helped oversee construction of the "It's a Small World" attraction at the World's Fair. He also worked with the composers on the ride's song too.
  10. "It's a Small World" first opened at New York's World's Fair on April 22, 1964. At the time, it was sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. UNICEF was also a partner, along with Disney, for the attraction. 

And that's it, there were a few things I didn't know. I love this attraction and what it represents because, when you think about it the song is right. How many times are you talking to someone and they know someone else you know? We go on this little boat ride each and every time we are there so I guess #1 is true.

Which Fact was New to You? Or Did You Know Them All ?

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  1. I'm glad my kids still let me go on this ride. I think it's sweet. :)

  2. I still love this ride! The first time was at the World's Fair!

  3. It's a must do for us too! I love the product in the photos. I could totally see sipping some tea out of that mug :)