One of the Magic Kingdom’s most divisive rides will soon be closed for refurbishment. Depending on whether or not you like having a certain song stuck in your head all week, this could be a blessing or a curse. Personally, I can’t get enough nostalgia, so I will miss riding “it’s a small world” during this quick fix!
The project won’t last long, closing the ride down on July 27 and reopening to guests on July 30, 2021. Changes will be small, thus the short closure, and most likely related to COVID-era changes. The ride will need to be in perfect original condition for Walt Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration later this year.
If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not know much about “it’s a small world.” It’s a sweet piece of Walt Disney history, having made its début at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Walt Disney himself oversaw the project in support of UNICEF, and eventually shipped the attraction to Disneyland in 1966. When Walt Disney World opened, “small world” was an opening day attraction. A 10-minute journey through all 7 continents, audio-animatronic figures, Mary Blair’s whimsical artistry, and a catchy tune by the Sherman brothers have made this ride a classic.
The closure won’t last long, but our love of “it’s a small world” will. Ride it before July 27th (or wait a couple more days if you must!).
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