You've heard the song. You know how important it is to have a happy and cheerful tone when you're singing "it's a small world after all." But what does this song mean? The lyrics are about different cultures from around the globe, and how they both share something in common: humanity. In this blog post, we will explore the meaning of the popular Disney theme park attraction "It's a Small World," which opened its doors for guests at Disneyland Park on May 28th, 1966.
The "it's a small world" ride was created for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. The attraction was designed and produced by puppeteer Walt Disney himself, together with his staff of Imagineers (Disney-speak for "engineers"). During the opening ceremony of the fair on April 22nd, 1965, actress/singer Mary Martin performed an a cappella rendition of "it's a small world" as she sailed past the audience riding inside one of two doll ships located at either end of the ride. She would later sing her famous song several times during her run as Nellie Forbush in the Broadway show South Pacific.
After nearly three years had passed since its debut at that year's New York World's Fair, it opened up to Disneyland patrons under new management. The attraction was originally built for the World's Fair in 1964 and stayed open for that event from April to October of that year, then closed on November 11th, 1965 (a total of 15 months). While at Disneyland Park, it opened on May 28th, 1966, and had its final day of operation on August 31st, 1988.
One thing is certain: "it's a small world" has been an important part of many people's lives since they were children or young adults. This may be one reason why some visitors refuse to ride because they fear the song will never leave their heads again after hearing it! Some grown-ups even admit having nightmares about being stuck inside this attraction - with no way out until all the dolls sing together at the end.
The Ride Itself
Although "it's a small world" is widely known for its song, it features many other things that are equally fascinating to discover! The ride is housed inside an attractive white structure designed in Victorian style with stained-glass windows and gold spires on top of each minaret marking each facade. Its exterior resembles several buildings seen at Disneyland Park, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Swiss Family Treehouse, Monorail track supports, the boiler room behind Fantasyland Theatre (now Club 33 ), Cinderella Castle from Fantasy Faire Village, and even Big Thunder Ranch. This building has three levels: entrance level with admission turnstiles; main concourse/waiting area above with a small stage and many glass windows; and the upper level with an intricate clock tower.
This ride is one of the best attractions in Disneyland, and one you should check out on your next visit to Anaheim, California.