Posts Tagged ‘“it’s a small world”’

Disney Trivia Quiz

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Who was the original sponsor of the “it’s a small world” attraction?

a) The American Communist Party

b) Joseph Stalin

c) Charles Manson

d) Pepsi


Answer coming tomorrow!

(Answer to yesterday’s question: b: Truth, justice, and the American way)

“it’s a small world” — best lyrics

Monday, March 31st, 2014

After an enormous amount of research and experimentation, is proud to present you with the complete, definitive list of “it’s a small world” theme-song lyrics, in order, from worst to best.

18. It’s a small, small world.

17. It’s a small, small world.

16. It’s a small world after all.

15. It’s a small world after all.

14. It’s a small world after all.

13. It’s a small world after all.

12. It’s a small world after all.

11. It’s a small world after all.

10. It’s a small world after all.

9. It’s a small world after all.

8. That it’s time we’re aware

7. There is just one moon and one golden sun.

6. And the oceans are wide

5. Though the mountains divide,

4. It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears.

3. It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears.

2. There’s so much that we share,

1. And a smile means friendship to everyone.

“it’s a small everything”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

“it’s a small world” is notable for its song, the train-wreck-like fascination it brings, and the strange capitalization in its ever-quoted name. In honor of the attraction’s upcoming 50th anniversary, we hereby offer a little look at what a list of Disneyland attractions might look like if all of them were named in the style of “it’s a small world.”

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • “it’s an old railroad”
  • “it’s some classic cartoons”
  • “it’s a one-way ride”
  • “it’s a robot president”


  • “it’s a circle rocket”
  • “it’s a small car”
  • “it’s a single rail”
  • “it’s a fish tube”
  • “it’s a round building”
  • “it’s a rocket coaster”
  • “it’s a space tour”
  • “it’s a zurg blaster”
  • “it’s a space musical”


  • “it’s a curious ride”
  • “it’s a small train”
  • “it’s a princess queue”
  • “it’s a fairy queue”
  • “it’s an elephant queue”
  • “it’s a small world”
  • “it’s a white horse”
  • “it’s a tea party”
  • “it’s a yeti sled”
  • “it’s a wild ride”
  • “it’s a flying ship”
  • “it’s a real boy”
  • “it’s a charming walk-through”
  • “it’s a wishing well”
  • “it’s a scary ride with a witch that may be too intense for small children”
  • “it’s a tiny village”


  • “it’s a runaway train”
  • “it’s an infrared gun”
  • “it’s a stage show”
  • “it’s a white steamboat”
  • “it’s a pirate’s lair”
  • “it’s a brief raft ride”
  • “it’s a copy of a ship”


  • “it’s a forbidden eye”
  • “it’s an old joke”
  • “it’s a tree house”
  • “it’s a bird room”

New Orleans Square

  • “it’s a ghostly retreat”
  • “it’s a pirate’s life”

Critter Country

  • “it’s an unpowered canoe”
  • “it’s a damp log”
  • “it’s a horrible mistake”

Mickey’s Toontown

  • “it’s a rodent’s tree-house”
  • “it’s a duck’s boat”
  • “it’s a small roller-coaster”
  • “it’s an age-restricted playhouse”
  • “it’s a mascot’s house”
  • “it’s his girlfriend’s house”
  • “it’s a caustic dip”


  • “it’s a parade”
  • “it’s a river show!”
  • “it’s a crowd watching fireworks”


Photoland: “it’s a small snapshot”

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Our last picture in this series is of an attraction that needs no introduction. In fact, it’s so iconic, that we don’t even need to tell you it’s name (“it’s a small world”):

Photoland: it's a small snapshot

At the time we took this picture, the attraction was closed (which is why there are grumpy and/or crying children stomping through the foreground), but the older picture shows it in happier days, filled with laughing children and with a train passing through. Sharp-eyed readers may even be able to catch a glimpse of one of the old topiary hedgehogs in the flowerbed (which are no longer produced, since they are too difficult to cultivate and were often “borrowed” by mischievous guests).

We hope you’ve enjoyed this photo tour through Disneyland history. Thanks for visiting the past with us!

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Disney XKCD

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

We haven’t had a whole lot of time to post this week, so we thought we’d share this Disneyland-inspired comic that was just posted to the XKCD website. (Click to see it full size.) Enjoy!

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is still in development

“it’s a small miracle cure”

Monday, March 7th, 2011

When Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction was officially dedicated, Walt Disney himself was on hand to oversee a ceremony in which children poured jugs of water from all the world’s rivers into the attraction’s canal. At the time, this was considered to be a largely symbolic gesture. Little did anyone realize its far-reaching implications.

The science behind what happened next is subtle and complex, so instead of trying to explain it ourselves we present a direct quote from a recent press release by Pluto Minimax, Director of the International Center for Promotion of Complementary and Alternative Medicalish Treatment-Style Interactions to the Fullest Extent Allowed by Law:

In 1966 when Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction opened, its rivers flowed with water taken from the rivers of the world. Each of these waters had its own specific properties and teemed with indigenous bacteria and their resulting waste products. Over the years, water was added to the river to account for loss due to evaporation and splashing, and the attraction has been completely drained several times as part of scheduled refurbishments. However, even when drained a certain amount of the original water clung to the walls of the fiberglass attraction trough, inadvertently mimicking the Korsakoff method of dilution.

The consequence of this is that the water in Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction has, without any conscious guide, become a medicinally active 20C homeopathic dilution of the water from every major river on the planet. Because homeopathic treatments cure those conditions their ingredients cause, the Disney “iasm” 20C preparation should prove to be powerful protection against botulism, cholera, E. coli, dysentery, typhoid, and a whole host of other malaise.

An additional benefit of “iasm” 20C is that, by a 1938 United States law, homeopathic medicines don’t have to go through all the trouble of FDA approval and need not meet any standards for safety or efficacy, so it’s available to start curing guests’ exotic waterborne conditions immediately.

There may be some concern that once the powers of this water are publicized the liquid will quickly be depleted. However, so long as Disneyland continues to add water to the “it’s a small world” system, this natural preparation’s potency will not decrease, but will in fact increase over time.

In a follow-up to this research, calculations are being conducted to discover whether the Submarine Lagoons’ water is ready to be used for its 1960s-era mermaid power.

Although we are intrigued by this announcement, we recommend that you ask Disneyland management’s permission before you begin filling jugs with “it’s a small world” water and giving it to your children.

“it’s a small war”

Friday, April 30th, 2010

A few hours ago, Disneyland Today’s Twitter stream included the following comment: “If all the Disney characters in ‘it’s a small world’ waged war on the original dolls, they’d be outnumbered 10 to 1.”

If this is indeed an official statement from Disney, then it is highly significant for two reasons. First, it is Disney’s first admission that the original “it’s a small world” characters are not Disney characters! How can this be? Who owns the rights? When do they expire? Are there tiny, highly repetitive, mind-numbing royalties to be paid?

And second, this is also the first time that Disney has admitted that the Disney characters within the attraction do indeed intend to wage war against the innocent singing children! Certainly, rumors of this kind of insurrection have been flitting about Fantasyland like so much confetti after a parade-float explosion, but until this time there has been no verification. Could this be the reason that guests are so carefully searched for weapons before entering the park? Does it help shed some light on the violent ejection of the Country Bears after building tension between them and the Song of the South critters? And was “iasm” really the inspiration for the movie Child’s Play”? We have no idea. Only time will tell. Post your updates in the comments!

Disneyland junk cave

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Joining the difficult-to-get-into fort, here’s another sign that there is still quite a bit of work to be done on Pirate’s Lare on Tom Sawyer Island. Apparently there is a shortage of space in Disneyland’s back-stage areas, because one of the island’s old caves is being used for storage of old props and other “junk.”

Disneyland junk cave

The cave is technically off limits, but to the adventurous Disney fan it is quite a treasure trove! Before she were ejected from the park and charged with felony trespassing, our Official DisneyLies Photo Correspondent saw a Rocket Rod, quite a few freshly removed “it’s a small world” figures, and two thirds of Abe Lincoln.

Clinton weighs in on “it’s a small world”

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

A reader sent us the following, obviously completely authentic, information:

I am a writer for the Unassociated Press, and on behalf of our staff am sending you this new press release on a developing story coming out of the Clinton campaign regarding the proposed It’s A Small World additions that I would like for you to post on your site to share with your readers.


Clinton responds to preposterous It’s A Small World character additions, makes explosive Eisner-Obama claims

By Allen Lootz

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (UP) — In response to the overwhelming amount of negative responses towards the proposed It’s A Small World character additions, Hillary Clinton has decided to make this one of the most important issues to her in her ongoing 2008 presidential campaign.

“I think the proposed additions to the classic It’s A Small World attraction are ridiculous, and it will be one of my top priorities as president to stop evil corporations from ruining classic Disney attractions,” said Clinton in an official statement released Thursday evening. “Senator Obama does not care about this issue, and instead is making ludicrous focuses on miniscule things such as the economy and the war in Iraq.”

Some political analysts are theorizing that Clinton is against these additions simply because in the proposed Bosnia scene rumored to be replacing the rainforest scene, Hillary Clinton will be seen as an It’s A Small World doll under attack by sniper fire alongside happy Bosnian children singing the popular “It’s A Small World” tune in their native tongue. Other campaign insiders are reporting that this is a last resort for Clinton to win the pivotal upcoming primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, states with families known to visit Disney Parks in record numbers, and in the long run, win two big states home to Disney Parks — California and Florida.

Clinton is also making controversial claims that Barack Obama has secret ties with Micheal Eisner and the people at Walt Disney Imagineering, and is responsible for the proposed It’s A Small World additions. “Senator Obama lived 5 houses away from an imagineer responsible for these preposterous additions, and the satanic Michael Eisner has been known to have close ties with Obama’s distant cousin Brad Pitt, leading me and my campaign to believe that he is responsible” said Clinton in an Indianapolis press conference. “Although it hasn’t been proven, I’m sure Senator Obama’s pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright has also praised additions of Disney characters to It’s A Small World in one of his sermons,” she added.

ABC News has caught on to these claims by Clinton, urging the two democratic hopefuls to debate in a WWE-style wrestling match live in an ABC News prime time special. “We don’t care about the ‘issues’,” said ABC News’ Chief Washington Correspondent, George Stephanopoulos. “We just want to see what the people want, a civilized debate which ABC News has been previously known for — just with wrestling competitions between the candidates during the commercial breaks.” Viewers not in the studio audience to watch the wrestling candidates can later log on to ABC to view a special high definition video feed, which will also be available for purchase on iTunes.

An Obama spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

©2008 The Unassociated Press. All rights reserved.

This press release, released to the press for the first time through this blog, raises a number of important questions. For example, how is Michael Eisner involved with this decision so long after his tar-and-feather-filled exit from Disney? Why is ABC giving significant air time to criticism of its parent company? And why doesn’t the Unassociated Press — a prestigious institution that brought us such important news items as “Bill Clinton Dismayed as Electrical Parade Ends” and “Perot Defends Mr. Lincoln” — insist on incorrectly punctuating “it’s a small world”?

These are mysteries that we leave to you, our intelligent and discerning readers, to puzzle through.

“it’s a small world” open — with complaints

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Two days ago, the new “it’s a small world” attraction opened at Hong Kong Disneyland, amidst much publicity and, it turns out, controversy. The ride was meant to boost park attendance, but if initial complaints are any indication, guests may be staying away form the shiny new attraction in droves.

Said one guest supposedly chosen at random, “There are just too many children, those little singing dolls. They get in the way so that it is hard to see all the wonderful Disney character figures that are the heart of this attraction.”

Some guests thought that the attraction was not unique enough. “This is just a copy of the ride at Disneyland,” said one guest. “Even the clock is set to California time, which can be confusing.”

A visitor from mainland China writes, “I am completely loyal to the party! Please do not arrest me or shut down my blog! Long live China! Please!!!!”

Disney representatives were unavailable for comment, but kind of rolled their eyes when they caught us looking at them.