A Small World Christmas Secret
By: Julia Sanders.
Ready to get a song stuck in your head? We guarantee that you’ll be singing a certain tune after this article full of secrets and history of the famously known “It’s a Small World” Disney attraction! This classic ride could be considered a park icon without a doubt, but did you know that its original debut was at the 1964 World’s Fair, before it even made its way to Disneyland? Well, buckle your seat belts because we are going to take you on a ride and talk about the secrets of “It’s a Small World”!
Let us begin with a little history lesson. The ride actually first premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and it was there for one year. The attraction actually sold the crazy amount of 10 million ride tickets while it was at the World’s Fair! The tickets were 95 cents for adults and 60 cents for children, which is the equivalent of $7.72 and $4.88 in 2019 dollars. Since it was so popular, Disneyland made it a permanent attraction and it continued to make its appearance at all of the theme parks around the world.
Okay, but let us talk about the animatronics. You likely already know that the attraction is filled with doll-like versions of children from all over the globe in their traditional clothing, doing activities that are normal for people from that country. What you may not realize is that there are actually 289 different animatronic children across the entire attraction. Yep, you read that right, there are almost 300 smiling dolls singing the same song, but in different languages. The same song is played over and over again in English, Japanese, Swedish, Italian, and Spanish. If you want to impress your foreign friends you can learn the song in their language!
There are 289 different animatronic children across the entire Small World attraction
So are you ready for the secret yet? If you have a keen eye we are sure that you have noticed it, but for those who haven’t – The animatronics don’t represent just children. You may be asking yourself “But what exactly do you mean?” Well, there are Disney and Pixar characters in the attraction of course! It wouldn’t be Disney without its own animated protagonists in each and every place at Disney. There are a total of 32 dolls that look our favorite characters. You can see Alice and the White Rabbit, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Lilo and Stitch, Jessie and Woody, among others.
Now that you know about this secret let us tell you another one! During the holiday season, one can find a little secret when looking at the Ariel animatronic. You will more than likely see stockings hanging up. Look a little closer at these and you will notice three names. These are the names of Ariel’s sisters! A neat little writing for those who love hidden messages.