The past two weekends I have spent my time enjoying Disneyland with family. We think it’s a great way to spend time together doing things we all love. Disneyland is known throughout the world as “The place where dreams come true”. It’s filled with fun characters, cool entertainment and some great rides. There are some rides I go on every time I go and some I only go on once in a great while. Every once in a while I go on a ride I haven’t been on in the past few trips and wonder why I chose to skip over it. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed It’s a Small World until I went on it this weekend. I hadn’t been on it in a while because I don’t like the way it’s decorated for Christmas. I especially dislike how they do a mash-up between the original small world song a jingle bells. This weekend I went on it next to my 4-year-old cousin who was so excited to hear the different languages and see all the different kinds of people. It was so incredible to see her get so excited for a ride that I rarely go on. The best part was seeing her get so excited about the different Disney characters throughout the ride. Each character helped represent either the culture they were a part of or the place of origin for their story.
It’s a Small World is one of the most recognizable Disneyland attractions. The ride allows for some very young kids to go on it and quickly becomes a favorite for most families. Even if you’ve never been on the ride it’s hard to miss the gigantic building that it is housed in. Even when you ride by on the monorail the recording tells you to look over to see The golden spires of one of Disneyland’s most recognizable attractions. Perhaps the most popular part of the ride is the sing “It’s a Small World” which can stick in your head for days after riding it. The ride is so popular it has been copied for every Disney theme park to date.
It’s a Small World was created in 1964 as a world’s fair attraction and was originally named Children of the World. The other attractions Disney created that year were Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the dinosaur attraction seen as you ride the Disneyland train, and The Carousel of Progress. It’s a Small World was special among these attraction. The ride was created as a UNICEF attraction for the World’s Fair to promote world peace and unity. The song for which the ride was named was created specifically to be translated into multiple languages. The entire purpose of the ride is to showcase the different people and cultures throughout the world. Today some people may see it as narrow minded, stereotypical, or even racist, but when looking at it through a child’s mind it is still a great journey through many of the different cultures found throughout our world.