When I visited Disneyland for the first time, one of my questions was how the parks and rides were different from each other. I wrote up a blog post about the general differences between the two parks, but now I want to take a closer look at the attractions that are on both coasts. I started this Disney World vs. Disneyland series, and today I’ll be tackling It’s a Small World!
This dark ride actually appears in every Disney park in the world. It consists of a number of animatronic dolls, all designed to look like different children from all over the globe. You go through the ride on a boat, while the iconic song “It’s a Small World after all” plays in various languages. It was first created for the 1964 World’s Fair.
- The outsides look completely different. While Disney World’s ride is basically just a typical building with a covered queue, the Disneyland version has a gorgeous facade and the line and loading is outside.
- In 2008 Disneyland refurbished their ride to add in animatronic dolls of Disney characters – so now you’ll see Disney characters in their respective countries, like Lilo and Stitch in Hawaii and Peter Pan in England.
- There were definitely lots of little differences in the scenes. For example, I know in the last room at Disney World they have a hot air balloon and ferris wheel, and I don’t remember seeing those in Disneyland.
- Right before you get off, Disney World has a room with the word “goodbye” in various languages. In Disneyland, instead of the word goodbye you see postcards from around the world.
For the most part there aren’t huge differences between the two attractions, but if I have to pick a winner it would be the one at Disneyland. I love the outside of the building – it’s so pretty and fun to photograph! And I know some people might have felt it was a little controversial, but I enjoy the addition of the Disney characters to the scenes. I feel like they did it subtly and it adds a fun Disney touch.
What do you think of It’s a Small World?