One could forgive It's a Small World for getting a big head. Disney marked its 50th birthday party with a global celebration. The ride was introduced at the 1964 World's Fair and was considered a temporary attraction. Instead, Walt Disney transplanted it to Disneyland and eventually four other theme parks, including Orlando's Magic Kingdom, where it's home to wee audio-animatronics with a message of worldwide harmony.
Now, the infamous "It's a Small World (After All)" theme song makes the rounds about 1,200 times a day in the theme parks, Disney estimates. And that's not counting the times that guests hum the ditty the rest of the day.
Here are more numbers and fun facts about It's a Small World.
1971: Year that It's a Small World made its Disney World debut as part of the Magic Kingdom's grand opening.
240+: Audio-animatronic dolls in the attraction dancing and singing about world unity.
95: Cents that adults paid for admission to It's a Small World at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Kids paid 60 cents.
16: Passengers per boat, if the Disney "cast member" chooses to pack them in.
15: Times the word "world" is used in "It's a Small World (After All)" if one sings both verses and the chorus twice. (The word "small" comes up 13 times.)
12-15: Duration of It's a Small World, in minutes.
5: Languages sung in the Disney World and Disneyland versions — English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Swedish. In international parks, French, German, Arabic, Cantonese, Putonghua, Korean and Tagalog can be heard.
5: Small World attractions at Disney parks in Florida, California, France, Japan and Hong Kong. There are conflicting reports about whether one will be included at the park under construction in Shanghai.
2: Men who wrote the endlessly looping "It's a Small World (After All)" anthem. The composers, brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, won two Oscars for their work on "Mary Poppins."
Zero: Classic Disney characters incorporated into the Magic Kingdom version of It's a Small World. In California and Hong Kong, guests may spot stylized versions of Ariel, Mulan, Donald Duck and others. There are no plans to change the Florida version, a Disney spokesman says.
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